- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 21, 2009
- 6 Comments
- Barcelona, Evening Links and Thoughts, Landon Donovan
I have a couple items for discussion tonight, all Major League Soccer based. I could have separated each out into their own posts but for lack of time today I was unable to do so.
First up is a little transfer rumor surrounding Landon Donovan.
According to the French soccer website 10sport, Donovan is on the verge of a move to Paris St. Germain after the current MLS season. Reports suggest that an official announcement is coming shortly. The move would be a full transfer, and not a loan.
You read that correct, a full transfer, meaning he’d be in Europe like he wanted all along.
Donovan would join fellow U.S. national team players Carlos Bocanegra and Charlie Davies in Ligue 1.
From the looks of it this would be a good move for Landon. I think the French league is pretty underrated in terms of quality and in all reality he doesn’t have to go to a big time league like in Spain or England to do well. He just needs to be himself and play anywhere really.
I do worry that he could be a bit gassed by another winter move that by the time the World Cup runs around next summer he will be too tired to be at his best.
Barcelona Interested In Buying New York Red Bulls
A very interesting development if it turns out to be true. FC Barcelona wants to be in the US that much we know, hell we’ve known that for three or four years now. They didn’t pony up the cash for Miami but you gotta believe they would do so for a club in New York. Apparently they wanted an expansion bid in New York a few years back.
Now they look to possibly buy the Red Bulls away from the energy drink giants in Austria. More than likely they’d be Barca New York or something lame like that.
Still you have to wonder if this would be a good move for the club and the league. The league knows how important a quality club in New York means to the image and the growth of the league. A successful club in New York goes a long way in getting more butts in seats and more cash in pockets of owners.
Do I think this is a good move? I honestly don’t know. The Red Bull owners currently don’t seem to give a damn about this bunch even with the new stadium on the way. My best if they did sell the club the stadium wouldn’t be in the package, thus meaning Barca would be renting it out.
San Jose Response To Recent Talk
Even if it was a lame post on Big Soccer by some exec over at the Quakes, you do have to give them a little bit of credit for at least trying to sound like they are doing something here. Still this group has to get something going here real soon before more folks start calling for another Quakes team to be moved. Its really put up or shut up time in San Jose.