RUMOR: Former Bundesliga scoring champion to Union [UPDATED]?

Posted on 05 January 2011 by Breton Bonnette

UPDATE: Head to a translated Slovakian news outlet saying that Marek Mintal is on his way to Philadelphia to potentially secure a three-year deal worth roughly $1 million. Well below Designated Player status, with all of the youth on the squad, the deal – if the coaching staff still believes he has some steam left – could actually be a reasonable one. The club is apparently set to secure him a house and car as well if he signs. He’ll be heading back to Germany on Saturday.

The rumor is picking up steam after a Slovakian news outlet yesterday put 2005 Bundesliga scoring champion Marek Mintal on his way to the Philadelphia Union. It has since been snapped up and elaborated upon by Kicker Online in Germany.

A legend in Nuremberg, the Slovak “Phantom”‘s playing days look to be numbered but the club longs for him to return as a coach of sort. Mintal is not ready to hang up the boots just yet. After several years plagued by injury, he has back to full health but age is still a concern.

At 33, Mintal could have a few good years left in him but unlike Faryd Mondragon, 39 and with plenty of playing time under his belt recently, the Nuremberg forward has little playing time to his name in the last two seasons. His history, however, speaks for itself. Since 2003, Mintal has amassed an impressive 66 goals with Nuremberg between the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga. It was only in 2009, that he graced the top of the scoring charts as well – scoring 16+ goals in 2.Bundesliga play to see Nuremberg back to the top league in Germany. He is equally productive in the attacking midfeld and as a striker and having adapted to the physical Bundesliga style of play, possesses the size (6’0”) to transition into a Major League Soccer set-up.

What’s your verdict? Is Mintal past his prime? Would he provide the experience needed in the midfield, sitting behind Mwanga and Le Toux up front?

1 Comments For This Post

  1. jason Says:

    he’s way too old. we should pick up Erik Frankenfield.

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