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Who will be NYCFC's first Designated Players?

Maicon, Gareth Barry, and even Carlos Tevez could all be enticed to New York City for large fees.

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Chief executive Ferran Soriano says players from both clubs could crossover and on the other side of the city new manager David Moyes is discovering the perks of being United boss.

Sources, however, have indicated NYCFC are ready to use their three-man allowance, which permits them to pay bigger wages outside of the existing salary cap, to recruit some of City’s bigger names.

The likes of Maicon, Gareth Barry and even Carlos Tevez, could all be enticed for large fees if they stay put at the Etihad Stadium this summer.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, it’s always awesome to see more high-caliber players come over to play in MLS. 

But on the other hand, I feel that in many cases, European players underestimate at least two things about playing in MLS:

  • The physicality and quality of play in the league. The days of coming in and bossing play in MLS are long gone. And MLS players, particularly defenders, are fairly physical; what they lack in technical skill is more than made up in athletic skill. 
  • Travel in MLS. Particularly coast-to-coast travel, which can be several hours long. This isn’t like playing in Italy or Spain or England, were many games are merely across the city. 

All that wears on you. More and more, MLS is shedding its reputation as a “retirement” league. If you’re coming to play in MLS, you need to bring your A-game. 

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