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Catching Up With DCU and MLS

Now that the holidays have passed, contract negotiations, trade talks, college signings and the pursuit of foreign players will resume in earnest this week. Expect a busy month of personnel moves. A few early items to share:

*After saying he was almost 100 percent sure of returning to Virginia Tech, Ghana-born forward Patrick Nyarko is apparently weighing his options with MLS and European clubs and might end up leaving school a year early. If he comes to MLS, expect him to be one of the top few picks.

*Defender Clarence Goodson and MLS/San Jose are in negotiations over a new contract, but in case a deal is not reached, his representatives have begun the process of exploring opportunities in Germany and Scandanavia.

*While awaiting to touch base with DCU GM Dave Kasper, let's take an updated look at the club's roster situation:

Troy Perkins: transferred to Valerenga (Norway)
Jay Nolly: contract option not exercised, but invited to training camp
Shawn Crowe: waived

Bobby Boswell: traded to Houston
Greg Vanney: contract option not exercised, negotiations for new deal underway
Devon McTavish: expected to return
Bryan Namoff: expected to return
Marc Burch: expected to return
Jeff Carroll: expected to return

Brian Carroll: selected in expansion draft
Ben Olsen: expected to return
Clyde Simms: expected to return
Josh Gros: likely to retire
Fred: expected to return
Christian Gomez: out of contract, negotiations continue
Bryan Arguez: training with Hertha Berlin, but expected to return
Justin Moose: contract option not exercised, invited to training camp, might end up in USL
Dominic Mediate: expected to return
Stephen deRoux: expected to return
Rod Dyachenko: expected to return

Luciano Emilio: expected to return
Jaime Moreno: future uncertain
Jerson Monteiro: expected to return
Mira Mupier: waived
Brad North: waived
Guy-Roland Kpene: expected to return
Nicholas Addlery: contract option not exercised, but invited to training camp
Jamil Walker: recovering from serious injury, invited to training camp

Newcomers: Zach Wells.
Unsubstantiated rumors in Latin media of DCU pursuits: Claudio Lopez, Gonzalo Peralta, Marcelo Gallardo.

By Steve Goff  |  January 2, 2008; 11:16 AM ET
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Gros is done. 100% done.

Posted by: Hoost | January 2, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I hope they do not re-sign Gomez. He was quality...WAS. Granted, he played more minutes this season (or rather, stayed in longer during the games he started), his touch was not there as it was the two years previous. Still dangerous, but not consistently and not at that salary.

The same could be said for Jaime, though I think Jaime has a better shot at being an impact sub, to come in late and knock in a goal or two. His creativity is still there, though his legs are not. Salary needs to come down though.

I would love for them to throw some money at a quality central midfielder to drive the attack. DC does not like to splash the cash, so it looks like someone from a second tier Argentine squad, but even that will become more expensive as it seems every MLS team has gone to Argentina this winter to scout players.

Who can/should they get? The gringos overseas that are worth a damn will stay in place...the one that will likely come back, Eddie Lewis, is probably too worn down to last through the MLS grind (and artificial pitches).

Who has some good ideas/talking points/fantasies?

Posted by: Erick | January 2, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Goff, a bit off topic, but what have you heard of Figo to LA? The buzz seems to be getting stronger, but how could LA even fit him under the cap even if they trade for a DP? It would seem they would have to dump a number of players to make it happen since there top 10 salaries will come in at close to 2 million even wothout him on the roster. That does not leave much $$$ for the rest of the team.

Posted by: GLC134 | January 2, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Figo situation is a mystery. Trying to find out more today...

Posted by: Goff | January 2, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

what about shevchenko to DC? this seems unlikely since he's earned a place at Chelsea, but i still can't help dreaming...

Posted by: dc | January 2, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Who is Gonzalo Peralta? I can't seem to find anything on him, although I got some links to the U-20 chilean team, colo-colo, and argentinos juniors. I'd love it if he was actually a young rising star...

Posted by: Skyler | January 2, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

From the latin american publications, they are reporting that AEG has already bought Figo and he can go to any of their owned teams at this point. How true is this?

And any more news on how close we are to get gomez or moreno back? Percentage wise?

And about our persued players.... at 31 yrs old Lets get Gallardo!!!!!!

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 2, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

SG - Gonzalo Peralta??? Do you mean midfielder Sixto Peralta of River Plate? He would seem to fit DCU's typical target (28 years old, another attacking midfielder, plenty of globetrotting with time playing in Italy, England, Mexico [sounds a bit like Filomeno-like with the time in Mexico and Italy]. He dressed but did not play in the River Plate - Colon match attended by Soehn and Company in November.

Posted by: Zman | January 2, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I believe Gonzalo Peralta is an Argentine second-division defender. Just a wild rumor...

