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The Moment You've Been Waiting For.....

(drum roll please)

The first of perhaps two Gonzalos is on his way to United: Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez.

The club has wrapped up negotiations and expects him on the training pitch Monday. Expect a formal announcement soon. (We had been told by a source close to the negotiations yesterday that he would fly to Washington this weekend.)

To recap our earlier reports, Martinez is a 32-year-old central back who spent about three years in Italy before moving to the Paraguayan league. Most recently, he performed for Millonarios in Colombia.

With Peruvian goalkeeper Jose Carvallo now in town, don't be surprised if he is formally announced later this week.


By Steve Goff  |  January 23, 2008; 3:01 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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good, good. All is falling into place. Soon we shall rule the world!!!mwahahahaha. Mwahahahaahahaha! MWHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHHHHH!

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 23, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps more importantly...what does HE think of the new kit?

Posted by: Section 130 | January 23, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The pieces to the puzzle are finally falling into place. I might have to fly down to Bradenton for a couple of days.

Posted by: Chico | January 23, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

update on "el muñeco" please!!

Posted by: koolcaio | January 23, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Ughhhhhh...we got da no limit soljahs, dat's what I told ya, ugh!

Posted by: Master P | January 23, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Koolcaio, chill! He gave you an update inthe last post! You will not get rumor here, and Goff will give you the info the second he has it and it's verified. So stop posting 'update on Gallardo' every 5 freaking minutes!

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 23, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Which one of you internet nuts already updated his wiki?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzalo_Mart%C3%ADnez

Posted by: Pack-a-day Payne | January 23, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

[Scheming Mr. Burns Voice] Excellent! [/voice]

Posted by: TCompton | January 23, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Do you know whether Christian Gomez has received offers from teams in other leagues, or is are his options limited to United and other MLS teams at this point?

Posted by: TCompton | January 23, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I was waiting for the other Gonzalo.

Posted by: stairs | January 23, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I was saying boo-urns.

Posted by: Hans Moleman | January 23, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

good, good. All is falling into place. Soon we shall rule the world!!!
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I wish to think that except that he is again one more additional baby boomers to come retire here.

Posted by: td | January 23, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

As Always Goffito' always comes through.

Any news on Peralta?

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 23, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

All your Gonzalo's are belong to us.

Posted by: Mike | January 23, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I get the idea that the Front Office is going to announce one signing a day and build up to the Gomez/Gallardo issue.

2 more signings (Carvalo?? and Peralta??) and 3 more days until then...

Sigh.

Posted by: strago | January 23, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=640375&s=gen&type=story

"El ex jugador del seleccionado dijo que el próximo fin de semana estará en Washington para firmar el contrato."


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: d, dc | January 23, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

So, does this mean that Vanney is on his way out?

Posted by: DJC | January 23, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Mike,

except Segares

Posted by: United Fury | January 23, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

D,Dc: that's a very long article with lots of supposed quotes from Gallardo about DC. First really reputable source I'd say. Maybe that might really happen.

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 23, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

d,dc:
Kasper is quoted in the article. What does he say???

Posted by: BigWave | January 23, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Post of the Day goes to Mike: All your Gonzalo's are belong to us.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | January 23, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=640375&s=gen&type=story

"El ex jugador del seleccionado dijo que el próximo fin de semana estará en Washington para firmar el contrato."

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: d, dc | January 23, 2008 03:59 PM


"Gallardo tendrá como compañeros en el DC al boliviano Jaime Moreno y a sus compatriotas Christian Gómez y Franco Niell, quien llegará procedente del equipo Argentinos Juniors a préstamo por un año, según informó la MLS a través de un comunicado."

Sounds good to me!!


Posted by: Greenbelt United | January 23, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Haha, I agree. Mike, the winner is you!

Posted by: noptov52 | January 23, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I think if we do end up getting Gallardo, Fred is going to have a double digit scoring season.

Posted by: DC United Fan | January 23, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

d dc, thank you

Posted by: koolcaio | January 23, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"We have acquired a player who has all the qualities to be veryh successful in our team" - Kasper

Posted by: jgildea | January 23, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Kasper's quote is on Niell, saying that he has the type of qualities that will help our team.

I don't want to be too bullish about it, since the story doesn't "directly" quote Gallardo, but it essentially has him saying he'll be here next week.

Posted by: d, dc | January 23, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The one day I chose to not update Soccer Insider 5 times a minute it seems everything happens.

Posted by: sitruc | January 23, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

(drum roll please)
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LOL..LOL...LOL. Thanks for all the great news!

Posted by: td | January 23, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The Kasper quote refers to Niell, being the kind of player who will fit into the team.

Posted by: dcfr | January 23, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

---------------Wells/Carvallo------------------
---Namoff---Martinez---Peralta/McTavish---Burch
-------------------Olsen/Simms-----------------
---Niell-------------------------------Fred----
------------------Gallardo---------------------
--------Gomez/Moreno---------------Emilio------

CWC here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BigWave | January 23, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

BigWave:

Niell is an out and out striker, not a winger, and if we get Gallardo, we lose Gomez. But still pretty sweet.

