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Gallardo, Gomez, DCU

Call it an unsubstantiated hunch.....

The Insider is getting vibes that something is brewing with D.C. United, current Argentine playmaker Marcelo Gallardo and former Argentine playmaker Christian Gomez.

Let's see if we can put the pieces together:

We know DCU's investors would love to dump Gallardo's bloated contract (the league pays him $400,000 per year, the club covers the $1.5 million balance). They realize he is past his prime, underwent additional surgery this winter and does not have a significant impact on ticket sales, which are vital to a club that is losing millions renting the Wreck at RFK and does not generate much other game-day revenue.

We also know that Gallardo is attracting interest from Argentine club Estudiantes, which coincidentally is the home of Juan Sebastian Veron, the midfield star who United nearly acquired last winter before settling for Gallardo. United opened training camp last week; Gallardo was excused to continue injury rehab and take care of unspecified "personal matters" back home.

We also know that Colorado is aggressively trying to move Gomez, who does not fit into Coach Gary Smith's plans and earns around $400,000 per season. The 2006 MLS most valuable player while with United barely got off the bench for the Rapids late last season. Dallas was interested in him a few weeks ago, but passed. Gomez associates say he would welcome a return to Washington.

Might we see Gallardo, 33, return to Argentina and Gomez, 34, jet back to DCU, where he starred for three-plus seasons before hitting a contract impasse and getting traded to the Rapids?

It is eerily quiet this evening: Two contacts did not want to address the Gomez matter under any circumstances and others did not return calls.

Again, it's just a hunch. Let's see if anything comes of it.

Would you like to see Gomez back with DCU?

By Steve Goff  |  January 26, 2009; 8:24 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Comments

Best news I have heard about DCU all off season. I am going to cross my fingers.

Posted by: nyjer1 | January 26, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

No chance for a trade with Estudiantes, Gallardo for Veron? ;-)

Posted by: -Niv- | January 26, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Is he in shape? (gomez) does he want to be here? How much of his salary are the rapids willing to pay? Will we have to give back the dp slot, or can we keep it for the summer window?

Do I want last year's Gomez at $400k? No. An in shape gomez for $200? Maybe.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | January 26, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

You can't go home again. DCU can't affort to pay him what he wants, and he is older now - he will not be the player that we all remember. I'd recommend DCU moves forward, not back.

Posted by: glfrazier | January 26, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Gomez's contract is guaranteed for 400K. How much, if any, Colorado would have to keep under its salary cap would be a trade issue. Those who know Christian say he would love to come back to D.C.

Posted by: Steve Goff | January 26, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

There has to be a reason why Gomez rarely saw the field last year. Sure, our owners will make out well if they are relieved of Gallardo's $1.5 million hit, but how does DCU benefit by swapping Gallardo's $400 million MLS league salary for the same amount paid to Gomez? Especially when we apparently will be paying Olsen a substantial sum whether he plays or not. A swap may seem inspired at first, but I don't think it makes sense.

Posted by: b18bolo | January 26, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for getting Gallardo off our books but we do not need to bring Gomez back. If he can't get on the pitch for an absolutely anemic Rapids attack, what makes you think he would elevate the play of our side? Regardless of his personal conflicts with the coach, if he was fit and contributing as he should, he would've been on the field. There are plenty of footballers who do not see eye to eye with their manager, but if they are valuable to the club - they play. There were matches last year where the guy didn't even dress. Plus...do you really think KP & Co would bring him back - basically admitting that they made a $2 million boo-boo by letting him go and signing Gallardo in the first place?
With that said...if we were able to land Veron as a DP and by chance Gomez was willing to take a significant pay cut more towards his true value at this point...I'd do it for the value. It'd definitely be worth swapping out Gonzalo Martinez $$$ for Gomez (at the same contract) and swapping Veron for Gallardo with the DP.
It is frustrating though that we're talking about taking on more 30-somethings (including Roger, Gomez, etc) while Seattle signs a young Colombian attacker in Freddy Montero and rumors are that TFC are going to sign a young Brazilian attacker (Dentinho).

Posted by: voetbol07 | January 26, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone think Gallardo is past his prime? His limited play should have shown he still has it. If he is off the Estudiantes then i garuntee he will play incredible for them.

I really hope he stays with us and proves what he can do for us, to let him go to Estudiantes would be a serious bummer.


I hope we dont let him go, as i think if we let him, he can be the best '10' we've had since etch'. No offense Gomez, who is right behind etch at that position... buti think gallardo can be better.

