The FIFA World Cup and Landon Donovan's 91st minute goal helped add some popularity to soccer in the United States. Then, French star Thierry Henry decided to sign with the New York Red Bulls as the biggest soccer star to make a splash in the MLS this summer. Now it looks like Henry may have company and competition.
The owner of Real Salt Lake, Dave Checketts, publicly announced to radio station KALL that another superstar of the soccer world will be arriving in the United States. There was never a naming of said player. When you put all the pieces together, you can see that Ronaldinho is most likely the player.
Checketts said that the superstar arrival will not involve his own team instead he mentioned LA in his comment and that the player is very recognizable. He also said that the guy "might" be Brazilian.
Los Angeles will have to pay a tax if they are indeed the winners of the Ronaldinho sweepstakes. They have Landon Donovan and David Beckham already on the team and those two superstars already have hefty contracts.
Most players only look at the MLS when they are the low end of their career and still want to play soccer. It is an easy way to may a buck and the competition is easy. The Henry and Ronaldinho signings could be strong indications that this is the case.
Ronaldinho was once the two-time FIFA Player of the Year. He was left off the Brazilian squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He has not been the same superstar that he has been in his hey-day that was mostly seen during the previous World Cups.
There were reports that Ronaldinho was going to play in Brazil next year, but that was shot down after careful examination of his Milan contract.
If he were to pass up on Brazil's offer and choose the MLS, the Los Angeles Galaxy would look unstoppable. They have MVP Landon Donovan, also known as Mr. USA soccer after his dramatic goal against Algeria. David Beckham and Donovan Ricketts are amazing in the league and the youth movement is impressive.
Let the countdown start for Ronaldinho's arrival in the United States and MLS' growth in popularity once again.