Is This Rumor Good News?

A bunch of different media outlets are reporting that the LA Galaxy may have a chance to sign the player of this generation, Zinedine Zidane. Every American knows who he is because of the greatest pro-wrestling style headbutt ever, he administered to Marco Materazzi at the 2006 World Cup. Any soccer fan realizes the revolutionary way in which Zidane played the game. Seems like a win-win situation for the MLS but it isn't at all.

Signing Zidane would show me that the MLS are using the Beckham-rule for the wrong reasons. No doubt if Zidane can still lace up his boots he would be the best midfielder in the MLS. The guy is a once in a lifetime talent that would, no doubt, bring a higher level of play to the MLS. Problem with all of this is that Zidane is 35 years old. At Real Madrid he got to retire his club career like a player of his stature should; with a brilliant retirement game against Villareal where he was sent off like a king. Then at the World Cup he lead his team to the final in one of the greatest performances in world sports history. Obviously, he marred the final with his legendary temper but he got a fitting send off. World Cup 2006, for better or worse, was all about Zinedine Zidane. From his genius against Spain and Brazil to his darker side against Italy. Zidane is a player that any person who touches a soccer ball attempts to imitate. His skillful ball control and passing are second to none in the history of soccer. In the history books, Zidane is going to be up there with the Pele's, Maradona's, and Beckenbauer's.

If the Galaxy sign Zidane what they are doing is saying "Come To The MLS For A Glorified Victory Lap". The 2006 La Liga Season and the 2006 World Cup were Zidane's deserved victory laps. There is no way in hell Zidane would go back to a league in Europe to continue his career. America is an alternative for him to play in relative obscurity and cash in big on merchandising and endorsements. Let the legend live in all real soccer fans minds and not in those shitty looking Galaxy jersey's playing next to Beckham. This signing would set the MLS back to original days of the league where guys like guys like Carlos Valderamma cashing in paychecks well past their prime.

I say no to Zidane and this is coming from a guy who would've done anything to have seen him play in person. This news is so disappointing to me as a person who wants the MLS to become a long-term success. A year ago I would have said this is great but not now, the league has its star in Beckham. These tactics are useless for the MLS, they got the biggest fish in the sea. If Beckham can't generate interest nothing possibly could.

P.S. For Freshman and Brendan, Welcome to the Coca-Cola Championship West Ham. Fight on towards the quadruple Chelsea. Carefree we are just carefree.

LA Galaxy president "opens door" to ex-Real Madrid star Zidane

4 Responses to “Is This Rumor Good News?”

  1. # Blogger B. Marcks

    Fox Sports is saying Zidane to the Galaxy, yet SI is saying Zidane to Chivas. I wonder if it was just a mixup with the L.A. teams (being that the only people who follow MLS are us) or if there's more than one squad going after him.  

  2. # Blogger J Cramer

    I've heard Galaxy everywhere but I could see that happening to. He shouldn't be doing this. The MLS shouldn't be doing this. I shouldn't care this much.  

  3. # Blogger Freshman

    I will reserve judgment until I know how much he's being paid. Then I will enter "upset" mode or "nodding in quiet approval" mode.  

  4. # Blogger J Cramer

    It will be well over what Landon is making. No way Zidane even gets up in the morning for less than 80,000 a week.  

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