I would love to see Gomez and Gallardo both stay, with Gomez coming in for Moreno when we need him up front or for Emilio with Moreno though... as he can play as a striker.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | January 26, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I am very confused over this, if it indeed something were in discussion. I don't really get it since Gallardo's 2 million is guaranteed unless a really good loan or trade deal is going to happened. I am not looking forward to having either of them but than again we do not have much choice here, do we?

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | January 26, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Also IMO letting Gallardo go will really hurt the FO and show that our DP risk we toook as a failure. The interest from Estudiantes and the recent news of Falcao coming out and saying River needs a player of Gallardo's caliber back, should only show our fans and FO' why gallardo is still highly sought and looked at as a big player that brings alot to the table, especially for a big team already with Veron. From what i read also they want gallardo as a sooner or later replacement of Veron.

With that said, KEEP GALLRDO! He can be that player that our fans will grow to love, and he will grow to love us. He has already stated how we have given him that chance that PSG and DC havent.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | January 26, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

*River.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | January 26, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually with Bolivian here, why do estidiantes want him, if he's washed up and they already have Veron? Why are they going to pay his $1.9 million?

Then again, if he wants out, find a way for him to go. First off, you don't want players who want to be elsewhere, second it helps attract the next guy if you are willing to deal. But is he willing to give up a million bucks to go home a year early?

I say we trade Benny and his useless ankles, zach wells and the rights to jacobsen and Gonzo for gomez at $300 grand.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | January 26, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

can't we dump (on) both and move 99 to playmaker?

Posted by: aflores1 | January 26, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

-BolivianDCFan-

I do like your positive outlook and hope for the situation. But the fact of the matter is that Gallardo does not want to be here. Why do you think he runs to Argentina whenever he wants and we always hear the "personal reasons" excuse? I don't like to say it but...the guy is a jerk, is no teammate, thinks very lowly of the players in the league and on his own team, is on his high horse thinking he's too good for everyone, and it's no secret that some people very closely tied to the situation want him out of DC. He's going to say what he has to say to make it look like he's dedicated, but the fact is that he's collecting a very large paycheck while hanging out in South America.

Posted by: voetbol07 | January 26, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

This is more of an emotional response, but I still see Gomito pounding on a drum. Those days may be gone, but I still think there is something special in wanting to wear the black. Gomez will see the black and red as special, whereas Gallardo never had his heart here. Bring him back.

Posted by: bdwooton | January 26, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I hope that the FO isn't caving to the desires of so many vocal fans wanting Gomez back. Lets be realistic he is 34 and did not see the field much last year at all.


With all that being said, I do not think Gallardo belongs in DC. He doesnt fit.

Posted by: strago | January 26, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse


you can't go home again

Posted by: teo_68 | January 26, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

BTW. Goff, you rock.

Keep up the amazing work.

Posted by: strago | January 26, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I've been saying this for months now on the show but my two sidekicks think Marcelo is the second coming. Good riddance if he goes; Rumors from Argentina where that River wanted him back as well - he's really done nothing for DC (other than that pretty goal against RSL) and DC would do very well to have a player like Gomito - who gave it his all - in a black kit...

Posted by: unitedManiac | January 26, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

This is more of an emotional response, but I still see Gomito pounding on a drum. Those days may be gone, but I still think there is something special in wanting to wear the black. Gomez will see the black and red as special, whereas Gallardo never had his heart here. Bring him back.

Posted by: bdwooton | January 26, 2009 9:15 PM

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This is why I like Gomez. He sees DC United as something special.

Posted by: mddeblois | January 26, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Why can't our FO try to get us younger rather than older?

Gomez was great for us in the past but that was two years ago and he's getting into geriatric age for #10s. Thanks for the memories, Christian but please remain there...

Posted by: mcontento | January 26, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I would hope that the FO would have him come in on a trial, citing his lack of playing time last year. I think if he's in shape and still has it, yeah, I'd rather have him than Gallardo. He's not the same caliber, and maybe not always in shape, but he didn't miss a lot of games and doesn't seem nearly as fragile as Gallardo.

If he met the team in Florida, played for a week, and still had it, yeah, I'd pony up some money. Maybe not $400K (two years older, barely played last year), but good money.

Posted by: eadc | January 26, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

It's a no brainer. You bring back the 2007 MVP for half the price of Gallardo who never wanted to be here in the first place and was an absolute vampire on the field: he sucked the life out of this team. If Gomez came back you would eventually have to get rid of Moreno before Gomez (both due to age).

