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Maybe there IS something to Manchester City defender Gael Clichy’s interest in MLS

Aug 27, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

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Generally speaking, a player from Europe saying he “would be interested” in MLS someday should generate all the excitement of a plain white rice meal.

These assertions typically mean zilch, frequently amounting to zilch. After all, what is a player supposed to say when some member of the fourth estate sticks a recorder in his face and asks, “Would you ever play in MLS?”  The only answer that doesn’t make you look like a jerk or a nitwit is, “Of course I would consider it someday!”

But the news this morning (well, let’s call it “news-lite”) that Major League Soccer has piqued some interest in Manchester City defender Gael Clichy actually has a little something behind it.

Clichy (pictured above) has clearly spoken to fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry on the subject. What Clichy told Goal.com about Henry: “He says he loves New York and says MLS is getting bigger each year. It makes you think that if the opportunity comes, why not try MLS?”

In this case, Henry’s endorsement carries substantial weight; New York’s star striker is one of the best players ever produced out of France, perhaps second best over the last 30 years, behind only peerless attacker Zinedine Zidane.

Further, don’t forget that NYCFC will be owned by Manchester City. That’s Clichy’s current Premier League address. So it’s no extraordinary leap to wonder if the 28-year-old back may stay “in the family,” so to speak, whether that’s straight-away or a couple of years into the club’s existence.

NYCFC begins play in 2015.

  1. hildezero - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he does come to the MLS, especially to NYCFC.

  2. mkbryant3 - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    He said “MLS” and not “the MLS”, so that’s a great start right there.

  3. danielofthedale - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Is outside back really a spot you want to use one of your teams 3 DP spots on? Does he have what it takes to move to the midfield? I just don’t think he would be a dollar and sense fit for MLS.

    • btbx11 - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Clichy can play anywhere on the left. His best position after left back would be as a left winger, however in the same vein I don’t know that you’d want to use a DP spot on someone playing in their 2nd best position. He is versitile though.

  4. hildezero - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    @mkbryant3

    Focusing on just that makes you a douche. Pretend you didn’t post that comment and restart your life.

    • wfjackson3 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      You must be new around here. I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt because of that. However, you should know that PST has been plagued by a series of new, very poor commenters and you appear to be one of them. On the other hand, mkbryant3 has been commenting here for at least as long as I have, and I can assure you he or she does not need to restart their life.

      So please, calm the hell down.

    • 77cjh77 - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      @hildezero

      your comment makes you look like 10 times douchier than mkbryant. pretend you’re not a pathetic little person and piss off

  5. jackalope78 - Aug 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I’m a Citeh fan, but not a Clichy fan. I’d like to see him go back to France and stay there.

  6. hildezero - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    @wfjackson

    I been commenting here for a while. I’ve never seen you here before. You must be new. You on the other hand seem like a poor soccer knowledgeable commenter. Mkbryant NEEDS to restart your life and it appears to me, that you do to. Why don’t you try leaving soccer related comments next time.

    GTFO and calm your shit down.

  7. hildezero - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    *his

  8. hildezero - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    @77cjh77

    How does that make me look any douchier? Don’t be pathetic now…

  9. bobinkc - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    What exactly would make Clichy anything other than yet another aging European player who wants to finish out his career making another million bucks by playing in the minor leagues? We need to concentrate on our own home-grown talent that is just now starting to come of age and try to keep them in the US instead of having them head for Europe at the first drop of a million bucks.

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