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Barcelona’s Victor Valdes heading to MLS next year?

Jun 25, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

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Barcelona’s goalkeeper looks to have an uncertain future at the Nou Camp and while away on Confederations Cup duty with Spain, Valdes confirmed a move to China or the U.S. would interest him in the future.

The 31-year-old has 12-months left on his Barca deal and is likely to see that out and leave as a free agent next summer.

So where could he land after spending his whole career with Blaugrana?

“I do not know here, I have a year to think about it,” Valdes said. “I will not stay in Spain, but I do not mind where, when the moment comes I will decide. I have time. It could be Italy, Russia, Germany, China, or crossing the pond [to the Unites States], to go far away. Anyone who knows me knows I hate talking about money. I have never decided anything in my life for money.”

Since making his first-team debut in September 2002, Valdes has won three Champions Leagues, six La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and has been named the La Liga’s best ‘keeper on five occasions.

After rattling off all those stats, Valdes is obviously a top quality ‘keeper and any MLS side would be lucky to have him. But which club is in dire need of a goalkeeper?

Could the Philadelphia Union be searching for a new ‘keeper?  Zac MacMath has got plenty of matches under his belt in MLS, but some still question his strength and aerial ability. But it is hard to see the Union moving away from their trend of developing and nurturing young US talent.

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The LA Galaxy look to be set with Carlo Cudicini but what about the San Jose Earthquakes? With a new stadium being built a marquee signing like Valdes would go a long way to selling tickets and helping to raise the clubs profile abroad.

There are plenty of good, young American goalkeepers in MLS but Valdes is pretty much in his prime. He is only 31, and if he stays injury free you can expect at least another seven or eight seasons from the Spaniard.

If Valdes does decide to join a Major League Soccer franchise when his deal with Barca ends, that could spark a huge coup for the league. Being able to tempt one of Europe’s most successful goalkeepers to the league while still in his prime, that’s a pretty big statement right there.

  1. dfstell - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I wouldn’t say that the Galaxy are “set” because Cudicini has been a little dodgy sometimes.

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Yeah I agree. Random, not sure if you’re a Galaxy fan, but do you ever think back and remember how good Josh Saunders was for 18 months or so?

  2. canis216 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    From a stylistic standpoint wouldn’t Valdes be an excellent fit for Portland or Sporting KC, both of whom place a high premium on possession and pressing?

  3. mikeevergreen - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    As good as we are for goalkeepers, there isn’t a team in MLS that wouldn’t be improved by him. Having Basqued in the glory that is FCB Barcelona rubs off on you, and then you spread it.

  4. tylerbetts - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Isn’t someone saying they are looking at China and the US code for “show me the money”. Pretty much anytime someone lists BOTH of those as their options, aren’t they just looking to leverage them for a payday?

    • mvktr2 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      tylerbetts, China for sure, the US generally not so much … MLS doesn’t pay so well, generally speaking 😉

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