Posted by: Alsatian1 | January 26, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm really fond of Gomez, but I have to agree with those who feel DCU should be looking forward instead of mining our past player pool. We'd basically be crossing our fingers and hoping that all Gomez needs is a change of scenery to get going again.

Still, I was also very skeptical of Jaime's return from the Metros in 2004, and yet he proved himself all over again, so maybe this could be a repeat with Gomez. But Moreno was younger and didn't have a guaranteed salary of $400k! I would certainly feel better about any deal if they could get Colorado to shoulder some of the hit to the salary cap.

Posted by: ricky_b | January 26, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"Sell, Mortimer! Sell!"

Please, an inspired Gomez will be a huge asset to DC whereas a less than healthy Gallardo may be pining for the canchas de Argentina.

Bring it. Make it so.

Then add some talent along the flanks and bam a triple cup season . . . . the first ever for the best team in the history of MLS.

Posted by: delantero | January 26, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Here's how this should play out:

Estudiantes buys Gallardo from us for $1.4million.

Colorado agrees to pay $200k of his contract, and sends us Gomez for the rights to Jamil Walker, David Stokes, and Justin Moose.

United then signs Juan Carlos Arce as their new DP (using Gallardo's old slot) at $550k.

I then win the lottery and have a throne with built-in beer taps installed at RFK.

Posted by: alecw81 | January 26, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow--what a possibility. And it's a messy one.

1. I think we'd probably release Gallardo outright if he wanted to leave. Bolivian is correct--you don't want a guy on your roster who wants to be elsewhere. That said, to me the biggest question is if Gallardo can stay healthy for a season. If so (and if he wants to stay), than he's an impact player. He looked very good last year when healthy (which wasn't often).

2. I don't think it's as simple as Gomez is either a good player or a bad player. Gomez has always been a guy who needs certain kind of support. He really benefited from the 3-5-2 and initially we saw him struggle when the team went to a 442. He's never been a guy who runs a lot, wins balls, tracks back. He didn't fit what Smith wanted to play. He's still got game but it's a really legitimate question as to how well he fits our squad at present. Fred and Guerrero are bad fits for Gomez and you really need either 2 central guys behind him or a vaccum cleaner like Shalrie Joseph. I like Simms but he's not Shalrie.

3. Keeping the DP slot doesn't help us much. Realistically, we can't afford two DPs and Gomez making $400K--not unless we skimp on depth. I think the real lesson (competitively) of Gallardo is that if you have two DPs and a few other guys making decent change (Clayton, Olsen, Fred), than you have no depth and your DPs MUST be guys who can carry your team. And most big salaried players in MLS didn't do that last year (even Angel was hurt a big chunk of the season). So success is better achieved with depth and a bunch of guys making $150k. Unless you think you've stumbled across the next Schelotto.

Posted by: JoeW1 | January 26, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Please, Gomez is a player who responds to crowds and love of futbol.

Ain't happenin in the thin air of Denver, trust me.

He'll be energized to work with a Jaime, Eatin Too Many Donuts over the winter Emilio, and to be wearing the BLACK and RED again.

DO IT!

Posted by: delantero | January 26, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Goff don't be a tease.


Logically, I agree the team cannot rely on or spend $400K on a 34 y/o and one that did not play most of last year.

But if they sign Walter Martinez and only pay half of Gomez' salary, then bring him home.

Posted by: decoi | January 26, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Darn Goff, Gallardo could stay in Argentina and Gomez could return? You sound like you’ve been hanging around with us internet nuts too long!

Gomez may or not be in decline but coaching decisions at Colorado were clearly the primary factor in his lack of playing time. He may not have fit well into the system of play Gary Smith and Clavijo wanted to employ – but there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that he wasn’t talented enough to crack that lineup.

There’s also absolutely no way we’re getting Veron. The Argentine website I read today said Estudiantes would want Gallardo as a possible supplement to Veron – remember they are about to start Libertadores Cup games so from their viewpoint it might be worthwhile to platoon them.

As far as those who say “You can’t go home again” – that was also a common sentiment when Jaime Moreno and Santino Quaranta came back.

Gomez has shown far more dedication and commitment to the team in the past than Gallardo has done. There’s no guarantees in getting old players back (see Diaz Arce or Lassiter) but Gomito could have the same psychological need to prove himself again as our friend Landycakes has been showing with Bayern.

