Report: Eto’o headed to MLS next summer

Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea celebrates his second goal, 2-0

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A three time UEFA Champions League winner could be heading to Major League Soccer next summer.

According to a report in the British newspaper, the Guardian, Chelsea forward Samuel Eto’o has decided to come to MLS at the end of his contract this summer. The 32-year-old forward took a pay cut to move to England this past summer but his move to the EPL hasn’t gone off as well as he would have liked.

Eto’o, who is expected to captain Cameroon at the World Cup in Brazil next summer, was subject to transfer speculation last month for a move to Toronto FC. However, this report states that he’s likely to snub the Canadian club in favor of moves to either the LA Galaxy, Chivas USA, or D.C. United. The report adds that the Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire have expressed interest as well. MLS teams can begin negotiating with Eto’o’s representatives next month with as there will be less than six months left on his current contract.

MLS and Chelsea have yet to publicly comment on this report.

If the Galaxy are indeed interested in acquiring Eto’o next summer, it would mean that one of their current Designated Players, Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez, and Landon Donovan, would either have to restructure their contract or be sold. The same would apply to the Sounders, who have three Designated Players on their roster, Clint Dempsey, Osvaldo Alonso, and Obafemi Martins.

Before moving to Chelsea, Eto’o spent two seasons at high-spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, which paid him a reported €20 million per season after taxes. Prior to the big-money move to Russia, Eto’o was Mourinho’s star forward at Inter Milan, winning a Serie A title, Champions League, and two Coppa Italias.

Eto’o though really made his name with FC Barcelona in Spain, winning the Champions League twice and La Liga three times. In his final season with the Catalan club, Eto’o scored an amazing 36 goals in all competitions.

This season for Chelsea, Eto’o has scored just twice in nine EPL appearances and just four times in 15 appearances in all competitions.


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94 Responses to Report: Eto’o headed to MLS next summer

  1. chuck says:

    Chivas USA? That’d be hilarious.

    • timmytwoshoezzz says:

      Wait, someone actually thought the quality of the team and the chance to “win” actually mattered to these guys going into semi-retirement. No, when it comes to former European stars choosing a home in the next thing to retirement league of MLS, it all comes down to the three rules of real estate. Location, Location, Location.

      • Shawn says:

        It also comes down to who is going to pay them the most and that is not going to be Chivas based on history.

      • KB says:

        Is the Turkish league “semi-retirement.” Because Galtasaray does the same thing.

      • Gary Page says:

        First troll sighting for this article. Calling the MLS a retirement league is always a dead give away. When Beckham left the Galaxy for PSG, I guess that made the French league a retirement league. Did Diego Valeri come here as a DP to retire? Such nonsense.

    • bottlcaps says:

      It’s really a move to L.A. As the Galaxy would have to make some drastic changes to bring him in, Chivas does not. Most of the Euro and SA players like LA and would like to move there. Would Chivas spend the big bucks for E’to. I doubt it.

  2. M says:



    • Mickey says:

      And bankruptcy

      • Coco says:

        no it wouldn’t.

        show your work

        • Camjam says:

          .5 rating. Point Effin 5! MLS has made many mistakes, but you can’t argue with their format and where it’s already gotten them in 17 years.

          But when you’re championship game can’t draw more than a .5 then you aren’t ready for a system change.

          And regarding showing work; It was called the NASL. Maybe you heard of it (past tense, obviously).

          • Camjam says:


          • Coco says:

            NASL was over 30 years ago when soccer wasn’t popular and when there were enough domestic players to fill up a league. How long are you guys going to beat that dead horse?

            There are plenty of leagues around the world with less revenue than MLS. In fact, MLS brings in a lot of revenue compared to other soccer leagues. And EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE LEAGUES HAS FREE AGENCY AND NO SALARY CAP.

            so show your work will ya? If you’re going to just spew MLS propaganda then show your work.

