Different clubs have different models. Each can be successful in their own right, when conducted properly, of course, but there are certain approaches that tend to be smarter than others. Spending lavishly on average performers, for instance, is not the wisest move.
And as Major League Soccer has expanded in recent years, there are an increasing number of approaches to assembling a team across the league, some more successful than others.
So, with all this in mind, here are three successful models in MLS that other teams might want to take a look at.