- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 20, 2010
- 4 Comments
- Robert Pires
We knew the Philadelphia Union had interest in French midfielder Robert Pires but the thing we didn’t know was if Pires really had any interest in Philadelphia. It turns out he doesn’t. In a report in L’Equipe, the former Arsenal star rejected the Union’s offer apparently because the quality of the city does not live up to his expectations.
For lack of a better reason he turned down the offer because he doesn’t find the city beautiful enough.
“I do not want to be difficult, but left to take my family away, I’d rather do it in a beautiful city. Otherwise, I will put an end to my career,” he said.
The 36-year old was thought to be brought in by Union manager Peter Nowak to give the club a true leader and someone for the young players to look up to. Now it looks like if he does come to MLS it won’t be in Philadelphia, but maybe somewhere else.
I still stand by my initial thought on where Pires would end up with in MLS and that is Seattle. I have no idea what he makes of the city but with a former teammate in Freddie Ljungberg there it still makes sense to me. But we’ll see, there is still plenty of time for Philadelphia to change his mind. Maybe Pires just doesn’t like cheesesteaks or something.