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Gomez, Moreno, EJ and Supplements

Details are beginning to surface concerning the Christian Gomez negotiations...and they are not pretty.

I think it's safe to say he will not be returning to United. Whether he ends up elsewhere in MLS, in the Middle East or Latin America remains to be seen.

Here is what I've been able to piece together:

At some point during this year-long process, United did offer two guaranteed years with incentives for a third guaranteed year, valued at between $300,000 and $350,000 per season, but Gomez had it in his mind that he was a $1 million player. To clarify, not $1 million per season, but $1 million over two, which would have meant 500K per year and DCU's designated player slot. United was not going to go there, and you probably can't blame them. Although, if you looked at some of the other salaries around the league last year (Donovan 900K, E. Johnson 875K, Ruiz 435K, Angel $1.6 million), you might empathize with Gomez, who, unlike all those players except Ruiz, has won an MVP award. Age, of course, is a significant factor when discussing big money and contract extensions.

One source told me that Gomez also became too emotional about things, such as United's pursuit of Juan Sebastian Veron, even though that signing had nothing to do with his standing on the club. Along those lines, Gomez apparently was also miffed that he did not receive any of the team's major postseason awards.

"It's a sad ending," said another source.

So that's what I know at the moment. Maybe more details in the coming days.

All of this increases the likelihood that the Marcelo Gallardo deal is, indeed, going to happen and that he will join the club next week. As usual, with foreign deals, I'll believe it when I see it.

Meantime.....

*Jaime Moreno's new contract -- two guaranteed years in exchange for a salary reduction -- has been finalized. Details here.

*Eddie Johnson talks about his move to Fulham on this USSF video.

*Not only did Jay Nolly sign with Vancouver, but so did Nicholas Addlery.

*And the supplemental draft is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET. Hopefully, it will not last as long as the regular draft. If any team dares call timeout to ponder a pick, they should be immediately relegated to the USL. ;-)


By Steve Goff  |  January 24, 2008; 1:23 PM ET
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Christian, farewell and thank you very much.

Posted by: Postmaster | January 24, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

What a shame about Gomez. I'll miss seeing him in a DC shirt.

Posted by: ahelms | January 24, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the memories, Christian!

I do have a question, Mr. Goff. Does Colorado have the cap space to sign Gomez at $500K? Would they want to? Does this pretty much guarentee he's not returning to MLS. I would imagine a team from the Middle East would have less of a problem coming up with that type of money.

Posted by: #10 | January 24, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Just, wow. Thanks for the memories, Christian. If you are, in fact, gone, then know that your efforts were appreciated.

Posted by: str8red | January 24, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Sad to see an ending like this with a player like Gomez... what a shame. I will miss seeing him on the pitch in the black and red, regardless of the potential impact of Gallardo coming.

Posted by: scrfan | January 24, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

What a shame, well, Christian, thanks for the years of service. Let's stay friends. Now, are the people who posted in the other one going to come in here and say Gallardo doesn't look so bad now?

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 24, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Vaya con dios, Gomito. I find it hard to fault Payne and company here, though. It was one thing to sign Gomez to a regular contract at $350K, quite another to pay him $500K (or more) AND lose a DP slot when a more than qualified replacement is available in Gallardo. And for the apologists, it isn't as if the 'too emotional" angle ever had to come up. Goff and others have reported that United has been making Gomez offers for nearly a year, all of which he declined. He had his chances to stay, especially if staying was that important to him. So good luck, Christian, I'm sorry it had to end this way but don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.

Posted by: Throwin | January 24, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Postmaster. Thanks for the MLS Cup, two Supporters Shields, and drumbeating in the stands. Best wishes whereever you go.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 24, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

With Gallardo's signing looking more likely, a highlight reel seems to be in order. The link below is to an Argentine version of Youtube, where I found a recap of Gallardo's career. The video quality is poor, but some of his play is very impressive.

