It seems almost impossible to imagine Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand playing in a different jersey. Ferdinand is in his 12th season with the Red Devils, having been sold to the club on July 22, 2002 from fellow Premier League side Leeds United for £29.1 million. He has dealt with his fair share of injuries this season, having only made 13 appearances across all competitions.
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Now reports are surfacing that the former England international could make a move to MLS after his current contract expires during the summer. He is 35 years old and well past his prime, but could bring a very valuable leadership quality to help young players. An example of that happening already in MLS is with Djimi Traore for the Seattle Sounders FC and Mikael Silvestre for the Portland Timbers.
His experience will be very valuable for whomever he plays for, as he had made 686 appearances for the four clubs in which he has played for during his 20-year career. He came on as a substitute in the final game of the 1995-96 season for West Ham United to make his senior team debut and since then he has winner medals from six Premier League titles, an FA Cup win in 2003-04, three League Cup titles and the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League title. He also has numerous runner-up medals and 81 caps with appearances in three FIFA World Cups for England.
Ferdinand is not a goal scorer by any means, having 15 goals across all competitions in his career, but he is smart and has anchored the United back-line for a long time now. Even with his age, he was always trusted by Sir Alex Ferguson to be the last line of defense as United only allowed 343 goals in 418 league games from 2002 to 2013–a 0.82 goals against average.
He would be a great addition to any club in the United States with his experience, but the rational thought process would be that, considering his age and his recent history of injury, he would play for a club that plays on natural grass.