The summer transfer window opens on Thursday. This being the first full international signing period since Major League Soccer liberalized and expanded its Designated Player policies, it will the teams' first opportunity to aggressively exploit the new allowances.
MLS rosters may now include up to three Designated Players. The Red Bulls are being bullish with French star
On the other hand, the Red Bulls' bold ways are balanced by several clubs reluctant to dip their toes into DP waters. So, who else is being aggressive and who is hunkering down for now? Here is a rundown of where each team stands along the MLS Designated Player continuum.
(Remember, each Designated Player counts $335,000 toward the salary cap, but the amount charged is halved for players signed in the summer window -- so that makes July additions a little more palatable.)