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Is the LA Galaxy really interested in Miroslav Klose?

Nov 26, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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Considering the moving parts this would take, and considering that Miroslav Klose is already 35 years old, we need to squint a bit to see a real possibility of the accomplished German striker linking up with the LA Galaxy.

Then again, there was a time when some of us doubted David Beckham would actually be interested in joining MLS. Times have changes, of course, and MLS is a very different place as a destination for big names out of Europe or elsewhere. Still …?

The story popped out of Germany today, indicating that one of the best pure goal scorers in the modern game may be looking at a January move into MLS. Most likely scenario: his contract soon to expire at Italy’s Lazio, some smart agent has played the MLS card. And when playing the MLS card, it is always best for max effectiveness to mention New York, LA Galaxy … or both.

Most of Klose’s distinguished club career was spent in German, the bulk with Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and then four seasons with fabled Bayern Munich. He signed with Lazio in 2011, where he remains a central figure.

Klose is level with Germany legend Gerd Müller as his country’s all-time leading scorer, with 68 international goals. (He recently had to miss German friendlies against Italy and England because of a shoulder injury.)

Klose may not have the Q Rating of a Beckham or even a Thierry Henry, but he is certainly one of the game’s more accomplished figures. He is one of just two players, along with Peru legend Teófilo Cubillas, who has five goals or more in two different World Cup tournaments. Klose also holds the distinction of being the only player in history with at least four strikes in three World Cups.

The most formidable of “moving parts” is this: despite the man’s age, Klose would almost certainly come with a DP salary. Well, the Galaxy already has three of those, the maximum league allotment. Unless Omar Gonzalez, Landon Donovan or Robbie Keane has plans on going elsewhere – and we have zero indication that anything like that will happen, as it would certainly fall into the “major shakeup” category – then this is going nowhere fast.

Still, heads up on it … because you never know.

  1. dfstell - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    It would make sense for the Galaxy to sell Omar. He’s a wonderful centerback, but you can get wonderful centerbacks without a DP salary. You need your DPs to be game changers.

    Now, I’m not sure the Klose is still a game changer or will be one for much longer. Still, getting another forward would allow the Galaxy to push Donovan back into the midfield and either have someone like Zardes coming off the bench as an impact sub OR just have someone better then Franklin or Jimenez on the right side.

    Love transfer rumors…

    • drewvt6 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Your post immediately loses credibility when you slam Franklin and praise Zardes.

      The league will see more DP CB’s in the next 2-3 years. Mark my words. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see a wrinkle added to DP rules to accomodate that.

      • bear06 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:27 AM

        How? Franklin isn’t worth what LA is paying him.

    • drewvt6 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Your post immediately loses credibility when you slam Franklin and praise Zardes.

      The league will see more DP CB’s in the next 2-3 years. Mark my words. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see a wrinkle added to DP rules to accommodate that.

  2. hildezero - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I don’t believe this. This is just a rumor from ignorant European media that aren’t even familiar with MLS’ rules and making things up. I mean, why does it always have to be just Galaxy and NYRB? Jeez!

    • danielofthedale - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Because the players coming over from Europe want to live in LA or New York. Those two are perceived as the most glitzy and glamorous (wrongly in my opinion as I think Chicago and San Francisco are every bit as nice as NYC and far better than LA). I think when Miami is up and playing they will be added to this list since players love the party aspect of the city and would find that just as big a draw as LA and New York. Now I don’t believe this, I just think this is the what the big name European stars and the press over there believe.

      • midtec2005 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Right on Daniel, I remember not to long ago a player refused to go to Philadelphia because “he wanted to be in a large, beautiful city”

        Shows how much he knows about Philly, moron.

        I don’t think a lot of Europeans realize how many large cities we have. Even the “small market” teams play in pretty large cities, for example Columbus is a large (and fastest growing in the U.S.) city with some very nice culture. Sure it’s no New York, but there’s still plenty going on.

      • joeyt360 - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        @midtex2005 It was Robert Pires who said that, for the record.

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