CARSON, Calif. -- Clarence Seedorf joined LA Galaxy training Thursday, but Bruce Arena doesn't expect him to trade the practice uniform for a real jersey any time soon. The Galaxy general manager-slash-head coach put the chances of a signing at "one in a million."
The 36-year-old has won the UEFA Champions League four times with three different clubs. Since leaving AC Milan at the end of the season, he has been without a club. The former Dutch international participated in a charity friendly in Miami last week and now is in southern California keeping fit.
"Clarence is just in town looking to train a little bit," Arena said. When pushed about the potential of a move, the former U.S. national team boss returned to his typically caustic wit. "Sure, I'd be glad to sign him. And if Messi walks through town I would do the same."
Seedorf wore a Galaxy training kit with No. 36 on it, and stayed after everyone else had left, practicing left-footed shots. Botafogo in Brazil has confirmed a desire to sign the silky midfielder, but when asked if that was his next destination, Seedorf shrugged and told Goal.com, "I don't know."
The Galaxy already has the maximum three Designated Players – David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan – so any potential move would likely involve sacrificing one.
"Even though he's not really fit, you can tell he knows how to play the game," Donovan said. "So it's been fun for the guys and good for some of the young guys to see how he moves."
Asked by reporters if he'd like to play alongside Seedorf, Donovan's response brought laughter from the smattering of hacks on the Home Depot Center training field.
"Sure. Sign him up," he said. "You going to pony up for him?"
Additional reporting contributed by Alex Labidou in Miami.
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