Who will have a bigger impact Chicharito or Zlatan?

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by Sbey17, Jan 24, 2020.

  1. Sbey17

    Sbey17 Member

    Tottenham Hotspur
    Australia
    Jan 20, 2020
    With Hernandez arriving I'm just interested whether he will have a bigger impact than Zlatan did both in terms of on the field performance and off the field impact.
     
  2. VFish

    VFish Member+

    Jan 7, 2001
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Atlanta
    Zlatan was fun, but other than personal glorification did he really have an impact? Chicharito will have the same effect, only without the fun.
     
  3. Sbey17

    Sbey17 Member

    Tottenham Hotspur
    Australia
    Jan 20, 2020
    I guess just in terms of general awareness for the league. I'm sure his highlights clips and videos etc will have circulated social media and meant some fans will have seen clips of the MLS for the first time really
     
  4. Sbey17

    Sbey17 Member

    Tottenham Hotspur
    Australia
    Jan 20, 2020
    The Vela Hernandez rivalry will probably also have a similar impact I guess
     
  5. An Unpaved Road

    An Unpaved Road Member+

    Mar 22, 2006
    Club:
    --other--
    Chicharito won’t be quite as lethal the goal scorer that Zlatan was but the team will achieve more than they did with Zlatan.
     
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  6. Mattb13905

    Mattb13905 New Member

    Portland Timbers
    United States
    Jan 25, 2020
    Zlatan was a way bigger deal.

    Especially since Chicharito announced the move literally crying and saying this is his retirement. Lol
     
  7. Sbey17

    Sbey17 Member

    Tottenham Hotspur
    Australia
    Jan 20, 2020
    This is weird as Hernandez is only 31 still has a few decent years ahead fo him and could flourish if he comes with the right attitude
     
  8. Daniel from Montréal

    Aug 4, 2000
    Montréal
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    How do you define "impact"? Zlatan was a bigger signing in the soccer world, and his highlights + quotes were terrific for league visibility abroad.

    Chicharito is the biggest Mexican star, and will have a much bigger impact in the LA, Mexican-American and Mexican markets, which are markets that MLS is actively targeting.

    It's like the difference between getting 1 000 000 followers on social media vs 100 000 new paying customers. What has a bigger impact?
     
  9. Sbey17

    Sbey17 Member

    Tottenham Hotspur
    Australia
    Jan 20, 2020
    I guess the lasting effect it has on the league in terms of bringing it up towards a standard of a major European one. It would be cool for one day the young American players that are going off and budding in Europe to be instead playing in a very competitive and desirable MLS (without washed up players).
     
  10. DCUdiplomat96

    DCUdiplomat96 Member

    Mar 19, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    II think Zatlan had a bigger impact because he appealed to a wider audience
     
  11. DCUdiplomat96

    DCUdiplomat96 Member

    Mar 19, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Chicharito just mainly impacting Latino market, I don't think he would make much in American though
     
  12. barroldinho

    barroldinho Member+

    Man Utd and LA Galaxy
    England
    Aug 13, 2007
    Ex-pat in HB, CA
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    I feel that I should point out that Liga MX is by far the most watched league in the US. If you can get a solid chunk of those eyeballs on MLS, it could be a serious deal for the anemic TV ratings.

    This is as much about getting the eyeballs of US residents on the league as asses in Galaxy seats.

    On the field however, what he does is largely down to him re-finding his rhythm and LAG strengthening other areas of concern (primarily the backline and overall team defense). If they don't do that, it'll be another circus that eventually fizzles out.
     
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  13. lolshorts

    lolshorts Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    New York, NY
    Club:
    Queens Park Rangers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Zlatan only in it for Zlatan. He scored some goals, they were fun. Thats it for Zlatan.

    Some players come into the league with the right attitude and change it for the better.

    Thierry Henry came at what was supposed to be the twilight of his career. He played his heart out and inspired his locker room and except for some bad luck in the playoffs should have been a champion. He is now back in Montreal as head coach and I hope he is there for a long time and that he builds a lasting dynasty in the first team but also in the youth teams and in the league itself. He is soccer royalty, I'm happier to have him in North America versus Harry and Meghan.

    David Beckham had some trying times, but when healthy he played his heart out. Some of the best games in MLS history are games where Beckham's heart and soul were driving forces. For example: The Beckham Experiment by Grant Wahl is required reading for any MLS fan. He is now back as an ambassador for the league with Inter Miami, FC.

    Obviously, for all the positives we also have the Rafa Marquez' and Donadoni's who came, played, and left, but thats life. We also have the non-stars who played their hearts out and continue to be committed to the league. The Carl Robinsons, John Wolyniecs, Patrice Bernier's, etc. They are the lifeblood of this league and more players like them will shape the future.

    I hope Chicharito is more Henry than Zlatan, but even if he's only here for two years, scores some goals, and leaves, I guess we should ask ourselves "are you not entertained?"
     
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  14. barroldinho

    barroldinho Member+

    Man Utd and LA Galaxy
    England
    Aug 13, 2007
    Ex-pat in HB, CA
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    An interesting book but Wahl clearly wrote it from the perspective that Beckham would inevitably be leaving and that the experiment was a failure (and I guess in terms of the collaboration between LA Galaxy, MLS and 19 Entertainment, it was but Beckham himself ultimately wasn't).

    Also felt like Wahl manufactured a little drama where there probably was none. I seem to recall a passage about Chris Klein (who was still a player at that point) not complaining about Becks, but that for a guy as nice as CK, it was somehow telling that he wasn't lavishing praise on him.
     
  15. lolshorts

    lolshorts Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    New York, NY
    Club:
    Queens Park Rangers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hey, the tall guy needs to sell some books! After I wrote that post I re-ordered a hardback copy for my shelf because I gave my last few copies away. We should all be thankful fro Wahl... if he wanted to make more money he would have become an NFL writer.
     
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