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MLS Set to Expand Designated Player Slots Following Messi’s Arrival

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Rumors circulate that Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States is poised to increase the number of designated players for each team in 2024. Is this a direct repercussion of Lionel Messi’s presence on the MLS stage?

The designated player rule, fundamentally, is a unique regulation in MLS, serving as a strategic means to captivate audience attention. Essentially, each team is allocated a slot to bring in star players without being burdened by player salary restrictions.

Argentinian sensation Lionel Messi is one such player recruited to fill the designated player slot for Inter Miami. In the same team, several other global players, including Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, add to the star-studded lineup.

American journalist Caleb Pongratz reveals that regulations regarding the number of designated players in the MLS will undergo an expansion in the upcoming season. It is reported that each team will be granted four designated player slots.

“Various sources indicate that each team’s designated player slots will be expanded to four in the upcoming 2024 season,” he wrote on his private account @CalebPongratz10, as quoted on Friday (24/11/2023).

With this expansion, each team undoubtedly gains a more substantial opportunity to bring home star players compared to the current season. Many speculate that this change is a direct outcome of Messi’s arrival in the MLS.

One player often mentioned to join the MLS fray is Messi’s former FC Barcelona teammate, Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker expected to follow in the footsteps of Messi, Busquets, and Alba in joining Inter Miami.

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