            • Coco says:


            • Jason says:

              A recent interview of Garber by ESPN states more than half the teams are not making a profit. Also many teams do not have the money to spend anyway as we’ve seen most only have one DP on their team. Let’s fill those DP slots first before thinking about opening things up.

              • Ian says:

                Therein lies the rub. Coco is talking revenue. You’re talking profit. Every club brings in revenue, but like you (and Garber) said, they’re not all profitable. Until more teams reach profitability (like 50%+1), MLS will continue to lose money and salaries will remain low.

          • Luke says:

            Maybe you’ve heard of the USFL. Should the NFL be afraid that they too will fail because the USFL did? All professional leagues in the USA have had predecessors who have failed. That is the natural progression all pro sports. The lessons learned on the failure of the NASL will not be lost if the MLS does away with the single-entity format. Simple fact is no owner wants to lose money and that’s the bottom line!

            • josh says:

              Are you saying the USFL was a predecessor to NFL? What was the predecessor to MLB, or NHL? I think you might need to look up the word predecessor.

              • Luke says:

                I’m fully aware what predecessor means. Re-read my post and nowhere does it mention that the USFL was a predecessor to the NFL.
                Try using Google. Search for “Professional leagues that have folded”.

    • Scott e Dio93 says:

      Americans love socialism and communism.

      • Tony in Quakeland says:

        Americans understand the difference between socialism and cartels.

      • bakunin says:

        Once we did embrace socialism, communism and anarchism.
        As a result, we had strong unions, which gave us the 8 hour work day, weekends, the end of child labor, work place safety and many other things we took for granted. Then, with the election of Cowboy Ron and advanced brainwashing techniques; we embraced selfish greed – wrapped in pop culture. We all thought we were going to be rich and famous one day. Meanwhile, the oligarchs practiced privatized profits and socialized losses. The result was the biggest transfer of wealth in history. The elite waged class warfare on us and stole our savings and future – while we worried about Survivor, our local sports team or some celebrity slut.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      And nostalgia… as in “Remember MLS?”

    • slowleftarm says:

      Haha yeah because what they’re doing now isn’t working at all. From no professional league 17 years ago to a soon to be 21 team league almost all playing in soccer specific stadiums with higher per game attendance than the NBA and NHL. Yeah, by all means, let’s scrap that because it’s more important to be like Europe.

  3. West of the Cascades says:

    How much will the league shell out this year to make sure that Et’o can join the Sounders?

  4. bryan says:

    come to DC!

    • frank from santiago says:

      that’s were i think he’ll go. there’s room for a dp plu dc has THE money to make this happen.

      • DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

        Technically, there is room for 3 DPs. Eto’o should do very well in MLS, and we shall welcome him in DC! Close proximity to the embassy, and some of the best shopping on the East Coast. DC is usually the East Coast trial market for the latest products. Great night life, and broad acceptance of folks from other countries due to the massive diplomatic and immigrant communities. Plus a new stadium coming, and an owner tie in with his old club Inter Milan!

        Seems like a strong case.

  5. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    LA has 3 DPs. Chivas only likes Mexicans. Sounders have 3 DPs. DC is dirt cheap. TFC is going after Defoe. Skeptical about this report.

    • dude says:

      re DC: It would certainly be a test of the new owners. Thohir in particular is stinking rich, definitely has the scratch to bring in Eto’o. My guess would be that DC is financially in the running in terms of interest, but might not be where Eto’o wants to hang his hat. Washington DC doesn’t have the allure of New York or LA.

      • DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

        I agree to some extent, but DC does have it’s allure. DC is very cosmopolitan due to the diplomatic and affluent immigrant communities. Great Restaurants and shopping for people with tons of Indonesian money. Plus Thorir owns his old club Inter, so he may be thinking of DC as a way back to a long term relationship that lasts past his playing days.

    • Eric B says:

      “Chivas only likes Mexicans.”

