Jul 30, 2008

Johan Micoud has eyes on MLS deal

French midfielder Johan Micoud, whose contract with Girondins Bordeaux has expired, wants to join a Major League Soccer outfit, according to somebody with direct ties to the player and his agent. The 34-year old last year completed his second stint for Bordeaux. His 16-year professional career also included stops at Parma and (probably most famously) Werder Bremen after starting at AS Cannes back in 1992.

At nearly any other time in history, Micoud probably would have been a regular starter for the French national team. It just so happened that he was the same generation (and a similar position) as Zinedine Zidane et als. As it was, Micoud still won a spot on the "Bleus" team that won the 2000 Euro championships (though he didn't figure prominently). He was more of a key player (if it can be called that) on France's 2002 World Cup squad that exited after group play without scoring a single goal.

One MLS squad is said to have already passed on Micoud a few weeks ago: the New York Red Bulls, who have since gone on to sign Jorge Rojas, who plays the same position.

1 comment:

  1. That has to be very tough to handle mentally, to know that in any other period you would have maybe been a hero for you nation, but you had to be in the same generation as another more talented player.