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 23, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I don't think we'll have both Gallardo and Gomez...

Posted by: laur | January 23, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

totally off-topic....

a buddy just called me and said that NBC News 4 at 4 announced that United was getting a new stadium in MD... I said, sure, what's new (based on Goff's earlier stadium posting)... but he said it looked like it was on the MD side of the Wilson bridge... Did anybody else see this report?

Posted by: Soy United! | January 23, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but it'd be awesome, wouldn't it???

Posted by: BigWave | January 23, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Gomez is gone if Gallardo comes, This is the lineup i see.

---------------Wells/Carvallo------------------
---Namoff---Martinez---Peralta/McTavish---Burch
-------------------Simms-----------------
---Olsen-------------------------------Fred----
------------------Gallardo---------------------
--------Moreno/Niell---------------Emilio------

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 23, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I don't think we'll have both Gallardo and Gomez...
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Gomez will re-sign realizing lifting with trophies with United this year would be real and he would like to be a part of it.

Posted by: td | January 23, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I like Bolivian dc fan formation!! except that wells and Moreno are the starters!!! of the bench Niell for Moreno

Posted by: koolcaio | January 23, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

BigWave,

If Gallardo comes then that almost certainly means Gomez leaves. I'd take McTavish with Martinez, Simms in defensive midfield and Benny on the wing, at least to start the season. Also I would like to see Wells as the starter.

BTW, my friend at work is Peruvian, so he tracks the Peruvian leagues. He says Carvallo is a very talented goalkeeper and it would be a great acquisition for United.

Posted by: United fury | January 23, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

That ESPNDeportes report is almost word for word what Argentine press are reporting, and please note he is not quoted as saying he is going to DC.

Just a friendly caution not to count your gallinas before they hatch.

Posted by: Lost in BA | January 23, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind how the local news works these days.

At 4, 4:10, 4:20, etc pm ... 'Mad cow disease, can it jump to humans? Tune it at 6pm!!'

At 6pm, at the end of the story in practically a whisper '... and there's no evidence mad cow disease can jump to humans'...

Taken from what an actual local news station around here did a couple of years ago - and do everyday.

Posted by: Kire | January 23, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The additions are nice, and I'm glad we've found some more foreign journeymen to help out. I'm not so concerned about January starting lineups, but more more concerned how we add depth in what is going to be a very full schedule. With last year's full schedule, there were very few games that a typical starting 11 were all healthy at the same time.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | January 23, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The Gallardo news seems to be getting more solid with the ESPN Deportes article getting quotes from him. But remember, the Veron news before Christmas was getting pretty solid, too. Until he changed his mind.

If Gallardo does arrive at DC I suppose that will spell the end of Christian Gomez' spell with the team. I'll be very sad to see that as Christian's given us 39 goals and 29 assists in less than 4 seasons (and that's only regular season stats).

Gallardo is a more famous player with national team background and more recognition but, regardless of his skills, we'd still have to see how well he'd fit in and adjust to his new team.

Gomez has been our MVP since DC returned to the top of MLS.

Posted by: garbaggio | January 23, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

@d, dc: Not too thrilled about his quote regarding French soccer... he said it's too physical and defense-minded with counterattacking except for Lyon... is he too soft to play in France? he also didn't think he could give San Lorenzo everthing they deserved... He also said that he chose MLS to finish his career more 'tranquilo' which could be more tranquil or less stressed... I hope he isn't coming here thinking that he can chill and earn a cool mil and do nothing... MLS is pretty physical too!

Posted by: Soy United! | January 23, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I don't think we'll have both Gallardo and Gomez...
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Gomez will re-sign realizing lifting with trophies with United this year would be real and he would like to be a part of it.

Posted by: td | January 23, 2008 04:26 PM

How many international players can we have? Wouldn't we have to get rid of one if we did end up getting Gallardo?

Anyone keeping track?

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 23, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

here is the excerpt from news 4.
Kicked To The Curb?
With talks stalled between the D.C. United Soccer team and Washington officials, the team is now considering a move to the suburbs -- Maryland.

I was not too happy when we lost the Redskins to Maryland, moving from RFK to FedEx Field.

D.C. regained some momentum with the new Nationals stadium, but now we're losing United at RFK.

A lot of development and improvements have been going on in the city and I'm not sure whether this move is a good one.

What do you think?

Send your thoughts in to News4 at NBC4Connected@nbc4.com.

Posted by: td | January 23, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Kire:

"What you don't know about DC United's new stadium JUST MIGHT KILL YOUR BABY. Tune in at 11."

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 23, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The tranquilo I think refers to the U.S. in general, not the MLS. He's in paris, which has been under strike for months and has had full blown riots in the stands of PSG games.

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 23, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Lost in BA said,

"That ESPNDeportes report is almost word for word what Argentine press are reporting, and please note he is not quoted as saying he is going to DC.

Just a friendly caution not to count your gallinas before they hatch."

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You're right. The reporter is the only mentioning Gallardo coming to DC. None of the quoted material from Gallardo quite confirms it.

