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(Daily Mail)   Lead MLS recruitment officer David Beckham moves from LA to London, tries to convince top EPL stars like Gerrard, Carrick, Crouch, and Cole to finish their careers in America, with great wages and tons of anonymity   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
    More: Unlikely, Major League Soccer, David Beckham, EPL, Steven Gerrard, English football, Michael Carrick, Peter Crouch, Ashley Cole  
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649 clicks; posted to Sports » on 27 Jan 2013 at 7:17 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-01-27 07:21:43 PM  
Better to be rich, than rich and famous.

DNRTFA but going by the headline sounds like a plan to me.
 
2013-01-27 08:37:56 PM  
Sounds like a win/win/win
 
2013-01-27 09:31:19 PM  
Just try to get Donovan up and ready for the season. I don't think even Arena could pull off the 180 flip they did last season. God help the Galaxy if some Euro team snatches up Omar Gonzales.
 
2013-01-27 10:13:45 PM  
With Chelsea's idiotic policy regarding productive players on their 30s, I could see guys like Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard being swayed for a 4-5 year deal at like $7 million a year. Yeah, it's a step down from where they're at per year, but $30 million over 4 years is better than $10 million over one.
 
2013-01-27 10:34:54 PM  
That'll pretty much guarantee that the jokes about MLS being a retirement home for Euro soccer stars will never end. We need a few more guys like Beckham who come to the states right at the peak of their careers, not afterwards. Or hell, it'd be a huge coup if an MLS team could convince a relative youngster like Ozil to sign.

/Not that I'm complaining about Thierry Henry
//though a first championship would be nice.
 
2013-01-27 11:21:16 PM  

Satosuke: That'll pretty much guarantee that the jokes about MLS being a retirement home for Euro soccer stars will never end. We need a few more guys like Beckham who come to the states right at the peak of their careers, not afterwards. Or hell, it'd be a huge coup if an MLS team could convince a relative youngster like Ozil to sign.

/Not that I'm complaining about Thierry Henry
//though a first championship would be nice.


Beckham was nowhere near his peak - he was 32, like the four guys mentioned by subby, he was off the English national team, and spent much of his last year coming off the bench for Real Madrid.
 
2013-01-27 11:24:57 PM  
He's not really recruiting for the MLS. He's recruiting for New York and LA, the only two teams that would be able to sign big name euro players. None of the smaller market teams have a chance, despite there being a salary cap.

Meanwhile the Crew will continue to sign Argentinians and Brazilians who can't get playing time in England
 
2013-01-27 11:30:41 PM  

Swoop1809: He's not really recruiting for the MLS. He's recruiting for New York and LA, the only two teams that would be able to sign big name euro players. None of the smaller market teams have a chance, despite there being a salary cap.

Meanwhile the Crew will continue to sign Argentinians and Brazilians who can't get playing time in England


The salary cap is what will keep MLS down.
 
2013-01-28 12:00:54 AM  

meanmutton: Beckham was nowhere near his peak - he was 32, like the four guys mentioned by subby, he was off the English national team, and spent much of his last year coming off the bench for Real Madrid.


Yeah, I didn't check myself on that one. Oops. Still, I'd rather see guys come here at their peak. Right now, fat chance.

meanmutton: The salary cap is what will keep MLS down.


I understand why MLS has a cap; to keep teams relatively competitive financially, since the USA would collectively have shiatfits if a tiny pool of 2-4 teams claimed the championship year after year as it is in all the Euro leagues, but we might never have globally respected teams if we keep a cap in place. It's a sticky situation I'd say.

Do we keep the cap in a bid to maintain parity at the potential loss of competitiveness on the global scale, or do we do away with it and risk a rise of an MLS big four or something for the sake of the CONCACAF Champion's league / club world cup and/or signing big time players? And is the cap keeping MLS as a whole from getting bigger? Or does it not matter at all? Or am I just babbling and not making any sense?

The world of business in terms of soccer is really strange compared to sports only played in one or a few countries.
 
2013-01-28 12:09:10 AM  
I thought the MLS was adamant about not becoming a retirement league?
 
2013-01-28 12:24:07 AM  
It's difficult for US sports businessmen to adapt to a sport where the US isn't the biggest and most popular market. It's even harder for them to adapt to the difficulties of a sport where the US is barely a fringe player.
 
2013-01-28 12:31:20 AM  

DemoKnite: I thought the MLS was adamant about not becoming a retirement league?


There certainly are players in their early and mid 30s who are getting cast aside by their EPL teams but still have a lot left. Ignoring them because of the English fetish for youth over experience seems... Odd.
 
2013-01-28 02:02:48 AM  

meanmutton: DemoKnite: I thought the MLS was adamant about not becoming a retirement league?

There certainly are players in their early and mid 30s who are getting cast aside by their EPL teams but still have a lot left. Ignoring them because of the English fetish for youth over experience seems... Odd.


Hell, probably the best signing in league history was this guy...

4.bp.blogspot.com

...who used to rave to the press about how much he loved living in Columbus, OH of all places. Playing in Seattle or Philadelphia has got to be a better option than Leeds or Sheffield.
 
