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Miroslav Klose: “I’ve received excellent offers from Major League Soccer”

Sep 13, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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German international striker Miroslav Klose could be the next big European name to play in Major League Soccer after his deal with Serie A club Lazio expires in May.

The predatory striker has revealed that two MLS teams have offered him a deal and Klose is keeping the door wide-open to a potential move Stateside. And rumors about his future have been circulating over the past few days.

“It is a fact that I have received two excellent offers from the USA for Major League Soccer clubs,” Klose said. “My contract with Lazio goes on for another year and who knows how it will end? I don’t want to rule anything out at this moment.

Klose, 35, has equaled Gerd Muller’s goalscoring record and is now the joint-top goalscorer in German national team history. With 68 goals in 130 appearances he has bags of experience and could be yet another world class veteran striker heading to MLS. (See Robbie Keane, Thierry Henry, Marco Di Vaio et al.)

But where could the German goalscoring machine go in MLS?

Well, on Thursday afternoon Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson sent out a cryptic message concerning Klose’s comments and then quickly deleted the Tweet which was, obviously, pounced on by many as a sign that Klose will not be headed to Portland. The deleted Tweet from Paulson is below.

@MerrittPaulson: @MLS hopefully he is referring to offers he got 5 yrs ago”

The 35-year-old would definitely score goals if he made the move to MLS but he has offers to remain at Lazio and return back to Kaiserslautern where he previously played for five years.

“Do I have a future at Kaiserslautern? They are and always have been a club close to my heart. Mesut Ozil’s move to Arsenal proves once again that you can’t rule anything out in football,” Klose said. “One minute you’re happy at a club and the next you’re somewhere else.”

The door has well and truly been left wide-open. But would you like to see Klose in MLS? Another player the wrong side of 30 coming to the United States to finish off his playing days, we’ve seen this script before.

  1. wwsiralexd - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Being in Houston, we have no chance.

  2. jimmycrackcorn99 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Klose has shown in the last few months why he’s so good and why he still has a few years of very good play left in him. Depending on how Germany does in the WC, and who gets the nod for the striker position, he could be the recipient of the Golden Boot. Oddly enough, there are no true young strikers on the German squad and he may end up sharing duties with Gomez.

    Imagine the WC Golden Boot winner starting play for _____________ in the MLS after the 2014 cup.

  3. midtec2005 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    “we’ve seen this script before” This is true, but I think recent examples have shown that players have to take the league seriously or they won’t do well (Marquez anyone?). So I’d imagine he would. The level of play is pretty good now, something illustrated in the latest U.S.-Mexico match. How many of our starters were current MLS men? 6? It could have easily been 7 or 8 too.

  4. hildezero - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Klose is the only player that I can think of besides Ronaldinho, that I’m okay with to play in MLS at an old age. MLS clubs need to stop signing very old players unless if they’re called Klose or Ronaldinho.

    • braxtonrob - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      MLS needs STARS, and if the big-name ol’ fellas want to come here, God bless’em! We NEED them. (Try to factor into your opinion the fact that MLS is still competing with the other Big 3 sports in this country.)

  5. braxtonrob - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    “wrong side of 30”, so what?! Attention all world class players (that are nearing the end of your career, please come to MLS, we would LOVE to have you!!

  6. herogoesallin - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    i know klose pretty well. and he’s one of a handfull players i would sign for an mls team even with the age of 37-39.
    he is a very humble person. but he doesnt like media attention.

  7. footballer4ever - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Miroslav Klose is as close, no pun intended, to the best foreign footballer MLS could bring into the league and his not so young age won’t be a factor that will be a detrimental signing. As far as Ronaldhino goes, well, hus party lifestyle mentality makes you wonder how much better he could have been if he were to have more control of that aspect of his life. Two thumbs up for Klose to come to MLS!!!

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