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United Statement on Marcelo Gallardo

Here is a statement from United:"We've spoken with Marcelo at length about his desire to continue his career in Argentina and expect resolution of the issue in the coming days."

By Greg Manifold  |  January 28, 2009; 3:07 PM ET
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United  
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YES!!!

Posted by: cornbread3000 | January 28, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

David Beckham just made another small statement about his future in MLS...

Goal - AC Milan 1 ( David Beckham 33 ) Genoa 0

Posted by: Kev29 | January 28, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Warm up the "Welcome Back Kotter" music.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | January 28, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Does DCU get the DP option back? If so, is there any indication that they've been talking to anyone who would fit the bill?

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow....Cant say we missed ya MArcello....we hardly knew you.

Posted by: vthokies1 | January 28, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I've said this before, but I think Beckham became a better attacker -- by necessity -- during his time with LA.

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

That may be the most inconclusive statement I've ever read.

Posted by: SexyOffender | January 28, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the writing is on the wall on this one. I for one will be sad to see him go. I was very excited when his signing was announced, and I enjoyed watching him play when he was healthy last year.

I will certainly admit that we didn't get our money's worth out of him last year. And obviously if he really wants to leave then we don't want him back. But he will be missed.

Posted by: Matte | January 28, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I've said this before, but I think Beckham became a better attacker -- by necessity -- during his time with LA.

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2009 3:34 PM
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That's funny. I was thinking that he became a better defender -- by necessity -- during his time with LA.

Posted by: TCompton | January 28, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

2009: The year of the vanished DP.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 28, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I'd like a refund of $7.50 per game (1.5M salary paid directly by the owner/20 games/10000 season ticket holders - guess). Ticket prices went up this year (seemingly considerably) and we fans would like some compensation too...unless, of course, similar expenditures are used on a replacement.

Posted by: LookingDangerous | January 28, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I take the statement to read:

"If you can find work in Argentina, we won't prevent you from leaving, so long as that either you or your new employer cover the cost of damages related to the cancelation of your contract. Otherwise, we'd be happy to have you back."

By the way... how would this work... legally?

If it were a free transfer, do they have to essentially say:

Gallardo: I decline all future payments owed to me as documented in contract # xxx-xx-xx-x-xxxxx.

DC United: All obligations stated in contract # xxx-xx-xx-x-xxxxx owed to DC United by Marcello Gallardo are hereby cancelled.

???

What does DC United lose in this, besides Gallardo?

How is this effect the salary cap?

And how is this different than if Ben Olsen were to retire, his salary would still hit the salary cap?

Posted by: TCompton | January 28, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I've said this before, but I think Beckham became a better attacker -- by necessity -- during his time with LA.

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2009 3:34 PM

I don't know fisch, he's always had a nose for goal. I guess his time in Madrid was a little less productive in attack after a fruitful United career. 5 goals in 30 for LA, which is a pretty good return for a midfielder, unless you're asking an ESPN anchor :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | January 28, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

2009: The year of the vanished DP.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 28, 2009 3:42 PM

Whichever way you slice it, I don't think that's a positive for the league.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 28, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I hope he passes his physical with River Plate, so they can take him.

Posted by: Barracudas | January 28, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Which DP slot did we use on him, Colorado's or ours?

Posted by: VirginiaFan | January 28, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the raised ticket prices Gallardo. I won't be back next season, and now it appears you won't be either.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | January 28, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

here's the beckham goal, by the way, nice free kick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipATiF042AQ

I wish Gallardo all the best in his future endeavors. now let's go find us a replacement.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | January 28, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they can use the savings to start on that stadium.

Posted by: Reignking | January 28, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"here's the beckham goal, by the way, nice free kick"

Oh dear, near post keeper!!

Posted by: Kev29 | January 28, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't like this.

Posted by: sitruc | January 28, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

well yes, bad positioning, but I am pretty sure everyone thought it was going be indirect to the far post, that's what 90% of them are.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | January 28, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

On DP's leaving -

Not too concerned. Beckham is a PR loss. On the field and to the Galaxy's attempt to build a team - it's a huge boost and they'll make money on the deal.

