By AVI CREDITOR
Add Raul to the list of European stars rumored to be joining the New York Red Bulls.
According to two major Madrid news outlets, the Red Bulls are planning on holding talks with the 32-year-old Real Madrid veteran for a move that would bring him to Major League Soccer after the end of the Real Madrid season.
Red Bull and Major League Soccer fans have heard this story before. Thierry Henry has been long rumored to be coming to New York, and 41-year-old Paolo Maldini's name has surfaced recently as well. Raul could be a Plan B if the team cannot lure Henry from Barcelona.
More often than not such rumors are fabricated by agents with agendas or media outlets, but it is becoming clear that New York is actively pursuing players to fill its vacant Designated Player spot.
Raul has spent his entire senior career with Real Madrid and is the team's all-time leading scorer.
Here are some other stories to talk about tonight:
SVEN OUT AT NOTTS COUNTY
Former England manager Sven Goran-Erickson is out as director of football at Notts County, despite having four years remaining on his contract. He will remain with the club in less of a hands-on role.
The team is in financial crisis, having been sold for £1 to a crew of investors led by businessman Ray Trew. Notts has a debt of £1.5 million and has a Feb. 24 date with the high court to face a winding-up petition, much like Portsmouth, Cardiff and Southend.
GIGGS OUT FOR FOUR WEEKS
Manchester United's Ryan Giggs fractured his right arm Wednesday against Aston Villa and will be out for four crucial weeks. United is in a tight race for the Premier League crown, Champions League play resumes next week, and the Red Devils face Villa in the Carling Cup final on Feb. 28.
SOUNDERS HIRE NEW VOICE
Arlo White will be the voice of Seattle Sounders F.C. this season, replacing Seattle sports media personality Kevin Calabro.
White, formerly with the BBC, has called English Premier League games for the last nine years and has also announced five Super Bowls.
WIZARDS MOVE FOR DANISH GOALIE
The Kansas City Wizards have made a move to acquire Danish Goalie Jimmy Nielsen. The 32-year-old keeper was with Denmark's first-division club Vejle Boldklub. The team released a statement saying that Nielsen will join MLS pending a physical.
The Wizards have not been able to come to terms with incumbent keeper Kevin Hartman, and the team has four other goalies at training camp competing for the starting job including former D.C. United goalie Louis Crayton.
Do you really expect Raul to leave Madrid for the Red Bulls? Think Manchester United can overcome the loss of Giggs? Seattle fans, happy with your new broadcaster? Who do you think will be Kansas City's starting keeper?
Share your thoughts below.