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Luis Gil to Wizards ... for the moment

The Kansas City Wizards have won a special weighted lottery for U.S. under-17 national team midfielder Luis Gil, who signed with MLS last week. However, the Wizards plan to trade his rights soon, sources told the Insider. The Wizards had the third-best chance of winning the lottery, behind New York and San Jose. The sense I am getting is that, as part of the negotiations with the league, the 16-year-old from the Los Angeles area would end up on the West Coast regardless of which club won the lottery. Stay tuned.....

By Steve Goff  |  February 22, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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OK...I'll begin with the standard "LA gets preferential treatment from MLS" line

Posted by: chemweapon | February 22, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Chivas USA could get him and satisfy his geographical longings. Also, if KC can hold the Galaxy hostage for Gil, how is that preferential treatment for LA?

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | February 22, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly the kind of thing that makes MLS = minor league soccer. Why was there a lottery if only west coast teams could win it. This same crap didn't work out too well with Adu....DCU got the shaft by having to take him instead of a real player who could help immediately. Now KC will have to take whatever the league says so Gil can play in his hometown and be near mom & dad.

Posted by: euroman | February 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Can you say "John Elway" or "Eli Manning"? It doesn't just happen in MLS. He was probably hoping SJ would win, but made his deal conditional -- listing the teams he'd play for. It's not favoring one team or another -- it's the price of getting Gil into MLS. Wizards will probably demand a cut if his contract is ever sold abroad, plus something up front, like a first round pick next year.

Posted by: fischy | February 22, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Goff, any idea on what he considers "west coast". I'm sure all the CA teams apply, and probably Seattle. Any word on RSL or the Rapids?

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | February 22, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the parity stick beats again - just like the ugly one.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 22, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I've heard several bits related to this. One, that Gil would end up at either RSL or Seattle -- based on who had the better bid for the team who won the lottery. Basically saying, now, KC could choose whether he ended up at RSL or Seattle, based on what they received in return.

I also heard that there was an initial lottery in which NY won. And apparently, NY said they would hold onto the rights of Gil, unless they were able to sign Juan Agudelo. And since Gil signed with the agreement that he would end up at RSL or Seattle, the league had to allow NY to sign Agudelo. And then they redid the lottery, which KC ended up winning.

Just a couple of rumors that I have heard from this whole situation.

Posted by: hokieunited | February 22, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

You know who would like the MLS player allocation/parity rules?

The Cleveland Cavaliers - right after the season is over.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 22, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I also do not see how this makes MLS look bad. The Wizards should get atleast something positive for the trade.

I would rather see Gil play in the league for 2/3 seasons and then move abroad. This deal keeps exciting talent in the US, and has great potential to earn MLS a nice pay day. What is so wrong about that?

Oh and the NBA has had plenty of players get drafted and then refuse to sign there. Some have even stayed over in Europe. It happens in every league.

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 22, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

You know who would like the MLS player allocation/parity rules?

The Cleveland Cavaliers - right after the season is over.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | February 22, 2010 2:27 PM |

if only the Red Bulls could trade Angel and some expiring contracts for LeBron. He'd probably make a decent target forward, and would definately help them fill their pretty new stadium.

Posted by: VTUnited | February 22, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Another Chelsea player in trouble for infidelities -- with an American twist or two. Ashley Cole was already facing a fine, it seems, for sneaking some Liverpool lassie into his hotel on a couple of away dates. Now, he's in hot water because he got some Chelsea execs to help him cover up after sneaking some local gal into his room when Chelsea were in Seattle. I'm thinking his wife may be thinking of sending a thank-you note or flowers to Landon Donovan...

Posted by: fischy | February 22, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I think drafting Fredy worked out pretty well for us. At the time, he was the most talked about player in the American sports world (drawing people to the stadium), he was a capable player on the wing for us AND we were then able to unload him for talent... OK, maybe we botched that part, but still.

KC should get a decent player/allocation money/draft picks out of this and the team that gets him will get a young talent that needs lots of grooming to play at the pro level.

Posted by: SoccerVA | February 22, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the MLSPU needs to fight on this front so the League stops replacing five and six year veterans in the League with underage labor. No other pro league in the US allows players to sign professional contracts this young, much less play in the majors.

"I am sorry, Jimmy. You were good last year, but we have a 12 year old who will play for graham crackers and some Abercrombie and Fitch gift certificates. Have a nice time in the A-League and if you come back to MLS, let us know as we still have your rights."

Posted by: IamAM | February 22, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@ grubbsbl

MLS looks bad because they'll do whatever and bend their own rules to get players into the league. But they're not treating players who have paid their dues in the league the same - you've got guys like Kevin Hartman and Dave VDB who are being held in purgatory by teams that have no intention of resigning them or releasing them.

That's at odds with having these rules about allocation drafts but then allowing players to state they'll only play for certain teams.

Posted by: joe_hill | February 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

IamAM- way to overreact. MLB signs 16 year old IFAs and if they were good enough to make the major league team at that age you bet they would be playing.

Maybe the real complaint should be that the talent level in MLS is low enough that a 16 year old can break the starting lineup.

Posted by: laur84 | February 22, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the real complaint should be that the talent level in MLS is low enough that a 16 year old can break the starting lineup.

Posted by: laur84 | February 22, 2010 3:44 PM

wheres the guy who says "boom, roasted"

Posted by: VTUnited | February 22, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I would question the MLS talent level is low enough that a 16 yr old can break into the starting 11. Who knows if he is going to start? Also, soccer has a history of young players breaking into starting 11's at massive clubs (Sorry DC United is not included on this list, either is Seattle). A few names come to mind: Duncan Edwards, Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas, Messi, Rooney, etc... So I guess the EPL, La Liga, and Brazilian league need to address their talent levels also.


@Joehill.. I cannot argue your position. I do think MLS needs to address the problem regarding Dave VDB and Kevin Hartman. I just think the MLS should do as much as it can to keep young talent in the league.

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 22, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@euroman -- Lol. DC United wanted Freddy. He sold a ton of tickets. And he was a "real player". He was a solid contributor on the MLS Cup squad in 2004. He played in all 30 games and scored some goals.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | February 22, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Who does Luis Gil think he is? Marta?

Posted by: OWNTF | February 22, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Right here, VT...

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=745559&sec=england&cc=5901

I can't believe no one has brought up Ashley "Tiger" Cole yet...

Posted by: Reignking | February 22, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe no one has brought up Ashley "Tiger" Cole yet...
Posted by: Reignking
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I brought it up somewhere in the Marx v AIG thread.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 22, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

At 12:21 p.m.,to be precise.

Posted by: universityandpark | February 22, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I see it now. "In other news" wasn't enough to draw me in :)

Posted by: Reignking | February 22, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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