Posted by: garbaggio | January 23, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

a buddy just called me and said that NBC News 4 at 4 announced that United was getting a new stadium in MD... I said, sure, what's new (based on Goff's earlier stadium posting)... but he said it looked like it was on the MD side of the Wilson bridge... Did anybody else see this report?

Posted by: Soy United! | January 23, 2008 04:24 PM
-----------------------------------------

Here's a link:

http://www.nbc4.com/news/15117299/detail.html

Quite frankly, I don't see anything here that adds anything to the story that ran in the Post this morning, and which was discussed at length earlier today on this blog, in the thread labeled "Maryland Unites for Soccer". Even the Post report is old news, at we discussed the planned Maryland Stadium Authority feasibility study on this blog some time ago.

Posted by: 22201 | January 23, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

There has to be a way for MLS to create a special rule for United, like they do for the Galaxy. Gallardo's only a year younger. There needs to be a way for Jaime and Gomito to close out here, or at least bring a championship -- with Gallardo. I know the league wants LA to win, but please give us this one year. Beating the Galaxy in the final in LA. Then, we can leave it to Becks. I'm kidding, if course. Jaime's signing for 2 years. Gomito wants that, too. So, give us 2 years, with our Latin all-star team. We could bring the league more street cred than Becks could ever do....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 23, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Even the Post report is old news, at we discussed the planned Maryland Stadium Authority feasibility study on this blog some time ago.
__________________________

Won't stop us from re-hashing the same points over and over again though. Where's the Fenty quote again?

Posted by: Billy Baroo | January 23, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The new GK has a green card. Doesn't Moreno also have one? That'd be two "foreigners" that don't count under the 8...

Posted by: Matt Y | January 23, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

With all our new additions and with Fred and Emilio and Olsen and Simms and with a new speedy or skillful winger in a trade for Gomez, then we will make an impact internationally, that is for damn sure.

Oh and add Dyachenko and Kpene coming off the bench. Whew this season looks bright!

Posted by: Yeah Boy! | January 23, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"The tranquilo I think refers to the U.S. in general, not the MLS. He's in paris, which has been under strike for months and has had full blown riots in the stands of PSG games.

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 23, 2008 04:41 PM "

I agree. This is how I read it. I thought it said something about him and his family being able to settle down in the states.

Posted by: antonio | January 23, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Southeasterner,

DC would have six foreign players if everyone signs (Fred, Emilio, Niell, Martinez, Peralta, Gallardo).

Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"Oh and add Dyachenko and Kpene coming off the bench. Whew this season looks bright!"

Posted by: Yeah Boy! | January 23, 2008 04:57 PM

I really don't like pinning my hopes and dreams for championships on Dyachenko and Kpene coming off the bench. Jaime coming off the bench? Yes. Dyachenko? Not quite. Kpene? High and wide.

Posted by: DWE4 | January 23, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Is Jaime no longer an international? And, pelase include Gomez in everybody...

Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I hope he isn't coming here thinking that he can chill and earn a cool mil and do nothing... MLS is pretty physical too!

Posted by: Soy United! | January 23, 2008 04:38 PM
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Soy United! -- those were my concerns exactly as I read the article. He seemed to couch his decision to come to MLS as follows: The French league is too physical and tactical these days; I'd like to go to San Lorenzo, but dont' feel I'm up to the challenge, and I wanted to finish out my career in some place easy-going". I agree ther is ambiguity to what exactly is more "tranquilo"... is it family life in the States or is it intensity on the pitch?

I also wonder what JPA told him? Did JPA say "Oh yeah, man... you could come here and contend for the Golden Boot with no problems; this league is easy." Or did he say "Life here is good. The MLS treats you like a professional with no BS, the schools are good, the people are friendly, and you'll usually be able to go out in public without being recognized"?

Posted by: David | January 23, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

To DWE4 -- Having Kpene and Dyachenko off the bench is more encouraging than seeing them in the starting 11 every week.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 23, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

i think kpene may settle down and do well this year. i like his spirit. he had some, what i hope was, bad luck last season. here's to growth!

Posted by: antonio | January 23, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The whole tranquilo thing, there were other quotes somewhere I read - he meant for his family, not for the futbol. But he did also say that the futbol in France now is much more physical and much less technical. I don't mean to say he doesn't like physical and MLS will be, ahh screw it. He was talking about family life. Stuff like being able to take the kids to the park.

Posted by: Lost in BA | January 23, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Re: DC would have six foreign players if everyone signs (Fred, Emilio, Niell, Martinez, Peralta, Gallardo).

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I think Kpene counts as a foreign player, too. So, seven. Eight if you count Ben Olsen's beard, which has been capped by Nepal's "All Yeti" team.

Posted by: DWE4 | January 23, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Either way, I think United should make it clear that we (club and fans) expect a high work rate.

Posted by: David | January 23, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"Somehow I don't think we'll have both Gallardo and Gomez...
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Gomez will re-sign realizing lifting with trophies with United this year would be real and he would like to be a part of it."

