Friday, December 14, 2007

UPDATE: Juan Sebastian Veron rebuffs MLS, D.C. United


Soccer By Ives reports the deal is off!

Kudos to Jeff from Center Holds It for nailing this one: it's been announced that Juan Sebastian Veron will join D.C. United. Jeff blogged this week here at Starting Eleven about the downsides to MLS' designated player rule, and pointed toward this deal in particular. His argument is that MLS teams will start to bring in big-name attractions at the expense of developing younger players.

Veron joins D.C. United for $3 million a year. He leaves Estudiantes de la Plata this weekend and will be introduced Wednesday in Washington. Veron has a checkered history in England. Twice he was transferred for HUGE money; to United from Lazio in 2001 for $57 million, and then in 2003 to Chelsea for $30. Veron never shined for either club.

The bulk of Veron's success came in Italy with Parma and Lazio, and of course with Argentina. He was a member of last summer's Copa America team.

So MLS gets another superstar past his prime, and quickly this league is starting to take on the stench of the North American Soccer League. Are we going to look back on 2007 as the year when it all started to go badly?

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