Author: Peter Muller

DC United’s trade for Alvaro Saborio will boost Eastern Conference title chances

DC United’s signing of Alvaro Saborio on Thursday from Real Salt Lake fills a glaring hole in the club’s attacking front and bolsters their chances of repeating as Eastern Division champions with the chance to make a deep run into the postseason. In late 2013, as United sought to rebound from a disastrous MLS season, the club acquired Eddie Johnson from the Seattle Sounders as part of plan to build a roster around players with a successful track record in the league. Johnson, who had scored 23 league goals in two years with Seattle, was to be the target forward ... Read more

MLS’ Targeted Allocation Money fund is a flawed approach to growth

After weeks of speculation, Major League Soccer revealed on Wednesday a new funding mechanism intended to encourage clubs to invest in players that cost more than the league’s maximum salary budget charge of $436,250. In essence, the league is enticing its teams to utilize both of their Designated Player slots in exchange for $100,000 of ‘Targeted Allocation Money,’ over each of the next 5 years, for use in paying an additional player more than the max salary. Any effort to increase available salary funds and encourage teams to seek higher quality players is a step in the right direction and ... Read more