Two years ago, when Milan playmaker Clarence Seedorf was doing television work in the United States during the European Championships, the rumors of the Dutch midfielder moving to Major League Soccer started rumbling. This was back in the halcyon days of MLS rumoring, when the move of David Beckham to LA Galaxy made anything seem possible. Now two years later, with the Suriname-born Seedorf near the end of his contract in Italy, the move seems obligatory, especially for an image-conscious star looking to leverage the last remnants of his playing celebrity.
Thus, the recent news out of Italy should surprise few with working memories, even if it's telling that the rumors still exist. Those rumors (courtesy of Football Italia) have Seedorf leaving the Serie A in June, at the end of his current deal, to pursue a place in the States, with (and I know this going to shock you) New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy his preferred landing spots.
Given current roster constraints, New York is the more likely landing spot. With the offseason signing of former Red Bull icon Juan Pablo Ángel, Los Angeles has reached MLS's maximum three designated players (players whose salaries only count no more than $335,000 against each team's salary limit, though they often make much more). New York, with Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez, have only filled two of their designated player positions.
Were Seedorf willing to take a non-designated player salary, Los Angeles would be a more viable option. But that would defeat part of the move's purpose, wouldn't it?
For either team, Seedorf would be an immediate impact player. This season, he's made 18 appearances in Milan's 25 league matches, starting 13 times and posting one goal while continuing to be a dangerman with the ball at his feet. Last season, Seedorf made 29 appearances, 25 of them starts, while scoring five times. Even at an advanced footballing age, Seedorf is still capable of being a focal point in an MLS attack.