Potential Euro-Freebies

Potential Euro-Freebies

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 23, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • Christian Panucci, DaMarcus Beasley, Fernando Morientes, Gary Doherty, Gregg Berhalter, Jay DeMerit, Marcus Hahnemann, Steve Watson

Gregg Berhalter could be a MLSer soon?

I found this article on the always interesting No Short Corners. Greg Seltzer looks through the potential players abroad and to the South that could see their way to Major League Soccer in a free transfer sense. You know the type of deals MLS loves to get.

Anyways, Seltzer gives us a top five (and plenty of others in the honorable mention side) that could see their way to MLS in the near future. He also throws in which clubs he sees getting those players.

I felt like looking at this and giving my own thoughts to the list because I really believe Seltzer is on to something here.

His top five were:

5. Ze Roberto
4. Gregg Berhalter
3. Christian Panucci
2. Fernando Morientes
1. Gerardo Torrado

I don’t have too many issues with this list to be honest. I’d be first to say that getting Torrado in the league would be awesome, especially to the likely destination of Chivas USA. Seltzer mentions Morientes to Dallas for the obvious reasons of Kenny Cooper leaving this summer. He could be a Juan Pablo Angel type of signing for Dallas and if that is the case I am all for it.

Berhalter is an easy choice to come home before he retires from the game. More than likely if he were to at this point I could see LA grab him with their top allocation spot. Dallas wouldn’t be too bad off if they were able to land him in the allocation order either. Both clubs need defensive help.

I still don’t believe the Ze Roberto to MLS talk so I really won’t go into that one. Though I do like the idea of him in Colorado. I still the Rapids going after an Asian to be really honest with you for a higher profile type of signing.

Other guys I think could make a splash over here on the transfer-free scale (via Seltzer’s list):

Steve Watson (Sheffield Wedneday) – This Englishman screams Toronto FC to me. A 34-year-old defensive midfield just seems like the typical early season Toronto FC signing. I don’t believe there are any rumors or mentions of his name but looking through this list of players his name jumped out to me the most for Toronto.

Gary Doherty (Norwich) – An Irishman that sounds like a decent MLS prospect. He’s has mentions of a possible move to MLS before with San Jose and it could still happen before long. Recent injuries have taken him away from seeing playing time and if it keeps up Norwich could wind up releasing him.

Marcus Hahnemann (Reading) – I don’t see him moving anytime within the next year or two. In a way I think it depends on where MLS could expand to next that could determine where he could go too. He was always mentioned to go to Seattle but once Kasey Keller signed up that notion went out the window. We could still see him return to Colorado or maybe Portland if they get a club (that is if he wants to return somewhat close to home).

Zheng Zhi (Charlton Atheltic) – I mentioned above that Colorado could possibly sign an Asian and I think the Chinese caption would be a good fit for the Rapid’s midfield. He’s known as the best player in China right now and would be a huge marketing splash for any MLS club in my opinion. Think Yao Ming only in a soccer sense.

Of course there are a few other Americans that will more than likely return by the end of next year:

DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers) – My money is still on him coming back to MLS this summer.

Jay DeMerit (Watford) – This one may actually be a couple more years away but I fully experct DeMerit to return to MLS, possibly to the Fire.

Got a player you think could cheaply come to MLS?

  • Nate in the SLC

    What about my beloved Claret-and-Cobalt? Do you figure RSL to be keeping on the cheap or do you just not imagine any players would wanna play out here? I'm all for spending if these players bring quality but also put asses in the stands. . .thoughts?

  • Nate in the SLC

    What about my beloved Claret-and-Cobalt? Do you figure RSL to be keeping on the cheap or do you just not imagine any players would wanna play out here? I’m all for spending if these players bring quality but also put asses in the stands. . .thoughts?