US major league looks to signing World Cup stars
NORTH America’s Major League Soccer plans to bring in several faces from the World Cup in a bid to exploit the boom in interest in the event, the league’s head of recruitment said.
MLS recently changed the “Beckham rule” to allow clubs to sign up to three players who, like LA Galaxy’s David Beckham, are not part of the salary cap system.
The move increases the space for top inter national players in the 16-team league and MLS executive vice-president Todd Durbin said they were looking to bring in players featuring in South Africa.
“The World Cup does offer a bit of an opportunity for us – it raises the profile of the sport generally in this country.”
MLS, which is averaging crowds of about 15 000 this sea- son, hopes recognisable names could boost interest.
Durbin did not highlight any potential targets, but France’s Thierry Henry has been linked with a move from Barcelona to New York Red Bulls and AC Milan’s Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf recently said he expected to move to MLS when his contract with the Italian club expired next year.