There's been a lot of talk in recent weeks about Italian legend Alessandro Nesta, who plied his trade for AC Milan and the Italian National Team for years upon years and had said a while back that he was interested in Major League Soccer.
You may have noticed, he's not in Major League Soccer right now.
According to an article by Goal.com last night, it looks like he isn't here simply because there wasn't all that much interest in his services from any MLS teams. Even during the short time that speculations were going on, the only things we seemed to see were the Red Bulls saying 'nah' over and over again.
"I don't have a shot to play in MLS," Nesta told Goal.com. "I tried to play [in the league] but I never received any offers."
Although Nesta is 36 years old, only two years ago he was considered one of the top center backs in the world. During his final year at AC Milan he battled injuries that limited his appearances and effectiveness. French international Philippe Mexes eventually replaced Nesta in the starting lineup.
I'm rather sad that the Colorado Rapids simply ignored the entire situation, honestly.
Most teams in MLS like to use Designated Player slots on attacking players. The Rapids are fine when it comes to attacking players. They need defenders and world class defenders are hard to come by in this league. If there was ever a DP that the Rapids should be going after, it's Nesta. Sure, it would break up the fan favorite CB tandem of Marvell Wynne and Drew Moor, but something tells me that replacing one of them with one of the best center backs in the entire world wouldn't exactly be too big of a problem.
Worst case scenario, Marvell Wynne gets moved back to his natural position of right back, which has also been a revolving door this season. The idea of a Zapata-Nesta-Moor-Wynne back four makes me salivate a little, plus he got injured a lot last year so he'd fit right in!
EDIT: Rapids president Tim Hinchey has wasted no time at all in responding to Nesta questions. Personally I think that paying a bit too much for two years of Nesta would be worth it, but that's why I'm not in charge of the team!
@avina have no interest in over paying to retire players— Tim Hinchey III (@tkhinchey3) June 24, 2012