AMSTERDAM – The agent for FC Pyunik goal king Cesar Romero says his client is quite open to a Major League Soccer return.
The former Chivas USA man, who became the first American to win a European top flight Golden Boot while helping the club claim the Armenian domestic double last season, is set to run out of contract next week. The striker is currently preparing for what will almost definitely be his last game in a Pyunik shirt, Tuesday's visit from San Marino outfit Folgore in the first qualifying round for the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League.
MLSsoccer.com has confirmed that Mexican sides Atlante and Chivas Guadalajara have joined Serbian champs Partizan Belgrade in the crowd around Romero. The 25-year-old California native is also tentatively scheduled to trial with Russian Premier League outfit Amkar Perm in July.
While there are various proposals regarding the future services of Romero currently on the table, his rep says a more enticing bid from home would certainly be welcome.
"Cesar already has offers from many teams but is looking for something more lucrative," Rouben Vesmadian of the Bucket Group told MLSsoccer.com. "To return to Major League Soccer is interesting if the situation is right and will allow him to grow and score a lot of goals like he did in Europe."
Romero is coming off a dream season at Pyunik that saw him strike in the last two rounds to rally to the top of the chart with a league-high 21 goals. He also added five tallies during their run to the Armenian Cup crown, giving him the second-highest single-campaign total in all competitions for an American playing in Europe behind Jozy Altidore's 31 for AZ Alkmaar in 2012-13.
Back in 2012, Romero played in 12 MLS games for Chivas USA, totaling less than 400 minutes. His only two goals of the campaign came in US Open Cup play, including one in their semifinal loss to the Seattle Sounders.