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Gomez to Sign With Rapids

Christian Gomez, 2006 MLS most valuable player who couldn't reach terms with United, has finalized a deal with Colorado and will sign a contract with the Rapids today, the Insider learned this morning. The agreement will allow DCU to trade his MLS rights to Colorado, which sources say offered Gomez two guaranteed years in the neighborhood of $400,000 annually plus bonuses and incentives. An announcement is expected today or tomorrow. We are still trying to learn the details of the trade, but the consensus is that United will receive money and draft picks.

How will the Argentine playmaker impact Colorado's lineup? Will United miss Gomez? Or will Marcelo Gallardo make supporters forget all about him?

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2008; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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i'm still wary that gallardo will have a large impact. only time will tell.

Posted by: mb | February 7, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Christian showed great commitment while he was here and will be missed. If Gallardo starts to show any less, and becomes a passenger, hopefully team leadership will set him straight. No drop in talent, we'll see on the commitment.

Best of luck, Christian, I'll miss you.

Posted by: JkR | February 7, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Jeebus...
How long have we been trying to learn the details of this trade? DCU is tighter than a dolphins a*s...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Gulp! We'll definitely miss Christian, just hopefully not too much on the field.

Posted by: SpikeFC | February 7, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Rapids press conference is Friday @ 12:oo pm. Regardless of Gallardo's performance which will hopefully led to both domestic and international championships, Gomez will never be forgotten in these parts. Rapids are quickly becoming DCU's Western Alumni Club.....Gomez, Petke, Erpen, Prideaux.

Posted by: Eric Z | February 7, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

DC will allways have a good attacking front with or without him..we have new players to reinforce that statement..I just hope that they will do their job well.

Posted by: WashDipsSince88 | February 7, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I'll really miss Gomez, both for his talent and for his hard work for our team.

Assuming that Gallardo's workrate is similar (I know, a big assumption) I am confident that we have upgraded at the #10 position. Gallardo is a world-class player.

Learning the characteristics of a new league and the tendencies of his teammates will take a little time, but I think we have the makings of a top-notch squad.

Time will tell.

Posted by: Matt Mathai | February 7, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

One can only hope that DC wont feel the absence of Gomez, but only time can tell. hope gallardo is everything Gomez was and more..... but who knows.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | February 7, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I am torn here. Consider myself first and foremost a DC fan, but I grew up in Colorado and my brother lives almost close enough to "The Dick" to hear the cheers. I am glad Christian is going to Colorado and hope he will do well. They have a great stadium, they deserve to have some success on the field. Having said that, I will still hope for DC to beat them and that after United wins, the Rapids fire Fernando Clavijo!

Posted by: PA United Fan | February 7, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

tear....

Posted by: PKTaker | February 7, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff, when is the DC United match with Odense Boldklub?

Posted by: Turnip | February 7, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I'll miss Gomez, but I'm sure everything will be fine. Hate to say it, but Gallardo is 5 times the player Gomez is.

Posted by: d, dc | February 7, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

There is something inherently wrong with the fact that Colorado (or any other MLS team for that matter) must trade anything for a player who is currently out of contract. MLS needs to fix that part of the system. It just doesn't make any sense to own "Rights" without a contract.

Posted by: TCompton | February 7, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Christian can beat the Galaxy 2 or 3 or 4 times a year :-)
And we actually do something smart with the money, and maybe draft a player who stays with the team and becomes a starter :-)
I have faith that Clavijo will manage to drive the team into a position that our draft picks should be fairly decent.

Posted by: Lonnie | February 7, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I believe the Odense game is tomorrow...

Posted by: Chico | February 7, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff,

At what time today are you expecting the MLS Schedule to be released?

Posted by: 2008 | February 7, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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There is something inherently wrong with the fact that Colorado (or any other MLS team for that matter) must trade anything for a player who is currently out of contract. MLS needs to fix that part of the system. It just doesn't make any sense to own "Rights" without a contract.
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It does for MLS's business plan.

