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Discovery Channels

D.C. United secured the discovery rights to Honduran forward Walter Martinez and presumably will enter into serious talks soon. As we explained yesterday, a discovery claim provides a club with exclusive MLS rights to negotiate with a non-league pro player (foreign, USL, etc.) for the remainder of the calendar year but does not necessarily ensure acquisition. Every team was permitted to submit as many as 10 claims by Monday afternoon. For the most part, discovery rights are not made public.

A Martinez refresher:

Age: Turns 27 in March.
Clubs: Victoria (Honduras), Vida (Honduras), Marathon (Honduras), Beijing Guoan (China). Marathon apparently owns his contract.
National Team Goals: 6.
Qualifiers: He played in four of eight this year.

By Steve Goff  |  December 9, 2008; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Gracias Senor Goff. Now I can rest in peace.

Posted by: redskinsux | December 9, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Discovery Channels, why couldn't we get them to sponsor the team? The only dark spot in their history might be supporting cycling cheaters.


What's your sense Gofferino? If United signs Martinez, is Emilio on his way out -- or is United looking at putting them both up top?

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

How does the discovery period match up with FIFA transfer window? Shorter, the same or longer?

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

This is to give Emilio competition. Either he steps it up week in and week out, or he is bench-warmer.

Posted by: bigwave | December 9, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah like Discovery Channel didn't know who and what they were pimping with the cycling team.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The Discovery Channel (at least John Hendricks) is already heavily invested in the Freedom and the MD soccerplex. So he's put quite a bit of money in soccer already

It would lead to an interesting theme song though.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 9, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Awesome. Emilio. Moreno. Fred. Gallardo. I thought defense was our weakness in 2008. Props for (potentially) adding (potentially) talented players to the roster. I just hope the acquisitions extend to the defensive side of the ball, as well.

That, and I'm hoping for Niell 2.0.

Posted by: DWE4 | December 9, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Moreno is on his way out if not he will be competition for Moreno.
hahahahaha which is GREAT!

hope they sign him and get YOUNGER and FASTER players in the squad.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 9, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Somebody alert the laughing academy where they can find their escapee....

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

there are continued rumblings about Gallardo possibly returning to River Plate in Argentina. They've just decided to hire Nestor Gorosito to replace Diego Simeone after one of their worst-ever seasons (ends this weekend) and apparently Gallardo was part of the "brain trust" of peope consulted in their coaching search.

One of River's VPs is quoted as saying they are interested in Gallardo but that his big contract ($) w DC United could be a problem.

http://www.criticadigital.com/index.php?secc=nota&nid=15218

River has already signed Sebastian Abreu and Ariel Ortega for next season but the team has room for 2 more significant signings. Juan Mercier, midfielder for Argentinos Juniors; Pablo Guinazu from Inter-Porto Alegre; Paraguayan goalie Justo Villar from Valladolid in Spain; and Marcelo Gallardo are listed among the prominent possibilities.

http://www.apurogol.com/2008/12/marcelo-gallardo-burrito-ortega-gorosito-river.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 9, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

A Honduran defender that got away from DCU, according to this clip. Muma Bernárdez is going to Anderlecht instead:

http://www.diez.hn/index.php/F%C3%BAtbol%20Hondure%C3%B1o/Ediciones/2008/12/09/Noticias/El-Anderlecht-ficha-a-Muma-Bernardez

Posted by: emondero | December 9, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The piece says it's only a six-month deal. On the other hand, there's not much chance of a defender stepping down from a top Belgian side to play in MLS.

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is reporting that it's official. Sigi isn't going back to the Crew. Where he's going isn't as clear.

Posted by: fischy | December 9, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Sounders
you'll see

Posted by: DadRyan | December 9, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Emilio is not going to sit the bench. Not with his salary. If they're bringing somebody in to "compete" with Emilio, it'll be to replace him.

@DWE4:
Yeah, it would be nice if they could spend some money and effort shoring up the defensive side of the ball. But that's been the same mantra for the last 2 offseasons.

Posted by: Matte | December 10, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Goff, you forgot the most important stat for Martinez.

Height: Taller than Franco Neill.

Posted by: Kenobi | December 10, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

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