Note also that VXV.com (like much Argentine media) has more risque content than is generally available on Youtube.... Don't say I didn't warn you if your boss sees you clicking on nearly naked rear ends.

http://www.vxv.com/videolog=manolorobledo?13493

Posted by: ArlingtonDC | January 24, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

So is Fulham now the US national team?

Is McBride back or is he still out with an injury? Will EJ take his starting spot?

Posted by: Southeasterner | January 24, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Goffinho, two questions:

First, any thoughts/predictions as to what direction (if any) United is going to go with the supplemental draft, or is that one of the hush/hush items from the closed workouts several weeks ago? I'd still like to see them take a flyer on Reyering, especially since now they have the depth to wait on him to heal fully.

Second, do the events of this week (including the presumed signing of Gallardo) pretty much wrap up the offseason for United (excluding minor/complementary moves) or can you still see them making any significant signings/trade/etc, especially for wide speed and another all-purpose defender? Is their cap situation now a factor, or is that still unknown due to Gallardo?

Thanks much, Throwin

Posted by: Throwin | January 24, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Not much more to say... it's really too bad that it ended like this. I'll definitely miss having him on the team, whether DC gets Gallardo or not.

Posted by: stairs | January 24, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"Too emotional" came from "one source" and I'm just guessing that it is a source who was on the other side of the table. And I can easily see why the terms that were rumored for Veron would rub CG the wrong way given the arguments DCU makes now for not re-signing CG.

As far as "United was not going to go there, and you probably can't blame them," I guess the proof will be in the pudding. If they end up signing a guy who is about the same age for at least $1 million over two years, then the team better win the Shield and The Cup. Otherwise, even if the replacement is not Denilson II, then blame certainly will abound.

Posted by: WNT fan | January 24, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Here's some less attractive Gallardo video.

Caveat emptor.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3wkwp_boca-vs-river-libertadores-2004_sport

Posted by: WNT fan | January 24, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The dawn of a new age in United history. While I'll miss his play and mad drumming skills, it's time to look forward. I would still like for the team to address our need on the wings. If we get a half decent crosser we're going to be deadly.

Posted by: Chico | January 24, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This thread has been updated with news that ADDLERY has joined Nolly in Vancover.

As far as supplemental, who knows what DCU is thinking. I have no insight there.

Trades? Possible. I'm sure they'd like to get something in exchange for Gomez's rights. Beyond that, I haven't heard anything.

Posted by: Goff | January 24, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I can see going for as much money as you can get but being upset because you lost TEAM awards to the LEAGUE MVP and that your team would go after a guy with World Cup experience seems a bit over the edge to me.

Posted by: JS Veron | January 24, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Que lástima. :-(

Posted by: EdThe Red | January 24, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

SG - Any idea as to Moreno's new salary.

Also, it does not seem as if Reyering made the eligible player list for the Supplemental Draft - assuming he wants to play IN MLS, I have to wonder if he would rather rehab and come into the team of his choice this summer for a trial - potentially avoiding a developmental contract in the process if he impresses enough to earn a senior roster spot if a team needs a tall scorer.

Posted by: Eric Z | January 24, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Man! I'm going to miss Christian! It's a shame they could not work something out, but that's life and business I guess. I can see both points (DCU's not wanting to spend that much and Christian's feeling like he deserved it)

You provided a lot of great memories and a lot of heart and passion when you played for D.C. Good luck to you in the future. I will always be a Christian fan.

Posted by: Chico's Brother | January 24, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

This is sad news indeed. I think both sides are probably valid here. CG has certainly earned the right to be in the top tier of MLS earners, and DC -- having already been through the dark of Etcheverry's later years -- are reluctant to pay.

Posted by: DC | January 24, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"Note also that VXV.com (like much Argentine media) has more risque content than is generally available on Youtube...."

Hear that DC City employees?

Breaking News: I-270 lost his job for clicking on Soccer Insider over 50,000 times in the first year of the blog's existence. An source close to the investigation, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he too reads the blog, said that I-270 used the Washington Post site as a portal to semi-pornographic South American websites. Calls placed to I-270's house were returned by his wife who called the reporters "snotty-nosed little brats."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 24, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the great memories Christian! You will be missed! And I'll always remember when you joined the drumming in the stands. So glad that you're still with us Jaime and are still bleeding Black and Red. Looking forward to the series vs. Harbor View!!!

