DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

With The World Cup winding down, it is only a matter of time before Major League Soccer fans will begin to look forward to their teams’ to target tantalizing talent. So here is an occasional look into the rumors and facts regarding the potential crop of household names coming to a soccer specific stadium near you.

MLS TO BATTLE BIG EUROPEAN CLUBS FOR POSSIBLE DP’S

Thierry Henry’s quick exit from the World Cup with France will have many New York Red Bull fans sharing a secret smile. Henry is expected to ink a two-year designated player contract with Major League Soccer to play Eastern Conference leaders.

Although the deal has been long-rumored to be done, there are still rumblings that the player may end up in the Premier League.

Henry is not the only example of MLS having to fight for potential DP’s.

Reports out of Spain have Real Madrid icon and MLS DP target Raul being wooed by Serie A side Sampadoria and Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. These reports come justdays after Bundesliga side Shalke 04 put in a bid.

Capped 102 times for Spain and a life-long Real Madrid player, the 33-year-old has found himself surplus to requirements with Los Merengues. Schalke are looking for someone to replace Kevin Kuranyi who moved on to Dynamo Moscow.

Juventus Striker David Trezeguet is also being pursued by MLS but now seems to have an offer from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

KANSAS CITY TRY TO LOCK EIDUR DOWN
The Kansas City Wizards have made a designated player offer to out-of-contract forward Eidur Gudjohnson. The 31-year-old Icelandic international spent quality time with some of the world’s best clubs including Chelsea and Barcelona. He can score goals at any level of the game and if signed look for Eidur to inject some life into a wayward Kansas City attack. On the books at Tottenham Hotspur, Gudjohnson hasn’t been ruled out of the White Hart Lane club’s plans for Champions League qualification, so expect Kansas City to have to fight to acquire him.

TORONTO FC PURSUE MR. MISTA

Look for Toronto to use the allocation cash they gained from shipping Sam Cronin to San Jose to sign a Designated Player, possibly Deportivo la Coruna’s 31-year-old striker, Mista. He won’t fill seats exactly but the Spaniard may score goals after struggling in Coruna the past few seasons. Oh and he has just the one name, which soccer people LOVE.

DONE DEALS…

BLAISE NKUFO IS COMING TO SEATTLE

This deal was done early in the season, but since then we have all had a chance to see Nkufo play for Switzerland in the World Cup. The 35-year-old was a key element in helping FC Twente to the Dutch Eredivisie title last season, and the powerful striker may be the reason Seattle’s goal scoring numbers begin to rise.

DC SIGNS BOSKOVIC TO DP CONTRACT

Montenegro Captain and midfielder Branko Boskovic signed with DC United as a designated player from Rapid Vienna. The 29-year-old Boskovic may be just the tonic for United, he has a kind of Peter Nowak quality about him and can certainly provide some vision and creativity for a team that needs something to get excited about.

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