Posted by: Goff | January 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Why don't they just invite deRoux to camp like many of the other developmentals? He has been with DC for a few years now and has yet to develope anything beyond being quick. Unless he delivers, I will be very dissapointed to see him play in a concacaf game.

Posted by: ruscien | January 2, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalo Prelata is a centerback from the Argie B division team, Almirante Brown.

Posted by: Eric Z | January 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

But DerOux can dance!If he can dance he can score!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

when you say option not exercised, do you mean DC didnt exercise it or MLS didnt?? I can never figure out this single entity stuff.

Posted by: anon | January 2, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I just don't get why Moose wants to go. They can work something out wiht him if they can with peolple like Nolly, Addlery, Vanney, etc. They can sign whatever of those foreign players that they want, just so they're happy with themselves.

Posted by: person | January 2, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

MLS clubs decide whether to exercise options on their players' contracts (MLS has no direct role).

Moose has not impressed the coaches and, if he wants to continue pursuing a pro career, he might have to go to the USL. FYI, he's an accomplished musician and could always go that route too.

Posted by: Goff | January 2, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

If true, I do not know any of the DCU's latest hunting targets. I really hope they bring someone worthy of paying and playing for us.

Posted by: td | January 2, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Do you know when KP and DCU will formally announce the Perkins transfer?

Posted by: DCU4Life | January 2, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalo Peralta is an important part of the success of Almirante Brown (top 3 finish in the 2nd division and promotion candidates in May), and would be similar to United's discovery of Erpen. Coincidentally, Sixto Peralta is out of contract with River and will not be back. He did not have a good tenure at River.

Posted by: Lost in BA | January 2, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Speaking on players from Almirante Brown, i browsed their roster on Wikipedia and there was a familiar name sticking out at me, Matias Fischer, hes on their bench if Wiki is right. He was the leading scorer for Bolivar and the bolivian league when he was loaned out to them by boca juniors, he was on their reserve squad and fairly young at the time. Right now he's i think 24 and is still fairly young. He could be a bargain pick up seeing how he was a fairly good striker when i watched him play.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 2, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse


No serious interest then from DCU for Gallardo?

He is a great player, very much in the mold of Gomez, but IMHO more talented. He did very well at River Plate. I think he is the type of player smart MLS teams that do not need to pander to any Euro centric crowds (ie. DC) should go after.

Posted by: denverDCUfan | January 2, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

moreno is up in the air.

I thought he had a year left, is he thinking about retiring?

Posted by: vasco | January 2, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Figo's agent plays down MLS talk

"It doesn't make any sense, all these reports that he's moving to the United States. It's just speculation"

"He has got a contract with Inter. He expects to extend it. If the club does not extend it, yes, he will consider - as he has said publicly - going to the United States."

Posted by: emanon | January 2, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Gomez finished with 10 goals and 9 assists and was the only DC player to really do anything in the last few games of the year when they needed someone to step up. He's still good and DC needs him back!

If the end of the year taught us anything, it's that we need another quality forward to pair with Emilio or in case of injury.

With another forward and a good central defender, DCU will be strong again.

Posted by: GomezStillGotIt | January 2, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The Portuguese press cited approx $10.5 million US for a two year deal (580,000 euros a month!)...

Is Inter paying that much more?

Inter is top of the table, with a comfortable lead. Comfortable enough that they could let Adriano go back to boozing it up in Brazil. They don't need Figo...especially as he has a cracked shin.

I wouldn't be surprised if they let him go in January.

The contract is with AEG, so he goes to either LA or Houston. LA is already an exemplary Mafia money laundering operation, might as well eliminate the DP clause altogether.

He can surely withstand the Houston heat, as he is used to Portuguese summers (very similar). Houston has the money and DP slots, right?

Either way, I doubt he is coming to DC.

Hahnemann might make it to MLS sooner that Figo, is Reading keeps leaking goals like a sieve...

Posted by: Erick | January 2, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Steve - I know you posted this recently, but can you post DCU's draft picks?

Posted by: pat | January 2, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same gallardo ts PSG?

Posted by: gallardo | January 2, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Unsubstantiated rumors in Latin media of DCU pursuits: Claudio Lopez, Gonzalo Peralta, Marcelo Gallardo."


Waitaminnit -- no unsubstantiated rumors allowed here! I know the guy who runs this blog, and he... whoops... :-)

Posted by: Juan-John in Costa Rica | January 2, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Man, Gallardo? What a coup for DC that would be.

I doubt we will get him, I'd guess that at 31 he's still too young to be willing to leave europe.

Posted by: uranderson | January 2, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Indeed that is the Gallardo from PSG and AS Monaco before that ! He would be quite the signing, played 40+ times for the Argie NT.

Posted by: Allez L'OM | January 2, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

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