The top 10 DP signings in MLS history

first_imgMiguel Almiron and Sebastian Giovinco, two of the most exciting and effective players in Major League Soccer history, both said goodbye to MLS on the same day, each completing transfers during what has been a busy offseason of transfers for the league.Almiron and Giovinco leave having led their respective teams to MLS Cup titles, and with each living up to the high expectations that arrived with them. They were both high-profile designated player signings, and each dominated the league with their own unique attacking styles.How do they measure up compared to some of the best DP signings in MLS history? You can definitely make the argument that they are two of the best DP signings ever, if not the very best. Giovinco’s MVP season in 2015 was arguably the best individual season in league history, while Almiron’s two-year stint with Atlanta United saw him emerge as the Five Stripes’ most dangerous player. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Measuring the impact of designated player signings goes beyond wins and losses and trophies. There have been players who secured trophies, but also made a major impact in terms of marketing and boosting the visibility of teams in certain markets, as well as visibility internationally.For the purposes of this list of top designated players, we will focus solely on players who arrived in MLS as DP signings, and excluding all players who began their MLS careers on non-DP contracts. That leaves out the likes of Landon Donovan and Bradley Wright-Phillips, among others. We are also focusing on players with multiple MLS seasons under their belts, so Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney will have to wait to work their way onto this list.Here are the top 10 best DP signings in MLS history:last_img read more

Trump announces incredible trade deal with Mexico

United States (US) President Donald Trump(BBC) The US and Mexico have reached common ground on key trade terms as pressure mounts to complete renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.US President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of the existing deal, announced the apparent breakthrough on Monday.A final deal would need sign-off from Canada, the third country in the treaty, which governs more than $1tr (£780bn) in annual trade.Talks started about a year ago after Mr Trump threatened to pull out.He has repeatedly demanded renegotiation of the 1994 agreement, which he blames for a decline in US manufacturing jobs, especially in the auto industry.In a televised appearance at the White House, Mr Trump said the two sides had agreed on terms that made for an “incredible” deal that was “much more fair”.However, the final outcome remains in doubt.The White House appearance included a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who stressed the importance of an agreement that includes Canada.But Mr Trump told Mr Pena Nieto that he remained open to separate, bilateral deal with Canada.He also said he wanted to get rid of the name Nafta, which he said has “bad connotations”.What’s in the deal?The two countries have agreed that 75% of a product must be made in the US and Mexico to receive tax-free treatment, which is more than in the existing deal, the US said.On cars, the two sides also settled on rules that will require 40%-45% of each vehicle to be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour.That provision is aimed at discouraging firms from locating plants in lower-wage Mexico.The two sides have agreed to review the trade pact every six years – but that review will not carry the threat of automatic expiration as the US had initially proposed.Canada did not participate in the talks in recent weeks.Mr Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter that he had spoken to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the advances and hoped the three sides would be able to conclude negotiations this week.A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the country would continue to work toward an agreement and was in regular contact with trading partners.“We will only sign a new Nafta that is good for Canada and good for the middle class. Canada’s signature is required,” spokesman Adam Austen said in an email.Deadline pressureOfficials want to reach an agreement before the newly elected Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes office in December.In order to meet that deadline, negotiators must present Congress with a deal at least 90 days in advance.Republicans in Congress, who are typically supporters of free trade, have pressed the White House to strike a deal, arguing that the relationship has benefited US farmers and other groups.Shares in companies that benefit from trilateral trade gained on Monday. The Mexican peso also climbed.But some industry groups said they wanted more clarity on final terms before celebrating the deal.Farmers for Free Trade, which represents pork producers, corn growers and others, has spoken frequently of the risks to farmers of the president’s efforts to re-write trade relationships.“While any news of progress on restoring Nafta certainty is reassuring for American farmers, there are questions that remain on the nature of a final deal,” Brian Kuehl, the organisation’s executive director, said in a statement.“It will be necessary for Canada to rejoin the negotiations and for an agreement to be reached among all parties before a judgement can be made.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump threatens to pull US out of World Trade OrganizationAugust 31, 2018In “latest news”US and Canada reach new trade deal to replace NaftaOctober 1, 2018In “World”White House readies order to quit NAFTA: administration officialApril 26, 2017In “World” read more