On a separate and sad note. Condolences and prayers to Louis Crayton and his family. His mom passed away in Liberia over the weekend:

http://www.behindthebadge.com/

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 26, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I then win the lottery and have a throne with built-in beer taps installed at RFK.

Posted by: alecw81 | January 26, 2009 9:44 PM

Sweet. I'd put myself in a chair on one of the over the field cameras like they have in the NFL. The MLS Superfan Experience.

Posted by: delantero | January 26, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

-BolivianDCFan-

I do like your positive outlook and hope for the situation. But the fact of the matter is that Gallardo does not want to be here. Why do you think he runs to Argentina whenever he wants and we always hear the "personal reasons" excuse? I don't like to say it but...the guy is a jerk, is no teammate, thinks very lowly of the players in the league and on his own team, is on his high horse thinking he's too good for everyone, and it's no secret that some people very closely tied to the situation want him out of DC. He's going to say what he has to say to make it look like he's dedicated, but the fact is that he's collecting a very large paycheck while hanging out in South America.

Posted by: voetbol07 | January 26, 2009 9:07 PM
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Gallardo has been recently quoted in argentine media that he has alot to offer and alot owed to DC United, in that they put faith in him when river did not neither did PSG(probably what he meant was the big wage they were willing to pay him based on his background, and river and PSG both looking past him). He's a good guy, and truthfully when rehabbing you want to be in a comfortable place where he can find people he can relate to, and where the language isnt a barrier.

He wants to play good for us, he got injured and thatw asnt his fault. He feels he has still much to owe us, but stated if estudiantes want him it is between DC and Estudiantes. He doesnt want to play with anyone else beyond river, but also to contradict this said it would be interesting to play alongside veron....


I hope he stays, and it seems he feels he has alot to owe us(the fans), i hope the FO' give him his last year and then go from there. Maybe he will have a Guille' year and bring us to the top? To rule him out and to call him a failure not only makes us as a team look bad, but also as not giving him a chance.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | January 26, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

no

Posted by: TCompton | January 26, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

-BolivianDCFan-

If he really means what he says about owing DCU...why hasn't he reported to camp on time??? That would be step #1. His vow to want to play here is simply blowing smoke.
The only other reason he wouldn't be here already is if the staff told him not to report because of an imminent deal.
It's also no surprise that there was a very positive vibe around the first few days of training with the fellas - minus El Muneco. His presence brings a sense of negativity because of his attitude.

Honestly, I hope you are right and the guy gets his act together. It's obvious he has talent and is a good player when he wants to be. But I'm just being real about the situation, what he's shown to this point and what those who are involved say about him and the situation.

Posted by: voetbol07 | January 26, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

NOOOO! Why would you do this? Boredom? Oh, we'll never hear the end of it...

Posted by: Reignking | January 26, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

any chance Colorado could get that DP slot back? Otherwise it'd basically be admitting they traded it for nothing.

Anyways it's not like Kroenke Sports Entertainment is going to fund an actual DP but it'd be nice for the Rapids to have it back to trade for something useful. If the cap is raised after the next CBA, some teams might actually be able to afford 2 DPs.

Posted by: undrafted | January 26, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Good reference to Gomez pounding the drum with the Barra. He has that passion for DCU that Gallardo never had...we need that type of passion on the field. I believe that Gomez has DCU in his heart and if that's the case, then he'll buck up and give his all for the team. I wouldn't sign him for 400k. 250k seems reasonable.

Posted by: bigwave | January 26, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that no one has yet written "Back to the Future."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 26, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Bring Christian home.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | January 26, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

"I can't believe that no one has yet written "Back to the Future."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 26, 2009 10:10 PM "


Worked for Michael J. Fox, maybe it will work to save Payne.

Posted by: delantero | January 26, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

My post is trapped in limbo, so I'm going to just respond to other people.

mcontento:

I tend to agree. I just don't see Gomez being even close to what he was in 2007. Players who were never particularly fit age faster, and the difference between 32 and 34 is pretty significant. 32 is when players look for their last contract; 34 is when players hang up the boots.

delantero:

If all we do is replace Gallardo with Gomez and add more flank players, we'll still miss the playoffs because we'll still bleed goals. Any money we save anywhere has to go towards central defense first, second, and third. From where I sit, our wide men are nowhere near the top of the list of concerns. I think we still need 2 center backs, depth at playmaker, possibly depth at forward (depending on how Pontius does), depth in goal and more before we try to upgrade what I think is a better-than-average group of wide men.

