First of all let’s start with the end of everyone’s favorite saga – Juan Carlos Osorio has finally resigned from the Red Bulls, leaving perennial interim Richie Williams in charge. This move comes months too late, but maybe, just maybe, soon enough to allow for the Red Bulls not finish with the worst record in league history. I doubt it will make too much difference. The 2009 Red Bulls have rare trifecta of incompetence with the front office, coaching staff and players, so only fixing one probably won’t do too much.
On to the more interesting news, which is that Landon Donovan is reportedly in talks with Paris St. Germain about a loan move there, once the MLS season concludes. Now, I’ve been saying that Landon needs to move abroad to the right league and stop banging his head against the German door. I’ve said that he would do far better in Spain, Portugal, France or Holland and now it appears he is going to one of those places. That, in unto itself, is a good thing.
The problem is that he is going to the New York Mets (not Metz, ha!) of French soccer. PSG is perennially firing managers and blowing up its squad while consistently underachieving despite its big money ownership. PSG is on its fifth manager since 2003, has not won the French league since 1994, and has only qualified for the Champions League twice since 2000.
That being said, there is some talent at the Parc des Princes right now including French national team goalkeeper Gregory Coupet, premier league washouts like Claude Makelele, Mateja Kezman, Barca washout Ludovic Giuly and French international Jerome Rothen.
But, for those immediately fretting that all he’ll do is ride bench, I have some encouraging news, PSG’s forwards aren’t all that scary. In their first two matches, enigmatic Franco-Zairian Péguy Luyindula and recent signing from Sochaux, Mevlüt Erdinç (whom Charlie Davies replaced). Neither of those guys are exactly worldbeaters, nor established internatonals (though Erdinç is only 22).
That said, I would still have rather seen Landon go to a less screwed up organization than PSG, even if it was a smaller club like Sochaux. Of course, we don’t even know how finalized is, so none of this might matter.