Let's hope he's on the phone with Veron right now!

Posted by: Glaucon | January 23, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Garbaggio: "You're right. The reporter is the only mentioning Gallardo coming to DC. None of the quoted material from Gallardo quite confirms it."

I'm thinking this may be more of a stylistic choice by the reporter than anything else. 8 quotes, all in a line, does not make a good story. The reporter basically says "Gallardo said he'd be in DC to sign the contract next weekend." He couldn't phrase the sentence that way if he didn't have anything to back it up.

Then again, the story is from wire services, and there is no listed author... so...

Posted by: d, dc | January 23, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Is Jaime no longer an international? And, pelase include Gomez in everybody...

Posted by: | January 23, 2008 05:15 PM
_____________________________________

I believe Jaime Got his Green Card so he doesnt count.

______________________________________

Soy United! -- those were my concerns exactly as I read the article. He seemed to couch his decision to come to MLS as follows: The French league is too physical and tactical these days; I'd like to go to San Lorenzo, but dont' feel I'm up to the challenge, and I wanted to finish out my career in some place easy-going". I agree ther is ambiguity to what exactly is more "tranquilo"... is it family life in the States or is it intensity on the pitch?

I also wonder what JPA told him? Did JPA say "Oh yeah, man... you could come here and contend for the Golden Boot with no problems; this league is easy." Or did he say "Life here is good. The MLS treats you like a professional with no BS, the schools are good, the people are friendly, and you'll usually be able to go out in public without being recognized"?

Posted by: David | January 23, 2008 05:16 PM
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I like to think, he's coming to this country using tranqilo in the form that we are very easy going on the sports player, since they can keep their privacy, USA is a great place to keep your family since you retire, and is not like mexico/argentina/brasil where they would kidnap your family or do something to you. Like this is a more relaxed area than high strung REAL serious leagues. Thats what i think was meant.

Like Bruno Marioni of Toluca and of Boca Juniors and now Club Atlas of Mexico, when he was thinking of coming to play for the US he said everything i stated above, about the security of playing here, and keeping his family in a safe enviroment. What gave me this idea, was how gallardo was talking alot about the security of his family financially and IMO from getting kidnapped lol.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 23, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Ok quick math: United is allowed 8 NonGreen Card holding foreign players, and United can always trade for an additional foreign slots. United has like 2 Million in Allocation cash. They could conceivably use some of it to a) get a foreign spot from another team and b) buy down Gomez's over max salary to fit under the cap and keep him along with Gallardo as a DP.

Posted by: Can it happen? | January 23, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, this does qualify as one of the moments we've been waiting for-still listening for other shoes to drop!
Very encouraging. Thanks for keeping us posted.

Posted by: towson | January 23, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Where is the "Greg Vanney Leaving" news I was promised?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | January 23, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Can it Happen...... Don't tease me. It is not nice. Now I know how fat kids feel.

Posted by: gilbert | January 23, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't you mean, "Don't Tease me, bro! Don't Tease me!"

Posted by: Dave | January 23, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Official Release: United acquires Gonzalo Martinez
http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20080123&content_id=136366&vkey=news_dcu&fext=.jsp&team=t103

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I personally enjoyed the last few lines, since I know they address an issue some have

[Broadcasting and P.A. Request: When speaking of the organization, please refer to the team as either "D.C. United" or "United," but not "the D.C. United" or "the United." We appreciate your cooperation.]

Posted by: emanon | January 23, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone catch the game between The Manchester United and The Newcastle United?

Posted by: The George Michael Sports Machine | January 23, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of counting your Gallardos before they hatch...Sports Illustrated's rumor site is reporting that the Red Bulls are the team he is likely going to, quoting Osorio as being interested in a French league player.
http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/soccer
I know it is just rumor, but it reminds us to take player signings with a grain of salt.

Posted by: Doubting Thomas | January 23, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I think it's been mentioned before that Osorio said NYRB can't pick up Gallardo due to salary cap constraints/lack of DP slot, whatever the case may be.

Posted by: Taylor | January 23, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

i recall the same thing about osorio. that with JPA and reyna, they couldn't afford him.

Posted by: antonio | January 23, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Setanta Sports is calling it done.

Posted by: jajajaja | January 23, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

The SI "story" is just a rehash of the NYT story from Monday. The ESPN Deportes / wire reports story is from 4:30 this afternoon. I'm biased, yeah, but I'm still going with the more recent possibly totally unsubstantiated rumor, thankyouverymuch.

Posted by: d, dc | January 23, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Goff, ESPN Deportes is reporting that Gallardo is coming to DC United.

Posted by: mk | January 23, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Yep, one hour ago on Setanta:

"Paris Saint Germain's playmaker Marcello Gallardo will move to the Major League Soccer and join Washington DC."

http://www.setantasports.com/en/Sport/News/Football/2008/01/23/Ligue-1-news-transfer-special-/?facets/sport-space/great-britain-locale/

Posted by: seahawkdad | January 23, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Gallardo's like 5'5" right? (169 cm)

Guess we're not planning on too many headers this year.

