Brazilian legend Ronaldo is close to returning from the knee injury that ended his time with AC Milan, but isn’t quite ready to start accepting offers from small-time clubs.
The all-time leading scorer in World Cup history has rejected an offer from Serie A mid-table club Siena for his services. Ronaldo has been sidelined since last spring after suffering multiple torn knee ligaments. The 32-year-old striker is a free agent and is expected to make a decision on a new club before the end of the year.
I know I ask it every time Ronaldo comes up in a story, but could an MLS team take a chance on the oft-injured and out-of-shape striker? Would anyone take that gamble?
Here are some other stories to get your day going, including one of the more stunning reactions to a yellow card that you will ever see.
D.C. United to retain Tom Soehn
D.C. United went from Supporter’s Shield winners to missing the playoffs in one year, but the rash of injuries that helped lead to that tumble are likely the key reason why D.C. head coach Tom Soehn will not pay for that failure with his job.
D.C. United will retain Soehn as head coach, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. The decision comes after a year which saw D.C. spend heavily on off-season acquisitions only to see many of the acquisitions fail to produce. Major injuries to key players throughout the season ultimately proved to be the key reason for the team’s struggles.
"The bottome fell out as far as injuries this year," general manager Dave Kasper told SBI back in September. "Tommy was able to get the team back and into a seven-game unbeaten streak. The team was playing very well and then the injuries came."
Soehn is a good head coach who didn’t deserve to lose his job after the awful series of injuries that left D.C. short-handed throughout the year. That being said, 2009 is put up or shut up time for both Soehn and Dave Kasper.
Johnson to get more time, or will he?
U.S. national team striker Eddie Johnson has struggled for minutes at Cardiff City since being loaned from Fulham in the summer, but he may be set to see plenty of minutes as Cardiff deals with injuries to top strikers Ross McCormack and Jay Bothroyd.
Cardiff isn’t about to stand pat though. It is closing in on the signing of Sunderland striker Michael Chopra on a short-term loan deal. That shouldn’t stop Johnson from getting a few starts and having a chance to show that he can actually score a goal.
Yellow? What yellow?
There aren’t many players who haven’t drawn a yellow card that left them upset, shocked or even outright furious. There isn’t much a player can do though except take it.
One player literally took his yellow card in one of the more shocking displays you will see. Botafogo defender Andre Luis was sent off after snatching the yellow card issued to him during a brief skirmish during the Copa Sudamericana match between Botafogo and Argentina’s Estudiantes.
Here is the video, which includes the referee’s priceless response to having the yellow snatched:
Don’t like the yellow? Then how about this nice red card?
That’s all for now. I will be heading to Red Bulls practice today so be sure to look out for updates from that, as well as the announcement on MLS defender of the year. For now, feel free to share your thoughts on the above stories, and any other stories from this morning or Wednesday, in the comments section below.