MLS Designated Players 2021: Complete List For All 27 Clubs

Here’s a running list of all the Designated Players for the league’s 26th season.

The year that was 2020 disrupted a lot of the financial models for Major League Soccer and resulted in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement ratified back in February, but the 26th season of MLS is now underway while looking largely similar to previous editions, particularly with regards to the MLS Designated Players list 2021.

The Designated Player Rule, also known as the Beckham Rule, allows teams to sign up to three players who are outside the team’s salary cap ($4.9 million in 2021). In essence, this allows teams to compete for star players in the international market (like how the LA Galaxy started this whole rigamarole by signing David Beckham to a five-year contract worth $6.5M annually back in 2007). 

Footballers given the Designated Player tag that are over the age of 23 carry a maximum salary budget charge of $612,500, and it’s up to owners as to how much they want to pay them beyond that.   

Update: The MLSPA has released salary information for the 2021 season, and we've included it for each DP.   

MLS Designated Players List 2021

Atlanta United

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Alan Franco (Argentina) | 24-year-old | Center Back

2021 Salary: $505.5K 

Josef Martínez (Venezuela) | 27-year-old | Striker

2021 Salary: $3.9 million

Ezequiel Barco (Argentina) | 22-year-old | Attacking Midfielder

2021 Salary: $1.4 million

Austin FC

Tomás Pochettino (Argentina) | 25-year-old | Midfielder

2021 Salary: $642.5K 

Cecilio Domínguez (Paraguay) | 26-year-old | Forward

2021 Salary: $1.7 million 

Chicago Fire

Ignacio Aliseda (Argentina) | 21-year-old | Winger

2021 Salary: $821.5K 

Robert Berić (Slovenia) | 29-year-old | Striker

2021 Salary: $2.7 million 

Gastón Giménez (Paraguay) | 29-year-old | Midfielder

2021 Salary: $2.4 million 

FC Cincinnati

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Brenner (Brazil) | 21-year-old | Forward

2021 Salary: $1.8 million

Luciano Acosta (Argentina) | 26-year-old | Attacking Midfielder

2021 Salary: $2.2 million

Jürgen Locadia (Netherlands) | 27-year-old | Winger

2021 Salary: $2.8 million

Colorado Rapids

Younes Namli (Denmark) | 26-year-old | Winger

2021 Salary: $1.3 million 

Columbus Crew

Darlington Nagbe (USA) | 30-year-old | Midfielder

2021 Salary: $1.7 million

Lucas Zelarayán (Argentina) | 28-year-old | Attacking Midfielder

2021 Salary: $2 million

Gyasi Zardes (USA) | 29-year-old | Striker

2021 Salary: $1.4 million

FC Dallas

Bryan Acosta (Honduras) | 27-year-old | Midfielder

2021 Salary: $700K

Franco Jara (Argentina) | 32-year-old | Forward

2021 Salary: $3 million 

D.C. United

Edison Flores (Peru) | 26-year-old | Winger

2021 Salary: $1.7 million

Paul Arriola (United States) | 26-year-old | Winger

2021 Salary: $1.1 million

Houston Dynamo 

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Darwin Quintero (Colombia) | 33-year-old | Forward

2021 Salary: $1.4 million

LA Galaxy

Jonathan dos Santos (Mexico) | 31-year-old | Midfielder

2021 Salary: $2 million 

Javier Hernández (Mexico) | 32-year-old | Stirker 

2021 Salary: $6 million

Kévin Cabral (France) | 21-year-old | Winger

2021 Salary: $1.4 million 

Los Angeles FC 

Diego Rossi (Uruguay) | 23-year-old | Forward

2021 Salary: $1.1 million 

Carlos Vela (Mexico) | 32-year-old | Forward

2021 Salary: $6.3 million 

Minnesota United FC

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Emanuel Reynoso (Argentina) | 25-year-old | Attacking Midfielder

2021 Salary: $1 million 

Adrien Hunou (France) | 27-year-old | Forward

2021 Salary: Unknown 

Ján Greguš (Slovakia) | 30-year-old | Midfielder

2021 Salary: $883.5K 

Inter Miami CF

Blaise Matuidi (France) | 34-year-old | Midfielder

2021 Salary: $1.5 million 

Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina) | 33-year-old | Striker

2021 Salary: $5.8 million 

Rodolfo Pizarro (Mexico) | 27-year-old | Attacking Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $3.4 million 

CF Montreal

Victor Wanyama (Kenya) | 29-year-old | Midfielder

2021 Salary: $3.1 million 

Nashville SC

Randall Leal (Costa Rica) | 24-year-old | Attacking Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $477.8K 

Hany Mukhtar (Germany) | 26-year-old | Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $1.5 million 

Jhonder Cádiz (Venezuela) | 25-year-old | Striker 

2021 Salary: $1 million 

New England Revolution

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Gustavo Bou (Argentina) | 31-year-old | Forward 

2021 Salary: $2.1 million 

Adam Buksa (Poland) | 24-year-old | Striker 

2021 Salary: $1.1 million 

Carles Gil (Spain) | 28-year-old | Attacking Midfielder

2021 Salary: $2.8 million 

New York City FC

Maximiliano Moralez (Argentina) | 34-year-old | Attacking Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $3.3 million 

New York Red Bulls

Patryk Klimala (Poland) | 22-year-old | Striker

2021 Salary: $1.1 million 

Dru Yearwood (England) | 21-year-old | Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $519.8K 

Orlando City SC

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Mauricio Pereyra (Uruguay) | 31-year-old | Attacking Midfielder   

2021 Salary: $1.8 million 

Nani (Portugal) | 34-year-old | Winger 

2021 Salary: $2.5 million 

Philadelphia Union

Jamiro Monteiro (Cape Verde) | 27-year-old | Attacking Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $1.5 million 

Portland Timbers

Sebastián Blanco (Argentina) | 33-year-old | Midfielder  

2021 Salary: $2.3 million 

Jarosław Niezgoda (Poland) | 26-year-old | Striker  

2021 Salary: $908.8K 

Yimmi Chará (Colombia) | 30-year-old | Winger 

2021 Salary: $1.4 million 

Real Salt Lake

Albert Rusnák (Slovakia) | 26-year-old | Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $2.4 million 

Jeizon Ramírez (Venezuela) | 20-year-old | Winger 

2021 Salary: $401.3K 

San Jose Earthquakes

Cristian Espinoza (Argentina) | 26-year-old | Forward 

2021 Salary: $1.3 million 

Seattle Sounders FC

João Paulo (Brazil) | 30-year-old | Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $1 million 

Raúl Ruidíaz (Peru) | 30-year-old | Striker 

2021 Salary: $2.1 million 

Nicolás Lodeiro (Uruguay) | 32-year-old | Attacking Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $2.7 million 

Sporting Kansas City

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Johnny Russell (Scotland) | 31-year-old | Forward 

2021 Salary: $1.6 million 

Alan Pulido (Mexico) | 30-year-old | Striker 

2021 Salary: $2.2 million 

Toronto FC

Alejandro Pozuelo (Spain) | 29-year-old | Attacking Midfielder 

2021 Salary: $4.7 million 

Jozy Altidore (United States) | 31-year-old | Striker 

2021 Salary: $3.6 million 

Yeferson Soteldo (Venezuela) | 23-year-old | Winger 

2021 Salary: Unknown

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Lucas Cavallini (Canada) | 28-year-old | Striker 

2021 Salary: $1.4 million 

Ali Adnan (Iraq) | 27-year-old | Wing Back 

2021 Salary: $1.2 million 

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