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Galaxy Shouldn't Sign Figo

Portuguese wizard Luis Figo has become the latest former Real Madrid Galactico to be linked with Major League Soccer. Last week, reports in Portugal linked the 35-year-old with a move to the Los Angeles Galaxy, but the rumor is already dying down, as both Figo and his agent have denied accelerated talks with MLS. Even so, Ives Galarcep of ESPN Soccernet wonders just what the Galaxy is thinking if it is chasing the aging Inter Milan star.   

While the reports in Portugal don't directly link Figo with the Galaxy, Galarcep surmises that the David Beckham Circus is the only one of the two Anschutz Entertainment Group teams (Houston is the other) that would be interested in adding the former Real Madrid Galactico to its roster. Doing so, he points out, would require another designated player slot, which means squeezing an "exorbitant salary into an already stretched salary-cap situation." Indeed, after Beckham, Landon Donovan and Figo, the Galaxy would be left with about $1 million for the rest of its roster.

The other question is whether the Galaxy really needs a player like Figo. Not unless it wants last year's circus to be eclipsed by an even bigger one next year. Reuniting former Galacticos Beckham and Figo would be another huge media blast for MLS and for the Galaxy, but it would also detract from the soccer, once again. Figo, at 35, can't have more than two good seasons left in him.

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