Landon - loss on the field, but Landon's not selling extra tickets.

Gallardo - what could have been? We'll never know, but I'm not going to lose sleep over it. What if he came back? What if he came back and got hurt?

There are other players out there that could be bought and brought over. The evolution of this rule for MLS teams is that they are going to have to use it more selectively and shift that balance of expenditure well over into the can you play well here.

Personally - I think it's time that MLS raided CONCACAF clubs of their top talent. All of the guys who ran over us in Champions League - how would you like heavy money to show up in America? Want to boost TV ratings and grab an audience - go get the Mexican kids!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 28, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

A keeper beaten to his near post is wrong 100% of the time. It's kind of like when you rear end a car, it's always your fault.

Perfect free kick, of course, but poor keeping.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 28, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

gallardo is a wuss..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 28, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

By the way... how would this work... legally?
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The newspaper article said a one year loan which would take him through the end of his contract with DCU; and that he had come to terms with the local team pending a physical which would assume they pick up the tab on his salary. Don't now if there is a fee involved but it sounds a bit like the Peralta deal.

Posted by: LostinPotomac | January 28, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a keeper (except for the time that our keeper broke his arm and I played the rest of the season as keeper, but we lost each game by a healthy margin, so really, I'm not a keeper). But anyway, isn't the wall supposed to protect - or at least impede the path to - the near post while the keeper covers the far post?

Regardless, Beckham sent it near post with pace and spin from a tight angle. Beautiful goal.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 28, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

wow.....we could really use Appiah right now.

Posted by: afadgsafhgd | January 28, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I think all the flurry of activities this off-season are proving that the DP idea was a bad idea for MLS. Becks, Donovan, Gallardo... and i am sure Seattle will regret their slot too.

I am in agreement with VirginiaBlueBlood on this post board. time to get some good CONCACAF young talent. At least MLS will develop a reputation as a good prep league instead of the graveyard where old farts go retire.

Posted by: gmail | January 28, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Regarding DCU's DP slot: we took a gamble, and it appears we lost. Though we're not the only one (Dallas? KC? LA???). But is the DP dead? Probably not. Some teams took the gamble and got it right (NY, Chicago, Columbus).

As far as Becks go, I hate to see him go. I too got tired of the Spice Boy/BSPN mania, but the guy can play. He's bringing it to Serie A, and we need more like him in the states (i.e. fiery competitor and skilled).

Posted by: Mixter | January 28, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

There was no problem with the goalkeepers positioning. The wall is always set up to guard the near post. The goalkeeper takes the far post and any crosses. It was a great strike at a tight angle.

The sad part is, if Beckham leaves, people will point to MLS' level of play. In reality, it shows that Beckham came to MLS, played at a high level, didn't dominate the league, and left to play at a high level. This is a compliment to MLS that I doubt very few in Europe will acknowledge.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | January 28, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

OK, I've been thinking about it for a while, and I'm going to put it out there: I think the DP experiment is a failure. The league can't really afford talent at the level in question. Who succeeds and who fails as a DP is pretty much a complete crapshoot. The organization of a team around the expectations surrounding a single player is a dubious proposition at best in this sport. The mismatch between the DP salary and everyone else's on the team breeds resentment and unrealistic expectations (See "Gomez, Christian; departure from DC United of"). The focus on (aging superstar) DP acquisitions is detrimental to the development of younger talent. And I can't prove it but it seems to me that there was a little more depth on the bench in the pre-DP days, maybe having something to do with a little more money to distribute -- not great talent, mind you, but serviceable players eager to be doing what they're doing. Or maybe the latter impression is based more on the Gallardo experience: so much riding on him, so big a gap when he's injured.

There, I've said it. Have at.

Posted by: dccal | January 28, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

gallardo is a wuss..

