He is not even in the top three paid players for the Houston Dynamo yet for MLS the time is now.
Dwayne DeRosario who makes a reported $140,000 a year has generated interest from both England and Germany. His future in MLS is unknown but one thing is clear, this man deserves a raise and a hefty one at that.
Consider a few things. DeRosario puts people in seats.
With his unpredictable nature, explosive speed, and knack for the theatre of the imagination DeRo is an MLS treasure.
Of course FC Toronto has been lobbying for him to return to Canada but it also is a dream for DeRosario to play overseas again.
If he remains in MLS one would think his salary would at least have to be tripled.
What is his value to the league.
Compare him to Eddie Johnson of the Kansas City Wizards who is currently on trial with Reading in England. Johnson strolled around the league last season as if it were a joke collecting a reported guaranteed salary of $875,000 .
Who would you have rather had on your team? You get the point.
With MLS players like Johnson and Freddy Adu (training at Manchester United)_, Shalrie Joseoph and Clint Dempsey potentials to make the Euro-jump the league is at a critical point which makes negotiations with DeRosario even more important.
Out of the board of governors meeting last weekend in Frisco, TX came the ‘Beckham Rule’ which allows clubs to sign a high profile player at any dollar amount they want with $400,000 counting against the salary cap. Anything over that amount will be paid by individual owners in MLS. Both Adu and Johnson need and are ready to prove themselves out in Europe. As for DeRosario it is time for MLS to pay it forward if they want to have ‘DeRo’ remain in MLS………
Oh and expect Adrian Serioux to be taken by Mo Johnston and FC Toronto in tomorrow’s expansion draft.