So, as I’m sitting here, seeing Gamba Osaka go up 2-1 on a fairly sharp-looking Houston Dynamo, I’m thinking to myself, “He looks fast, strong, has a good brain in his head, finishes well….is Bare (you’ll have to imagine the accent over the ‘e’) worth designated-player money?”
And I’m watching, thinking to myself, “Yeah…he might be.”
I think what I’m getting at is, thinking in terms of David Beckham or Luis Figo defines the designated player category too narrowly. The most important thing isn’t how many butts they can put in seats in the short-term, but how much will they help the team look totally killer on the field. I think Major League Soccer (MLS) is at that point in its evolution.