Posted by: BigWave | January 24, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Bah! Well I got the order wrong.

Tuesday - Niell
Weds - Martinez
Thurs - Moreno/Gomez
Friday - Carvalho?
Saturday - Peralta?
Sunday - Gallardo

Posted by: strago | January 24, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Again, seconded. That's for the years of valiant service Gomez. I hope you get your payday.

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 24, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Discouraging to see him go but at least United was able to keep one out of the two guys who were rumored to leave

Posted by: United fury | January 24, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

if I were Colorado, I would certainly pay Gomez $1 million over two years. It would make them be able to compete at least in most games.

Posted by: diego r. | January 24, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

With the departure of Addlery, Kpene needs to settle down, get his first goal, and then it's off to the races for that kid.

Posted by: UVA-United | January 24, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, who is going to come play the drums with us now?

Posted by: iammrben | January 24, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

And here come the wagers!

Gomito To KCW...8 to 1 odds...any takers
Gomez to Toronto FC 3 to 1 ....
Christian Drummer Boy to NYRB just to cheese-us off!! 2 to 1 ....bids are open

Posted by: DCU Fan in SoCal | January 24, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd hope DC would trade Gomez's rights out of conference if they're going to trade them.

Posted by: DCU | January 24, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks WNT, for that dramatic video. That's passion, huh? I'm not ready to dismiss Gallardo for showing emotion.

Still, I'll miss Gomez. I understand United not wanting to use DP slot, for someone already there, especially a 33-year old player. A shame the league couldn't have found a way to grandfather Gomez into some more $$. I think DCU might have been more credible in their position, if they'd upped their offer to bump up against the DP ceiling. Gomez might have understood that. Perhaps, then he could have stepped back from his $500K demand.

Es cierto que es una lastima. Siempre tienes un espacio en nuestras corazones, Christian...y, sin duda, un asiento en la Barra Brava.

Posted by: FischFry | January 24, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

TFC wouldn't be interested in Gomito, latin american players don't reinforce their wel ldeveloped but totally false sense of britishness.

Posted by: d, dc | January 24, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Goff or anybody:

Can we follow the supplemental draft anywhere online?

Posted by: McBride | January 24, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

As I thought Christian always (except for the spitting incident) displayed great class playing for DCU, I guess I'm a bit chagrined that someone felt it necessary to tell you haw "emotional" he was about negotiations. I'd like to think my club had more class than that.

Posted by: liverbird | January 24, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Adios senor Gomez. It was a pleasure watching you play with such class (besides the spitting incident). Good luck in your future endeavors.

Posted by: DC United Fan | January 24, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

You will be surprized how MoJo will respond to Gomitos Exit...he is desperate up there!

Posted by: DCU Fan in SoCal | January 24, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I say:

Overseas or out of league payday 2 to 1
Colorado for Terry Cooke 3 to 1
Colorado for Mastroeni, who is immegiately traded for wing depth 7 to 2
RSL for Sturgis/Findley or something similar 4 to 1
Gomez places second in Florida behind McCain but ahead of Giuilani? 2 to 3

Posted by: DCAustinite | January 24, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

They offered him up to $350 for two years guarateed with a third guarantee year as an incentive. Sounds like United moved to try to meet the $1 million expectation - though they spread them over three years.

And Gomez still wouldn't bite, eh? Oh, well, I'll miss him, but understand that this is a business.

Posted by: let's see | January 24, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

McBride,

I believe Goff said the supp. draft is via conference call. I doubt you can follow it online.

Posted by: antonio | January 24, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The MLS' voodoo economics still don't make sense...

LA Mafialaxy can have Beckam, Landycakes, Filet-O-Fish AND Babayaro, yet DC cannot afford 300k for Moreno, 500k for Gomez and etc.k for Gallardo?

