UPDATE: MLS has added nearly a dozen already, to include Henry and Nkufo. Not everyone is in the post-peak time period. The new Fire DP is a Mexican National only age 26.
UPDATE: 7/18 Mahamadou Diarra is about to be released by Real Madrid. Newcastle United is looking at him, which indicates a price point that an MLS team could hit. He is a defensive midfielder who has played in a two CDM systems like the 4-2-3-1, as well as the lone CM in a 4-3-3.
We continue the search for a Free Transfers. These players are out of contract and so can be signed by any club around the world with only the player and his agent getting paid. Only once has MLS paid a transfer fee, so the Frees are the key to talent acquisition.
On May 14th we start with a US National Team centerback who will be available on the Free, who may even be likely to be moving from England. Jay DeMerit is a Free.
"Jay also has an awful lot of other things in his life outside football that he is going to think about and even what country he is going to be in next year.
"I don't even think Jay knows what is going to happen after the World Cup yet but he goes with my best wishes."
The 30-year-old defender has spent his entire professional career in England, moving in 2003, going undrafted and unsigned by Major League Soccer after graduating from the University at Illinois, Chicago. He started his career at Southall in non-league football, eventually signing with Watford in 2004.
I, and others, are going to use this post to update Free transfers that would make sense as additions to MLS and possibly to the Sounders.
We have noted already that Jermaine Beckford (CF) would be available on a Free.
I expect that this summer we will see more than 20 players added to starting lineups during the Secondary Window. All will be Frees.
5/24 - Luca Toni? He's Free and at West Ham prices supposedly.