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Which MLS sides could use Tomas Rosicky?

Dec 28, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

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Tomas Rosicky’s best days are behind him, no question. Heck, the Arsenal midfielder been something closer to a peripheral figure than a central man around the Emirates for years, although he has played fairly regularly over the last couple of seasons.

At 33, he’s not getting any better, and Rosicky certainly isn’t the man who made mincemeat of the American defense back in Germany 2006; along with Jan Koller, the pair had the entire U.S. World Cup effort that year circling the drain from the earliest minutes of that mostly humbling tournament.

All that said, Rosicky certainly isn’t completely washed up. And his revelation that Major League Soccer interests him is enough to create some discussion.

Rosicky has made it clear that finishing at Arsenal is his first option, and it sounds like “first option” by a long way. But MLS is a solid Plan B, or so he says.

As for potential MLS landing spots, we can rule out some teams right away. He is highly unlikely to land at New England, Vancouver, Seattle or Portland (artificial turf). He is probably beyond financial reach of clubs like Houston, Columbus, Real Salt Lake, Philadelphia, Dallas and San Jose. Probably priced out for Colorado, too, despite the ownership ties to Arsenal.

The league champs, Sporting Kansas City? Peter Vermes’ system demands relentless running and pressing, and you have to wonder if a 33-year-old who isn’t accustomed to the heat and travel of an MLS campaign is up for that.

Los Angeles is fresh out of DP spots unless one of the Galaxy’s key men drop a retirement or transfer whopper on us.

That leaves some of the usual suspects in these potential high-profile arrangements. New York Red Bulls? Hmmm, wouldn’t Thierry Henry love a midfield man with Arsenal ties to get him the ball in better places, a sophisticated passing link between Dax McCarty and Tim Cahill?

Toronto FC? Well, Tim Leiweke does have that short list of names that fit the bill from a competitive and a marketing standpoint.

Chicago could certainly use a creative element. And Rosicky would certainly improve Montreal’s midfield.

  1. mvktr2 - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    No thanks. If he were 30, sure. Instead I’d rather see another Argentinian playmaker in the league for considerably less cash. Higuaine > Rosicky.

    • bear06 - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      It’s Higuain. Also Rosicky would be good for the league.

      • Sgc - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Also, I’m not fond of that generic “good for the league” argument. There are lots of guys who would be “good for the league” and precious few DP slots that clubs will actually fill with 7-figure rosters (no more than 10 I’d say). For those few slots, I’m pretty sure we could find better “for the league” than Rosicky.

      • bear06 - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Have you watched Rosicky play? He’s a quality player that a bunch of teams would easily give a DP contact to.

    • mikeevergreen - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      His body is 30 – he doesn’t have quite the wear-and-tear of others his age. He has a cracker of a shot from 25 yards (think that Dillon Powers goal that got listed in NBC’s MLS top-5 for the season).

      Chicago Fire can do a three-man mid-field rota of Rosicky, Alex, and Jeff (Crazy Red) Larentowicz. Problem is that Andrew Hauptmann is the Walmart of professional soccer.

  2. Sgc - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I was gonna be the guy to put it out there, but the first post kinda covered it: I don’t see anyone offering DP money for Rosicky, between him being not really that famous here and being a year or two older than what an MLS team would want even from a ‘ticket seller’ player. And I don’t see him taking the 80 or 90% pay cut that a non-DP contract would give him. (I figure that like many European vets, I doubt he understands how few of the really competitive contracts are out there, or how steep the decline in salaries are after those contracts.)

    • Sgc - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      I should address why I don’t think he’s famous enough: not enough of a staple at Arsenal (never played 30 or more league matches there), Arsenal haven’t gotten close enough to titles as of late, and his World Cup exploits against the US are too long ago.

  3. handledan - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    If we’re honest with ourselves, any MLS team could use Rosicky. Arguing he’s past his prime or not a big enough name is baseless. MLS can only attract ‘older’, top-notch players and most current DPs are less well known than Rosicky.

    Having a highly technical playmaker, who understands the importance of possessing the ball, in the center of the pitch is invaluable.

    The real question is: Would Rosicky be a good investment given his history of injuries?

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