The Red Bulls have called a news conference for Tuesday to introduce their newest (and third) Designated Player. They haven’t said publicly who it is – but I’d wager a full case of delicious Pacifico Cerveza that his name will rhyme with Mafa Raquez.
The amount of media pop will not reach Thierry Henry proportions along traditional media platforms, but this will be huge news on Spanish Language channels. As captain of
I do love the attention all these DPs are getting for MLS, and I love the thought of seeing a truly quality team finally fill up the (and potentially light up) the land’s most influential media market.
But let’s make no mistake about one thing: the arms race is on. And we should all be slightly weary of where it will all lead.
Don’t think for a second that
And it may work for the league.
Don’t forget, RSL won the title with a “No DP’s allowed” salary structure at a time when the rules allowed only one, with the possibility of gaining another. Now, you can have two and even a third for paying what amounts to a small luxury tax ($250,000 to be distributed among the other clubs).
So, I have a feeling the RSL model won’t work for long, although Jason Kreis’ team is good enough that they’ll be contenders this year, for sure.
This could easily create a rich vs. no-so-rich divide – and I’m not sure that’s a great thing for the sport.
It’s all unchartered waters for this league, and I’m not sure it will be a bad thing at all. I’m just saying, let’s all keep a close eye on this.