Happy Hour Kicker: More Former MLSers On The Return

Happy Hour Kicker: More Former MLSers On The Return

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 26, 2008
  • Cory Gibbs, Eddie Lewis, Summer Transfers

Hope everyone is having a nice Thursday as we gear up for another MLS Primetime clash tonight with Houston and Dallas. In the meantime let’s dive back into the rumors and speculations surrounding some former MLS players returning to the States to play in the league once again.

We’ve talked about the Brian McBride return almost to death. Yesterday we touched on Nate Jaqua, Joseph Ngwenya and Josh Wolff. Today we get the likes of Robbie Russel, Cory Gibbs and Eddie Lewis.

Yeah, seriously. I’ve seen Gibbs’ name out there for a couple weeks in talks of coming back. Some even have speculated he would return here to Dallas (where he was originally apart of the pre-FC days with the Burn). He has battled some injuries and will officially be a free agent on Monday as his contract with Charlton will be over. Gibbs never saw the field in two years with the EPL-side thanks to those injuries.

The question remains, if you are a MLS club in need of some defensive help do you go after the oft-injured Gibbs? More than likely since he has seen time with the National team he will be placed in that McBride-like allocation group, meaning clubs like Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy and Colorado will have the first strike at him if he does decide to return to the league. I doubt Dallas still holds his rights, usually those expire after two years.

I just wonder if any of those clubs would take a chance on a guy like Gibbs. I’d love to see him healthy again and playing though so it may be a risk that is worth taking in the end if he does return to full form and helps out on defense. You know LA would love to be able to get a solid defender on their roster.

Then you have Russel.

He isn’t has high profiled or even expected to fall into any allocation group but more than likely will be placed in those popular lottery groups. He has bounced around from a couple Scandinavian leagues over the last couple years. Most recently with Danish side Viborg FF.

Russel hasn’t made it clear if he is indeed coming back to MLS or not. He was originally drafted by the Galaxy after his days in college with Duke, but he decided to not sign with the club and pursue work elsewhere in Europe.

Would the soon to be 29-year old left back work out for any MLS side right now. I would think so. He has solid experience and any team would probably be pretty lucky to get their hands on him if he does come back to the States.

Lastly today we have Eddie Lewis.

We all know he is currently with Derby County, who just got demoted out of the EPL this year after probably one of the most embarrassing seasons of any professional sports team. The 34-year old Lewis is willing to return to the States to finish out his days. The thing is, most teams may not be willing to use their allocation spot to get him. I honestly only really see San Jose being willing to sign Lewis, and that isn’t a bad move for the Quakes at all.

Anyone see Lewis going anywhere else? Right now I surely don’t.