When the news of minority owner Dell Loy Hansen buying out Dave Checketts a few weeks back, there was some speculation that the move could change the way the soccer side of the operations conducts its business.
However, GM Garth Lagerwey doesn’t think so.
“I think it is business as usual,” said Lagerwey. “Dell Loy’s been the minority partner for 3 years, almost 4 years. He knows us, and we know him. I’m positive Dell Loy’s going to have his own ideas on how to run our team, our business, but I don’t think it’s going to impact our soccer team.”
However, there is one respect that Hansen’s ownership could make a difference, and that’s with a high-priced DP beyond what they have had in Alvaro Saborio, and Javier Morales.
“It’s something that we look at,” admitted Lagerwey. “With respect to a DP in the short term, I don’t see any chance that we do it in this window. We’ve got too many changes already. We don’t even have all of our players together yet. We’re going to potentially wind up with a two-week preseason by the time we get all our players back from national team and injury. And we’re still going to have at least Borchers, Morales and Wingert out for the entire preseason.”
However, if all of those changes results in a team that is starting to gel, but is still lacking something, then another DP could come. That could happen this season, although the likelihood of that is remote.
“If you’re going to add a third-DP at some point, I do think that’s something we’ll consider, but I think it’s the summer at the earliest we would go down that road. And there are salary cap benefits to that, too. You get half the salary cap hit if you sign someone during the summer.”
What are your thoughts, does RSL need a high-profile designated player to succeed on the field, and as a business? If so, do you have any realistic players in mind?