Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MLS tids

A couple MLS tidbits, first off the MLS season openers have been announced. Check out MLS.com for the full list. The one that jumps out at me though, is the first Canadian derby between Vancouver and Toronto. This is a tasty match-up on opening day. I can picture it right now, Vancouver routing TFC in the fashion of SSFC thumping the NYRB two seasons ago. Hopefully, MLS will get the marketing team behind this one as it could be massive for MLS in the Great White North.

Secondly, MLS/LA Galaxy are rumored to have tabled a $10 million a year deal  to Ronaldinho. 'Dinho is unhappy with his playing time at Milan as the re-emergence of Clarence Seedorf, the steady play of Kevin-Prince Boateng and the flair play of Robinho have seen the former World Player of the Year relegated to the bench. If the Galaxy is to get Ronaldinho one would think Milan will want a transfer fee somewhere in the region of $5-$15 million. Milan currently has a massive wage bill with the likes of Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Pato just to name three. There's no way they'd let 'Dinho walk away for peanuts, much less free. Milan will also look to purchase Ibrahimovic outright at the end of the season and may bid for Mario Balotelli, therefore they'll need for more cash for this to happen. With MLS reluctant to pay a transfer fee I cannot see this deal happening; much like I can't see Robbie Keane coming to MLS. MLS has to break the bank in their terms and with Ronaldinho's waning play and waning marketing ability it would be ridiculous to sign him. Where is LA to find the money to pay him? They've got Beckham and Donovan on DP money. Buddle isn't cheap and they are trying to negotiate with Juan Pablo Angel. This is just another reason I can't see 'Dinho in MLS unless Donovan or Beckham are permanently moved this winter; as they're both actively seeking loan moves again.

Ronaldino's current top destination is Palmieras in Brazil and many Brazilian stars love to return home as we've seen with Robinho, Roberto Carlos and so many more.

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