's DP "Wish List"

With teams able to carry up to 3 DPs, who should be next?

On Wednesday, MLS announced its clubs now have the option to retain the services of as many as three Designated Players.
That got us salivating for more international stars of the caliber of
David Beckham, Juan Pablo Ángel and Freddie Ljungberg. Which big names
would be perfect fits for MLS teams? We asked’s beat
writers to draw up their wish lists for their respective clubs.

Chicago: Cuauhtémoc Blanco.
His deal with Mexico’s Veracruz expires this spring, and the Fire say
they’d consider bringing the team’s original DP back after the World
Cup. They could use him. At 30, Ronaldinho probably has a few years left he would consider and MLS move, but if the price is right?  How about Leo Messi? We can always dream...  -- Sam Stejskal

Chivas USA: Omar Bravo
made 258 appearances for sister club Chivas de Guadalajara from
2001-2008, scoring 101 goals, not to mention the 15 goals in 63
appearances for El Tri. Then there's Javier “Chicharito” Hernández.
The new young gun for Guadalajara has already scored 28 goals for the
Mexican giants in just 68 games. That’s an average of just less than
one goal every two matches. -- Jeffrey King

Columbus: The one, the only Diego Maradona.
So what that he's fat and retired? There are some really good
restaurants and pastry shops in Columbus. He could join countrymen
Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Gino Padula and assistant coach Ricardo
Iribarren for Buenos Aires North. -- Craig Merz

Colorado: Michael Owen would be a great signing for the Rapids. His England days are done and he's injury-prone, but he can still score. Pippo Inzaghi
could possibly net a ton of goals in MLS, even if he is frequently in
an offside position. Creatively, a midfield general would be perhaps
even more important. How about someone like Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes? -- Nick Thomas

D.C. United: The club has a fondness for classy Latin American playmakers and will surely remember Argentine Christian Giménez from its unhappy CONCACAF meetings with his former club, Pachuca. Juan Arango is
another South American whose style is easy on the eyes. The Venezuelan
plays alongside U.S. international Michael Bradley at Borussia
Mönchengladbach and if he's tired of frigid German winters, the Yank
might offer advice on an MLS alternative. Then again, league original Jaime Moreno probably deserves an extra kickback or two for lifetime achievement. -- Charles Boehm

FC Dallas: Jared Borgetti, Salvador Cabañas or Guillermo Ochoa
would give FCD instant credibility in Dallas’ sizeable Latin community.
Borgetti is 36 but would still be a big draw, but Cabañas is on the
shelf for a while after his off-field incident in Mexico City. Ochoa,
however, is just 24 years old and already a regular for the Mexican
national team. FCD is pretty set at ‘keeper with Darío Sala and Kevin
Hartman, but "Memo" would sell some tickets. -- Steve Hunt

Houston: Ronaldinho.
Quality attacking central midfielders, let alone ones that would impact
the bottom line in terms of seat sales, are few and far between.
Mexican star Adolfo "Bofo" Bautista reportedly considered a move to MLS, but he has re-settled comfortably at Chivas. How about Freddy Adu? If he falls out of favor with another European club, would he consider returning to MLS? -- Dwain Capodice

Kansas City: Ruud van Nistelrooy is still finding the back of the net on a regular basis in the Bundesliga and has enough name recognition. The thought of Roberto Carlos marauding
down MLS sidelines and crushing trademark free kicks for a couple years
is salivating. Could his 36-year-old body take the pounding? Honduran
star David Suazo isn't likely to get another chance at Inter Milan, but still has the skill to be a prolific scorer in MLS. -- Andrew Wiebe

Los Angeles: Clarence Seedorf.
SoCal would appeal to the erudite AC Milan midfielder. He's friends
with Beckham, has other prominent friends in the LA area and would add
quality in the midfield. -- Luis Bueno

New England:
The Revs want a world-class player who can move the needle on and off
the field and could use additional options in the attacking third. Robbie Keane
might turn into the talk of a town that loves its Irishmen with his
outgoing personality and his penchant to score boatloads of goals,
while Deco could appeal to the significant Brazilian
and Portuguese communities in the area and give New England a true
creative presence. -- Kyle McCarthy

New York: Thierry Henry is clearly on the wish list for the Red Bulls and would be the biggest splash for the club, partnering with Juan Pablo Ángel to form the best strike partnership in the league. If the club moved for a third big-name player, then two-way midfielder Patrick Vieira, whose Manchester City deal is up in June, would be the ideal late-summer signing. -- Kristian Dyer

Philadelphia: Raúl is on the outs at Real Madrid and fancies a shot at playing in America. If Henry went to New York, Philly is perfect fit. Guti,
another Madrid player in the twilight of his career, would do some
serious damage in MLS, too. But you want a fit in Philly? The
aggressive, nearly unhinged behavior of Marco Materazzi is made for the Union. -- Shane Evans

Real Salt Lake: Van
Nistelrooy has been to Salt Lake before when RSL took on Real Madrid in
a friendly. Owner Dave Checketts has mentioned that they struck up a
friendship, and that he has been trying to lure him. A finisher of that
caliber would do wonders for RSL. What about a Mexican player to
attract the fans and bag some goals? Would "Chicharito" Hernández make
the jump, or is Europe calling? -- Randy Davis

San Jose: Vieira
says this is his last season of top-flight European soccer and that
he'd like to come to the U.S. -- Quakes defender Jason Hernandez says
he’d be all in favor. Guillermo Franco
would be a perfect addition to San Jose’s growing Latin contingent. The
Mexican veteran has impressed in his first year at West Ham, who only
have him on a one-year deal. Keane has 2½ years left on his current
deal with Tottenham, but is on loan to Celtic. Maybe Spurs will do
their American partner club a favor and broker a cross-Atlantic move. -- Geoff Lepper

Seattle: Alessandro Nesta.
The Milan icon’s experience and guile alongside Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
would likely create the best defensive partnership in MLS history. How
about Arjen Robben? A do-everything midfielder like the flying Dutchman on the right side would leave acres of space for Steve Zakuani on the left. Maybe bring Michael Bradley back to MLS. A two-way midfielder would free Freddie Ljungberg and Fredy Montero from their defensive duties. -- Andrew Winner

Toronto FC: A rock in central defense would help the Reds prevent many of the late goals they conceded last season. Fabio Cannavaro
is physical, active and likes to impose his will on games. He’d be a
good leader for TFC's young defense corps despite his advanced age --
not to mention he'd be a hit among Toronto's sizeable Italian-Canadian
community. -- Vijay Setlur