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DCU's Defensive Status

The Insider has learned that central defender Devon McTavish and D.C. United are close to finalizing a new, multiyear contract. McTavish, who made 25 league starts this year and was third on the team in minutes played, has one year remaining on his current deal. He has been earning the senior roster minimum of $33,000. I am also hearing that the club is renegotiating with left back Marc Burch (21 starts, $33,000). Still no word on negotiations with right back Bryan Namoff, who is out of contract, or central back Gonzalo Peralta, whose contract option was not exercised by the club but might return at a lower salary. The club also passed on defender Gonzalo Martinez's option and he seems unlikely to return under any circumstances. GM Dave Kasper is on vacation and not available to comment.

By Steve Goff  |  December 13, 2008; 12:18 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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So do we have something looking like this for defense?


I still would like to see DC pick up another decent defender or two.

Mr. Goff, do you have any information on the rumor going around that Gallardo is moving back to RP and that talks are gonna be made this upcoming week?

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | December 13, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I just don't believe that Peralta will come back at a lower salary. DC needs to pick up one or two more decent defenders.

Posted by: bigwave | December 13, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Given that Peralta came from a Second Division Argentine club, does he have that many options? If he can make more back home, he should go. Now, if MLS can't compete with the Argentine Second Division on salary -- "Houston, we have a problem."

Posted by: griffin1108 | December 13, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Senor Goff -- can you elaborate on this article:

No habla espanol, but my understanding from others is that it says River Plate wants Gallardo and Gallardo wants to go back to River Plate, and the issue is working out his release with DCU.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | December 13, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I like that we are negotiating long-term deals with the likes of our young promising American role players in Simms, McTavish, and Burch. A bit of roster consistency would be a much appreciated change from last year.

Posted by: DCUMD | December 13, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Goff gave us a link earlier in the week that Gallardo's agent was tamping down such rumors. He said El Muñeco was going to report with United next year. Even if Gallardo did want to go back, his salary exceeds RP's reach. The only way I could see this happening is with serious restructuring -- maybe a lump sum buyout if DCU can do that without taking a salary cap hit.

Posted by: fischy | December 13, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

If we retain Namoff, and make the right moves in the offseason, McTavish won't be starting. Not that he's a bad player, but we absolutely have to go get a natural center back so that McTavish isn't regularly starting there. He gives it his all, but it's just not a good fit for him. I fully support re-signing him (any team with a player like McTavish available as depth is probably going to be a good side), but I only see him starting if Namoff decides to go for a deal in Europe.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 13, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Chest on this one. McTavish is good enough in spot duty, but to have to rely on him centrally game after game exposes his weaknesses.

I could actually live with him as the right back should Namoff not re-sign (not wishing that, just saying I could live with that). I think he has pretty good tools as an outside back but we need to find better options in the middle.

Posted by: ARickey | December 13, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

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