Ronaldinho Heading to MLS: Could He Be the Portland Timbers’ New Designated Player?
Thursday, October 08, 2015
The Portland Timbers are currently in the race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Presently, they sit in sixth place, tied on points with the San Jose Earthquakes. When it comes to creating and finishing chances, they are deficient in these departments and should be looking to acquire the services of the veteran midfielder. According to Goal.com, Ronaldinho has been linked to the LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls in the past, with the Red Bulls being favorites to land the 35-year-old. It has been reported that the Galaxy signing of Steven Gerrard and Giovanni dos Santos utilized all three of their allowed designated player signings (Robbie Keane being the third). On the other hand, the departure of Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill freed up some spots on the Red Bulls roster, giving them an acquisition advantage. The MLS rules states that each team is allowed a maximum three designated player signings on their roster of 28 players. Also, each team has a right to eight international player slots on their roster. There are really no limits to how many international players teams can have because these spots can be traded. Even though there is a possibility of Ronaldinho going to the Red Bulls, there is also a chance of him coming to Portland if franchise owner Merritt Paulson is willing to spend.
The Timbers do have a reputation for purchasing South American players, particularly Argentinians. Diego Valeri, Norberto Paparatto, Maximiliano Urruti, and Lucas Melano are all from Argentina and represents the team. Many of the Timbers-faithful would agree that it's time for Mr. Paulson to do his shopping next door to his usual spot. It would be a nice change to have a Brazilian brought to Providence Park, specifically Ronaldinho. Imagine what that could do for ticket and jersey sales? Not that the Timbers are struggling when it comes to selling out the stadium, but they could easily raise ticket prices and people would still come from all over to watch a legend – I mean, hello! We are talking about Ronladinho.
Imagine having Ronaldinho, Nagbe and Valeri in the same midfield? The Timbers needs more “big name players” if they are to have anymore success. It is evident how influential these veteran players are on their respective teams in the MLS. Didier Drogba, Sebastian Giovinco, Robbie Keane and David Villa are just a few examples of foreign players who came and made an immediate impact in the league. Without a doubt, the Timbers acquiring Ronaldinho would do more than just attracting attention; this move would also bolster the Timbers attack, resulting in more goals – something the Timbers desperately need.
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