Rafael van der Vaart has had a real humbling fall back to earth after his move away from Tottenham in 2012 as this past summer the ex-Real Madrid C.F. midfielder was signed by Danish Club FC Midtjylland. As someone who has seen his talent first hand to see him going from the Champions League to a club like Midtjylland is mind blowing and just overall sad. Rafa wasn't just having trouble on the pitch but sadly, also off. His marriage to his now ex-wife Sylvie Meis fell apart as there were reports of domestic violence and adultery, which obviously added to his issues he was having in the world of football. In saying this with the age that he is and the overall status that go with being Rafael van der Vaart, is it finally time for him to come to the MLS?
The Answer is yes. Rafael van der Vaart is not just a great player but a name that is known all over the world of sport and seems like the perfect player to join the growing MLS. As we have seen time and time again, an older talent who has had extreme success in Europe come here to make millions of dollars, live in some of the best cities in the world and live out their days by playing a lower level of soccer/football. We also have players like Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sebastian Giovinco who had troubles in Europe and used the MLS to help bring back their career from the dead. Luckily (or unluckily), Rafa falls into both of these categories.
Suitable MLS Teams
Teams Who Have Designated Player Spots - Whitecpas, EarthQuakes, Timbers, Union, NYCFC, Dallas, D.C. United, Crew, Fire, Atlanta United.
Even though I hate them as a Redbull supporter, the best place for him would be New York City F.C. Rafa has a famous name and a massive trophy cabinet which is exactly what a team like NYCFC needs. With Frank Lampard leaving they are looking to fill the Center Midfield role that was left by the Englishman. Some would think the Dutchman would be a very risky move after the year he has had but is there a downside? As we have seen with players like Frank Lampard, Péguy Luyindula, and Rafael Márquez if shit hits the fan, it isn't necessarily hard to get these players off your team. If NYCFC and Rafa give each other a chance, this could be a match made in heaven.
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