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  1. deno
    June 25, 2014

    Why can’t NYCFC offer more? Also, I believe that Qatar money is tax free.

    • krazymunky
      June 25, 2014

      its basically UAE (Man City/NYCFC) vs Qatar.

      • beto
        June 25, 2014

        A bidding war between UAE (NY) and Qatar: Not a bad place to be

        NY is the obvious choice tho!!!

      • ElMetrofan
        June 25, 2014

        If someone offer me a job to work in Qatar or NY I would say NY any day even if the pay was a 40% difference. Maybe I’m biased, but what there to do in the middle east?

      • Brian
        June 26, 2014

        Earn a lot of money. It isn’t like it is a long term job, though there might be an issue with not getting paid and being unable to leave the country.

  2. slowleftarm
    June 25, 2014

    Villa was a great signing because he’s still got something left, like Henry when he joined in 2010. Xavi is done and would be a step backwards for MLS. It just lends more credence to the retirement league accusations.

    • slowleftarm
      June 25, 2014

      Whoa, didn’t read the salary. Not sure why Man City can’t offer more than the figure quoted in the article but wow that’s a lot of money for a guy whose career is basically over.

    • Nate Dollars
      June 25, 2014

      maybe.

      with the role he’ll play, it probably depends on the team around him. if his teammates can make up for his lack of pace and physicality, he could be very influential.

    • Maykol
      June 25, 2014

      He had a subpar season with one of the best teams in the world and he is done? The guy was still a key player for them. Lol at some of you guys. He would be the best MF in the league and thats a step backwards?

  3. JungleMan
    June 25, 2014

    Xavi is “done”? That’s a ridiculous statement. Not as good as in his prime? Sure. However, the guy just started a whole season in Attacking Mid for Barca, he is far from done and would still be a force in MLS.

    • Maykol
      June 25, 2014

      +1

    • slowleftarm
      June 25, 2014

      Nah, he’s finished. He’ll be 35 by the time NYCFC starts up. He’s looked done for a while and he isn’t up to the physicality and travel that comes with MLS. Pure name signing who won’t add much to the product on the field or, if he does, won’t do so for very long. If the goal is improving the product on the field, this is not the kind of DP MLS should be looking for. MLS should be signing guys closer to their prime.

      • bryan
        June 25, 2014

        idk man, for a brand new team like NYCFC, they need these big names to get people hooked. sure, it’s not the ideal DP signing in terms of age, but Xavi is Xavi. it’d be a big deal and would get people at the games. they still have a 3rd DP to use and Villa was a good use of their 1st.

        to me, this is a great DP signing (if it happens) for a club looking to start from scratch.

      • slowleftarm
        June 25, 2014

        I see what you’re saying but I think for that salary you can get a pretty big name who will also contribute more on the field and stick around for a while.

  4. bryan
    June 25, 2014

    get it done NYCFC. Xavi, do the right thing!

  5. slowleftarm
    June 25, 2014

    If you’re going to pay $8m+ you can bring in a really good player close to his prime instead of this attempt to make headlines by signing an over the hill legend. And I’m a huge Xavi fan, he’s one of my all-time favorite players and he’s arguably the greatest player Spain’s ever produced. But those days are over.

  6. JayAre
    June 25, 2014

    We have to get out of the habit of paying has beens but Xavi’s talent was never in his physique or athleticism it was in his world class IQ thats why he’s probably still worth the money. Lampard on the other had is done.

  7. NASL TO EL PASO TX 915
    June 25, 2014

    I would rather go for robinho or ronaldinho :) or tevez.
    It’s a lot of money, Xavi is just looking for a pay check and he would be in another European team but he knows he won’t even get a division 1 teAm.
    I’m surprise MLS doesn’t go after ronaldinho before he breaks.
    If you got the money, why not altidore, tevez, robinho, Lampard, Rooney, chicharito,
    If I’m altidore and I’m offer 5 million a season, I would do 3 years and go back to Europe.
    Look at the World Cup, am I the only person seeing cheap very good talent that teams will steal like candy.

    • barkdog
      June 25, 2014

      In summary:

      Altidore looking for a paycheck = ok

      Xavi looking for a paycheck = bad

  8. Dace
    June 25, 2014

    I posted elsewhere about the Sanchez transfer, as follows:

    Well, it’s a done deal…I’m pretty bummed as I had really high hopes for him being our starting GK for years to come, but I’m happy for him. He’s pure class on and off the pitch and is on track to be the Mexican No. 1. I was hoping we could hold on to him for another few years with loans, but I’m not surprised that someone was able to come along and lure him away…though he’s 4th keeper at Tigres now instead of 3rd at FCD.

    Best of luck to the kid, he’s got a very high ceiling and look forward to cursing his sturdy hands when Mexico plays the US in 8-12 years.

  9. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original
    June 25, 2014

    does 2.7 million reall matter to a guy like that? who the hell would want to play in Qatar? it’s 120 degrees…literally

    • deno
      June 25, 2014

      Its a bigger difference. I believe Qatar’s money will be tax free.

  10. Alex C
    June 25, 2014

    Xavi, if you go to Qatar, just make sure they don’t take your passport and rip up your contract when you enter the country. We may never hear from you again. Go to NYCFC instead.

    • ElMetrofan
      June 25, 2014

      +1. Nice.

  11. tummy
    June 25, 2014

    Why can’t he xavi be successful? Blanco still pulled strings pretty well in Chicago. Think of him as a el pibe type. He won’t defend and others will cover for him, but with the ball at his feet with guys in the mold of Darlington nagbe and Fabian Castillo in the side he could take their games to the next level.

  12. Norman
    June 25, 2014

    Imagine if NYFC could take all the money they are wasting on the likes of Villa and Xavi and instead build a well rounded team that could play high quality football. Unfortunately they can’t because MLS has a salary cap.

    The DP system is insulting. It reinforces the fact that MLS fans aren’t sophisticated enough to enjoy quality football. MLS gives it’s fans a few washed up players and they eat it up because they don’t know any better. The league would be so much better without the cap.

    • bryan
      June 26, 2014

      you are right and wrong, IMO. the league would not be better without it. right now, it’s a necessary evil to get big name players, or very talented lesser-known players, paying a fair market value, and not hitting the cap too fast. the salary cap is also a necessary evil for a million reasons that have been well drawn out and explained.

      that said, i would agree that the league needs to make some serious changes to both rules. the cap needs to be drastically increased and DP slots reserved for players demanding $1,000,000+. as much as we all love Besler, Omar, and Wondo, they aren’t what the DP rule was made for. the DP rule is for players like Bradley, Dempsey, Villa, Henry, etc. but in order to increase the DP from $387,500 to $1,000,000, there needs to be a proportionate increase in the salary cap. and i don’t mean simply taking the difference and adding that to the cap.

      the DP rule does not need to go against the quality football in MLS. when it was introduced, it did the exact opposite. given the growth of the league though, a re-evaluation should be in order on how a system with a salary cap and DPs can be enhanced in MLS 2.0. and since the CBA is coming up, my guess is that this process is already underway.

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