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Gargan to Chivas USA?

I'm hearing that Chivas USA is considering offering defender Dan Gargan a senior roster contract. Gargan, 25, was waived by Colorado after starting 26 games the past two seasons. He has been training with the Goats and played most of today's reserve division match against Dallas. Primarily a right back, Gargan tore a knee ligament last year.

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2008; 8:13 PM ET
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Wow, taking Gargan is almost as desperate as taking a Curtin.

Posted by: Dave Lifton | April 21, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this is a sign of behind-the-scenes turmoil for Chivas...the superclasico this weekend should be fun if this signing is any indication :)

In other news, any word on DCU jersey corporate-pimp...err, I mean, sponsor? Being as I'm in the industry, this serves to be extra intriguing to me

Posted by: An OG Galaxy Fan | April 21, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Finally an "I'm hearing" rather than the pretentiously unpretentious "we're hearing" out of you, Mr. Goff. :)

Posted by: Glaucon | April 21, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Let's see....they take Atiba Harris, Esky, Jim Curtin, Pozniak and now Dan Gargan?

I think we've found the Island of Lost Toys.

Seriously, Chivas USA won't be around 3 years from now. Bet on it.

They aren't getting any money to spend from their owner, so in desperation Preki is picking up scraps.

Other than Anshutz, the billionaires are the cheapest ones in this league when it comes to even coming close to the paltry $2.3M salary cap or spending allocation money: Kraft, Vergara, Kroenke--cheapskates all.

Posted by: Fred C. Dobbs | April 21, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Finally an "I'm hearing" rather than the pretentiously unpretentious "we're hearing" out of you, Mr. Goff. :)

The Dude: We dropped off the damn money...
The Big Lebowski: We?
The Dude: I! The Royal "we"! You know, the editorial...

Posted by: Goff | April 21, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Goff, have you heard anything about this US Boca Juniors tour of the US, mainly of playing in Washington DC this July 12-26? Could a DC vs. Boca friendly be in the works soon?? Here's the article in spanish for those that are curious. It also states in the article that they will be playing Mexican sides also in Washington DC.... which I dont get, but who knows. Goff you hear about anything close to this?

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | April 21, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I will not abide another toe!

Fred C. Dobbs has an interesting point, but there are a couple holes. Pozniak makes more than Cunliffe, the player he was traded for, while Esky (as well-liked as he is here) is probably overpaid.

The rumor in the offseason for them was bringing in Ramon Morales as a DP (with Francisco Mendoza's loan not being renewed so he could replace Morales in the Chivas de Guadalajara squad). I have no idea why it didn't happen, though I do recall Morales not exactly loving the idea. Raphael Wicky also didn't come cheap, though he appears to have been beaten out as a starter by the less glamorous Paulo Nagamura.

I think a prediction of Chivas USA not existing in 3 years is a bit much, but a move to another city could be more feasible. The attendance figures for them at the HDC are really sad considering the venue, the quality of the team, and the style of play. With Kljestan, Galindo, and Razov all at 100%, they're one of the best teams to watch in MLS.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | April 22, 2008 5:02 AM | Report abuse

i thought chivas had a full roster. who do they drop for gargan? it's not like he's a huge upgrade over the defenders they have on the books now.

Posted by: dashiel | April 22, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Chivas USA to Vegas! Bring us a team!!!

Posted by: Papa | April 22, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

It's fun to hear a bunch of people that do not know anything about Chivas USA talk about the club.

Chivas USA does get money to spend. It's just a little thing called salary cap. Maybe you have heard of it.

Wicky, Pozniac and Esky are far from scraps.

Nagamura, although very good, has not beat Wicky out for a starting spot, Wicky has been recovering from surgery. He'll get better.

If you really think Chivas USA is going away in three years, you really have no idea why the team is in the MLS in the first place. But good luck with your theory.

Posted by: A fan | April 22, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

If you really think Chivas USA is going away in three years, you really have no idea why the team is in the MLS in the first place.

This question can be addressed at three levels:

-- Why the team is in MLS.

-- Why it is in Los Angeles and not another city.

-- Why it is at HDC and not somewhere else in the region (e.g., San Fernando Valley, the OC), so that it is not competing with the Gals for the same fan base. Are they still clinging to the idea of having some sort some special connection to a particular ethnic community (Mexicans), along the lines of the Montreal Canadiens or Athletic Bilbao?

Posted by: tri-village | April 22, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Tri-village, the reason Chivas USA is in L.A. is because Jorge Vergara wanted it there. Don Garber wanted Vergara to put the team in San Diego but Vergara insisted that he would have a larger fan base in L.A.

I believe the fundamental problem with the team is that it's "branded" too narrowly. That would be true even if it were Club America USA (Guadalajara's national rival). Millions of Guatemalan, Salvadoran and Mexican immigrants and second-generation Americans live here in Metropolitan Los Angeles. Not every Mexican supports Guadalajara (obviously) and the Guatemalans and Salvadorans have no reason to. So why should they support what's essentially a knock-off of a club that they had no personal ties to in the first place?

The team is in MLS because it's part of the league's attempt to woo Latino fans. It also shows the league's ignorance about how to do it.

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito | April 22, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Dan Gargan will fit in anywhere he ends up going. I've watched him play in Denver for the past 3 years and although he is not the most glamorous player on the pitch, he works harder than anyone on the field and gets his job done day in and day out. He earned the respect of every single one of his teammates in CO. This isn't a small feat considering the likes of Pablo and others who have called him the best player on the field on numerous occasions. Chivas fans will love him if you are lucky enough to get him. He's a hidden gem, guaranteed.

Posted by: The fan | April 22, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Hi Goff,

Serious question. How many more games will DC United need to lose before they fire the coach? Also, I've heard that DC United is quietly searching for any takers to get Gallardo out of DC.

Posted by: River PL8 - EL MAS GRANDE..LEJOS | April 23, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Dan Gargan is a great addition to Chivas..all the people spouting off obviously don't know of him or have seen him play. His work ethic and knowledge of the game are excellent. Before his injury last year he was nominated most improved player at CO and I'm sure he will suceed at Chivas the same.

Posted by: Terry | April 29, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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