JoeW:

On point #2, you're dead on. It also points to something that crossed my mind with the Roger rumors. With Roger being under 5'10" and a somewhat recent convert to central defense, it made me wonder if Soehn isn't considering going back to a 3412. It's also worth noting that DC is pretty interested in Jacobson's situation for a team with acceptable defensive midfield depth in a 442 (Simms, Vide, McTavish). Roger's size becomes much less of an issue if he's more of a sweeper (a la Parkhurst) with Namoff and Janicki (or possibly Burch) on either side.

Joel_M_Lane:

I recall that the nervousness about bringing Moreno back, but I believe most of the reaction about Quaranta was "if he proves himself in camp, sign him" rather than any apprehension.

That's terrible news about Crayton. He'll be in my thoughts.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 26, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

-BolivianDCFan-

If he really means what he says about owing DCU...why hasn't he reported to camp on time??? That would be step #1. His vow to want to play here is simply blowing smoke.
The only other reason he wouldn't be here already is if the staff told him not to report because of an imminent deal.
It's also no surprise that there was a very positive vibe around the first few days of training with the fellas - minus El Muneco. His presence brings a sense of negativity because of his attitude.

Honestly, I hope you are right and the guy gets his act together. It's obvious he has talent and is a good player when he wants to be. But I'm just being real about the situation, what he's shown to this point and what those who are involved say about him and the situation.

Posted by: voetbol07 | January 26, 2009 10:00 PM
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I personally feel he is there to possibly be somewhere comfortable, as i am sure he has a relationship with his trainers, and they know his body better than a random here that would have to instruct him through a translator.

Also goff and you may be on to something, in that he is still there trying to work something out. But who knows.

I hope he honors and DC lets him honor his contract, because i seriously can see him going to Estudiantes and pulling a D'alessandro with Internacional in the Sudamericana. He still has it like beckham, and can still play. He is a high caliber player and i will be pissed if we let him go and relive his next year with estudiantes and not us.

This is my gut feeling though.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | January 26, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

And just about everyone called me crazy when I mentioned the idea a couple weeks ago!

That being said, I don't like Gomez as the primary #10. His weaknesses have been outlined up thread. There is not a center back on the roster that can play in a 3-man back line. In the midfield, he has to have 2 players behind him to be successful. I still want to see him as primarily a striker. That way his lack of backtracking will be hidden. It will also reduce the amount of ground he would have to cover, which should help keep his old legs fresher.

Colorado also MUST cover at least 50% of his salary to make it work in my book. It would be alot of the salary cap to invest in the front line with Emilio/Moreno/Gomez. Again, management was willing to pay Neill $150K to be a designated back up last season - and he did not have the versatility to play in the midfeild. If you can get Gomez for $200K for one year, you do it IMO.

Gomez should mesh well with Gallardo if he is playing an attacking role. If this is an either/or situation, I would lean towards keeping Gallardo without knowledge of any other "significant" signing on the way. The team is more poorly constructed to support Gomez at the #10 than Gallardo at this time. A couple signings could change that, but it is getting late in the game.

Its gonna be an intersting week!

Posted by: Henchlow | January 26, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

""I think we still need 2 center backs, depth at playmaker, possibly depth at forward (depending on how Pontius does), ""

You forgot to add the moon.

Long live Janicki, Namoff, McTavish and the new guy!!!!

Posted by: delantero | January 26, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Of course Gomez would be welcomed back. The problem was never Gomez. It has been the back line ever since Nelson left.

Posted by: croftonpost | January 26, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: DadRyan | January 26, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I like Gomez but he is no Gallardo, bring back a healthy Muñeco.

Posted by: MitchTooMuch | January 26, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Would you like to see Gomez back with DCU?
Not especially.

Posted by: sitruc | January 26, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Goffer -- you're teasing us, no?

That said, when you posted last week that Gallardo was staying to rehab, my only comment was to say he was probably staying to work out a deal. I believed it then, and believe it now. He couldn't say "no" to the money DCU threw at him, but I don't think he wants to be here. "BolivianDCFan" is wrong -- DCU fans will never get the chance to "love" Muñeco. He's out of here, either now, or at the end of the season. He might decide to honor his sweet deal - if he can't work out a deal in Argentina that will pay him as much - but he's not going to re-up.

So, all things being equal, I would rather have Gomito back. The best he ever played was his last 20 minutes with United -- that wasn't that long ago. If he can tap into that, he'll be twice the player Gallardo can be, even if he's only 10% as skilled.

