NEW YORK – One by one, MLS teams with Designated Players on their roster have been eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs. Next Sunday's MLS Cup final won't feature David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Landon Donovan, Rafa Márquez, Geovanni, Juan Pablo Angel or Blaise Nkufo.
The teams that meet in Toronto on Sunday for the title – FC Dallas and Colorado – went the entire season without a DP. And there's not a thing wrong with that trend, according to FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman.
“I hope it doesn’t happen, but I think what will happen is that you’ll start to have a pretty uneven level playing field – the ones who have and the ones who have not,” Hyndman said about teams adding more Designated Players during a media conference call on Monday.
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To date, the have-nots have been the more successful of the two. Since the inception of the DP rule, no team with one on its roster has won MLS Cup.
[inline_node:323323]“David Ferreira is not a Designated Player, but he very well could be MVP of the league and plays like a Designated Player,” Hyndman said. “And I’m sure other teams can say the same thing about their players.”
According to Hyndman, one of those teams is Colorado. The Rapids also have no DPs on their roster, but the FCD coach likened the impact of non-DPs Omar Cummings and Pablo Mastroeni with Colorado to Ferreira’s in Frisco.
“I don’t know what to say about the Designated Player except that FC Dallas, in particular, has played extremely well with what we consider more than one Designated Player on our field that’s not listed as a Designated Player,” Hyndman said.