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Schmid on signing — and coaching — DPs

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm with 7 Comments »
April 3, 2010 9:19 am

This was the first day that we got a chance to talk to Sounders coach Sigi Schmid about Major League Soccer’s new designated player rules:

“L.A. has had a couple of DPs for a few years now, so it’s good that it’s official. They’ve had Landon [Donovan] and they’ve had [David] Beckham, so now it’s official. It allows other teams to do the same sort of thing. I think it’s good for the league. It shows that the league is continuing to grow. That we’re in a position now that the ownership group and the Board of Governors have felt that allowing two DPs and possibly a third if you want to buy that slot is something that they feel comfortable. Moving in that direction means that we’re continuing to grow, continuing to evolve as a league. What I think you’re going to see happening is a lot of teams going with maybe even DPs that are a little bit younger; not necessarily DPs that are at the back end of their career, but DPs that are more in their middle of their career, or maybe even at the beginning of their career.”

Then we asked about the challenge of coaching a club that has a millionaire or two in a locker room filled mostly with players making just a fraction of that:

“I’ve had to deal with that. I remember coaching the World Cup team in ’94 and watching the goalkeeper on the team at the time pull in his Mercedes SLK convertible and watching another player on the team pull in his 10-year-old Karmann Ghia. It’s been a constant in U.S. soccer. There’s been a disparity. On that team you had guys that were making 30-40 thousand dollars, and you had guys that were making already well into the hundreds of thousands playing in England. It’s been there. The players it’s not something that they’re going to say it’s our best memory of being in this league. It’s something that they’re sort of used to, and they sort of adjust to. The harder part for a coach is when the DP salary was a higher percentage, what hit your budget, and a couple of DPs really offset what you could do with the rest of the players. Having two good players and having a couple of weak spots isn’t going to make you a good team. You want to have 11 good players out on the field. So by now taking the DP where you can buy down the DPs contract, where it’s less of a hit to the budget cap means that you can carry a DP and not have to deplete necessarily the rest of your roster. It’s rewarding you for taking the ownership for taking the step of going for the DP without depleting your roster.”

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  1. Knuckles says:

    One point of clarification. I’m fairly certain it is supposed to be ‘Karmann Ghia’ not ‘Carmengia’.

  2. ciscokid says:

    Yeah, that appears to have come straight from the SSFC press release.

    My offer to edit and do story assignments is still open :-)

  3. joepublic says:

    I’m guessing it’s not a problem when everybody knows the DP is the goods, and he delivers on the field.

    But you wonder what it’s like in the Houston locker room, where Luis Angel Landin is the DP despite the fact he can’t get into shape and has scored exactly one goal since he’s joined the team.

  4. derekyoung says:

    If Landin would get off of Blanco’s 12 oz diet, I think he’d be great. Lot’s of talent hidden by lots of blubber.

  5. EverydayFan says:

    I think this is a _huge win_ for MLS.
    As a fan, this is what I want.
    Quality!
    Kudos to Garber and Co. for getting this done.
    I must say … CBS without work stoppage + up to 3 DPs is d@mn good work, from my perspective (season ticket holder).
    Most impressive!

  6. EverydayFan says:

    ‘er… CBA

  7. Don Ruiz says:

    Right, K. My dad actually used to have one:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Karmann_Ghia

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