2013-01-28 03:46:57 AM  

Satosuke: That'll pretty much guarantee that the jokes about MLS being a retirement home for Euro soccer stars will never end. We need a few more guys like Beckham who come to the states right at the peak of their careers, not afterwards. Or hell, it'd be a huge coup if an MLS team could convince a relative youngster like Ozil to sign.

/Not that I'm complaining about Thierry Henry
//though a first championship would be nice.


Unless you can get the rest of CONCACAF up to the standards of the rest of UEFA and paying everyone UEFA-style wages, just accept right now that you ain't ever overtaking the England/Italy/Spain/Germany quartet. Part of the deal is getting to play other, non-domestic clubs in continental competition and I don't think Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney are keen on heading into the bowels of El Salvador anytime soon
 
2013-01-28 05:28:36 AM  

DemoKnite: I thought the MLS was adamant about not becoming a retirement league?


That's how you start. Same thing happened in Mexico 20 years ago... You won't get prime players overnight.
 
2013-01-28 07:32:25 AM  

meanmutton: DemoKnite: I thought the MLS was adamant about not becoming a retirement league?

There certainly are players in their early and mid 30s who are getting cast aside by their EPL teams but still have a lot left. Ignoring them because of the English fetish for youth over experience seems... Odd.


Most of those players are let go because they earn far more than they are worth by the early to mid thirties, and the pace of the game passes them by. if their game is suited to Italy, that's usually the preferred destination, but if not then the glacial pace of MLS is perfect.
 
2013-01-28 07:36:20 AM  
And if you think pace is over-rated, just look at Torres. He probably has only lost a step at most since his injury, but that step was the difference between a 20+ goal scorer at the top of the game, to a 8 goal benchwarmer.
 
2013-01-28 08:44:11 AM  

drewogatory: And if you think pace is over-rated, just look at Torres. He probably has only lost a step at most since his injury, but that step was the difference between a 20+ goal scorer at the top of the game, to a 8 goal benchwarmer.


Fernando Torres? He's scored 14 goals for Chelsea in all competitions and has had 31 starts this season, not really a bench warmer.

If we're looking at Chelsea, honestly, I think we should look at Frank Lampard. He led the team in scoring for the Premier League season last year, he's leading the team in scoring for the Premier League again this year, and yet he's only started 10 games.
 
2013-01-28 08:59:45 AM  

meanmutton: If we're looking at Chelsea, honestly, I think we should look at Frank Lampard. He led the team in scoring for the Premier League season last year, he's leading the team in scoring for the Premier League again this year, and yet he's only started 10 games.


And yet Chelsea isn't renewing his contract...
 
2013-01-28 09:20:33 AM  
Great! L.A. Galaxy will become this all star powerhouse team with deep pockets.
So, they'll be like the Globetrotters and the rest of the MLS will be the Generals.

/REAL fan.
 
2013-01-28 09:44:48 AM  

TonnageVT: meanmutton: If we're looking at Chelsea, honestly, I think we should look at Frank Lampard. He led the team in scoring for the Premier League season last year, he's leading the team in scoring for the Premier League again this year, and yet he's only started 10 games.

And yet Chelsea isn't renewing his contract...


And that's my point -- he's still quite capable of playing at the highest level, he's only 34 (and so has a couple years left in him at a very high level) and would be great in the MLS. Same with guys like David Gerrard, Ashely Cole, Michael Carrick, Stephen Warnock, or Scott Parker.
 
2013-01-28 02:37:08 PM  

drewogatory: meanmutton: DemoKnite: I thought the MLS was adamant about not becoming a retirement league?

There certainly are players in their early and mid 30s who are getting cast aside by their EPL teams but still have a lot left. Ignoring them because of the English fetish for youth over experience seems... Odd.

Most of those players are let go because they earn far more than they are worth by the early to mid thirties, and the pace of the game passes them by. if their game is suited to Italy, that's usually the preferred destination, but if not then the glacial pace of MLS is perfect.


I think calling the pace of MLS "glacial" is unfair. MLS seems to collect really solid athletes, and the US/Canada/Caribbean pool that stocks the majority of the league churns these guys out. It has created a tough/chippy league with a good deal of speed but with limited polish/technical ability. That's why most of the oldsters who come over from Europe crash and burn, they get beat up and blown past. If you have anything left in the toughness or speed categories though, high-level European technical ability leads you to the top of the league. That's why Euros coming over have run the gamut from Beckham/Henry to Mattheaus/Xavi, etc.
 
2013-01-28 06:19:56 PM  
What would the pace of the EPL be if they played in 95 degree heat and 90% humidity in Dallas or Houston? Or at the base of ski resorts in Salt Lake or Denver?
 
2013-01-28 06:23:53 PM  
The EPL player who would sell the most tickets in MLS is Chicharito.
 
2013-01-28 06:32:02 PM  
I could see Torres making a move ove to the MLS to avoid pressure in Europe. Plus he's lost a step due to injury
 
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