The Daily Mail – alarm bells already ringing! – reported Friday morning that current Queens Park Rangers vice-captain Ryan Nelsen was headed back to MLS as an assistant coach with former club D.C. United.
It didn't take long for The Washington Post's Steve Goff to get his journalistic biplane off the ground to effectively red baron those rumors.
Brit tabloid report that QPR's Ryan Nelsen is joining D.C. United coaching staff is "100 percent" not true, Ben Olsen says #dcu #mls— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 4, 2013
Just as quickly, others chimed in with another possible landing spot for Nelsen: Toronto FC, where former D.C. president Kevin Payne is reshaping the club.
Word I've heard is that Toronto FC could be the destination for Ryan Nelsen to begin coaching career, would re-unite him with Kevin Payne.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 4, 2013
If Nelsen does land on an MLS staff, it would continue the ongoing trend of former players moving into assistant coaching roles. The New Zealander would certainly have plenty of experience to draw on, as well as an intimate understanding of the league and valuable contacts back in England.
What do you think? Would Nelsen be a good hire at TFC or D.C. United? For an MLS side in general?