Smurf wrote:RE: Lampard.
Yall are forgetting that MLS is single entity. Frank Lampard is a player signed by MLS with his rights distributed by the league to NYCFC.
MLS has final say in just about everything related to player movement.
Loan of lampard out of MLS serves the purpose of not being on the hook for his wages for a period of time in which he cannot play for the league as his team doesn't exist. Same thing happening to Villa and other NYCFC players.
I think 3 or 4 players of NYCFC have already been loaned.
I think you're being a bit naive here Smurf
While the MLS may have the final say in any player movements, its quite obvious they are flexible when bringing big names to the league and wedging them into certain markets. Now with a money investor like City entrenched in the league, its fair to say the MLS will have a hard time saying no to any of its requests.
Again, I dont see it as a major issue, yet, but it can begin to turn off fans of places like Portland when the league is constantly favoring to certain clubs.
The Lampard move simply reflects a notion that the MLS is willing to work behind the scenes for the benefit of one its bigger ownership groups for the benefit of all, except of course the international ruling body of the biggest sport in the world.
In truth, owners should not be allowed to own more than one club. If they do, the two clubs should either be counted as one for the purposes of FFP or not be able to do business together. I am all for having City (I'd love Liverpool to invest in the Revolution for example) invested in the league. It will be great to see players go both ways. But in terms of FFP (which the MLS is not a factor in) the NYCFC roster should be counted as reserves, not a separate identity. therefore Lampards move would not have been a "loan" but simply a call up. It accomplishes the same purpose for both clubs without skirting financial regulations.