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MLS: Top 5 American Designated Players

MLS: Top 5 American Designated Players

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The Designated Player rule started to allow Los Angeles Galaxy to ignore the salary cap when purchasing David Beckham. It has since been used to bring several top international stars to MLS, which has helped the league grow. Now, many top American players are becoming DPs and staying in (or returning to) the league, which is great for the sport in the US. Here are the top five American DPs.

5. Chris Wondolowski

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5. Chris Wondolowski

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The San Jose Earthquakes went without Designated Players for a while, but when they realized what they had in Chris Wondolowski, they knew they needed to lock him down. He signed on as a DP and has stayed with San Jose, which is great news for the league.

4. Graham Zusi

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4. Graham Zusi

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Graham Zusi is one of the league's newest Designated Players, and some believe it took Sporting Kansas City a little too long to sign him as one. He is an incredible player who has more than shown his worth in MLS, and also with the USMNT.

3. Michael Bradley

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3. Michael Bradley

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Michael Bradley recently rejoined MLS as Toronto FC's Designated Player, and he was one of the players to help pick the team up. TFC and the league are really reaping in the benefits from being able to bring Bradley back to the league.

2. Landon Donovan

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2. Landon Donovan

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Landon Donovan is one of the first Designated Players in the league, and he is the oldest among the current ones. He has more than proven his worth throughout his MLS career, and he currently holds the all-time goalscoring record. He is an incredible use of the DP rule.

1. Clint Dempsey

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1. Clint Dempsey

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Clint Dempsey made headlines when he returned to MLS. He was one of the top strikers in the EPL, and for him to join the Seattle Sounders was a big surprise to the sports world. His signing definitely brought fans to MLS, and his talent helps the league progress.