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Twitter world to MLS: Your pliable “rules” are a joking matter

Aug 6, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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The elephant in the room for MLS is Seattle Sounders and their seemingly unreachable roof on Designated Player purchases.

Major League Soccer has a problem here, whether officials want to admit so. The grumbling among MLS players, managers and officials has mostly been contained, but privately they have joked for two years that if a DP in Seattle doesn’t work out, they just go buy another one. It’s always followed by a wink, a shoulder shrug or both.

Lately, it has broken loose, going a little more public. Last week, MLS All-Stars joked about it on camera the day before playing against AS Roma.

So, yes, it’s a problem. League officials can tell us this has been in the rules all along – but I will tell you for 100 percent sure that not every MLS chief is buying what the league is selling. They have told me so, although not willing to rock the boat on the record.

Well, the fans clearly aren’t afraid of a little boat rocking. Here is the Twitter world, having some fun at MLS expense. Sorry, MLS, you deserve it.

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  1. smorris793 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Anyone have a link to said players discussing Seattle?

  2. jayh888 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Unreachable roof on designated player purchases?? Does Seattle have more than 3? Or are you just being dramatic for no reason at all? I’m a Galaxy fan, so if they have more than 3 I want to know, so we can do the same.

    • kirielson - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      It’s because of Sharlie Joseph’s restructuring. Which in reality should have never happened. That and Montero is “still” on the books.

      • failedatlife - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:04 AM

        Yeah, that is hardly without precedence. Check Boskovic at DC, and I’ll even provide a source for that. http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2012/6/29/3125985/united-re-sign-branko-boskovic-designated-player. Montero isn’t on our books. He pretty clearly plays for Sporting Lisbon. He has a full-season loan with an option to purchase. What do you want from Seattle here?

      • kirielson - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        @failedatlife

        Nothing, I’m not anti-Seattle, I’m more like anti-singing Sharlie Joseph to a DP contract.

        The reason I put still on quotes is because of the loan and the fact that he will most likely get purchased.

      • mlsconvert88888 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Yeah, people bringing up Boskovic as precedent for bring down a DP mid season need to realize that was done before the guaranteed salary date (July 1st). Doing so after that date, in the case of Shalrie Joseph, is unheard of.

    • donjuego - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      You already did the same. Keane was DP #4. LAG was paying for Chivas to hold one of your DPs — a clear violation of the spirit of the rules.

      • dws110 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Thank you, confirmation that I didn’t hallucinate that Juan Pablo Angel was still a DP when LA signed Keane! Funny how easy it is to forget these things.

      • jayh888 - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Actually, Robbie Keane was not officially signed until the JPA trade was completed. Agreeing to a contract and actually signing it and being eligible to play are two different things. At no time were both players eligible to play for the Galaxy at the same time.

  3. reformed2012 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    To instill public confidence and trust in the MLS, all it have to do is for Don Garber to say just one sentence:

    “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Deal with it.”

    Everyone will have their mouth shut. Guaranteed.

    • mlsconvert88888 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      What are you putting on the line with this guarantee? Because this is one of the dumber things I’ve read.
      Granted, with soccer journalism in the US being comparatively poor, it wouldn’t get the same attention as NBA refs fixing games or anything, but people would certainly comment. A lot.

      • bdure - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        Soccer journalism in the US is comparatively poor? Why? We don’t make up enough gossip?

      • mlsconvert88888 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        Heh, I guess I was talking about real fact based investigative journalism, but point taken.

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