Single-entity.

Rights are important to clubs.

Contracts are important to players and the league.

Posted by: Perhaps | February 7, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Christian has earned an immense amount of respect for his effort, dedication, and, most importantly, his results on the pitch. I wish him the best with Colorado as he's been a model professional (save his 2005 playoff incident). If MLS imports dedicated talents like him, then the future is truly bright for what can be built here.

I wish he were 2 years younger and still in a United kit but you have to look at change as both a thrill and a risk. The FO this year did a pretty large overhaul both by choice and circumstance. Sometimes your tough choices prove to work out for the best and other times they don't. I don't think that Kasper, Payne, and Soehn would ever approach Victor or Will about spending that much on a player, especially as the club hemorrhages money at RFK unless they thought he'd bring something worhtwhile to the guys that are still there and the guys they brought in.

I am going to wait to pass judgement until I see the product we deliver againt Harbor View. I don't know if Gallardo's engine is wound up like Gomez's to where we see him running, moving, and fighting the full 90 all the time, but I'm hoping we see that he's adding that extra class and skill like Blanco does for Chicago.

Buena Suerte Christian.

March can't get here soon enough.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 7, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I, for one, will never forget the sight of Gomez in among the BB/SE supporters at the Meadowlands when he was serving a yellow card suspension (IIRC). That was pure class. The guy bled black and red and he will be missed. Best of luck, Christian.

Posted by: str8red | February 7, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

longest. saga. ever.

Posted by: grumpy | February 7, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

As a Rapids fan I'm pumped. Whatever we have to give up to sign him I'm fine with. Colorado hasn't had a player like Gomez in many years, if ever. This takes us back to the playoffs and makes us a contender!

Posted by: Bonji | February 7, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Buena Suerte Christian.

March can't get here soon enough.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 7, 2008 11:46 AM


True words, these.

Posted by: DCUInWheaton | February 7, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

i'm sad to see him go, but i think it was a good decision by the club. we can look at some of our other washington franchises to see that signing older players for higher prices can be dangerous, so i'm alright with the decision.

Posted by: akdeac31 | February 7, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

akdeac31, Gallardo is older too. And comes with a higher price tag than Gomez. But you hope that the talent level is higher and that it translates onto the pitch. That's the risk you take when you put your money down. My expectations are high. But time will tell.

Posted by: Matte | February 7, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

i'm sad to see him go, but i think it was a good decision by the club. we can look at some of our other washington franchises to see that signing older players for higher prices can be dangerous, so i'm alright with the decision.

Posted by: akdeac31 | February 7, 2008 12:05 PM

Um... Gallardo isn't much younger. And he's way higher priced...

I hope for the best like everyone else, but count me as pessimistic that Gallardo will have numbers as good as Gomez's. But he might give us a better chance against all the top international competition that we'll be seeing over the next two years. And that's why he's here.

Posted by: DCUMD | February 7, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

MLS schedule's out on MLSNet.com

Posted by: Chico | February 7, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

not too many midweek or sunday games. although that high noon in june game vs. landycakes and co. is going to be an absolute scorcher. Nice one, MLS.

Posted by: d, dc | February 7, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Everyone talking about price - it is irrelevant. For MLS purposes, Gomez is making as much as Gallardo. Gallardo only counts for $400k on the cap and that is the only thing that matters.

Posted by: JH6 | February 7, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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There is something inherently wrong with the fact that Colorado (or any other MLS team for that matter) must trade anything for a player who is currently out of contract. MLS needs to fix that part of the system. It just doesn't make any sense to own "Rights" without a contract.
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I have to agree. That's creating a situation where it costs more to sign a player who is established in the league and out of contract as opposed to just finding some unknown guy from abroad.

Posted by: alex | February 7, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

No matter how good Gallardo ends up being for us, it is very hard for me to see Christian go to another team.

