Jul 3, 2013, 10:31 AM EST
Montreal Impact defensive stalwart Alessandro Nesta has told the BBC that will go into coaching at the end of Major League Soccer’s season. So … is that a backhanded announcement or retirement?
What the BBC said via Twitter:
Not that it would surprise anyone. Nesta is 37, and suspicion ran high 14 months ago, as one of the venerable institutions of Italian defensive excellence completed a 13th season at AC Milan, that he would retire at that point. Instead, Nesta announced a move to Montreal.
Here, he has mostly been a joy to watch, a real student of the game who can generally stay out of trouble through shrewd reading of the game. He can be beaten, however, when isolated one-on-one, the pure foot speed not being what it once was.
- Looking back on 2013: Talking through Real Salt Lake’s path to MLS Cup 1
- WATCH: PST Extra – Will Everton upset Arsenal? Can Man United bounce back vs. Newcastle? 0
- Prindi’s Premier League Picks: Sunderland and Everton to upset odds 4
- Kyle Martino chats Andre Villas-Boas drama and Premier League parity 0
- Mike Magee Wins 2013 MLS Most Valuable Player Award 5
- USA fear toughest ever World Cup draw but relish chance to make history 5
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw: Everything you need to know 3
- Premier League Playback: Moyes needs more, Suarez is Superman, Altidore (finally) off the mark 5
- What US Soccer wants from the World Cup draw (22)
- Sit down with Orlando City SC: Taking on Beckham, emulating the Timbers and Kaka in 2015 – Part I (21)
- Video of Jermaine Jones’ terrific goal Saturday for Schalke (19)
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw: The sum of all fears scenario for the United States (17)
- World Cup Draw: United States in Pot Three (11)