[MLS announced this morning that the Designated Player rule has been expanded](http://www.mlssoccer.com/content/mls-expands-designated-player-rule). The new rule will allocate two DP slots to every MLS team (an increase from the one slot previously used) with an option for every team to buy a third slot for the price of $250,000.
Furthermore, each DP signing will now count as $335,000 towards the club's payroll. The cap hit will only be $167,500 if the DP is signed midseason. These figures represent a decrease from the $415,000 cap hit taken by clubs for their DP's since the rule came into place in 2007.
For the most part, I like the rule change. DP's tend to increase the quality of play game-to-game and bring fans in -- both of which are obviously good things. However, DP's can not work out. Sometimes they don't bring the necessary effort to a club and end up hurting the team much more than they help them. Overall though, I'd say the risk outweighs the reward.
More interestingly, the rule change opens up some possibilities for the Fire... The club currently has one open roster spot and could (theoretically...) bring in a DP to fill the slot. The Fire is in need of an attacking midfielder to help facilitate the possession attack they want to implement and bringing in a skilled player from overseas could certainly help move that process along.
One players that the Fire might have on their DP wish-list is Cuauhtemoc Blanco. The former Fire midfielder's contract with Mexican side Veracruz expires in June and the Fire has previously said that they would be open to negotiating with the Mexican star when Blanco returns from the World Cup in late June/early July. Personally, I'm not sure how much I would like a return of Blanco. As we all know, he tends to spend a lot of time with the ball at his foot. Not exactly the best trait for a possession based attack...