Colorado, you are getting a great MLS player. Enjoy him. You will be amazed by the amount of "clutch" goals that he scores when you need one the most.

And with that comment, my focus turns to Gallardo. Christian does not play for DC anymore.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

If he's gotta stay in MLS (which is good for the league methinks), Colorado's a good fit. He's a fighter - I don't look forward to his playing against DCU. I'm sure he'll work extra hard that match.

Per Gallarado - he's still unproven in my eyes. I'm not concerned about his living up to Gomez's standard as much as I think he should be approaching Etch's type of influence on the team - skill, leadership, workmanship.

I was never impressed with Erpen. Gallardo won't be as easy to handle/trade if he turns out to be another Diego Serna (e.g., temper, dives). I'm really excited for Gallardo to be here - but I have a cautious optimism about him.

But this defender, Peralta - I'm liking everything I've heard about him thus far....

Posted by: PotomacBoater | February 7, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

MLS schedule's out on MLSNet.com
Posted by: Chico | February 7, 2008 12:30 PM

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Looks like DC has no MLS games in July - Is that when Superliga is going to occur?

Here's the link
http://web.mlsnet.com/mls/schedule/

Posted by: emanon | February 7, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I can't read the link from work but I hear Toronto's on a Wednesday night? If true, that's a bummer. Can someone post the date?

Posted by: Chico | February 7, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

While the contract situation Intra-League is bizarre and the holding of rights for out of contract players - this will all change in some form as the CBA deals with free agency issues or the league attempts to create some form of transfer market.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 7, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Chico... they play at TFC on that wednesday night.

I was looking forward to running up there for a weekend, too.

Posted by: d, dc | February 7, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Toronto is DCU's home opener. It'll be a Saturday.

Slightly OT (okay, completely OT), but if Mark Burch had played instead of Drew Moor last night against Mexico, would it have made a difference? Or is Burch still too green for international play?

Posted by: Juan-John | February 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow. DC vs. LA Galaxy, Sunday June 29, at noon. On ABC, no less.

Wow.

And there looks to be 7 games where DC United plays at home the same day the Nats are at home. That will be interesting, traffic wise and parking wise (if the Nats are really going to offer free parking at RFK. ESPECIALLY on Beckham day).

Posted by: Mike | February 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Chico:

Yes, the Toronto road game is Wednesday, May 21.

Posted by: Mike | February 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

more info re the LA game (from the press release)

On June 29, ABC is scheduled to broadcast a unique soccer doubleheader: Los Angeles Galaxy at D.C. United at Noon ET, followed by the UEFA European Football Championship 2008 title match.

Posted by: emanon | February 7, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Cool, thanks guys. Might still be able to pull it off....

Posted by: Chico | February 7, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to seeing newspaper articles with words along the lines of, "Gomez threaded a ball to Gomez (no relation) who knocked it in for the victory."

Posted by: Fuegofan | February 7, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The LA game doesn't make alot of sense to me. Why feature Beckham against United in what will probably be another sellout and then snub half you viewing audience by starting the game at 9:00 am PST?

Posted by: Chico | February 7, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

What I find funny about this move is the lack of vision and creativity on the part of the Rapids front office. They must have the worst scouting dept. in MLS. What else explains their fascination with former United players. I guess their thinking is that they will let United do all of the scouting, and just try to sign all of their former players without doing any work for themselves. The Rapids never seem to have any desire to work on their own. Have in Colorado Christian, I'm sure you'll be regretting your decision by not resigning with United very soon.