      That and they’re also cheap…

    • Nihal says:

      I could see Omar leaving after the WC and going to Europe.

      • Chicago Josh says:

        Only if he plays like 2012 Omar. He hasn’t been as good this year and I don’t think he should be considered a lock to start for the USMNT…too many brain farts. Someone will take him in Europe only if he steps up his game.

        • kev says:

          European scouting process for MLS americans goes something like this:

          “Does he play for USA, if so, purchase. If not, do not purchase. That is all.”

  6. ELAC says:

    Eto’o to Chivas USA would give me a heart attack. Seriously.

  7. Dan says:

    If Eto’o signs for Chivas I’m sure he would arrive and quickly realize he made a mistake and thought he was signing for THE LA club

  8. Robert Kraft says:

    I wonder if I can sign Eto’o for the league minimum.

  9. El Paso tx says:

    Eto to tfc

    • MLSfan says:

      It says in the article he’s like going to snub TFC.
      TFC’s more interested in Defoe, Gilardino or that other brazillian dude.

  10. KB says:

    The big thing …. are the reports about Chelsea having a policy of only giving one-year contracts to age 30+ players accurate? It certainly appears to be consistent with their practice. That means that this year Eto’o, Terry, Lampard, Ashley Cole are all free at the end of the year. It also would mean, if true, that MLS could potentially raid Chelsea yearly with multi-year contracts.

  11. Brain Guy says:

    I wonder what rule Garber and friends will make up on the fly this time.

    • Fredo says:

      The Eto’o Rule, of course.

      • Brain Guy says:

        The utter incomprehensibilty of MLS’s roster and acquisition rules is a scandal. And Farber admits that the league even makes up new rules and procedures on the fly to desk with specific situations. If all makes MLS look less like a professional sports league and more like professional wrestling.

  12. Dan says:

    Eto’o going to DC United would clearly be 100% contingent on their getting a new stadium deal. Absolutely no way it happens otherwise.

    Now if they get that deal? Then, I could see it easily happening as part of a pseudo-rebranding for marketing purposes. Would make a lot of sense actually.

  13. Jack says:

    Inter>DCU>Eto’o a path that sounds right now

  14. sock her says:

    Not that I (or anyone outside a few high ranking MLSer’s) have any idea as to how the retention funds truly work, but I’d have to believe that Omar Gonzalez could be kept using retention funds in the way that Zusi and Beisler are in order to free up a designated player slot.

    • MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

      Retention fund?? Is that scholarship money?

    • mccul105 says:

      Not 100% sure but I believe LA used their “retention funds” when they signed Juninho after having him on loan up until 2012

      • DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

        Retention Funds are funds that MLS gives to teams in order to retain key players that might be getting underpaid, and possible transfer targets for European clubs. I know that DC got some last year for Pontius, and several other clubs did too.

  15. UnionFan says:

    Looks like the agent for Eto’o is playing the same card as Fat Frank’s agent a year ago. “Yes, we have received many many inquires about the player from MLS! Who, you ask? Oh, many, many teams like LA, DC, and many other teams in major cities!?!?!”

    I will believe it when I see Eto’o actually suiting up for a MLS team, but until then (and this goes for any other older European player), I won’t believe it till I see it!!!

    These players need 1 more contract and they want to stay in Europe, but creating a fake “market” for them is only so they can have a little leverage when negotiating their last deal!

    I just wish someone from MLS would come out and say “the player in question would most likely not accept what MLS really think that player is worth, so no, we don’t see that player coming to the league!”

  16. beachbum says:

    Come to the Galaxy!!! That would be AWESOME

  17. Mikebsiu says:

    Lol….. Yeah I’m sure my chi fire will sign him!

  18. Eric W says:

    Boston is a lovely town.

