Found July 11, 2012 on Soccerlens:
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Delicate Balance: The MLS’ designated player rule - originally posted on Soccerlens.comBeckham. Henry. Keane. And now Nesta. There are some very internationally recognizable names gracing today’s Major League Soccer ranks to be sure, but why does it still seem like the West-ward movement remains a feeble trickle instead of a rising swell? Coming to play in the US can’t possibly be that unbearable, can it? Well, first of all… yes, it can. In terms of providing big-time financial advancement and world class teammates to play with, the MLS is still miles behind the top leagues in Europe, like giant, elongated Peter Crouch sized miles… but we already knew that. What may be much less obvious is that the MLS actually creates some of this disparity on purpose, in many ways perpetuating that “trickle” of international migration while remaining very careful to prevent a torrent… it’s all part of a devious (and sometimes confounding) plot lead by the “designated player” rule. It started back ...
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