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Chelsea midfielder seeks MLS move

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Benayoun looks set to leave Chelsea (©GettyImages)
Benayoun looks set to leave Chelsea (©GettyImages).

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun is seeking a move to America's Major League Soccer, according to Goal.com.

He has high hopes for himself in the United States and wishes to play in a squad with a large city background.

Benayoun admitted that playing in New York for the Red Bulls would be "great".

He added: "But Chicago, Los Angeles — America has a lot of options."

If he joins the Red Bulls, Benayoun would play alongside former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill and ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry.

Henry has scored six goals this season, while Cahill has netted four, including a pair of match-winning goals.

Benayoun would also line-up alongside Juninho Pernambucano in midfield.

Juninho is most noted for his sublime free-kicks that can find the back of the net from 35-meters out. However, Juninho has yet to score this season, yet he has set up great chances off set-pieces.

He found Tim Cahill’s head in the 90th minute of a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, another team that is targeting Benayoun. 

Former Paris-Saint Germain forward Pegguy Luyindula is also in the Red Bulls’ squad. However, he has fallen out of favour with Red Bulls boss Mike Petke. Fabian Espindola and Henry have taken over most of the playing time in the forward roles.

Colombian international Jamison Olave has scored five times this season from a centre-back role. He anchors a back-line that is guarded by Luis Robles, the former Atlas keeper. The 26-year-old has conceded 19 goals in 16 appearances.

Benayoun would fit into an already talented midfield that has European experience. Former Premier League players Henry and Cahill have already proven that they could perform for the Red Bulls, so it would seem fitting that Benayoun joins a squad of this magnitude.

 

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