US ma­jor league looks to sign­ing World Cup stars

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.