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.Continue reading “Is the MLS’ Designated Player Rule hurting US football, and is it time for a rethink?”