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A brief look at MLS roster rules with regard to Clint Dempsey signing


One of the biggest obstacles to Clint Dempsey signing with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer seemed to be the fact that the Portland Timbers, Seattle’s biggest rivals, held the top allocation spot.

Usually, the league uses allocation ranking to determine which club will acquire United States national team players when they sign with MLS:

The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the League after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee.

After Chivas USA traded spots with Toronto FC to acquire Carlos Bocanegra in July, the Timbers and Sounders took up the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. So when rumors first circulated that Dempsey could sign for Seattle, red flags went up.

Dempsey meets both requirements for going through the allocation process. When he left the New England Revolution to join Fulham in the Premier League, he was sold for $4 million.

However, the price tag attached to Dempsey was massive. NBC ProSoccerTalk’s Richard Farley reported that Seattle paid a $9 million transfer fee and guaranteed him $32 million over the next four years, making his base salary the largest in league history.

Dempsey will make more than Beckham did on the field, although Beckham’s contract also guaranteed him a portion of the Los Angeles Galaxy’s overall revenue.

If no other club was willing to shell out that kind of cash for Dempsey, then Seattle likely had a clear path to him. No other Designated Player has gone through the allocation process for the same reason: if a club isn’t willing to pay the price, then it cannot claim the player.

However, none of these caveats are in print with the rest of the roster rules. Once again, MLS has some explaining to do.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.