10 La Liga Players Who Could Come To MLS
Major League Soccer is likely to see its popularity increased since the signing of Mista by Toronto FC and Thierry Henry's move to New York.
With the league hoping to increase its quality of play, several Spanish players could be good fits to travel west.
Here are some players who could be looking at a move to the MLS.
After the decent run with Mexico in the World Cup, Marquez has had about enough of sitting on Barcelona's bench. Still at a relatively young age for a defender, Marquez could prove a superb asset for a MLS team.
New York has shown some serious interest, but Los Blaugranas do not want to let him go without a fee. The rumors are that it would take seven million Euro for the Mexican to join the Red Bulls.
Robert Pires—Free Agent
After seeing his contract end with Villarreal, Pires made sure to announce he was not about to retire anytime soon.
Even though he is closer to his 40s than his 30s, several low-tier Spanish teams have shown interest in the former Arsenal and France legend, but he wants to make sure he will get playing time.
The MLS could be a fresh, attractive destination for the Frenchman, especially after the arrival of former teammate "Titi" Henry.
David Albelda—Valencia CF
The Valencia captain has basically had no playing time in the season that just ended, participating in just a handful of games with the team.
The 32-year-old Albelda will need to leave the coastal town if he wants to keep playing, especially after a crazy year where he argued with former Valencia coach Ronald Koeman and even Valencia's president and fans.
The MLS could provide him a decent competition without having to settle for a lower salary.
Even though Marchena has been a greater part of Valencia's squad than his teammate Albelda, he is doomed to have less and less playing time with coach Unai Emery.
At age 30, the recent World Champion could join Mista at Toronto FC. Even though the rumors are still too new, this transfer could happen.
Duscher has played for Racing Santander, Deportivo La Coruña and Sevilla in the last decade, and last season he announced he would walk away from the latter club if he did not get more playing time.
Even though Duscher would not be a very spectacular player, he is without doubt one of those midfielders a team needs to clinch a title.
Two King's Cups and the same number of Spanish Supercups give him credit in that regard.
This Spanish striker has played about anywhere in Spain, and even for Bolton in England. But at age 35, he has been relegated to the bench in second division Albacete.
Even though he has played less than 20 games in the past two seasons, he has managed to score five goals each year, so he could still be very valuable for a MLS team.
The 32-year-old Spanish midfielder has spent a lifetime in Betis' midfield, but after the side did not achieve promotion to La Liga this year he decided to leave the entity and look for a different alternative.
MLS could very well use the magnificent touch of this skilled midfielder.
Jose María Guti—Real Madrid
This brings us to one of the most skilled midfielder in the history of Spain, although one of the most irregular as well.
Guti is seeing his Real Madrid spell end with Jose Mourinho's arrival, but he has admitted to desiring a stay in the Middle East or in the States.
MLS would only be fortunate enough to have the latter option come true. He is an authentic magician.
Jerzy Dudek—Real Madrid
Dudek has spent the past three years in the shadow of Iker Casillas, who recently became another World champion, and will be leaving even less space for the Polish goalkeeper to play.
At 36 years of age, he could join Kasey Keller as one of the most talented players in the league.
Raúl Gonzalez Blanco— Real Madrid
Here he is—Major League Soccer's dream when it comes to a player on the level of Thierry Henry or David Beckham. And Madrid's true legend still has three to four years of amazing soccer to show.
Even though Germany is the most likely destination for the El Siete, thousands of MLS fans can only hope he will make true his promise to one day play in the States and bring his family to New York with him.