MLS has notoriously low salaries, but honestly, considering Gomez' output, the price was not ridiculous. Even as Gomez' age, on a goals-to-dollars ratio, he would have been a much better value than JPA, who is not spring chicken either. Add to that, Gomez was a proven MLS commodity, whereas a Gallardo, at a much higher market rate, is unproven in this quirky league.

If Gomez "got too emotional," does that reflect poorly on the player or on DC Mgmt for letting him get too emotional or, better said, giving him reasons to get overly emotional. I vote for Mgmt. C'mon. They are pros, they know athletes have egos that can get bruised when a club publicly chases a star/rival with greater pedigree (being Argy national team vets may have exacerbated Gomez's insecurities).

I would think a reassuring conversation, offered at the right time, in the right place, would have kept Gomez from losing perspective.

I think there is more to the story. If DC had really wanted/valued Gomez he would be in the side for next season. Something smells fishy (no Ruiz pun intended).

Posted by: Erick | January 24, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I'll miss you my little Gomhito!

Best of luck.

Posted by: strago | January 24, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

So are we going to see Moose join the Whitecaps tomorrow? Soon their team will simply be former DC United reserves...

Posted by: Doze | January 24, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

This sucks.

It sucks enough to see Gomez leave; but it sucks far worse that it's like this.

Sucks.

Posted by: Bootsy | January 24, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Please stop with the Galaxy favoritism crap

DC has Gallardo, Emilio, Olsen, and most likely Moreno still making very good money. Add in our new signings which are most likely all going to be over $100k and that is your answer.

LA has said they have $800k in allocations and have dumped Cannon and Albright to clear cap space to sign these guys.

I am seriously so tired of hearing people whine about the Galaxy when they have no clue about the actual facts.

Posted by: Erick | January 24, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Vancouver Whitecaps:DC United
Fulham:____________

Posted by: SAT | January 24, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Well Gomez seems to be out and it sucks but I dont deny that he is getting old. And making 500k is alot of money for an old player, who at times seemed to have lost his touch at the freekicks. Maybe thats me. Well hopefully our new players can make an impact or even better a Champions Cup berth to the Club World Championship and an MLS Cup. Bring that Fifth star. PENTACAMPEON!
Im not looking forward to a supporters shield, im not to shabby about the supporters curse and the early exit of the team.

Posted by: WashDiplomatsSince88 | January 24, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Erick -- the "actual facts" are that LA were not forced to sign Beckham, but signed Beckham anyway knowing that the league rules grandfathered Donovan at above-DP-level salary for one year only, and thus that they'd either have to trade for a 2nd DP slot to use on him, or trade him. They knew that would be the case if they signed Beckham, and they chose to sign Beckham. Then, they complained to the league, and the league changed the rules for them. I dunno whether that's "favoritism" or not, but it's certainly a rule change aimed at helping out one specific team (since neither Dallas nor KC were necessarily going to have their DP slot tied up this next season).

HTH. HAND.

Posted by: Bootsy | January 24, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Please stop with the Galaxy favoritism crap

DC has Gallardo, Emilio, Olsen, and most likely Moreno still making very good money. Add in our new signings which are most likely all going to be over $100k and that is your answer.

LA has said they have $800k in allocations and have dumped Cannon and Albright to clear cap space to sign these guys.

I am seriously so tired of hearing people whine about the Galaxy when they have no clue about the actual facts.

Posted by: Erick | January 24, 2008 03:07 PM

Any of DC's players making $5 million a year? How about $900K per year? Etc....

The rules have been bent so LA could do this. Grandfathering in players is so clearly a prop for the Galaxy. This is a fact. That said, I like our roster a lot more. : )

Posted by: Hoost | January 24, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

A sad day in United history . . . I really think Addlery had the physical abilities to turn into a great striker.

And Gomez . . . not getting an end of the year team award??? I didn't get voted "most likely to succeed" but I still talk to some high school buddies on occasion. Thanks for your tenacity though.