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 28, 2009 4:25 PM

I'm leaning this way. I gave the little punk the benefit of the doubt the whole time. What a chump. Hope this gets through and the dude is gone. And seriously don't bring back Gomez, I don't know if I'd be able to take anything this club does seriously if that happens.
If Beckham stays in Italy you can ditto that statement for him as well.
Straight up Chump @$$ Prima Donna spoiled brats...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 28, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

That said, good riddance, and hopefully some rules can be tweaked and DCU doesn't get completely screwed here.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 28, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I'm now well-rested
Don't keep your distance

Posted by: OWNTF | January 28, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to see that Gallardo wants his way out. Injuries made his experience in dc a disappointment. But to read that Gomez wants back; is a good exchange; talent & money wise

Posted by: tyobrien1 | January 28, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

This would be great news IF united gets to keep the DP and shift the salary. Gallardo is a medical disaster who more than likely has no desire to play through pain, at least in DC. Time to take another gamble on a DP and see what happens. That's the only way this club can win a championship this season. Question is, will DCU bite the bullet after this bad experience. Beggars can't be choosers in the market for MLS DP's. You are more than likely looking at a 34 or older, injury prone, has been.

Posted by: kjm1971 | January 28, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Appiah's trial is over, maybe the Spurs will act like the Spurs and not make a permanent offer?

Posted by: Section117 | January 28, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

All the hate and outrage here is comical.

Posted by: CHICO13 | January 28, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Who is Greg Manifold?

Posted by: redskinsux | January 28, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

CHICO what's your feeling on the situation? Just curious. Is everyone supposed to just giggle and go,"oh well"?

I'm a firm believer in what is meant to be will be, but how is everyone tripping on the FO wasting a ton of money, damn near an entire season, and appearing to be completely out of touch with what they are doing NOT a reason to be a little bit irritated?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 28, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

-Goff-

Do you know if KP, Kasper & Co. have made serious contact with representatives for Juan Carlos Arce and Stephen Appiah? Both players would be great additions to the club. Supposedly Appiah played very well in a Spurs friendly match with Reading today but Redknapp has a bunch of MF options anyway. Arce is at a club in South Korea...and I'd hope we would be able to compete financially with them...or maybe Jaime can throw the kid a few $ from his paychecks ; )
Either way, Appiah would be an outstanding player for this league and Arce could be quite an attacker for us to replace the old legs of Jaime and Luci in the near future.
I would hope we would have atleast tried to see if these guys were available...especially with Gallardo coming off the books.

Posted by: voetbol07 | January 28, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

My feeling is that River is a team that's in his heart. It's his love, it's his passion. They're hurting right now and they turned to him for help. I would imagine it would be real difficult for him to say no to them. Maybe people around here don't understand the level of passion one is born into with your hometown club. But I guess until they do it'll be easier to denigrate and insult him.

Posted by: CHICO13 | January 28, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

-Goff-

Do you know if KP, Kasper & Co. have made serious contact with representatives for Juan Carlos Arce and Stephen Appiah? Both players would be great additions to the club. Supposedly Appiah played very well in a Spurs friendly match with Reading today but Redknapp has a bunch of MF options anyway. Arce is at a club in South Korea...and I'd hope we would be able to compete financially with them...or maybe Jaime can throw the kid a few $ from his paychecks ; )
Either way, Appiah would be an outstanding player for this league and Arce could be quite an attacker for us to replace the old legs of Jaime and Luci in the near future.
I would hope we would have atleast tried to see if these guys were available...especially with Gallardo coming off the books.

Posted by: voetbol07 | January 28, 2009 7:42 PM
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Arce is in bolivia, from i know he is looking for offers, but is stuck in oriente petrolero tryying to find teams to go to.

If he did come to DC i am sure it would be for a loan. I think we could work something out comparable to Niell 100-200k range.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | January 28, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I have been a fan of the DP rule. I think improving the overall quality of the league would be enhanced be raising salaries across the board. The league has lost a number of young players who could make a couple of hundred thousand in Europe. Thats far short of DP amounts but a lot more then the $75k they might have been making. Dumping DP and raising the salary cap I think would be better from a quality point of view. I agree with others about how the MLS should be doing a better job of getting talent from our hemisphere. The DP slot was always about marketing which is legit. All that said Blanco has been a fine DP on the field as have a few others. I disagree that having an aging star is bad for the development of younger players. In every sport young players have learned a lot from older vets.

