MLS Rumor Mill: Mexican Internationals Sinha, Pardo, And Bautista En Route To MLS?

Posted In Rumors - By Joey Samuel On Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 With 0 Comments

Over the past few days as Gold Cup fever heats up, the names of several Mexican internationals that could be headed to Major League Soccer after the tournament’s conclusion have popped up on the rumor mill. One of them will be a key part of Mexico’s team at the Gold Cup, while the other two haven’t been called up for a while now but are World Cup veterans.

Antonio Naelson, also known as Sinha, is already at the age of 35 but will still occupy the playmaker role for Mexico in this year’s Gold Cup. He has made an astonishing 422 league appearances for Toluca in the Mexican Primera Division, but this report from popular news outlet Terra suggests he may be on his way north:

“Si existe la posibilidad de poder venir a la MLS pero es un asunto del cual no he estado abierto a platicar todavía porque no hay nada concreto. No quiero anticiparme a las situaciones, primero voy a terminar la Copa Oro y veremos lo que pasa”, dijo.

The above passage is a quote from Sinha himself in which he says the possibility of him going to MLS does exist, but he doesn’t want to talk about or anticipate anything just yet; he wants to finish the Gold Cup and then see what happens.

As far as his fit in MLS goes, Sinha is a talented attacking player that could help many teams in the league that may lack creativity. The Chicago Fire could be an excellent fit. However, Sinha’s age is a downside and he would only be a stopgap measure for any team.

Another player that has been rumored for some time now with a move north to MLS is Club America defensive midfielder Pavel Pardo. The former Mexican international, who is second all-time in caps for his nation, was rumored earlier this month with a move to FC Dallas and the buzz about him coming to MLS continues. This story from Univision suggests that Pardo is keen to get out of his contract with his club and move north as quickly as possible. In fact, it says that Pardo has wanted to make the move as far back as 2008:

Explicó que desde que lo buscaron en 2008, el mediocampista les dejó en claro sus intenciones de militar en la Liga Mayor de Futbol estadounidense (MLS) y que si había la posibilidad de hacerlo le dieran la posibilidad “y es algo que está viendo”.

The above refers to an explanation given by Club America sporting director Jaime Ordiales, who says that the possibility of Pardo making the move this summer “is something that he is looking at.”

Pardo, if he ever finally seals a move to MLS, would be a good fit on a number of teams as well. If David Beckham were to leave the Galaxy after this year, then Pardo would be a cheaper option as a replacement Designated Player and could slot in alongside Juninho in central midfield.

Finally, the third Mexican international that has been rumored this week with a move to MLS is Chivas de Guadalajara winger/forward Adolfo “Bofo” Bautista. According to this report from Terra, Jorge Vergara and the Chivas ownership want to move Bofo to MLS because there simply is no market for the player in Mexico after he has failed to score in over a season now.

Los directivos del Guadalajara esperan que su paso por el rebaño estadounidense le devuelva el espíritu para competir y comprometerse con su juego, además de que esperan sea un golpe con efecto para la afición del equipo californiano.

The above says that the directors of Guadalajara hope that sending him to Chivas USA will get his spirits back up to play his game at a high level. They also hope that the arrival of a popular Mexican international will excite the Chivas USA fan base.

Unfortunately, that may be all Bautista would bring to Chivas USA, as he has been in horrid form over the last six months or so. Perhaps a change of scenery could do him good, but he has a long way to go if he wants to return to the form he was in during his first spell with Guadalajara.

Stay tuned to the Allocation Order for updates on these and other rumors about MLS player movement.

About Joey Samuel - Joey Samuel is an editor of The Allocation Order. He is also an editor at The Brotherly Game, SB Nation's Philadelphia Union blog. Follow him on twitter @joeysamuel.

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