Posted by: Glaucon | January 24, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Say it ain't so Gomito!
Have to believe that the FO believes he is worth the million by offering over 3 years but can't get past losing the DP slot for a 500K player. Especially when you finally have the ownership that can afford a real DP. It sucks losing a player with the heart and passion of Christian Gomez. I will always be a fan no matter where he goes.

Posted by: JMR | January 24, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Goff,

Could you give us the list of Supplemental Draft selections when you get them? I believe it is supposed to be finished around 4pm. I'd like to see DCU take a chance on Andrew Wheeler. 6'3" 180 lb forward with excellent pace and ability in the air. It seems we now have a little depth at the forward position to develop a couple players now.

Posted by: werd | January 24, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

does this spell the end for the legendary, Bong Hits for Gomez group?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

gomez will absolutely be missed. a fine player to watch. it'd be a shame to see him waste away in a kc wizards jersey.

Posted by: dco | January 24, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of USL, looks like Austin got itself a team...

http://www.uslsoccer.com/home/222914.html

Posted by: Juan-John | January 24, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Does Geoff Aunger still play for the Whitecaps?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | January 24, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I've got to agree with Erick that Gomez's valuation of himself was not off-base. He's been, IMO, the main reason for this team's offensive success the past few seasons. He earned and deserved that MVP award. He's a known quantity of known quality.

Maybe Gallardo will be as big a star in MLS, IF we get him. Or maybe he won't.

I sincerely hope that bridge isn't burned, and that there's still a chance of DC re-signing Gomez.

Posted by: Joe S. | January 24, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

hope there's still a chance of DC re-signing Gomez?

Joe S. - really?

Posted by: 4r | January 24, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

We'll see the accuracy of Gomez's self-valuation if he ends up playing elsewhere for $1m over two years or better.

Posted by: Ron | January 24, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I wish Gomez the best and appreciate his service to the team and its fans.

Posted by: Hunter | January 24, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

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I really think Addlery had the physical abilities to turn into a great striker.
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So did AJ Wood.

Posted by: the USL is a fine place for some | January 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope that bridge isn't burned, and that there's still a chance of DC re-signing Gomez.

Posted by: Joe S. | January 24, 2008 03:45 PM

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Joe, if, as Goffinho says that "it's safe to say he's not returning," then you can bet that not only has the bridge been burned, but the abutments have been blown up and the and the approaches bulldozed into farmland.

Posted by: Throwin | January 24, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Goff, so will Gallardo be DCU's DP?

Posted by: Bret | January 24, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

well, gallardo better still have something in the tank. but from the looks of some of these videos, he's been around quite a while and is probably nearing the end of his career. gomez still looks pretty spry whenever i see him play, so....

i don't fault the front office though. they have to do what's best for the whole team and organization, even if it means not giving their star player and a fan favorite the contract he wanted.

On the LA Galaxy, i agree with Erik. the LA favoritism crap needs to stop. rules may have been created b/c of them, but i don't think they were made to favor them. they have management with deep wallets and connections and are able to make large signings and attract attention- and I applaud them for it. they have brought much to the league and even DC benefits from it- too bad there team has no balance and can't win any games.. haha suckers.

Posted by: mb | January 24, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

This heaps about a lot of pressure on Gallardo to succeed. He is more skilled than Gomez, but that could backfire. What if he looks at MLS as beneath him, or an easy ride? I'm not saying that is what will happen, but it does strike me as possible. Just as an example, who would you rather have out of Gomez or Schelotto? I'm not saying Schelotto has been lazy or bad by any stretch, but Gomez has undoubtedly been better in MLS, despite having a much less impressive resume.

Of post-Etcheverry moments in our history, surely Gomez drumming in the Swamp is #2 behind only winning MLS Cup in 2004. We'll all miss him.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 24, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's business. The other part of this game we all love. A shame but not terribly surprising honestly.

