The New York Red Bulls had a so-so season despite having France's all-time leading scorer Thierry Henry and Mexican midfielder Rafa Marquez at their disposal. According to reports, it now appears that a third designated player is on his way to New York, however, general manager Erik Soler and head coach Hans Backe have kept tight lipped on who the arrival is.
Soler was questioned by the media as to whether German Michael Ballack or Irish midfielder, Stephen Ireland were possible targets said that Ballack wasn't in play for the Red Bulls but didn't comment on Ireland's situation.
While the Red Bulls organization has clammed up tighter than CIA headquarters about who their next designated player will be here are three possible players who could be playing in New York next season.
Since leaving Milan after a pretty unsuccessful Serie A season, Nesta has said he would look at a move to the US. The 36-year-old would be the perfect fit for the Red Bulls as Rafa Marquez isn't always a certainty to play. However if Backe could get both Nesta and Marquez playing together as a partnership, they would have the best defence in the MLS. Nesta's age isn't a problem either. At 36, he still has a few years left in him.
Alessandro Del Piero
Another Italian to leave his boyhood club, Del Piero has been a cult hero at Juventus since joining them in 1993. The 37-year-old is looking for a move abroad as he has stated a move to another Italian club would be out of the question. However he has been strongly linked with a move to River Plate to meet up with his former strike partner David Trezeguet. If the Italian decides not to move to Argentina, a move to the MLS looks very likely.
Perhaps one of the most injury prone players in the World, Hargreaves failed to gain full fitness at both Manchester clubs. The 31-year-old could be a risky purchase but he has assured the media that his fitness was good last season and he just failed to gain match time because of the quality of Manchester City. Hargreaves has had offers from cubs and perhaps the Red Bulls are one of the clubs to have offered for his services. A move closer to Canada would suit Hargreaves but maybe he's looking to secure a move to a Canadian franchise instead.
The new designated player will be a big name but we can almost be sure that they will be over 30. No European player will want to leave their club without experiencing the UEFA Champions League in their prime.
While this does put Didier Drogba into the frame, he looks to have reserved a move to China instead of America. Other big name players such as Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and Filippo Inzaghi are all looking for clubs and a move to the MLS could be possible.