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Xabi Alonso has considered an MLS switch, calls Liverpool more relaxed than Real Madrid

Mar 4, 2014, 7:51 AM EDT

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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted he’s considered moving to Major League Soccer when his time at the Bernabeu is over, according to multiple reports.

The Spanish international and former Liverpool turns 33 in November, and said a return his former club Real Sociedad is another option for him when his current contract runs out in 2016.

Alonso has appeared in 20 matches across all competitions for Madrid this year and also played in eight matches for Spain.

“Moving to the USA? I don’t reject that in the future,” he told France Football.

“We will see how I feel in two years’ time. I don’t discount anything – Europe, Real Sociedad or staying longer at Real Madrid if I notice that I still have the physical abilities.”

When a player is under contract and issues quotes like the above, it usually makes me wonder whether a club could get him earlier with an audacious bid. Can you imagine the immediate boost for a club like Chicago or DC should Alonso be up for the move?

Meanwhile, supporters of Liverpool will take note of Alonso’s comparing his current club to his old squad. A UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005, Alonso said he could not turn down the idea of a switch to Real Madrid when it came up in 2009.

“Everyday life in Madrid is tougher than in any other team. What the club demands is win, win and win again, and play well too.

“Liverpool have five European trophies, but it is not the same. There the daily life is more relaxed and not so heavy. At Real, pressure and demand are constant.

“But I wanted to see if I could match such a challenge.”

  1. rafibomb10 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Love to see a player like Alonso in the MLS while he is still relatively young. The quality of possession in the league is improving, but is still pretty poor. Two ways to fix that…add quality players like Alonso, and develop good American players.

    • mikeevergreen - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      I would take the entire Spain national team, period, and assign each of them to a different MLS squad. They know how to build goals. They know how to possess the ball. They know how to pass the ball. We simply do not.

      Bring it here, Xabi Alonso, and don’t forget to bring Puyol, Iniesta, Davild Villa, Fernando Torres, Pique, etc. with you. And while you’re at it, get Del Bosque over here, too.

    • mikeevergreen - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      If Xabi Alonso is coming to MLS, let him not come alone. Bring them all XA. Puyol (WGAF if he’s 35), Torres, Villa, Pique, Xavi Hernandez, Casillas, all of them. And don’t forget to bring Del Bosque.

      We have a nice game in MLS, but if you guys come over, it will get better. Americans listen, Americans learn. Case in point: Hristo Stoitchkov joining Chicago Fire in 2000. They had a couple of young punks, DaMarcus Beasley and Josh Wolff. Stoitch turned them into a couple of monsters. Wolff was the find of the 2001 WC qualifying, Beasley and another youngster, Landon Donovan, were the finds of the 2002 World Cup.

      C’mon, Spaniards, you’re welcome to come over and show us how it’s done.

      • midtec2005 - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        That’s a crazy idea… but it would be cool.

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