As for the finances -- I don't know where they'd work out, except that there must be a bit more flexibility thanks to the smaller rosters. Is there a way that DCU could work out a deal that would allow them to sign another DP? If the Rapids take on some of the salary...could DCU still keep their SP slot for a year?

As I said in an earlier thread -- DCU is aiming to put together a team to win this year. Adding a 34 yr. old like Gomez isn't that scary, if he can contribute towards that end. The team is going to have a major overhaul after this year, either way. Let's let it all ride on this year. It's also worth noting that a championship might help with the City Council. In October/November can have a determined Gomez, playing his heart out -- or, we can have Gallardo, at 50%, nursing some other injury. I vote for Gomez.

Posted by: fischy | January 26, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

And while Gomez doesn't have the pedigree. He's worth 400K, he brings a Blancoesque fire to the team and the fans will support him. DO IT!!!

Posted by: delantero | January 26, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

That said, when you posted last week that Gallardo was staying to rehab, my only comment was to say he was probably staying to work out a deal. I believed it then, and believe it now. He couldn't say "no" to the money DCU threw at him, but I don't think he wants to be here. "BolivianDCFan" is wrong -- DCU fans will never get the chance to "love" Muñeco. He's out of here, either now, or at the end of the season. He might decide to honor his sweet deal - if he can't work out a deal in Argentina that will pay him as much - but he's not going to re-up.

Posted by: fischy | January 26, 2009 11:35
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He will never get DCU money in South America. San Lorezno offered him 800k a year compared to our 1.9. No one in south america can match our money, except for the big big clubs like possibly boca, not river cause they couldnt. Only Mexico has money to compete with our number, that is why he thanks DC for putting so much faith in him.

I hope hes a man of his word, and stays with US because he owes it to DC.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | January 26, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Bring back Gomez he has heart. I cant remember Gomez on the injury list. Gomez scores goals. Gomez turns and takes on defenders. Gomez sets up Emilio. Unlike the doll that just wants to pass the ball. The doll is like a miniture Pibe V. that never runs at all.

This league is to physical for a doll. Lord please let this happen, I would rather have a guy busting his ass on the field then chillin in Arshentina half the season.

I'd be happy if we just got ride of Gashardo it not like he did anything last year anyway.

Never the less how can Estudiantes be so stupid to do this? The doll has not been a starter on a team and played a full season for over 3 years now, are they really willing to pick up the tab cause thats all they'll be doing.

Posted by: francisco_11 | January 27, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

To the statisticians out there: What was our record with vs. without Gallardo last year? Just curious. Because I was under the impression that it was better with the Doll.

Posted by: carmines757 | January 27, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Our record was better with Gallardo than Dyachenko... yeah... some comparison.

Posted by: alecw81 | January 27, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

In a year, ya'll will be clamoring to bring back the Rod and spare us the Muñeco.

Posted by: fischy | January 27, 2009 1:56 AM | Report abuse

delantero:

I guess I should have thrown Poplar Point onto my list.

fischy:

With Gomez's age and less-than-stellar commitment to fitness, there's no guarantee that he won't have some kind of muscle strain come October that rules him out of the big games. There's also no guarantee that Gallardo will be out hurt down the stretch. In fact, it's not out of the question that we could roll into the playoffs with Quaranta or Fred as our playmaker and a front line of Pontius and Doe. That's life when your team starts 34 year olds. The odds that Gallardo gets a severe injury are higher than those for Gomez, but I'm betting it should only be a slight difference. That's one of the reasons why I'd rather keep Gallardo (especially if we're not getting a good transfer fee; how much Estudiantes is willing to pay is a significant consideration here).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 27, 2009 3:12 AM | Report abuse

There is no sense in bringing Gomez back with his older, slower legs and softer impact. Unload Gallardo, pass on Gomez, and keep up the hunt for a high value replacement for the current Argentine DP.

Posted by: bartapest1 | January 27, 2009 4:09 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to see a fit and healthy Gallardo stay with DCU. He showed himself to be an impact player those few games he was healthy last year.

If Gallardo goes, though, I don't think Gomez is the answer. Sure, he was still good enough to be playing in Colorado, but that does not mean Gomez is still the player he was for us when he was here.

Posted by: Ron16 | January 27, 2009 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Who the hell is Gary Smith? Why are people on this board giving his acumen in selecting a team so much credit?

