Walking around the press area on Wednesday before the 2013 MLS All-Star game a small group of reporters began to gather at one small table, soon after that MLS executive Todd Durban joined them to discuss a few items that many of us have been curious about.
Thankfully some of those reporters were willing to share some info and now things are getting reported more and more today.
The big topic is that of retention funds (reported previously but not confirmed to be around $225,000 per club). We've talked about it on these parts before but now there are more details floating around.
As Steve Davis explained this morning, the funds are all about keeping core players in Major League Soccer.
The mechanism was designed to allow clubs to re-sign key players to new deals without pricing them into Designated Player territory. It was an effort to avoid damaging attrition, losing players we might classify as "above-average," or a few we would call "great" or perhaps "potentially great," to European clubs that might not look glamorous but could offer substantially greater compensation.
One FC Dallas player is on the list of players released by the league on Wednesday that is apart of this new funding system. Defender George John got a new contract over the winter break between the 2012 and 2013 seasons and it turns out the retention funds were a major part in keeping John in a Dallas uniform. The full list of players shows that defenders and defensive mids are the focus of the new program so far.
John is a perfect case for this program too. He's an All-Star but not quite on the DP-level just yet.
- Tony Beltran (RSL)
- Matt Besler (SKC)
- Sam Cronin (SJ)
- Diego Fagundez (NE)
- Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (SEA)
- George John (DAL)
- Juninho (LA)
- Gershon Koffie (VAN)
- Dax McCarty (NY)
- Drew Moor (COL)
- Chris Pontius (DC)
- Chris Schuler (RSL),
- Marvell Wynne (COL)
- Graham Zusi (SKC)
What is your take on John getting some of this cash from the league? Are there any other FC Dallas players that you'd like to see get some of this money next year?