Iker Casillas stays high to Play for a Club in MLS
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has revealed for the first time that he would be open to the possibility of playing for a club in the MLS.
This is the first statement by the Spanish goalkeeper about a move to North America. Past Madrid players who have gone on a similar route includes the iconic David Beckham, who is still looking to start the much awaited franchise in Miami.
The former Manchester United and AC Milan midfielder moved to LA Galaxy and this kicked off the popularity of the league in the last few years.
A number of top players will be playing in the MLS for the 2015 season. This includes the likes of Kaka and Frank Lampard, while Steven Gerrard is also set to join in the middle of the campaign. The arrival of Casillas could herald a new era for the league. MLS’s vice president of competition and player relations, Todd Durbin, said that it was earlier a major challenge to make players understand that the MLS could be a great alternative towards the end of their careers. He now says that layers are now starting to consider this league as a viable alternative. This has increased the overall quality in the league while attendances have also grown.
“I have no problem saying that I would like to play in the U.S.,” said the Madrid goalkeeper, who was once viewed as the best in the world. His current form may not be great, but Casillas is clearly on the path towards recovery. He had a terrible few years during which time he not only lost his place in the Madrid team, but also made a lot of errors. Still just 33 years old,Casillas is easily capable of playing at the top level for more than five years.