Posted by: Lilliputians | January 23, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

watch enough south american futbol and you'll realize that crossing is overrated

Posted by: d, dc | January 23, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Adding fuel to the fire this article has direct quotes from Gallardo.

http://www.oem.com.mx/esto/notas/n568786.htm

its a sports daily from Mexico.

Posted by: vreleven | January 23, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I concur with Doubting Thomas, let us not forget he called Pablo Angel who is part OF RBNY...WOW! We might just have to focus on how DCU will defensively cover the Gallardo/Angel Duo (ex River Duo)rather than assume Gomito out and Gallardo IN...our back left side is looking weak with MctaV & BurCh!?

Posted by: DCU Fan in Socal | January 23, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

55 days . . . .

Posted by: Curious | January 23, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Mike Damone | January 23, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

"What Jefferson was saying was, Hey! You know, we left this England place 'cause it was bogus; so if we don't get some cool rules ourselves - pronto - we'll just be bogus too! Get it?"

Posted by: Spicoli | January 23, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Interesting press release on Gonzalo Martinez. Anyone else notice that it refers to the Harbour View home game as held in the time period from March 18-20? That changed a couple of days ago. How long has United been sitting on this release? Conspiracy theorists among suspect that strago is correct ---- one signing a day for the next week.

Posted by: Curious | January 23, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

. . . to the first home match!

Posted by: Curious | January 23, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

watch enough south american futbol and you'll realize that crossing is overrated

Posted by: d, dc | January 23, 2008 07:33 PM

________________________________

yeah but if the largest among your top 4 or 5 attacking players is Emilio . . . . any concerns?

Posted by: Lilliputions | January 23, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I read a couple of AP releases that states Gallardo wants to play along side his countryman Gomez. Why can't we have both?

Posted by: hmmm | January 23, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Lacking a big player really didn't slow us down last year. I'm not saying adding a useful target forward wouldn't be nice, but why would that suddenly be such a big deal? Are Olsen and Fred suddenly going to start playing as true wingers?

Our style of play doesn't really need a big striker. Not only that, but pairing a big guy up top with Emilio forced Emilio to play underneath rather than lead the line when we did it with Addlery. What happened? Our best player looked uncomfortable and we were nowhere near as good in attack as normal.

I know it's generally considered a good idea to have an imposing target up front, but we aren't exactly a one-off in regards to not having one. Roma looks pretty good right now, and most of the time they only play Francesco Totti up front. Villarreal has started Nihat and Giuseppe Rossi up front (both of them are shorter than Emilio).

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Current list of DC United's foreign players:

Gonzalo Martinez
Christian Gomez
Fred
Luciano Emilio
Guy-Roland Kpene
Franco Niell

Jose Carvallo, Rod Dyachenko, Jerson Monteiro, Nick Addlery, and Jaime Moreno all have green cards. So, the signing of Gallardo will not be complicated at all by foreign slot implications (even if we bring in Peralta in the meantime...that would still mean 1 open spot).

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 23, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Anyone catch the game between The Manchester United and The Newcastle United?

Posted by: The George Michael Sports Machine | January 23, 2008 06:16 PM

The only English team Americans should be watching is Fulham a.k.a USMNT

Posted by: American Pride | January 23, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

"Ok quick math: United is allowed 8 NonGreen Card holding foreign players, and United can always trade for an additional foreign slots. United has like 2 Million in Allocation cash. They could conceivably use some of it to a) get a foreign spot from another team and b) buy down Gomez's over max salary to fit under the cap and keep him along with Gallardo as a DP."

Posted by: Can it happen? | January 23, 2008 05:30 PM

I was thinking much the same thing on the drive home from work this evening.

I don't know enough about the actual numbers involved to know if it's realistic to think that United could keep Gomez and sign Gallardo as a DP, but I've been thinking the following:

United was well ender the cap last season.

The cap went up by about $200,000 this year.

It looks like Vanney may be on the way out, or at least that he would stay at a reduced salary.

Moreno has already re-upped at a salary lower than last years'.

United was sitting on a bunch of allocation money already, before the allocation windfall realized from the Perkins transfer, even if they are limited to using $500,000 of it on salaries.

Plus, there should be a bit more allocation money coming if the Arguez transfer goes through, if that money can actually be spent on salaries, given the fact that United already has the Perkins money to spend.

Does anyone here know more about the cap numbers involved here to be able to hazard a guess as to whether adding Gallardo and keeping Gomez is even remotely reasonable?

Thanks.

Posted by: DCUInWheaton | January 23, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Gomez, Gallardo, the two Gonzalos, and Goff.

It's A "G" thang....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 23, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I really think all that Kpene really needs is an attitude adjustment. Early in the season, he said MLS was easy compared to playing in Ghana. Well, he obviously shot himself in the foot, and didn't score a goal. I think he has plenty of talent, though

Dyachenko is a playmaker, not a goal scorer. I think we should shop him to, say, Toronto or Real Salt lake. Teams that could use some creativity.