Posted by: brandest32 | February 7, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Cut & Pasted from the Press Release (hopefully I didn't overlook a game)

Saturday, Mar 29 - D.C. United at Kansas City Wizards 8:00

Saturday, Apr 05 - Toronto FC at D.C. United 7:30
Saturday, Apr 12 - D.C. United at Real Salt Lake 9:00
Thursday, Apr 17 - Columbus Crew at D.C. United 8:00 ESPN2
Saturday, Apr 26 - Real Salt Lake at D.C. United 7:30

Sunday, May 04 - D.C. United at Colorado Rapids 3:00 TeleFutura
Thursday, May 08 - Chicago Fire at D.C. United 7:30 ESPN2
Saturday, May 17 - D.C. United at Chivas USA 10:30 FSC/FSE
Wednesday, May 21 - D.C. United at Toronto FC 7:30
Thursday, May 29 - D.C. United at New England Revolution 7:30 ESPN2
Wednesday, Jun 04 - Houston Dynamo at D.C. United 7:30

Saturday, Jun 07 - D.C. United at Chicago Fire 8:30 FSC/FSE
Saturday, Jun 14 - New York Red Bulls at D.C. United 7:30 HDNet
Sunday, Jun 22 - San Jose at D.C. United 3:00 TeleFutura
Sunday, Jun 29 - Los Angeles Galaxy at D.C. United 12:00 ABC (2.5 hour telecast)

Thursday, Jul 24 - MLS All-Star Game 7:00 ESPN2, TeleFutura

Saturday, Aug 02 - Kansas City Wizards at D.C. United 7:30
Saturday, Aug 09 - D.C. United at New York Red Bulls 7:30
Saturday, Aug 16 - D.C. United at Chicago Fire 8:30
Wednesday, Aug 20 - D.C. United at New England Revolution 7:30
Saturday, Aug 23 - Colorado Rapids at D.C. United 7:30
Saturday, Aug 30 - New York Red Bulls at D.C. United 7:30 FSC/FSE

Saturday, Sep 06 - D.C. United at San Jose 10:00
Saturday, Sep 13 - FC Dallas at D.C. United 7:30 FSC/FSE
Saturday, Sep 20 - D.C. United at Los Angeles Galaxy 11:00 FSC/FSE
Sunday, Sep 28 - D.C. United at FC Dallas 3:00 TeleFutura

Saturday, Oct 04 - Chivas USA at D.C. United 7:30 FSC/FSE
Sunday, Oct 12 - D.C. United at Houston Dynamo 7:00
Thursday, Oct 16 - New England Revolution at D.C. United 7:30 ESPN2
Sunday, Oct 26 - D.C. United at Columbus Crew, 5:00

Posted by: emanon | February 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Per Gallarado - he's still unproven in my eyes. I'm not concerned about his living up to Gomez's standard as much as I think he should be approaching Etch's type of influence on the team - skill, leadership, workmanship.

I was never impressed with Erpen. Gallardo won't be as easy to handle/trade if he turns out to be another Diego Serna (e.g., temper, dives). I'm really excited for Gallardo to be here - but I have a cautious optimism about him.

Posted by: PotomacBoater | February 7, 2008 12:49 PM

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C'mon dude, get a grip. Gallardo is not "unproven" in the least. He has played for River, Monaco, and PSG. He has been named Ligue 1 Footballer of the Year.

He'll be fine.

Gomito was great for United and will be missed from a personal standpoint, but I don't think we'll see any let down from the #10 in '08.

Posted by: DE | February 7, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

They should create a category of statistics for the combined output of players with the same surname, even if they aren't on the same side (as when DCU plays the Crew and the Morenos face off).

Posted by: 22201 | February 7, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Holy crap - no league fixtures in July 34 days off and no Champions League? Are we asking Mexican clubs to play in July?

Posted by: UVA-United | February 7, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

July = Superliga I presume...

Posted by: zero | February 7, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to seeing newspaper articles with words along the lines of, "Gomez threaded a ball to Gomez (no relation) who knocked it in for the victory."

Posted by: Fuegofan | February 7, 2008 01:15 PM

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Let's be a little more realistic: "C. Gomez threaded a ball to H. Gomez, who felt the presence of defender within 10 yards and immediately fell to the ground as if he had been shot, then cried and pouted to the ref when no foul was given. 2 minutes later he committed a dirty and vicious off-the-ball foul. The Rapids went on to lose again, yet Clavijo still retains his job."

Posted by: Kenobi | February 7, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

WTF??

I am at a total loss to understand why everyone doubts Gallardo so much. He's younger than Gomez. He started for Argentina in two World Cups. Christian, no matter how much I liked him, did not get even a sniff at that level.

And you really think he'll struggle to match Gomez in quality? Really?

Posted by: Matt Mathai | February 7, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"And there looks to be 7 games where DC United plays at home the same day the Nats are at home. That will be interesting, traffic wise and parking wise (if the Nats are really going to offer free parking at RFK. ESPECIALLY on Beckham day).

Posted by: Mike | February 7, 2008 01:11 PM"
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Not only that, the June 29 Nats home game is against the Orioles.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 7, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

By June 29th both the Nats and the O's will have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race.

Posted by: Chico | February 7, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

There is something inherently wrong with the fact that Colorado (or any other MLS team for that matter) must trade anything for a player who is currently out of contract. MLS needs to fix that part of the system. It just doesn't make any sense to own "Rights" without a contract.
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I have to agree. That's creating a situation where it costs more to sign a player who is established in the league and out of contract as opposed to just finding some unknown guy from abroad.


Posted by: alex
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That's the whole ppoint. A club in MLS invests in a player, as do the fans. There ought to be some incentive to keep players -- or disincentive to keep players from jumping from one team to the next. Wouldn't you prefer that Gomez stayed with United? That's the point of the rights. If players stay with a team, the fans feel more attachment -- and, if a team loses a player, they get some compensation for their efforts in bringing him to the league and developing him.

That may disappear, should true free agency come to MLS. This would be great for the players, but bad for the clubs.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What a disgusting display of bad sportsmanship by Cameroon!! Maybe the worst abuse of players flopping around to kill the clock that I've ever seen. It got so bad that Bikey attacked one of the medics for trying to get an injured Cameroon player onto a cart and off the field. Bikey was shown a red card, but some of the other Cameroon players should have received cards for their near-death scenes....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | February 7, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

fisch fry- did you see the ghanian medics trying to push the cameroonian trainer out of the way to get the player on the stretcher? thats why bikey pushed him. that medic should be banned.

i watched the match online and I saw plenty of cheap fouls and diving from both sides. cleats up everywhere- most of them i remember were from ghana. definitely unfair to accuse the cameroon players of "disgusting display of bad sportsmanship".

Posted by: mb | February 7, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Apparently it's against the law in Nigeria to fold or crumple paper money. At least that I gleaned from the hevaily accented, partially English-speaking commercial. Anyone else get that?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 7, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I hate it when Goff ends posts with questions.
I'm not sure what I think of the schedule. Looks like there may be a few more conflicts with college football and baseball. ;)

Posted by: sitruc | February 7, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I-270,

I don't have any insider information, but I can say that I got the same impression. Won't be jumping on any money during my next outdoor wedding in Nigeria... those cops look scary as hell in those uniforms.

Posted by: d, dc | February 7, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't sound much different from what Ghana did to kill off the game against the U.S. in the World Cup....

Posted by: Goose | February 7, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

That's the whole ppoint. A club in MLS invests in a player, as do the fans. There ought to be some incentive to keep players -- or disincentive to keep players from jumping from one team to the next. Wouldn't you prefer that Gomez stayed with United? That's the point of the rights. If players stay with a team, the fans feel more attachment -- and, if a team loses a player, they get some compensation for their efforts in bringing him to the league and developing him.

That may disappear, should true free agency come to MLS. This would be great for the players, but bad for the clubs.


Posted by: | February 7, 2008 02:13 PM

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That's not the point of the player contract system of MLS. In fact, I bet it never entered the founders of MLS' minds at the time. MLS is a single-entity corporation. Each of the teams are mere subsidiary operations that are owned in part by the league and in part by the "Owner-operators" that invest in the team by paying MLS a fee. There are certain rights retained by the owner-operators to collect local revenue, engage in local advertising, and lately exceed the salary cap within league-set rules (such as the allocation money and the DP rule).

All players sign their playing contracts with MLS - not the teams themselves. Sure, they are affiliated with a particular team when they sign and that is where the rights come into play. There are many ways for MLS teams to acquire rights to players - draft, discovery, trade. It's unfortunate because it effectively suppresses domestic players' salaries. Sure, some of the MLS-quality American players can go overseas to play in Europe - but, because of stringent employment laws, many cannot work in the first division leagues of Europe.

The Christian Gomez situation could have evolved into a prime example of how the single-entity concept suppresses salaries - but because Colorado is willing to meet his salary demands as well as trade for the rights to sign him, it all worked out in the end. We'll see what happens to Greg Vanney. Who knows, there may be some MLS team out there willing to give him more than DCU can pay him, but unwilling to trade for his rights. He will have a take-it-or-leave-it salary offer.

Posted by: DE | February 7, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The Beckham game is the same day the Nats play the O's? Geez.

I'll definitely be getting to Lot 8 to tailgate as soon as the lots open that day.

Posted by: Mike | February 7, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, here's hoping the Nats move their game to 4:30pm or later so as not to conflict.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 7, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

And there looks to be 7 games where DC United plays at home the same day the Nats are at home. That will be interesting, traffic wise and parking wise (if the Nats are really going to offer free parking at RFK. ESPECIALLY on Beckham day).

Posted by: Mike | February 7, 2008 01:11 PM

Do you really think DC United fans will have any access to the RFK parking lot on those days?

Even on the Beckham date the RFK lot will be reserved for the Nats. I'll bet a million Fenty on it.

Posted by: Southeasterner | February 7, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

When does the Clasura end for the FMF?

Posted by: UVA-United | February 7, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

""Or is Burch still too green for international play?""

Too early to tell. I thought he did very well early in the season but stalled at some point in the season.

He is solid going forward and we all know his ability with his left foot---crosses, shots, etc. But he's too dependent on his left and whether or not he can defend well for 90 minutes at international pace has yet to be seen. Plus, wasn't he red-carded for some careless play in Superliga or CCC?

Posted by: delantero | February 7, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The networks love United!!! The Barra Brava will have a lot of chances to show off. Only 7 home games that aren't on national TV, and nine that are (between ESPN, FSC, ABC and TeleFutura -- and I didn't even count the HDNet game against the Red Bulls, because of the premium). Then, there's four away games on national TV. Seems we are America's team.

That July break is tre bizarre. Notwithstanding that the Dynamo play on the 3rd, having a shorter break -- what if we don't do so well? That break is nice, if we make it through to the semis or the final, but otherwise? On the other hand, the rest might do the team some good. Maybe they won't hit the wall come August like they did in '06.

Posted by: FischFry | February 7, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I love the TV doubleheader on ABC, with the(UEFA) Champions Legaue Final following (I guess we have to add the UEFA part now, huh?). Really cool -- except for the legions of DC United fans who will be stuck trying to get out of the lots or pinned into Metro cars, while the game is on....

Posted by: FischFry | February 7, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

New nats stadium will seat 45k. It definitely wont be selling out past the opening day. And we know what our usual turnout is.

The RFK lots are set up to meet the pre-construction stadium capacity, right? There's room there. And honestly, a good chunk of DC fans take the metro.

Don't quote me or anything, but barring the Becks / O's conflict, the RFK parking situation won't be too big of a problem as long as the baseball fans stay the hell out of lot 8.

Posted by: d, dc | February 7, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

What's with the lot 8 obsession? Maybe you Lot 8-ers haven't even noticed, but people end up filling up large chunks of the other lots, too.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I love that Alexi Lalas gets to comment on the EPL's plan to study games abroad and on Beckham's absence from Capello's squad.

He reminds me of Calderon from Madrid in that both guys open their mouth and insert their feet far too frequently. When Super Club Boy actually wins a real competition. As a GM his teams have a TOTAL record of (W L D) 41-48-35.

What's scarier is that he believes everything that escapes from his mouth. The Trofeo Home Depot Center is the next competition that will be started where they will demand that Boca or River play them and try to win the prestigious one game tournament that marks the beginning of the year for the Galaxy.

Someone put a gag order on this guy. He discredits all of MLS when he talks to anyone that calls him.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 7, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

the player allocation system doesn't so much depress salaries (honestly the cap does that well enough) as discourage longer term contracts. Since you know you have the player's rights, you don't have to start signing 4-5 year deals with new players, just to have a chance to develop them and then pour that money down the drain for all the ones that don't make the grade.

this is why no sport has pure free-agency until you have a certain number of years in the leaguem if you develop a player, you get a chance to keep him for a while.

Posted by: northzax | February 7, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

just trying to preserve the sanctity of our tailgate

Posted by: d, dc | February 7, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

There are parking lots other than Lot 8?

Posted by: Wait a minute... | February 7, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Lot 8 > All other RFK lots. For so many reasons.

Posted by: ..dude. | February 7, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Egypt up 2-0.

Posted by: sitruc | February 7, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Ivory Coast needed a quick answer and they got one. Egypt 2-1

Posted by: sitruc | February 7, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

3 goals 5 minutes.
Egypt 3 Ivory Coast 1

Posted by: sitruc | February 7, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Egypt knows how to win big games. Has Zedan scored?

Posted by: td | February 7, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Anybody pick a Cameroon-Egypt final? My props go out to you, if anybody did. I have to go with Egypt in the final, to succesfully defend their title...

Posted by: Fisch Fry | February 7, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Egypt got another in stoppage to make it 4-1.

Posted by: sitruc | February 7, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I picked cameroon v ivory coast but now I have to go with egypt. Zidan did assist.

Posted by: td | February 7, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't sound much different from what Ghana did to kill off the game against the U.S. in the World Cup....

Posted by: Goose | February 7, 2008 03:11 PM

What goes around comes around...

Posted by: FC | February 7, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Anybody pick a Cameroon-Egypt final? My props go out to you, if anybody did.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | February 7, 2008 05:23 PM
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I was going to put 100,000 naira on those two teams reaching the final. But when I pulled the money out of my pocket, one of the bills was dog-eared and the Nigerian police arrested me. If you can help me and my cellmate post bail, he will transfer $15,000,000 into your bank account. His father made a fortune re-directing funds from an oil company.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 7, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I-270,

You sure can bring the funny.

Posted by: Kenobi | February 7, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't post here a lot. But, while I think that we will, in general, miss Gomez, and his drumming, on gut, I guess that overall Gallardo will be better. However, as much as I don't *like* any other MLS team (compared to my true lack of LIKE for mehico NT), i hope he brings the quality and passion to the field and fans he helped give to us.

Good Luck, Mr. Gomez.

Posted by: chrish3k | February 7, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Lot 8 is great for tailgating, screaming eagles, etc...

But for actual parking, lot 4 is much superior. And walking from 4 to 8 does build up a good thirst.

Posted by: Curious | February 7, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy right now.

I think all teams got a boost from this one. Colorado gets a great creator (sorely needed) while we get a player who could possibly show better game in and game out.

More concerned with Gonzalo Martinez, him and Peralta. Time will tell, as we say.

Posted by: iagofart | February 8, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Since I was a kid I always remember games being Home vs Away not Away vs Home. Why is the MLSnet schedule backwards?

Posted by: homer | February 8, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Since I was a kid I always remember games being Home vs Away not Away vs Home. Why is the MLSnet schedule backwards?

Posted by: homer | February 8, 2008 08:17 AM
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The American convention (for all sports) is to list the visiting team first.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 8, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

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