Smurf wrote: zerohero65 wrote:
A DP is not part of the allocation process. I'm sure if Timbers fans keep beating the 'it's not fair' drum it'll gain some traction down in Portland, but like them and their HGP signings everyone else will move on.
I understand that the league keeps repeating "DPs are not part of the allocation process" over and over and over again. The problem is that if you read the rules regarding DPs, Dempsey does not qualify as a DP. I'm not trying to be snarky, but explain how Dempsey actually qualifies as a DP other than the league bending the rules and calling him one. Then there's the whole issue of the League paying the $9 million transfer fee for Seattle....
Don't get me wrong, I think that having Dempsey in the league is great for US soccer. I'm a big fan. I'm not even sure that Portland would have paid the money for him, and he still might have ended up in Seattle regardless, but the process was super shady. And the issue isn't Seattle, the issue is the the lack of consistency and transparency in the league.
Does Dempsey's contract qualify him as a DP?
End. Of. Story.
You cannot come into the league via multiple channels. The contract offered was that of a DP, not a player via allocation (See: Bocanegra)
Congratulations, his contract isn't part of the written rules. The fact that he's a former MLS player and USMNT player is. You're skipping step 1 of where this should have began, and your proofs begging the question by assuming the DP designation was correct and then setting out to 'prove' it. Saying End. Of. 5 times doesn't make your argument any less fallacious.
Also, see that Bocanegra has to go through the allocation process which meant Chivas had to trade up for him. As the Sounders should have had to do with Portland. Surprise!
Anyway, this my last post on this subject because Seattle fans have already started to rationalize their peachy position with the MLS. I guess it makes sense. They can set you up as the Boston Red Sox to LA's New York Yankees and in the process fill all the seats at Century Link by keeping your team relevant, so why not bend the rules for money? (This is why the paid your transfer fee, btw.) Fortunately, deep down, if Seattle wins anything with Dempsey, everyone is going to know in their hearts that it was done illicitly, and that includes Sounders fans.
P.S. The Timbers Army is not 'fine' with this. The crowd at the Vancouver game was rabid and my Facebook feed has been blowing up.