Posted by: nyjer1 | January 28, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

beckham: Golasoooo!

Posted by: Pete803 | January 28, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

53 days to the first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 28, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Say goodbye to the Million Dollar Donut. He was a complete failure as a DP, failing to significantly increase the attendance (if at all) and playing virtually no part in the only on-field accolades won by DC United (10 minutes in the final game of four).

Amazing how our front office botched the close season last year (no draft picks or signings are with the team any longer). I don't hear the same outcry of grief from DC United fans that the Redskins fans are giving towards Vinny Cerrato. Certainly Kevin Payne, Dave Kaspar and Tommy Soehn need to be held more accountable by the owners than they already are.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | January 28, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I forgot blowing the deal for Cannon, if all reports are to be believed that the MLSFO didn't put the Kibosh on it.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | January 28, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what slot DC has in the allocation order? LA and San Jose are fighting for Convey. Maybe he would like to come back to DC?

Posted by: KHSpartan11 | January 28, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

What side of the bench is Feilhaber occupying these days? Maybe he'd like to get off the pine and onto the pitch at RFK?

Posted by: voetbol07 | January 28, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

If Dc will use the DP, then they need a good one, not Crap like Gallardo. IF you are going to invest in a player do your homework first. Dont just get a dp for fun, like some other teams have done. I am shocked that United has faqiled to use there DP properly, come one now

DP 1=Gallardo
DP 2=Emilio

Gallardo blows in of story
Emilio is no better than twellman, cooper, yet he gets the DP money.

Posted by: Norteno4life | January 28, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The DP is a fine idea. even if it's hard for the league to attract the right players. MLS is making gobs of money selling franchises and players' contracts. They should put back in to the teams. I think they ought to pay the salaries, not just the cap piece. If anything, that ought to be reversed, though I understand the league wants the teams to have some incentive not to go crazy with big contracts.

Yes, the DP takes a bite out of the salary cap and may hurt depth. And the lesser talents limit the impact of the DP. Dare I be so bold as to suggest the problem then lies with the salary cap level, not the DP?

Posted by: fischy | January 28, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Baré!

Not exactly a need (and not an eligible transfer target under FIFA guidelines at this time), and he would ruin my 4-2-4-0 formation, but I want him in a DCU shirt.

I think W. Martinez is off to Spain (not that he would be a DP), and Appiah to the relegation battle, so...

I don't know.

Posted by: B_A_ | January 28, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

fischy:

I'm with you on this one. A DP takes up over 17% of the cap. The DP rule seems to have been reasonably thought out (if not executed by most of the teams that have used it). The problem is that the cap virtually ensures that any team with a DP will live and die by that player or, in our case, players. The only team that has or had a DP that would be any good if the DP was out for the season is Chicago, because their defense is so strong. Dallas with Denilson was probably worse than without him, and that was not a strong team in either case. NY without Angel would have been a strong contender to finish last overall. DC without Gallardo, we all lived through and are still unhappy about.

Until the cap goes up by another million, a team's use of its DP slot must be nothing short of brilliant. It's just too much of the cap.

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I think the anger at Gallardo is confusing. I wouldn't rate his overall performance level here as brilliant, but he was pretty good when able to play. Similarly, while his commitment to the team wasn't that of Ben Olsen, whose is? On the field, he gave an honest effort. Unfortunately for him and us, he is injury prone and, apparently, a slow healer. Now that could be down to poor training and general fitness habits, or he could just be the unlucky type (like John O'Brien). There's little evidence either way. I also think Chico is making a very worthwhile point. Gallardo has been River for longer than our own club has even existed. It's hard to remember that sometimes.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 29, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

CHICO you're a wise gentleman.
Now if DC UNITED could only get their stadium built in the District, the club could continue to foster traditions and loyalty that nurture a similar type of loyalty...

Thanks for reminding me of where the dude is really coming from.
Aloha Gallardo if it is so.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 29, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

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