The lusty narrative that emanated forth between Xavi Hernandez and MLS felt like one of those "will-they-or-won't-they" romantic subplots that dominates the first season of basically every sitcom ever conceived.
Well, folks, welcome to season two.
According to the rumblings of two rival Spanish news outlets, legendary Barcelona headhunter Carles Puyol is considering a return to the pitch. Just as we heard with Xavi, the U.S. and Qatar are reported to be leading candidates for his services.
Sport suggests the Colorado Rapids are ready to put an offer on the table, while competing publication Mundo Deportivo asserts that Puyol's camp would pay particular attention to offers coming from Qatar or New York, where he has lived since leaving his front-office job with FC Barcelona in January.
Puyol, who turns 37 next week, played fifteen dizzyingly decorated seasons with the Catalan club: he won six league titles and three UEFA Champions Leagues. He capped 100 times for Spain, winning the 2008 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup with La Furia Roja.
His career was defined by leadership, prodigious tackling, and unflappable toughness-- three things that any MLS team would gladly accept. For New York City, Jason Kreis ought to be open to trying anything that takes pressure off goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who has bailed out the team too many times through just four games.
With Frank Lampard coming to bolster the squad this summer -- and with rumors ever-swirling around Daniele de Rossi, who would make an ideal anchor for Jason Kreis's midfield -- the club may not have room for another central defender, whether or not he's pushing forty. It isn't every day, however, that a decorated Barcelona legend pops up on the MLS radar.
So, should New York City FC put the feelers out on Carles Puyol?