Well, that didn’t take long.
Andriy Shevchenko, a man who could do anything he wants in his native Ukraine tonight, take any swath of land, dine in any restaurant, walk into any bar and not have a chance of paying for his own glass of spiced Ukrainian vodka, has been linked to Major League Soccer.
Actually, this MLS linkage has been around for a while.
It’s a natural, completely unsurprising; “Sheva” is married to former model Kristen Pazik, and they are unabashed about a desire for their two sons to spend time in the United States.
At age 35, coming off this tournament, where Shevchenko is carrying such a fabulous weight, can he be much of a force in MLS? As with all of these aging-Euros-to-MLS tales, it’s all about how much “want-to” he’s got left in the tank.
If he’s more “Rafa” and less “Henry,” if you know what we mean, he’ll punctuate a brilliant career in a shameful farce. But if he’s invested, he can be a factor in the playoff drive and into the post-season, someone who makes a good team great.