I have seen with my own eyes, Gomez carrying DCU on his back to win games. With him, we would have made the playoffs last year.

Posted by: tkelley55 | January 27, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Gallardo, 33.
Gomez, 34.


we need young blood.

Posted by: bobfairchild1 | January 27, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

RE-BUILD.

I'll take a year or two off to see a young team with real talent develop.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 27, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

This team is in year 2 of rebuilding. Time to see if the new players from last year can gel.

Posted by: Reignking | January 27, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I find it somewhat interesting to think that Gallardo would consider playing for Estudiantes. I thought he said that if he returned to Argentina, he would only play for River.

I guess times change.

Although, I bet his employer doesn't.

Posted by: TCompton | January 27, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Gomez' lack of playing time was a coaches decision on style of play as opposed to Gomez being out of form. Simply put, Gomez wasn't or isn't going to mesh with a coach who was brought up straight out of the East End of London.

There you bust your ass on both sides of the ball and Gomez isn't built for that. That is why he wasn't playing. If Clavijo was coaching Gomez would still be playing and probably playing pretty well. I seem to remember he had a great game against United last season and also played and scored against Aston Villa in the All-Star game.

As for this particular situation with United, if the owners are that desperate to dump Gallardo's contract (and who really knows for sure) then by all means pull the trigger on the deal. Gomez was the heart and soul of this team for over 3 seasons and if there is any upside of his not playing the second half of the MLS season is that he should be injury free and relatively fresh, even at 34 years old.

As for you Martin (unitedManiac), don't think I'm going to let your comment slide by without throwing in my .02.

Gallardo was not useless to this team. When he was healthy, he was a damn good player for this team. Like any other player on the planet, he had his share of games where he wasn't much of a factor but also had a lot of very good games in which he was the catalyst of a lot of goal scoring opportunities.

Obviously his injuries prevented us from seeing his real effectiveness. Let's see what we can get from him if he's healthy. If Victor and Will don't feel it is worth the risk, they will act accordingly

Posted by: ARickey | January 27, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

MLS offseason is so exciting:

Which corpse of a player is going where? Dema to LA, Gomez to DC, Gallardo?
Which unknown South American 2nd leaguers are coming?

The only real exciting news ever revolves around who may be leaving (Beckham, Donovan, Klejstan, Altidore, Dempsey, Edu, Adu, etc)

Posted by: Palin-McCain2012 | January 27, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

My key suspicion in this whole scenario:

Goff is getting paid for each post he's causing on this blog and on bigsoccer with this story.
Dude's making out like a bandit, and good for him :-)

My guess: nothing happens, but it'll be fun to talk about and everyone will have a differing :)

Posted by: dcufan | January 27, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

What about Gallardo AND Gomez? If we can get Colorado to keep half of his salary. That would put us with 3 players who can play withdrawn forward or attacking mid, all in their mid thirties. Gomez, Gallardo and Moreno.

In a 4-4-2 that leaves one of them on the bench all the time. Hopefully, managing minutes, that would keep the three of them healthy all season long.

Ahh?

Posted by: Matte | January 27, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe you could keep Gallardo and get Gomez simply because they both use a DP spot. Since Emilio also has a DP spot, that's too many DP spots.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | January 27, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This is our second year of rebuilding? That's a curious statement. The front office promised us last year that the moves it made were designed to build a championship team immediately.

The place that needs a two year overhaul is the team management. Hopefully Chang and McFarlane are making good on their promise to babysit Payne and Kasper.

Our team needs improvement across the board. Love Jaime, but he's too old now to be anything but a late game role player who can change a game with 20 left.

Emilio was anemic last year, but perhaps with a quality a-mid it would again work to have a cherry picker. Without that a-mid, he's nearly worthless.

Our central defense is woefully inadequate.

The only position that management took care of was goal keeper, but that's because the situation with Wells was SO bad that even they could see they made a terrible mistake allowing the sale of Perks to go through and then trading Boswell for inexperience between the pipes.

Yeah. Still bitter.

Posted by: dsheon | January 27, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

This is a no brainer. Gallarado clearly has no interest in being here. Whether he still has talent is irrelevant. He is either unable to stay healthy for a full season due to his health or he is unwilling to play. So get rid of him. The fact that teams in Argentina may be willing to pay his big salary is more a reflection of a different set of economics down their then anything else. If he was gotten rid of and not replaced with anyone would be a huge improvement. Having a "star" player who rarely plays really makes it hard for the rest of the time to develop rhythm and understanding of their roles. With regards to Gomez if he can still play bring him back. Its not like DCU has a lot of talent on the roster these days.

