The 3 Best Designated Player Cores In MLS(Part 1: Toronto FC)

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The Designated Player Rule has been a major factor to Major League Soccer ever since its inception back in the 2007 season. If you do not know what the DP Rule means, the rule allows teams to sign 3 players outside their salary cap.

It can affect the player’s higher wages or the actual transfer fee for the player. Over the past few years, teams have mainly used the DP Rule for players in Europe or in South America such as David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel, Cuauhtemoc Blanco and much, much more.

Today we’re looking at the 3 Best Designated Player Cores in MLS starting with Toronto FC(In no particular order):

(Note: The only rule in this article is that a team needs to fill all of their DP spots. Without further ado, let’s get into this.)

3: Toronto FC

The 2016 MLS Cup Finalists have finally gained notoriety in the league after many years of being one of MLS’ basement clubs. While currently on top of the Eastern Conference, Toronto is one of the favorites to win this year’s MLS Cup.

Central Midfielder Michael Bradley has been a mainstay with the club ever since becoming one of the most expensive transfers in MLS history after his $9M move to Toronto from AS Roma in 2013. Even though he has many critics, I still have to give him his props as he has been a rock for Toronto this season bringing great contribution in their defense and leadership.

In 2015, striker Jozy Altidore became a Designated Player as a replacement to Jermaine Defoe who moved to Sunderland. Before the move, Altidore had an abysmal spell with Sunderland in the Premier League only scoring a whopping 1 goal in 42 Premier League appearances. The 27-year-old now has his career revived in with his 2nd MLS club scoring 31 goals in 65 MLS league appearances so far. Looking at his current form, Altidore does not look like he is going to stop soon.

Oh, and we can’t forget about Sebastian Giovinco. Just three days after Toronto signed Altidore, Toronto signed Giovinco from Juventus on a free transfer(TransferMarkt). Even though they pay Giovinco big wages, he is absolutely worth every penny scoring 50 goals in 79 MLS league appearances.

Nicknamed, ” The Atomic Ant “, the Italian is an absolute pleasure to watch with him showcasing his amazing skills and spectacular free kicks. Giovinco is hands down the greatest player Toronto FC has ever seen and maybe the best player in Major League Soccer history.


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