Dos Santos rumors show us what the “core player” can mean to growing MLS


Another stepping stone in the continued growth of MLS.

ProSoccerTalk

Major League Soccer’s limiting of three Designated Players per team is a tool to allow marquee players to join the league without crushing competitive balance too much, but will the new “core player” be the straw that breaks the camel’s back when it comes to parity?

If the first expected use of the “core player” tag is any indication, it’s a distinct possibility.

[ MLS: Power Rankings | Player, Team of the Week ]

If you missed it, Mexican star Giovani dos Santos could be headed to the dynasty that is the Los Angeles Galaxy. Winners of three titles in four years, Bruce Arena is about to add Dos Santos to a lineup that includes Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and newcomer Steven Gerrard as DPs.

L.A. was already sixth in our power rankings with neither Gerrard nor Dos Santos, and the idea of an attack that could use…

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