Posted by: nyjer1 | January 27, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I would definitely send Gallardo packing and take a hard look at some younger talent before bringing back Gomez back.

Posted by: ctsmithjr26 | January 27, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

IMO...lets get Gallardo's contract off our books and bring in a proven player and fan favorite in Gomez for less money. He will have to take a pay cut, and he will. After last season basically on the bench, and his age he will come to terms with DCU. Another option is looking toward the long term and finding some younger talent to develop. that will take two seasons at least. I dont know that the FO has the patients to do that. they may be afraid to sacrifice some success now for the long term well being of the team, which is not gaurenteed. I think bringing Gomez back at a reduced salary, and freeing up cap space and a DP slot by shipping out Gashardo, and using that money and DP slot to look for new younger talent may be a good trade off.

Posted by: jjfooty | January 27, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Plan B supposed to be Gomez and Gallardo together?

Posted by: sitruc | January 27, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

DCU - Gallardo + Christian Gomez + Walter Martinez = :D

Posted by: niknakdcu | January 27, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Why would DC think he is going to perform any better there than in Colorado? Maybe he learned his lesson and is raring to get back in shape. But, if he is as lazy as he was for the Rapids, it doesn't seem like he's a good pick up.

Posted by: hacksaw | January 27, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

No, no, no.

Keep Gallardo. Only bring in Gomez for a pay cut. Sell Emilio. Play a 4-2-4-0. (Olsen-Simms, Quaranta-Gallardo-Gomez-Fred) Bring back Matias Donnet... And Bobby Convey... And Ryan Nelsen.

Seriously, I'd prefer Gallardo, salary-and-hernia-and-all, over Gomez. I would like to have them both, but the likeliness of that happening now is very low.

Goff, what is the news of Mr. Convey?

Posted by: B_A_ | January 27, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe you could keep Gallardo and get Gomez simply because they both use a DP spot. Since Emilio also has a DP spot, that's too many DP spots.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | January 27, 2009 10:26 AM
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Mmmm, I thought the slot was tied to the club, not the player. I don't think it travels with him. We could have Gomez in addition to the other two as long as we had the cap space to pay him and his salary wasn't over the cap limit for a "regular" (ie. non-DP) player.

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 27, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

If Gomez comes back to a successful '09 in DC, then '08 will truly be seen as a year to forget and sweep under the rug as a failed experiment. Not sure if that's good or bad.

I was sorry to see Gomito go and would certainly welcome him back.

But I'm not so quick to write off Gallardo. Maybe he's injury-prone and uncommitted... or maybe he just had a bit of bad luck last season. He certainly made a huge difference on the field, both in terms of success and beautification of the game. I'd be happy to see him stick with DCU and vindicate a lost season.

Posted by: jealousmuse | January 27, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Please let me know what game Gallardo play so ----Awesome that everyone is talking about? I must have missed that game, unless HD tv is really that great. Look Gallardo played ok-good a couple of games and the rest of the time he was invisible(not counting of course his time in argentina) Gallardos best last year is not even close to Gomez best games. Gallardo might do well in estudiantes, but who ---cares all I care about is if he does well for United, and he has not show any sign of doing better than he did last year.

Now if anyone is judging a player with there stint in Colorado, then they are clearly blind

Colorado has no coach, sub-par players, lousy fans, etc. Great players can go to colorado and get lost in space. When Gomez was with us (as recent as oct 07) Gomez did not show signs of sucking, he played great all the way until his departure. Did he want more money, yes, and he deserved it, no player on dc except Moreno or etchevery has done what Gomez has done, yet how many players have been paid more than what Gomez wanted?? just for the record Gallard got 2 guranteed for 3 times as much as gomez wanted. Emilio is getting how much (great player but Gomez did more) granted moreno and etcheverry were under paid has more to do with the fact that the league was new as opposed to deserving the big pay day.

VOTE FOR GOMEZ

P.S. A crappy year by Gomez would equal Gallardos best with us, whats there to lose?

Posted by: Norteno4life | January 27, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Gomez no way,
Gallardo only release if he is unable to play and we can get his money off the salary cap.
I really wish DC was at the U-20's in South America signing an impact player.
Moreno can play in the ten role if it is required in the formation.
Emillio is slow, but effective. We need pace next to him and on the flanks.

Posted by: Dipssince78 | January 27, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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