  19. Travis says:

    Would really like to see him go to DC, that team needs some life but it probably wont happen as long as theyre trapped in RFK

  20. Puffer says:

    This would never happen, but he would be a great fit for the Revolution offense. Nice fluid striker

  21. Quit whining about soccer in the US says:

    I can’t believe.that a.guy would use MLS as leverage, so it must be true. See you next summer Eto

  22. byob el paso tx says:

    So eto joins the history of top talent coming to MLS but will he come in true life. What happen to my dream player of ronaldinho comin to MLS. Not only ronaldinho but, lampard, owen, raul, kaka, drogba, palermo, and the list is long.
    I also wonder, if cities like chicago, boston, nyc, dallas, LA,tfc, dc, montreal, denver all had downtown stadiums, would it be easier for a top player to come to MLS. Not only the big markets but teams like san jose, columbus, philly.
    For example, if im drogba and i dont know a lit about MLS but i tour denvers.downtown soccer stadium or dallas downtown stadium or columbus downtown stsdiun, i would actually pick denver over LA or dallas.
    I just think, MLS needs to open their doors to all, and give them a tour of MLS cities in order to show them, their is more.than LA and new york.
    Is nit like they are going to live in the ghettos right.

  23. TomG says:

    Wow, I love my snark as much as the next guy, but the snark to substance ratio in the comments is really rough lately. Every big dp signing is incredibly interesting to analyze and predict IMO. Certainly a gigantic name and talent (at one point anyway). A couple red flags: he’s a 32 year old speed guy and speed starts to decline about that age. I think he’s got enough skills to compensate, though a la Robbie Keane. He has also already spent two years in a mid level league (Russia) and didn’t seem to dominate (13 and 10 goals). Does he have the insane innate competitive streak that Keane, Henry, Cahill, Beckham, DiVaio, etc have that allows them to keep playing at the highest level even though theyre in a lower league and older? Will he treat this as a pay day or will he be motivated? Anyone follow his career close enough to comment?

  24. Neruda says:

    Seattle making Alonso a DP rules them out of the eto sweepstakes. GAM is out so they need martins, Dempsey isn’t going anywhere and Alonso isn’t getting any love from Europe. Sounders are set at DPs for next year. This sounds like the agent of eto is trying to churn the rumor mill to keep the interest and price high for his guy.

  25. Gary Page says:

    First Kaka and then Lampard were supposed to be coming to the Galaxy. So many rumors. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  26. biff says:

    This move has Rafa Marquez and potential locker room problems written all over it.

  27. Cory says:

    The problem with Marquez was the crappy team he was playing for. He was expecting better players around him.
    Eto’o just wants to get paid. The only colors he’s willing to defend is the color of money.

    • DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

      The problem with Marquz is his complete lack of morality.

    • Super says:

      The team won the SS as soon as they got rid of Marquez and the players were the problem? We have dozens of examples of games where it was clear the guy was below his teammates

    • RBNY says:

      Marquez was garb. A defender who doesn’t want to play defense lol.

    • Brain Guy says:

      No, the problem with Marquez was his utter refusal to do any real defending and his condescending attitude toward just about everyone else on his team. He did not deem it worth his while to work hard for teammates who could not meet his lofty standards.

  28. Kevin says:

    My Chicago Fire wont offer a legit deal. #KeaneMoney

  29. PD says:

    Eto up front Kennedy and Bocanegra anchoring the back.

    tons of youth willing to learn from an international master.

    nowhere to go but up.

    Actually through that lens Chivas doesn’t sound all that bad… until FO shoots themselves in the face again.

  30. TFC-Dan says:

    yes TFC are targeting Defoe, but they are targeting to attacking options….as someone who has followed this team long enough I never believe what I hear until I see them holding up the TFC kit…however it Tim L is true to his word and his reputation of getting what he wants it would not surprise me to see Defoe in TFC for JAN and possibly Et’o or Gilardinho here in July after the WC.
    TFC are not 7 or 8 players away they are 1 RB, 1 attacking mid and 2 good strikers away from going bottom to close to the top in MLS.