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Et Tu Zizou?

Some thoughts on the possibility of Zidane coming to MLS...

*Why would Zidane want to play in MLS?
It's a fresh start. America is far from Europe. Anschutz has a lot of money. Materazzi does not play for Columbus.

*Why would MLS want Zidane?
He would be the best player in the league. Period. You can certainly make the argument that Zidane is one of the 10 best players in the history of the sport. He's not as popular as Beckham, but he's better. Beckham brings mostly style, Zidane brings mostly substance.

*Can MLS/AEG afford him?
Yes, of course, but do they think it's worth the investment? He clearly does not attract the same mainstream marketing potential as Beckham. He would come to play football. That's it. Would that be enough to satisfy MLS?

*Okay, is this REALLY going to happen?
Ah, the big question. Like with all potential high-profile moves, there are a lot of hurdles to clear. It's a longshot -- repeat, LONGSHOT -- but there are people who believe they can facilitate a deal. The channels of communication appear to be reopening, which is a good sign. Whether it all comes together remains to be seen. We should know more sometime next week.

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2007; 8:07 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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