Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World 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
Robert Pires, in search of a 'belle ville'
May 20th, 2010 12:53PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  france, mls, philadelphia union

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Former French World Cup champion Robert Pires has told lequipe.fr that he turned down an offer from MLS's Philadelphia Union, saying he didn't want to be difficult but he'd prefer to play in a "beautiful city." And what is his idea of a "beautiful city"?

Pires, who has played his last season at Spanish club Villarreal, said the Union offer wasn't very attractive enough.

He hoped to get other offers. "If not," he added, "I'll retire."

Pires indicated he wanted to play again, though. He said he didn't want to finish on a false note.

"Even if I can't play 60 games in a season," he said, "I can bring something, my experience."

And Pires' idea of a beautiful city?

He said he hoped his longtime French teammate Thierry Henry joined the New York Red Bulls.

"That is a beautiful city," he said.



0 comments
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: May 21, 2010 at 7:35 a.m.
    Yes, New York is a beautiful city. Red Bull Arena is the state of the art club facility, located in Harrison, NJ across the river from Newark. PPL Park is located in Chester, PA right next to the Commodore Barry Bridge. My wife sings opera at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, the oldest opera house in the United States and modeled on Teatro alla Scala, Milano. With all due respect, Monsieur Pires needs a little lesson in American History and Culture. While I am a New York chauvinist, Philadelphia is not the "sewer city" it was during the time of my youth, when Frank Rizzo was its dictator. It is a modern, vibrant city with top flight museums, nightlife and history. Oh, did I mention the bell with a crack in it that was forged at the same foundry as London's Big Ben? Inscribed on it are these words, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout The Land And Unto All The Inhabitants Thereof." It doesn't get any better than that.

  1. Bob Escobar
    commented on: May 21, 2010 at 7:44 a.m.
    Pires is washout, why does the MLS keeps bringing old farts to a league that should be promoting young foreign and American players? with the salary this dick head commands, more young Americans players already playing MLS could make a little more money...and that means a better living

  1. Norm Coyle
    commented on: May 21, 2010 at 8:08 a.m.
    Sorry our city isn't "beautiful" enough for you Pires, I'm glad you won't be coming to play for the Union since you would just be another overpaid player from europe who does nothing for the team.


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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Switzerland-USA: Klinsmann seeks chemistry     
Coming off a 3-2 loss to Denmark, which featured another last-game collapse by the Americans, Coach ...
What They're Saying: Thomas Rongen    
"On the highest level, I'm not so sure that Jurgen Klinsmann is the right person for ...
MLS Power Rankings: Gritty FC Dallas tie keeps it on top    
Down to 10 men early in the game, FC Dallas held out for a 0-0 tie ...
U-17 striker Haji Wright joins New York Cosmos    
The NASL's New York Cosmos have signed 17-year-old Southern California product Haji Wright, who started at ...
What They're Saying: CMN Sports    
"As an organization, CMN Sports takes pride in providing some of the most exhilarating soccer matches ...
Road to Russia: Belize survives Caymans' scare    
Belize, Nicaragua, Bermuda and Dominica wrapped up series victories in the first round of World Cup ...
Video Pick: A 60-yard goal from young Belgian     
Marco Weymans, a 17-year-old Belgian who plays for Dutch club PSV, scored from his own half ...
Europe in a Nutshell: Big week for the British Isles     
An international break for Euro 2016 qualifying in the pursuit of Paris: Reviewing an interesting week ...
Freddie Adu signs with Finnish club KuPS    
Freddy Adu has signed a one-year contract with Finnish club KuPS, the 11th club in 12 ...
Morris replaces Johannsson on U.S. roster    
The second forward is the snake-bitten position on the U.S. national team's trip to Europe. After ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives