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MLSE Approves Budget for DP
November 11, 2008, 8:30 AM
Filed under: Toronto FC

After presenting their 2009 business plan to the MLSE board of directors, Toronto FC brass officially have the green light to sign the club’s first designated player.

But that doesn’t mean they’re going to do it.

After emerging from the day-long meeting, during which the MLSE board approved the soccer club’s entire plan, TFC chief operating officer Tom Anselmi said the team still wasn’t in a rush to acquire a designated player.

“We’re being very cautious about it,” he said. “It may or may not happen.”

The important thing, Anselmi says, is that the plan the board approved allocates money to sign a DP. So if TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston can find the right player for the right price, nobody at MLSE will stop him from closing the deal.

Now it’s about finding that player.

As the season ground on, head coach John Carver spoke out several times in favour of signing a DP, a player whom MLS teams can pay any amount while counting only $400,000 of his pay against the salary cap.

While MLS rules allow each team to sign one DP not every club has one, and it’s an open question just how much they contribute to a team’s success.

In Chicago Cuauhtemoc Blanco ($2.67 million salary) collected seven goals and 11 assists while helping lead the Fire to the league’s final four. But the Los Angeles Galaxy finished second last in the league despite having the league’s first and most famous designated player in David Beckham ($6.5 million) and a de facto DP in Landon Donovan ($900,000).

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C’mon MLSE/TFC! Bring home the bacon!

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