Building Foundations: Growing Grassroots Football in the United States

Building Foundations: Growing Grassroots Football in the United States

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #14

Soccer in the United States is an ever-growing sport, but it remains a long way behind the likes of American football and basketball in terms of history, infrastructure and progression.

Unlike the aforementioned sports, where the United States have a long, proud tradition of being at the forefront, and dominating on a global stage, soccer has long been playing catch up. Facing up against Europe, which has had a long-established and thorough footballing pedigree from the top to the very bottom of its football pyramid, the USA has sought to catch up and speed through years of crucial development, and is paying the price for it.

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Is the MLS’ Designated Player Rule hurting US football, and is it time for a rethink?

Is the MLS’ Designated Player Rule hurting US football, and is it time for a rethink?

Atlanta United, fresh off the back of their 2018 MLS Cup win, announced the signing of highly-rated Argentine midfielder Pity Martinez. Normally, that kind of signing would be a coup for American clubs, but it has left Atlanta in an awkward position – they are now forced to sell or loan out one of their other top talents.

That is because of the MLS’ Designated Player Rule – or the Beckham Rule, as it’s sometimes known.

The rule was brought in as part of the salary cap regulations introduced for the 2007 MLS season. It allowed franchises to sign up to three players which they could declare as Designated Players.

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