While I'm happy about the signings, I really think DC is in trouble in the long run. We don't have a Nathan Sturgis, a Wynne, an Edu, or even a real American (other than Evergreen Olsen) who can add in the attack. Hope we find someone, quick.

Oh, yeah, and isn't Peralta a no show?

Posted by: iagofart | January 23, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Why does DC need an attacking American? Arsenal seem to be doing just fine without a single brit in the first XI.

If somehow we wind up with both gomez and gallardo, how about a return to a 3-5-2?

------Namoff--Gonzalo--Burch----
--------------Simms---------------
Olsen------Gomez---------------Fred
----------------Gallardo------------
-----------Niell--Emilio---------

Posted by: DC | January 23, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

How would Gomez do on the right side? Not his natural spot -- but why not? Something like:

---Namoff--McTavish--Martinez--Burch---
--------------Olsen/Simms---------------
---Gomez-------Gallardo---------Fred
-----------Moreno/Niell--Emilio---------

Posted by: Curious | January 23, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

If United really do land Gallardo, prepare for diving displays that would embarrass Ruiz. I'm not prepared to cheer for that.

Posted by: harris | January 23, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Okay here's how we fix DCU...let's go get the smallest striker on the planet and pick up an old slow defender. Hey Payne either starting fixing your mess or go get another job. This team will sruggle to make the playoffs.

Posted by: tex | January 23, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, diving? Are you serious? If there's diving I'm going to have to finally learn how to do that whistle-jeer thing.

Posted by: gringo | January 23, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Any truth to the rumor Dippin' Dots refreshments will be replaced next season at Estadio RFK? Update please!!


Posted by: koolcaio imposter | January 23, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I really think all that Kpene really needs is an attitude adjustment. Early in the season, he said MLS was easy compared to playing in Ghana. Well, he obviously shot himself in the foot, and didn't score a goal. I think he has plenty of talent, though

Dyachenko is a playmaker, not a goal scorer. I think we should shop him to, say, Toronto or Real Salt lake. Teams that could use some creativity.

While I'm happy about the signings, I really think DC is in trouble in the long run. We don't have a Nathan Sturgis, a Wynne, an Edu, or even a real American (other than Evergreen Olsen) who can add in the attack. Hope we find someone, quick.

Oh, yeah, and isn't Peralta a no show?

Posted by: iagofart | January 23, 2008 09:26 PM
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When did Kpene play in Ghana? Isnt he from Ivory Coast?

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | January 23, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

[quote]Okay here's how we fix DCU...let's go get the smallest striker on the planet and pick up an old slow defender. Hey Payne either starting fixing your mess or go get another job. This team will sruggle to make the playoffs.[/quote]

For the tenth time, you don't need to be tall to be a good forward. Do you want another list of great forwards who are/were short?

According to Kasper, Neill is a good fit for the way we play. That style is ball control through ground passes and off the ball movement. In other words a style that isn't dependant on tall powerful forwards.

Whether or not he works here remains to be seen, but I'll reserve judgement until I actually see him play.

Also, from Kasper: Martinez is a "versatile defender with TREMENDOUS PACE." If you've seen him play I'd love to hear why you think he's slow, but somehow I don't think you have.

No mess here thanks, and we will make the playoffs.

Posted by: uranderson | January 24, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

I don't recall ever seeing such a statement from Kpene.

Also, doesn't Kpene now have a Green Card? He's been in America for quite a while, and I'm pretty sure his mom works for immigration.

I think we could afford both Gomez and Gallardo, but I'm not sure if Gomez would want to play second fiddle to him.

If by some chance we end up with both of them, I'm thinking of a different 3-5-2 or even a 4-5-1

------Wells (man that feels weird)--
Namoff---Martinez--McTavish--Burch
---------------Simms----------------
Olsen---------------------------Fred
-----------Gomez---Gallardo---------
--------------Emilio----------------

Niel would be the 1st of the bench for Emilio, with Moreno and D-Rod coming in for Gomez and Gallardo.

3-5-2

-----------------Wells-------------------
----Namoff-----Martinez---------Burch----
----------------Simms--------------------
Olsen--------------------------------Fred
-----------Gomez------Gallardo-----------
-----------Moreno----Emilio--------------

Either one looks good to me. Although I'd prefer to bring in some true wingers so we could move Fred into a central attacking role, and Olsen in with Simms or as a holding mid.

Posted by: AlecW81 | January 24, 2008 2:04 AM | Report abuse

AlecW81:

While looking at your last line-up I got to thinking that both Olsen and Moreno have gotten older and slower, and that both Gomez and (from the clips I've seen) Gallardo have, comparatively, some pretty good wheels. So, I messed around with your 3-5-2 and came up with this:

-------------------- Wells --------------------
Namoff -------- Martinez -------- Burch
--------- Olsen ---------- Simms ---------
Gallardo --------- Moreno --------- Fred
--------- Emilio --------- Gomez ---------

(I've never tried posting a line-up in this way before, so if it's hard to make out, sorry.)

At first this will look a little strange - it did to me - but I think it would work nicely.

