Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Zidane L.A. Rumors Create an Eerily Familiar Situation
U.S. Soccer Players, April 20th, 2007 2:55PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Zinedine Zidane to the Galaxy? The rumors now are just too numerous to ignore: according to reports in Italy and the U.S., the France national team legend is in talks with Major League Soccer over a possible move to L.A. to play alongside David Beckham. Pending Zidane's decision to return to professional soccer, of course-the midfield wizard has repeatedly said he intends to stay retired.

Nevertheless, Ian Plenderleith, in a column for USSoccerPlayers.com, warns that the possible addition of Zidane to the L.A. Galaxy paints a worryingly reminiscent picture to the New York Cosmos of the erstwhile North American Soccer League. As exciting as the prospect of having David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Zinedine Zidane on the same field sounds, this is exactly the path of the NASL's Cosmos, who fielded a team comprised of Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Pele. We all know what happened to the league from there: rapid expansion beyond the league's means led to an eventual collapse.

Sure, these are different times. MLS is on more solid ground than the NASL-it will survive with or without Zidane-but Plenderleith worries that L.A. would dominate MLS media coverage. One could argue it's already doing that, with the exception of the New York Red Bulls. But isn't that what MLS wanted anyway-to have its strongest franchises in the two biggest soccer cities in the U.S? Wouldn't that also raise the profile of the whole league, lifting attendances and making MLS highlights on SportsCenter all the more frequent? Sure, but history has a way of repeating itself, and as Plenderleith points out, the NASL eventually bankrupted itself trying to keep up with the spending power and media influence of the Cosmos.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
New York passes goal-anchoring law    
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill late that requires the state to come ...
Gervinho Tries to Smuggle Woman into Italy     
Apparently, AS Roma and Ivory Coast forward Gervinho tried and failed to smuggle a woman onto ...
Report: Wilshere Out Two-Three Months     
The Guardian on Monday reported that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who went off injured in the ...
Enrique: Messi to Play Different Positions for Barca    
Lionel Messi will be used both as the main striker as well as a wide forward ...
Valcke: FIFA's Reputation is Damaged    
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke on Tuesday acknowledged that it could take "years" to rebuild FIFA's ...
Ribery Rips FIFA's Ballon d'Or     
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery expects teammates Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer to miss out on ...
Pellegrini: Aguero 'One of the Best in the World'    
Manuel Pellegrini hailed hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero for rescuing Manchester City's UEFA Champions League hopes with ...
Mourinho Hails 'Complete' Chelsea     
Jose Mourinho hailed the 'complete' performance of his players as Chelsea sealed first-place in Group G ...
Report: Real Beats Barca to Promising Youngster    
Real Madrid has beaten Barcelona to the signing of promising youngster Marco Asensio, in what Spanish ...
Guardiola Hopes Messi Stays at Barca     
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he hopes "with all my heart" that Lionel Messi ends ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives