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Mo, Toronto and Gomez

*The Toronto FC coaching change is now official. Read about it here.

The latest in the Christian Gomez saga is that Colorado has offered him a two-year, guaranteed contract with a base salary of at least $400,000 and bonuses/incentives that could bring his total compensation close to the $500,000 figure per season that he has desired all along. Gomez is apparently close to agreeing to the deal. If that happens, the Rapids will formally acquire his rights from D.C. United. The consensus among MLS folks is that, in exchange, United will receive significant financial considerations and perhaps draft picks.

By Steve Goff  |  February 1, 2008; 12:50 PM ET
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Do you ever stop working? Keep up the good work!

Posted by: strago | February 1, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Steve, any reason DC would try and trade for Colorado's DP spot?

Posted by: Jilly | February 1, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, but had not heard that.

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

I have. DP and a draft pick. Ask DC.

Posted by: Jilly | February 1, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Goff is the man. I wish we had someone with his clout out here in the Bay Area. Around here the local press doesn't care much about soccer.

Glad Gomez is staying in the league. I think he will do well for Colorado.

Posted by: Quakes Fan | February 1, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

At least there is a real excuse for why United loses at Colorado this season. Sad to see him go, but that's too much time and money for United to pick up.

Posted by: sitruc | February 1, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Getting a DP spot for dealing Gomez would be a choice deal. But, I'm wondering about the Gomez contract -- sound like this moves him into DP territory, no? Will the Rapids still have a DP slot to deal?

Posted by: FischFry | February 1, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ooooooohhhh...draft picks! Those work out well for DCU.

Posted by: Duke | February 1, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Is $400K max salary now? If it's not does Colorado have to use their DP slot on Gomez?

Posted by: Glenn | February 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I, too, am pleased that Gomez will be staying in the league, and that he will apparently be recieving compensation that is near to or equal what he desired.

I also think that by naming Mo Johnston Manager and Director of Soccer and bringing in John Carver as the new coach, Toronto FC has added considerable talent to the league as well.

Good for them!

Posted by: DCUInWheaton | February 1, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Excellent work, Mr. Goff, excellent!!

Happy to hear that Gomez stays and TFC has brought in some more soccer knowledge. The league is getting richer. RICHER I tell you.

Now about that possible DP trade for Gomez? I',m not one to spread rumors or anything, but...ah...err...Palermo, anyone?

Now I'm just sayin' that's all.

Posted by: Kosh | February 1, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Just don't understand MLS rules. If Gomez is out of contract, the Rapids should not owe DC anything. Ridiculous.

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

Quakes Fan, get some fans and maybe then you will get some press coverage.

Posted by: Mr Obvious | February 1, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

If Gomez tries to drum at the Dick he'll get arrested.

Posted by: Chico | February 1, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

PVG - you're asking for free agency. MLS doesn't have free agency. That would lead to higher player salaries.

Posted by: undrafted | February 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"Just don't understand MLS rules. If Gomez is out of contract, the Rapids should not owe DC anything. Ridiculous."


Is the rule rediculous or is the fact you can't understand the rule rediculous?

Posted by: Tommie | February 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Toronto FC moves Johnston to executive post, names Carver coach
TORONTO -- Toronto FC of Major League Soccer switched coaches Friday, with John Carver replacing Mo Johnston.
Johnston will become the manager and director of soccer. Carver is a former coach at Luton Town of England's First Division. He also worked as an assistant manager at Newcastle United and Leeds United.

Posted by: DA bomb | February 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

it's 'ridiculous'.

and one loses a game, one lets loose a horse.

These are not typos, which we all make, but a persistent pattern of misspelling.

Now I will go flog myself for being such a grammar (not 'grammer') d!ckweed.

Posted by: Grammar cop | February 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Grammar cop:

It's a good thing I'm on vacation, else you'd have some 'splainin to do.

Posted by: Capitalization Cop | February 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

DC is the king of the draft! We are excellent at identifying players who sign with mid to lower tier European and American leagues!

Posted by: diego r. | February 1, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

John Carver is a quality pick up for TFC. Here's hoping he does better than the MetroStars this season, but not as good as DC United.



Posted by: JayRockers! | February 1, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I find the name Grammar cop offensive.

The word "cop" is not used by accident. Instead, it is a persistent pattern of offensive behavior that causes a person to speak and write that word.


Posted by: sitruc | February 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I think he meant Grammar Kop.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

"Lets loose a horse"-what the heck are you talking about?

Posted by: say what? | February 1, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Spelling concerns aside, I too think it's a little silly for a team that won't/can't sign a player to get something when he signs with another team that will/can. The sooner this goes away the better.

Posted by: JB | February 1, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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