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Editorial: Green Cards Add Room but Roster Rules Still Restrict

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Daniel Feuerstein

As the season is about to start on Sunday at Geodis Park in Nashville, Tennessee, the New York Red Bulls had some news to share about certain international players, giving them more breathing room to make some moves while the MLS winter transfer window is still open. This will be very helpful for new Sporting Director Julian DeGuzman, to make some moves.

Goalkeeper Carlos Coronel and midfielder Wiki Carmona, have finally obtained their U.S. Green Cards. That means they are now preeminent residents of the United States, and they will no longer occupy an international roster spot for the New York Red Bulls. This is a massive move by both players who are assisting the club to scout for players on the international market and add on to this roster and improve it. The club also made a trade with the Colorado Rapids by acquiring one of their international roster spots and sent back $175,000 in General Allocation Money for this season.

Coronel who is 27 years old and is beginning his fourth season with the club as the starting goalkeeper won't have a worry anymore about returning to the States after he goes away on International duty with Paraguay, and that also goes for Carmona when he is away for international duty for Venezuela in youth competitions. Obviously, it would be so simple for all international players to get their green cards and not count as an international rostered player, but sadly that's not the case. 

Still, it would be nice for MLS to change the roster rules and make them bigger and better to make all competitions easier for roster rotation, and when games are played during the international break. But until that does change, we will be stuck with GAM, TAM, DP, and any other acronym that they can think of to make all this work. I wish it would be much simpler and easier, but sadly this is how MLS works now. Living in a 3.0 or a 4.0 level, but continues to operate at a 1.0 level. Something needs to be fixed. 


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