Crew Interested In Almeyda

Crew Interested In Almeyda

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 11, 2008
  • 2 Comments

It appears that the Crew are still fishing for a play-maker to join their club this season and right now they have their eyes set on former Argentine World Cup player Matias Almeyda.

The 34-year-old midfielder/defender is said to be in the Crew’s plan to sign in the coming weeks. He can play either as a defensive midfielder or as a center back. Signing him would easily fill the hole left by Marcos Gonzalez, who transfered out of Columbus earlier this winter.

For those who aren’t familiar with Almeyda, he has played for some big names clubs over the years. He started out with River Plate, where he played in 67 games over five years before transfering to Sevilla for a season. After that he turned his sights to Italy to play with Lazio, Parma, Inter Milan, and then Brescia between 1997 and 2005. Since then has has bounced around some more between Quilmes in Argentina and Lyn in Norway.

Some may recall him from the 1996 Argentine Olympic team that took placed silver in the Atlanta Games. He also spent time with the national team and saw two World Cups in 1998 and 2002.

The tough part is in all of this is whether or not he is fit to play. He hasn’t played since June of last year when he and Lyn came to an agreement to terminate his contract.

He was once one of the best Seria A players but I am concerned for his overall fitness and his actual desire to play in the league right now. Obviously Columbus has been in some sort of contact with him and his agent.

I will have more details on this as I get them. Thanks to my sources in Columbus for the heads up and for Steve Goff for posting some of his history earlier today.

  • tower0surfer

    I sure hope that this starts to get looked at more. Many teams seem to be getting old players. MLS clubs are starting to recruit old men to fill in for lousy scouting programs. I sure hope that the teams that continue to sign older players recognize the short term gain is not the best solution for their club; then again Sigi needs to win at the beginning of the season or he may be looking for work. Pretty sad when the article is highlighting 1996, 1997, 1998 as Olympic and National team glory. What does this say about collegiate and club development of our youth if teams are willing to send dollars to old men. Sad, really sad.<br />
    I hope next season a team does something stupid, say offer a huge contract to an untested college player; like say the ones that leave every year to go play second division bundesliga or on some team in Norway. NFL, NBA, and even the NHL (which we claim to have better attendance) all dish big dollars on top prospects; not because of what they have proven at the top level, but because that is how you get other top prospects to stay in your league.

  • tower0surfer

    I sure hope that this starts to get looked at more. Many teams seem to be getting old players. MLS clubs are starting to recruit old men to fill in for lousy scouting programs. I sure hope that the teams that continue to sign older players recognize the short term gain is not the best solution for their club; then again Sigi needs to win at the beginning of the season or he may be looking for work. Pretty sad when the article is highlighting 1996, 1997, 1998 as Olympic and National team glory. What does this say about collegiate and club development of our youth if teams are willing to send dollars to old men. Sad, really sad.
    I hope next season a team does something stupid, say offer a huge contract to an untested college player; like say the ones that leave every year to go play second division bundesliga or on some team in Norway. NFL, NBA, and even the NHL (which we claim to have better attendance) all dish big dollars on top prospects; not because of what they have proven at the top level, but because that is how you get other top prospects to stay in your league.