May 21, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT
Well, I guess the last course of “Didier Drogba at Chelsea” hasn’t been served after all. It’s a little like deciding on desert, I suppose. Maybe…but maybe not. “We’ll let you know in a minute, Garçon.”
The word fell earlier today that Drogba was out at Stamford Bridge, for sure. Then, the very same outlet threw up a piece that knocked down its previous piece.
In all honesty, we should have been skeptical all along, since reports in the original piece quoted reports from another piece, which were in a different language, no less. The original ESPN Soccernet account of today’s unfolding events quoted a France Football account of today’s unfolding events. See? Fairly unstable.
So, stay tuned.
Bottom line for me? Selfishly, I don’t want to see the guy in China, as speculation has centered. Yes, he’s 34, and I’m usually the party pooper, buzz-kill machine reminding everyone that MLS is no retirement community. It’s a physical league with taxing travel demands, surely no place for men who safely stash their “give-a-care” before departure from European ports.
That said, Drogba works in “physical” the way Van Gogh worked in oils, the way Kellogg works in cereal, the way … well, you get the point. He does “physical.”
Should some MLS side sign him up for a three- or four-year hitch? Nah.
But if he can be had for a two-year deal? I’d take that in a second. A striker who knows how to manufacture big moments when they truly matter? A guy who could spot in through the long season, but potentially carry you through the playoffs the way he just carried Chelsea’s Champions League campaign? A guy who is a hot name right now, who could actually move the attendance needle a little?
Yep. Give me that guy.
Jul 23, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT
Jurgen Klinsmann has long coveted Zelalem and the 17-year old looks to be next in line to don the Stars & Stripes.
Jul 23, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
According to Fuchs, Germany and France would be happy to take over if needed.
Jul 23, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT
Sigurdsson, who scored seven goals during a loan spell with Swansea in 2011/12, returns at the Liberty after two seasons at Spurs.
Jul 23, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
Can the Spanish international be a success at Chelsea? You bet.
Jul 23, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
Is there anything Balotelli can’t do?
Jul 23, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT
Will Lampard be suiting up at Yankee Stadium for NYC FC next season? We find out Thursday…
Jul 23, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT
What would your school look like as a professional soccer team?
Jul 23, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT
The show will go on, but not in eastern Ukraine as fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the military continues.
Jul 23, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT
German boss reveals he will stay on as manager until at least 2016. Can you smell a dynasty?
Jul 23, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT
Substance over style: Barca sign towering defender from La Liga rivals Valencia.
Jul 23, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT
Will the Mexican international be moving on this summer?
Jul 23, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT
Aspas to Spanish radio: “They are treating Luis like a murderer and not like a footballer.”
Jul 23, 2014, 8:07 AM EDT
Cole: “People were killing me about possibly playing in the USA, saying it’s for the money and easy lifestyle, I choose to play in a more demanding place and team.”
Jul 23, 2014, 7:38 AM EDT
Van Gaal: “You have to fly a lot, you also have jetlag – that is not very positive for a good preparation. The tour was already arranged so I have to adapt.”
Jul 22, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT
Business up front. Defense in the rear.
Jul 22, 2014, 11:17 PM EDT
L.A. Galaxy Insider report also speculates that Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could take a Designated Player spot in Major League Soccer if he leaves Old Trafford.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT
“It’s obviously a shame he’s not here, but Liverpool is a club that’s bigger as any individual,” Rodgers said from Fenway Park.
Jul 22, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT
Inter Milan and Queens Park Rangers have swooped in for two of the Bluebirds’ best players, and Vincent Tan probably isn’t too happy.
Jul 22, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT
Shaw speaks to PST: “Manchester United are the biggest club in the world. I didn’t think twice when they wanted to sign me.”
Jul 22, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT
When a guy many consider a footballing genius gives the United States coach praise, that’s a pretty cool feather in Klinsmann’s cap.
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