Posted by: DCUInWheaton | January 24, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Okay here's how we fix DCU...let's go get the smallest striker on the planet and pick up an old slow defender. Hey Payne either starting fixing your mess or go get another job. This team will sruggle to make the playoffs.

Posted by: tex | January 23, 2008 10:40 PM


You, sir, don't know what you're talking about. Slow? Martinez? Seen him play have you? Watch a lot of SA football, there, Tex? Big fan of the Copa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores? Regular viewing of Colombian Futbol on GoalTV? Fact is, you've never seen any of these players play. Let K&P handle the business. They've done well with a good track record. Struggle to make the playoffs? Instant and un-expert analysis from the bottom of your seat.

Posted by: TexMex | January 24, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh, one more thing, fix United? Is that what you really said, Tex? Check out our record for the last four years, including back-to-back Supporters Shields. Are you Chris Matthews in disguise?

Posted by: TexMex | January 24, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Kpene has a green card, fyi.

Posted by: Doze | January 24, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

Any truth to the rumor Dippin' Dots refreshments will be replaced next season at Estadio RFK? Update please!!

Posted by: koolcaio imposter | January 23, 2008 11:02 PM

I think the Nats are taking all the concessions with them.

Who knows maybe DCU can follow NASCAR and allow BYOB at RFK. Now that would be a fun time.

Posted by: Redneck | January 24, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Height IS a factor at forward. Remember the Hudson years? Not much height there. Our goal production on corners has been abysmal for a long time. Neill had better move to fullback and let someone taller up top. Like Zac Wells. ;)

My hope is that Addlery gets more minutes and wins the spot as first player off the bench. He has the frame for it.

Posted by: David | January 24, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I think the Nats are taking all the concessions with them.

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Best thing I've heard in a while.

Posted by: Billy Baroo | January 24, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

My hope is that Addlery gets more minutes

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mine too . . . if they're in the USL

Posted by: Billy Baroo | January 24, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

David,

so you'd rather have a minidefender who can't get the ups to DENY the headers? c'mon addlery as first off the bench? do you think size is the only thing that matters? silly, silly, silly. what DCU, and the league in general, lacks are players who are willing to go one on one with defenders, beat them in the box, and take shots. we don't have a whole lot of that and i believe neill maybe someone to do that. perhaps gallardo. gomez can do it. moreno, here and there. kpene has the potential. for me, addlery is the bottom of the barrel for us.

Posted by: antonio | January 24, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Current list of DC United's foreign players:

Gonzalo Martinez
Christian Gomez
Fred
Luciano Emilio
Guy-Roland Kpene
Franco Niell

Jose Carvallo, Rod Dyachenko, Jerson Monteiro, Nick Addlery, and Jaime Moreno all have green cards. So, the signing of Gallardo will not be complicated at all by foreign slot implications (even if we bring in Peralta in the meantime...that would still mean 1 open spot).

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 23, 2008 08:46 PM

1. Gonzalo Martinez
2. Christian Gomez
3. Fred
4. Luciano Emilio
5. Guy-Roland Kpene
6. Franco Niell
7. Stephen deRoux (?)
8. Peralta
9. Gallardo

Wouldn't that be 9? I haven't been able to find anything that confirms deRoux has his green card except for rumors on blogs.

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 24, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

i thought kpene had a green card?

Posted by: hey | January 24, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Addlery most likely will not be around...if so, he's a nice player for the reserves and a last resort "energy" guy off the bench...close the book on him if we're getting serious about winning international competitions, cups, etc

Posted by: fellas | January 24, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Gomez, Gallardo, the two Gonzalos, and Goff.

It's A "G" thang....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | January 23, 2008 09:09 PM
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don't forget Ben Gol-sen !

especially if he is playing against New York

Posted by: diego r. | January 24, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Kpene does have a green card. I believe DeRoux does as well. I guess my last "Kpene has a green card" post was too small to be noticed...

Addlery first off the bench!?!?!? He is big but can't hold the ball at all. It would be great if he managed to improve significantly but right now Moreno or Niell are first off the bench followed by Kpene.

Posted by: Doze | January 24, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

What a year we are starting to have, Seems like this year we've had more international transfers since 1996. Starting to look better than last year. I see this line up:

Wells/Carvallo

Nameoff-Martinez-Peralata-Mactavish/Burch

Olsen Gomez Fred

Gallardo

Niell/Moreno Emilio

Posted by: yo its me | January 24, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Man, the Gallardo boat is sailing full steam ahead with a deck full of passengers.

Before we anoint him our #10 and drop our best player . . .

Why is everyone convinced from a few media reports?

Do we even want this guy on our club?

Will he be a DP?

I know nothing about him . . .

Posted by: delantero | January 24, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Why does everyone have both Gomez and Gallardo in their lineups? I can't see where we can afford to keep both.

Posted by: Chico | January 24, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

delantero, how much did you know about Gomez before we signed him?

