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Gallardo: Yea or Nay

Now that Marcelo Gallardo has left D.C. United.....

And .....

By Steve Goff  |  February 3, 2009; 1:17 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , Poll  
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Posted by: yankiboy | February 3, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on. Did anyone really think Denilson was going to take MLS by storm? With FC Dallas? However, did anyone think that Gallardo was going to take D.C. to glory last season? I rest my case.

Posted by: notafembot | February 3, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I picked OTHER as in = Beckham who might leave MLS, if AC keeps him.

Posted by: RM27 | February 3, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

What's going on with Gomez? Any new information on him?

Posted by: dculuva | February 3, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Lothar is not an option? While the MetroStars were paying him in buckets, he was on the beach "walking with women."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 3, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It's not like the guy was a sloth, or some bloated prima donna ass. He got hurt and couldn't get healed. He was hardly DC's biggest problem last year. He was, however, it's most expensive.

Posted by: loosek | February 3, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if I'll miss him...I wish he would have given it more of a chance. He was pretty good when not hurt. His free kicks could have been a lot better.

For the Fenty Haters... These stupid things are so trendy, but I couldn't help myself:

Posted by: DadRyan | February 3, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Good Riddance seems like a harsh way of putting it. I'm not sad to see him go, but I don't harbor ill will. Just wasn't a good fit.

Posted by: Colm1 | February 3, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I won't miss Gallardo, but when he was fit he, Moreno and Fred combined for some real pretty approach work last summer. Denilson was sad, but I think the biggest DP disappointment (though no suprise) was Claudio Reyna. Virtually invisible even when healthy. I would defend Beckham. Without him, none of the DPs would have come into MLS and the best of them, Eschelleto, Angel, Blanco, have been good additions even if no great influence at the gate.

Posted by: oz4dcu | February 3, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

...was on the beach "walking with women."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 3, 2009 1:43 PM

A woman walking with women.

Posted by: Barracudas | February 3, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: B_A_ | February 3, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Just like Zach - good luck in your future endeavors Marcello. I don't think that you came and stole money from the club and deceived the fans. I do think, that you're not as healthy and productive as you may have been earlier in your career. We just figured that your showing at PSG was an aberration instead of the rule.

It's a shame that you didn't play every game like the Real Salt Lake game, the Galaxy Game and some other matches where your presence was influential, however, you at times felt bigger than the Club and DC United is the one club in MLS that no player is bigger than.

Our owners and management have played the DP game and now we know what we need to find and what value needs to be ascribed to such a deal. And we are definitely going to need a player who values coming to the Club and not just the country. Hopefully our second dip in international waters will yield us a gem instead of a large rough diamond that when cut and polished, still has some flaws inside.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 3, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

At least Beckham put butts in seats and sold a trunk load of merchandise.

I mean that's what MLS brought him over for right ;-)

Posted by: Tweaked | February 3, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

It may be fun to bash him because of who he is, but I think Beckham took his time here very seriously. He busted his butt on the field - he was often the hardest-working Galaxy player - and I thought he was pretty influential considering his team was very poorly constructed.

Gallardo was a disappointment. Denilson was a disaster. Worst high-priced MLS signing since Mattheus.

Posted by: gocaps2 | February 3, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Colm1. Good riddance is a bit harsh. I don't think there was an intent on Gallardo's part to be a bust, and he wasn't bad when he was on the pitch. But I don't miss him, either.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 3, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I forgot about Reyna. Poor guy. He's still in a pretty small group of american players who were succesful in the premiership.

Yeah, I'll miss Gallardo. I am in the camp that thinks he was effective when healthy. Whether we would ever see him healthy for more than a month at a clip, that's another question.

Posted by: Matte | February 3, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Lothar Mattheus

At least when healthy Tab Ramos, Reyna and Gallardo earned a spot on the field. Nobody expected anything from Denilson.

