Samuel Eto'o to Major League Soccer in the Summer?

Clive Rose

Rumors, rumors, rumors.

Another player in the Premier League is being rumored to be destined for Major League Soccer. This time it is Samuel Eto'o. The 32 year-old Cameroonian striker is falling out of favor with Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho.

According to reports, there are several MLS teams that could potentially be interested. One team is Toronto FC, who just wants someone - anyone - to take their money. Other teams supposedly in the mix are LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders, D.C. United and our beloved Chicago Fire.

If Eto'o would come to the MLS this summer, he would be 33 years of age, which would put him at about the same age as Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill when they joined New York Red Bulls. It would also make him younger than other former MLS forwards like Brian McBride and Marco Di Vaio. He could potentially give an MLS side a good couple of seasons.

Eto'o has so far only scored 4 goals in 12 appearances for Chelsea, which isn't bad until one considers his goal scoring history over the the past decade.

Team Years Appearances Goals
Mallorca 2000-2004 165 69
Barcelona 2004-2009 201 129
Inter Milan 2009-2011 101 53
Anzhi Makhachkala 2011-2013 71 36

I guess based on past numbers, Eto'o should have scored six goals for Chelsea by now instead of the measly four goals he has.

Much like the Joe Cole situation, there is not much meat to this rumor. It seems like anytime anyone is unhappy or is not performing up to snuff, then they're obviously headed to to America, the Island of Misfit Toys of the soccer world. Summer is a long way off, and Mourinho will undoubtedly give Eto'o, a three UEFA Champions League winner, a little more time to find his form at Chelsea.

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