At 34 years old, Guillermo Franco has just about done it all. He's played in two World Cups, starred for Monterrey and been a significant contributor in La Liga and the EPL. Currently without a team or a contract, Franco is considering his next move.
Among the places he thinks would be good for him are MLS. In an interview with FutbolMLS.com, he points to the experience of former teammate Cuauhtemoc Blanco and thinks the U.S. could be a good fit.
"Cuauhtemoc Blanco has spoken highly of the American league and that is why I'm interested in going to MLS. I was told it's a very competitive tournament that has grown in recent years. He has spent several years there, so I have the best references for MLS," Franco said.
From the sound of it, though, Franco is very much in the fact-finding stage. He's also considering in places like Qatar and Dubai, and would ultimately like to play for Monterrey before he retires.
"Today we are experiencing a very strong and very sad drug specific situation. I spoke to many friends who have left town because the situation is very delicate and that has changed the landscape. ... So hopefully in the future that will change because my idea is to retire there."
While playing in Monterrey, the Argentina-born striker became a naturalized Mexican citizen. That's also where he enjoyed the best form of his career, scoring 63 goals in 119 matches. Since then he has played for Villareal in La Liga and most recently for West Ham United in the EPL.
Among the teams that might be a good fit are the Chicago Fire, who already have fellow Mexican International Nery Castillo, are in need of a forward to replace Brian McBride, have some salary cap space and also employed Blanco during his MLS days.