Posted by: teo_68 | February 3, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I would vote for a third option on Gallardo, I can't miss him b/c he didnt really play a lot of games. Not good riddance b/c when he did play he made a difference. To me, it just didnt work out.

Posted by: boda-united | February 3, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I voted "other". I'm with teo_68 on this one...Lothar of the Hill People for the win.

Posted by: EdTheRed | February 3, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

15 Games Played
4 Goals
3 Assists

If he played in more games, say like the 27 that Emilio played in, his stats would look better. Maybe something like this...

27 Games Played
7 Goals
6 Assists

Definitely not worth the money we paid, but it doesn't look as pitiful, especially since that would put him 3rd on the team in goals. Not to mention that he would've played a full season, gotten into the flow and had some chemistry with the team. Factoring that in, we could be looking at 10/10 instead. Still not worth the money, but better than he ended with.

Posted by: pmtthree | February 3, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse


And let's not forget Branco, too!

But between Denilson and Gallardo, Denilson was a bigger bust.

Posted by: CDRHoek | February 3, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

If Gallardo was just injured last season, and his hometown club made him an offer he couldn't pass up, I would have no further questions, your honor; but I've heard a couple comments along the lines of, "he didn't take well to the system" here. I'm curious what that means. Our radically different attack strategy? (???) Or maybe he meant the rickety electrical "system" at RFK?

In any case, he obviously didn't want to be here any longer, and I can't believe he's going to be injury-free this year . . . vaya con Dios, as others have said.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | February 3, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DadRyan | February 3, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Or is it Hair Peace?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 3, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh man! I wish I didn't click on that link.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 3, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

The poll only allows extreme polarized sentiments. I'm glad Gallardo's gone but it's nothing personal. Just too much $ out of a low budget for an injury prone older player.

He showed his worth while healthy, unfortunately that wasn't often enough.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 3, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I've often said I would take any hair over the lack thereof at the moment.

Until now.

Sports Bog DCU Hair Piece:

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 3, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

that photo of emilio's hair has shaken me to my core. this team needs the urgent attention of a skilled hairdresser - makes you wish we hadn't cut(?) dan stratford....

i don't think 'good riddance' is the right way of expressing my thoughts on gallardo. i just wish it had gone differently. like, fewer surgeries, more assists, that sort of thing. if he's healthy in argentina and revives his career at river, i'll be pretty disappointed.

Posted by: stairs | February 3, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"The Brazilian James Brown". I have a feeling that's going to catch on. Fred's mohawk works for him though.

Posted by: DCUMD | February 3, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Memo to DC United marketing department: Hair Cuttery sponsorship.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 3, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Those mug shots of Luci remind me of bad celebrity police booking shots...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 3, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

When Gallardo was actually on the field he had some impact on the game. Denilson barely had any impact in Dallas (except maybe a negative impact) until the time that he was benched. No comparison really -- Denilson was by far the bigger bust. Still, both were disappointments.

We need players with talent AND a heart to play for the badge -- not just the bucks. A few DPs have really come to play, but others seem to think that we all should be honored that they have just come to town. Sometimes that is an honor at first, but obviously a short-lived one if they don't also show us how they earned that fame.

Posted by: UnitedFanInTX | February 3, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I liked Gallardo, too bad he couldn't stay healthy. For those few games when the key guys were all healthy it was a lot of fun to watch Gallardo, Moreno, Fred and Emilio play together.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | February 3, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

i don't think 'good riddance' is the right way of expressing my thoughts on gallardo. i just wish it had gone differently. like, fewer surgeries, more assists, that sort of thing. if he's healthy in argentina and revives his career at river, i'll be pretty disappointed.

Posted by: stairs | February 3, 2009 4:57 PM

I hope he does well in river, and shuts up the haters over there that think he was a mistake to get, but also if he does bad it will just mean he really is past his prime.

While on the other hand, if he does good... it could mean we lost on a player who is still good enough to do well in the best league in SA.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | February 3, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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