Two-time World Cup winner from Brazil is one of the big-name
players the MLS team could be interested in signing in future, though co-owner
Cue says it's a longshot.
Chivas USA, in need of some extra scoring punch, has AC Milan striker
Ronaldo on a list of "trophy players" the team is looking at as possible future
But Antonio Cue, co-owner of Major League Soccer's Western Conference leader,
said Friday that, despite rumors to the contrary, there have been no talks with
the two-time World Cup winner from Brazil, adding that Ronaldo is not
necessarily the player Chivas needs.
"To be honest, I don't think it's going to be that guy, but we're looking at
options," Cue said. "There's a list of more than 10 players that are trophy
players, if you want to call them that, or franchise players, but it has to be
the right fit for our team."
The signing of David Beckham, Ronaldo's former teammate at Real Madrid, and of
other established stars such as Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Juan Pablo Angel, Denilson
and the like has changed the MLS landscape this year, Cue said.
"I'm sure that Ronaldo and a lot of European guys are looking at this market now.
So I think we're going to have a good chance, starting in January" when the
international transfer window opens "to think about a big player, a name, but I
don't know if that's the right way to go," Cue said.
"Ronaldo's great because he's a Brazilian, but there are a lot of other good
players. There are good players in Mexico that now want to come, so it's been
changing dramatically. I haven't even talked to the guy, but Ronaldo is one of
the 10 on the list that could be a great move for any [MLS] franchise," he said.
Ronaldo, 31, was signed by AC Milan from Real Madrid for $10.7 million at the
end of January and was rumored to be headed for the New York Red Bulls before
they signed Angel and former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna.
Meanwhile, potential future acquisitions will not help Chivas USA tonight, when
it plays the defending league champion Houston Dynamo with the conference title
on the line. Instead, Chivas Coach Preki will have to scramble to find an
It could be a challenge.
Ante Razov, with the second-most goals all-time in MLS, is sidelined with a bum
left knee. Razov said Friday that he was determined to make it back in time to
have a role in the playoffs, which begin next week. "There's a sign on my locker
that says I will play during these playoffs," Razov said. "I'm sticking to it."
Maykel Galindo, the team's leading scorer this season with 12 goals, is bothered
by an abdominal strain. The Cuban striker has kept on playing but has not scored
in the last six games. Backup forwards John Cunliffe and Laurent Merlin have
been inconsistent and only marginally productive. Cunliffe has three goals and
Merlin has one.
With such problems to solve, Preki was paying no heed Friday to the Ronaldo
"I have no idea," he said when asked about the possibility of acquiring Ronaldo.
"Right now, I can't focus on that. With a month to go [until the Nov. 18 MLS Cup
final] . . . I can't worry about Ronaldo or [Zinedine] Zidane."
vs. Houston, 7:30, FSC, FSE
Site -- Home Depot Center.
Radio -- 1020.
Records -- Chivas 15-7-7; Dynamo 15-8-6.
Record vs Dynamo -- 0-2.
Update -- Preki said it's between Cunliffe and Merlin to replace Razov in the
starting lineup. "They're both fighting for a spot," he said. "They've got to
make up my mind." Houston, which knocked Chivas out of last year's playoffs en
route to the league title, will be missing defensive players Ryan Cochrane,
Eddie Robinson and Ricardo Clark because of suspensions.