Jan 27, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT
Rio Ferdinand was a very good central defender in his day. So, no offense here, but …
The guy is 35, well into the winter of his career. Plus, he was always subject to the same kind of mass media over-valuation, over-hype and overrating that typically comes attached to so many England players.
All of this is to say to England’s Daily Mirror (suggested motto: “We report rumors and hearsay – heck, some of it has to be right!”): No, we aren’t such a soccer backwater that we believe Ferdinand is a U.S. star in the waiting.
This bit of journalism hooey says Ferdinand’s “stock has never been higher in the US and he is giving it serious consideration.” It also refers to “the MLS,” which wasn’t and never has been a correct reference. But, hey, they’ve only had 19 years to get that one right, so we’ll slide ‘em a little slack.
More specifically: There is not one bit of truth to the silly, self-important notion in this story that Ferdinand would “become the league’s biggest star since David Beckham.”
I’m thinking that moniker belongs to Thierry Henry. Surely the Mirror writers have heard of that guy, a World Cup and European Championship winner who scored a goal here and there for Arsenal.
Or even Clint Dempsey (as the biggest MLS star since Beckham). Heck, I’d put Kasey Keller, Michael Bradley, Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and maybe some others ahead of Ferdinand in terms of name recognition in our part of the world. We are not as enamored with former England internationals (the ones not named Beckham, that is) as you seem to think. Sorry to break that to you.
We are especially not enamored with former England international center backs. England midfielder Frank Lampard might be a different story if he were ever to make his way to MLS. Then again, Lampard is still a relevant figure with a Premier League contender.
By the way, some of the Ferdinand-to-MLS reports have linked the center back with the LA Galaxy. Of course they do; about half of all these silly season reports link so-and-so with the Galaxy, never mind that Los Angeles is full up on Designated Player roster spots. I mean, “details, details,” right?
Plus, the Galaxy has already shot those reports down.
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