Got to thinking earlier today about the Allocation system and DPs.
My personal thought is that the Allocation order is hurting the league relative to signing promising US players. With the advent of the DP system, the Allocation system needs to be overhauled. The DP limitations allow parity for high quality players throughout the league. Forcing US players to go through Allocation and the DP process means less incentive for high quality USMNT players to play in MLS. If an established American professional wants to play in the MLS but not for a struggling team or a particular team, they don’t have any say in the process beyond avoiding MLS. This doesn’t serve the MLS or developing football visibility in the US. I believe that parity helps make the league competitive. But allowing pros with global free agency to negotiate as free agents here as well, within the restrictions of the DP system will work toward the same goal while making it attractive for these players to return to the US with some control over their careers.
The USMNT and former MLS players who wish to return should be encouraged to play in MLS not penalized. Not being able to see many of our top homegrown players near the prime of their careers, hurts the visibility of football within the US and specifically the quality of the MLS. These are players whose families and friends are here. They are likely to want to play here. The fans would like to see them play here. Having them play here increases the revenue potential of MLS.