Posted by: DirtyHarry | January 24, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me, the people who are ready to fire the coach after a loss, ready to fire KP when a deal doesn't go through, ready to pop open the champagne when a few unidentified sources claim we may have a new player. Until I see the press release announcing the new player, I don't believe it.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Why does everyone have both Gomez and Gallardo in their lineups? I can't see where we can afford to keep both.

Posted by: Chico | January 24, 2008 09:29 AM

I agree. I mean, we're not LA, people!

Posted by: Hoost | January 24, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

not definitive, but yet another story saying Gallardo is coming to DC:

http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/7712646

Posted by: the flip | January 24, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

""delantero, how much did you know about Gomez before we signed him?""

Nada, same went for Steve Guppy, but after watching him for 20 minutes in a DC kit, I could tell you he should have been on an over 40 NVSL squad.

And Gallardo has played for bigger clubs than Gomez. The Insider faithful can tell us if he's worthy of playing for us.

Posted by: delanteiro | January 24, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I like how people get upset about Kpene, Adderly, Dyachenko, DeRoux, etc and compare them to our well-paid players. In the MLS having a solid group of players in developmental slots and on developmental salaries(under 30k) is critical to success and how a team is able to have some depth in a league where the roster rules make it difficult to have much depth

Posted by: diego r. | January 24, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

@Fisch Fry wrote:

Gomez, Gallardo, the two Gonzalos, and Goff.

It's A "G" thang....

- - - - - -

Shame we won't have Gros to go with the "G-Gang."

Posted by: Soy United! | January 24, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

As I follow the Argentine league I've seen both of Gallardo's stints at River. He's a straight up baller. Killer on set pieces and great passer in the midfield. Emilio will love him.

Posted by: Chico | January 24, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

"My hope is that Addlery gets more minutes and wins the spot as first player off the bench. He has the frame for it."

Posted by: David | January 24, 2008 08:38 AM

I agree Addlery has the frame, but not the skills or the cajones to make an impact (yet?).

I thought Stokes had the frame to be a great defender, but you see what having a good frame and not much else can do for you.

Posted by: Beaker | January 24, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

""Until I see the press release announcing the new player, I don't believe it.""

Remove "press release" insert Goff!

Posted by: In Goff shall we trust | January 24, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I have another moment I've been waiting for, Mr. Goff.

Feed the beast! New signings, shirt sponsor, stadium, Tom Soehn's new tie... something!

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 24, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Good points about Addlery. All I'm saying is that if we have several short players we need some players with height in order to maximize our chances on set pieces and crosses. It does make a difference.

By the way, I met Zac Wells yesterday. He looks like Josh Gros with about 6 extra inches height.

Posted by: David | January 24, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Can we start unveiling players like they do some other places?

Presser
Shirt Presentation
Then over to RFK where the players will emerge in the full kit and juggle for camera(s).

Wishful thinking.

Posted by: UVA-United | January 24, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

i'm hurting for an update. uuuggh.

Posted by: antonio | January 24, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Steve - I believe this request was made before...but is it possible to highlight your replies in the comment section so we can go right to them?

Posted by: MM | January 24, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Steve - I believe this request was made before...but is it possible to highlight your replies in the comment section so we can go right to them?

Posted by: MM | January 24, 2008 10:15 AM

My suggestion is: Ctrl-F "Goff". Works every time. Just "next" down to any post that Goffinho authors.

Posted by: Beaker | January 24, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Even better, use "Steve Goff" for your search. No one else uses his full name in their posts.

Posted by: Beaker | January 24, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

---------Wells---------
Namoff--Martinez--Burch

---------Simms---------
Olsen--------------Fred
---Gomez----Gallardo---

-----Emilio--Niell-----

-----------------------

This is a great line-up as i see it:

3-5-2

What do you guys think about this line-up?

Posted by: Fulvio | January 24, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I think we better pass the hat around if you expect to have both Gomez and Gallardo on the team at the same time.

Posted by: Chico | January 24, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I know this will be controversial, but there si something to be said for height at forward. There is a reason a corner kick is almost meaningless when we take them. We don't have anyone with both skill and size at that position. The closest we get is Emilio, and hence he gets the league scoring title. It would fit into our team if we had someone with both size and foot skills. I also definately agree we need people in this league who take on defenders and take shots from inside the box. A mix of the two, or even one forward with height and another who can weasel in and SHOOT would be great. Maybe a more refined Kenny Cooper?

Posted by: T. Henry | January 24, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

-----wells-----
--namoff------martinez---burch
---simms---

---olsen-------gomez---gallardo---fred

------moreno-------emilio---


if gallardo is not signed then
---------------------wells------------------namoff-----mctavish---martinez---burch--------------------simms----------------------olsen-----------gomez----------------fred-- ------moreno--------emilio---------------

Posted by: 135 | January 24, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

-------------------- Wells --------------------
Namoff ----mctavish---- Martinez ---- Burch
---------------- Simms ---------------
olsen --------- Gomez-------------Fred--
--------- Emilio --------- Moreno------

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

1,035th!

Posted by: Joe Doc | January 24, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Is the Goff actually sleeping? 11:30 and no new post.... Are you alive sir?

Posted by: gilbert | January 24, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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