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DP soccer rule change allows younger players to join MLS.

NEW YORK — Five years after its introduction revolutionized the face of the league, the Designated Player rule just got a whole lot younger.

On Tuesday, MLS unveiled a new type of DP mechanism that is projected to bring in a new crop of young international stars to the league.

Young Guns will soon be easier to get for MLS clubs.

Beginning in 2012, teams can acquire Designated Players based overseas who are 20 years of age or younger for a budget charge of only $150,000, while Designated Players between the ages of 21 and 23 will count just $200,000 against a team’s salary budget. Current DPs represent a $335,000 hit to a club’s player budget of $2,675,000, regardless of their age.

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