Posted by: Kire | January 24, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Any word on the Suppl. Draft? KC has apparently taken the following guys:

#11 M Pat Healy from Towson State
#25 M Vicente Arze from Mercer
#39 M Tom Gray from Monmouth
#53 GK Andrew Kartunen from Stanford

Posted by: Eric in Baltimore | January 24, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

About the Galaxy and DOnovan. I've always believed this was misunderstood. There was no effort at favoritism for the Galaxy, per se. However, the league wants to keep Beckham and Donovan happy. They are, without question, the two marquee players. Beckham gives the league press attention, and some international cred. Having Donovan here refutes the notion that all the good Americans play overseas -- it gives the league it's despreately needed American star. It's almost coincidental that the league needed LA to have/keep both of these players in MLS. Sure, the league has tweaked the rules to keep them happy, but it needed doing, for the health of the league. If they both wanted to play in Denver, the league would have made that possible. Hell, if they both wanted to play in Miami, and star in a Miami Vice sequel, the MLS would have put a new team there, and put out the call for scriptwriters.....

Posted by: FIschFry | January 24, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

This heaps about a lot of pressure on Gallardo to succeed. He is more skilled than Gomez, but that could backfire. What if he looks at MLS as beneath him, or an easy ride? I'm not saying that is what will happen, but it does strike me as possible.

==========================================

You're right, we shound't try.

Posted by: Mr. Timid | January 24, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

FischFry -- re: the league's "marquee players," they ain't Beckham and Donovan. They're Beckham and Blanco. I guarantee you a lot more people come to games just to see Blanco than come to games just to see Donovan. It's not even close.

Posted by: Bootsy | January 24, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

bootsy, he means that donovan is the best AMERICAN player and it's important for him to be here.

i believe that there is favoritism towards galaxy, i don't think anything will change that.

Posted by: antonio | January 24, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

err..

"nothing will change that...in my eyes"

Posted by: antonio | January 24, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Timid-

I'm not sure where you get that we "shound't" try. I thought it was pretty clear that I am not certain Gallardo will put the same effort into DC as Gomez did. That's all. I fail to see how this is something to be called out on.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | January 24, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Chest -

it's not fair to make that assumption/notion about gallardo. i don't know how he'll work out, but i doubt he's coming to lounge around. if he talked to JPA about before coming, he should KNOW what to expect.

Posted by: antonio | January 24, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Vamos a extranar a Gomez. El ha jugado con una capacidad tecnica y una passion increible. Lamentamos la salida de uno de los mejores jugadores en la historia del club. Jamas olvidamos de tu entrada en la barra para tocar el tambor, ni tampoco los goles ni las grandes jugadas. Le deseamos toda la suerte i exito en el mundo. Vaya con dios, amigo.

(A fond farewell message written in Spanish just in case someone sends him the link to this thread. This whole thing must be hard on him at a personal level and I want to show our gratitude and support as fans).

Posted by: David | January 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

bootsy, he means that donovan is the best AMERICAN player and it's important for him to be here.

i believe that there is favoritism towards galaxy, i don't think anything will change that.

Posted by: antonio | January 24, 2008 04:41 PM

Antonio must be smoking something. Landycakes is NOT the best American player. Clint Dempsey is miles above LC and Clint will be a hot property for the middle tier EPL teams when Fulham is dropped to Champions League after this season.

I believe in the last year all of Landy's USNMT goals have come from penalty kicks. You knew his "record breaking" goal would come from a penalty kick in a friendly. Over hyped, overpaid, and underwhelming.

Posted by: DCU4EVER | January 24, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

DCU4EVER -

i don't appreciate such remarks. i was reiterating a point from another poster that i felt that bootsy misunderstood. it's not my point of view.

i'm in your camp. i'm a dempsey fan. i really, really can not stand donovan.

however like the other poster (Fischfry) said, donovan is the best american player in the MLS. dempsey is not in the MLS as you well know.

Posted by: antonio | January 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Chest - best memory of Gomez was early on for me. Stewart pushing the ball away from goal crosses to Gomez, who running away from goal, not only gets to the ball, but heads it back across the goal and over Reis to score during the 2004 Eastern Conference Championship. First of many Gomito memories.

