MLS Jumble: Who’s Coming The Other Way?

Question: Which overseas player would you like to see in MLS this year and for what team?

Joe, Miami Monsters: Won’t happen till the World Cup is over but I would love to see Thierry Henry on the Red Bulls. He is still amazing and I would love to see him face up against some up and coming US players.

Arguez, pinballing around overseas...

Charles, MetroStars:  If he doesn’t get a fair run-out at his new Portuguese club Estoril, Bryan Arguez (44 caps, 2 goals for various US youth national teams) should consider a move to MLS at the end of the 2010-11 season. It’s been about 2 years for Arguez overseas now, and he has only made one first-team appearance since August of 2008. Perhaps he fits at San Jose, as the Quakes clearly need help. Allocation pending.

Villarreal's Senna: Sunsetting his career in the land of rain?

Connor, Ninety PlusMarcos Senna to Seattle Sounders FC.  If there’s one thing that Seattle lacks, its a talented, relentless destroyer to play behind Ljungberg.  Senna fits that bill.

Chris, Dynamo Fan:  The popular rumor is Thierry Henry to the Red Bulls which would be a nice headline grabbing move for a team that could certainly use another scoring threat. If we’re playing the game of ANY overseas player, I think someone like Didier Drogba would do well with the physicality of MLS and would make a great striker partner to Brian Ching for the Dynamo. He would most likely get sent off once every three matches or so, however.


Just one more Jumble question left.

10 responses to this post.

  1. I disagree about Seattle. I think Osvaldo Alonso is excellent. I would rate him in the top half of the defensive mids in MLS


  2. Posted by averyraimondo on 2010/03/31 at 7:50 AM

    I agree with Evan. Marcos Senna would be a great addition to MLS, but Seattle is one of the few teams in the league that don’t need a destroyer. Osvaldo Alonso may be the best player in the league in terms of salary ($65,000 in 2009).

    With that said, the two players that I’d love to have in MLS and that may be semi-realistic are Riquelme and Deco. I know their playing styles may not fit with the physicality of MLS, but they would still be able to excel in MLS as their skill is just so much higher than anyone else’s.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/31 at 8:19 AM

      Deco — great call. Throw in Seedorf as well, but Deco…

      A few reasons I like it, one likely on his way out of Chelsea.

      Two, I can’t think of another former Portugal star or current Portugese star.

      Three, I watch Freddie Ljundberg make sublime passes, I can only imagine Deco’s ability trumping that.

      Again, no experts, but thoughts about RSL? Findley in front of him, Beckerman behind him, no more Mathis.


  3. Posted by averyraimondo on 2010/03/31 at 9:10 AM

    Deco could certainly fit in at RSL, but the one problem is Javi Morales who is extremely hot and plays in the “playmaker” position for them. Now if you have the opportunity to bring in a player of Deco’s quality, you certainly find a suitor for Morales.

    Other options that I see are:

    Los Angeles Galaxy: With Donovan possibly leaving this summer and Beckham out injured, the Gals could use some star power and attacking creativity.

    Chicago Fire: Blanco left for Mexico this offseason and Saturday’s match against the Red Bulls seemed to show that the frontline and midfield were disconnected. They need someone to provided chances for Brian McBride and Collins John. Plus, they have the defensive personnel in midfield to shield Deco.

    New York Red Bulls: Deco would work here for a couple of reasons. First, the Red Bulls really want to play to the Brazilian and Portuguese population in the Ironbound district around the Red Bull Arena (bringing in Santos for opener). Second, Backe has spoken of how he wanted to bring in a central midfielder who could dictate a match. Third, the Red Bulls want to use their second DP slot.

    Also, check out this article about bringing in Clarence Seedorf to MLS.


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/31 at 2:52 PM

    If you’re talking about a trequartista, Zidane would have been great to get in 2006. What a player he would have been in the MLS?

    I think Zanetti would be a great add – he’s not an automatic starter for Inter, but he is still a very very good player.


  5. Posted by Kevin on 2010/03/31 at 3:40 PM

    You make me think which i don’t like but I’ll say someone going to Houston. Benny would fit in. He would fit in great and he speaks English.


  6. […] Our MLS Jumble guys this week had a few really good suggestions as well. […]


  7. Posted by Peter on 2010/04/04 at 7:14 PM

    I’ve been thinking about this and trying to come up with names of people not looking to enter the MLS Assisted Living Home like Raul and Henry. Seeing as how MLS doesn’t pay transfer fees, this piece — — mentions Ballack, Kevin Kuranyi, and Morten Gamst Pederson, among others. I’m not a Ballack guy, but others it mentions seem like they could work? Lyon’s Kim Kallstrom or Sidney Govou anyone?


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/04 at 9:11 PM

      Kim Kallstrom is highly underrated in my book and still have some years left in Europe.

      Michael Ballack….yawn for his play, the bird for his sportsmanship.


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