Portugal's Record is reporting Benfica midfielder Ruben Amorim has a "tempting" offer from an unnamed MLS club. This would appear to be a re-statement of a report issued only a few days ago:
Record: An undisclosed MLS club has made an offer to Benfica's and Portugal mid Ruben Amorim. #mls @MLSTransfers @SimonBorg— PortugueseSoccer.com (@PsoccerCOM) June 27, 2015
Someone really wants us to know Amorim has a shot at moving to MLS.
The 30-year-old typically operates as a central midfielder. He has been at Benfica since 2008, but has slipped down the depth chart in recent years. In August 2014, he suffered a serious ACL injury, only returning to competitive play in February.
Nonetheless, he is an experienced player who has won multiple league and cup titles with Benfica, as well as starting in the club's appearance in the 2013-14 Europa League final. He has accumulated 14 caps for Portugal since making his debut in 2010 - and he was part of his country's 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup.
He doesn't seem an obvious fit for the New York Red Bulls, who appear rather well-stocked with two-way central midfielders. But RBNY fans might be able to judge his qualities for themselves: Benfica is due at Red Bull Arena on July 26 for
pointless schedule-clogging nonsense International Champions Cup. If he hasn't moved on by then, Amorim has a reasonable shot at being part of the traveling squad and the team on the field that day.