My SI.com editor Jonah Freedman takes the New York Red Bulls to task about the Claudio Reyna retirement situation.
Freedman argues that if New York knew about Reyna's impending retirement, which really he should have been euthanized when he first broke down this year, then the Bulls should have made a push for Ronaldinho.
Is that far-fetched? Should the Red Bulls have gone after one of the biggest names in world soccer?
Probably, but would they really have paid the millions of dollars necessary to acquire his services? Jonah points out that Man City and AC Milan drove the price up by bidding against each other. Would New York have driven the price even higher?
New York needs a superstar, that much is true. Yes, Juan Pablo Angel is a great player but his starpower doesn't extend off the soccer field. Ronaldinho's does.
I don't know if Ronaldinho would have come stateside. Gut and all, he's still got soccer left in him. But I'm just not sure if he would have considered New York an option.