Can you name the number of defenders who have been signed to Designated Player contracts in MLS history?
Well, unless you count ex-RBNY import Rafa Márquez and former Toronto FC captain Torsten Frings, both of whom played a majority of their MLS matches in midfield, there hasn't been one.
But LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez could become the first pure defender to be a DP in the league.
That's according to ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas, who tweeted about a conversation he had with LA Galaxy president Chris Klein regarding the future of Gonzalez, whose MLS contract expires at the end of 2013.
The @lagalaxy President Chris Klein told me he'd like to keep Omar Gonzalez and Omar wants to stay. He wouldn't rule out making him a DP.— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) April 7, 2013
What do you think of the potential move? Should the Galaxy lock up the 24-year-old US national team player even though it could cost them a DP spot? Would you use one of your maximum three DP slots on a defender?
Let us know your thoughts in the poll and comment section below.
And watch Gonzalez and the Galaxy as they attempt to revert a 2-1 first-leg deficit in their aggregate-goal CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series against Monterrey on Wednesday night (10 pm ET, Fox Soccer, live chat on MLSsoccer.com).