Posted by: JMR | January 24, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Christian,

thank you for always fighting for the shirt, and for being major factor in many United victories/trophies. You'll always be worthy of DP salary in my eyes.

Srdan, La Barra

Posted by: BBBulldog | January 24, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

David-Geez I would hope no one forwarded this link. Granted, this is a business, but he's been an incredible asset to this team and it sucks to end like this. Even if Gallardo is all that he's cracked up to be and more, Gomez will be greatly missed by his fans.

Much appreciation for what he's done for us and best of luck wherever he goes from here.

Posted by: Sigh. | January 24, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Re: the complaining about the Galaxy favoritism.
Never forget that part of the agreement for Donovan and Beckham was that Lalas had to remain active in all other personnel decisions.
I believe that is called "even Steven" on the playground.

Posted by: qtip | January 24, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Gotta wonder if there's a way (Goff?) to find out when/how Christian leaves town, so some fans could come and show their appreciation. Kinda like upon Freddy's arrival to Lisbon, only when the player leaves.

Posted by: tlk | January 24, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

wow. I'm shocked to see you guys lose Gomez. He was always a pain in the a$$. As a Fire fan I'm happy, but for the sake of the quality of play in the league, I hope someone takes a stab at signing him. Colorado should fork over the extra 100K out of pocket and bring him in; I only name them because I heard they were interested and Krönke certainly has the cash to fork over an extra large for a player of Gomez' caliber.

Posted by: papa bear | January 24, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I can't help but think that DCU management has to be a special kind of stupid to let such a proven, talented midfielder go. I really hope that Gomez stays in MLS as he makes it a better league.

Posted by: Gary B. | January 24, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Sad to see Gomez go. A great player when the game was on the line. Hopefully we can get something from Colorado? in a trade.

Posted by: toddinho | January 24, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Moreno's signing just became all the more important. Not only on the field but in the clubhouse.

Posted by: DirtyHarry | January 25, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Some knucklehead posted using my name...

For the record, I think the Galaxy must be Berlusconi's MLS shadow franchise. I despise them.

To whomever posted using my name about the "Facts" - well lets look at them:

The League/Galaxy signed Beckham at $6.5m a year, fine. They worked a drug deal where the sponsorship and merchandising paid a sizeable chunk of the player salary. Fine, no problem. Legitimate enough. Of course, they also signed Abel Xavier - not cheap - and Landycakes remained on the payroll at 900k.

However, post Beckham, the Galaxy manipulated the league to get DPs granfathered so that they could exceed the DP cap. Is there a conflict of interest in that AEG owns the team and is the league's biggest financial backer? Hmmm, let me petition myself to see if I deserve a raise (oh wait, that's Congress...).

They dodge this by having the "league" absorb any salary costs beyond $400k per year. As such their new numbers look like this (thanks to pc4th at BigSoccer):

Salary Cap: $2,300,000
Allocation Money: $800,000
Total: $3,100,000

23 MF David Beckham ($400,000)
XX FW Carlos Ruiz ($400,000)
10 FW Landon Donovan ($400,000)
XX DF Celestine Babayaro (????)
7 MF Chris Klein ($180,000)
17 DF Abel Xavier ($156,000)
14 FW Edson Buddle ($140,000)
8 MF Peter Vagenas ($131,250)
4 DF Ante Jazic ($106,000)

Assume Babyaro makes around 300,000 a year. The above 9 players take up $2.2 mil, leaving around $0.9 mil for 9 other players.

That $400K deal is LA Galaxy benefitting from the DP rule - that is why the excess is absorbed by the league. LA has at minimum three, possibly four (Babayaro) playing under the DP money. No other team in MLS has that many players being subsidized by the league under any legitimate DP or grandfathered-DP scheme.

Under the dubious clause the Galaxy have Becks, Cakes and Fish eating up only $1.2 million of a $2.3 million salary cap.

Prior to the 2007 season, there were four players whose salary exceeded $400,000. These players include Landon Donovan, Carlos Ruiz and Eddie Johnson. According to the DP rule, they were grandfathered in for the 2007 season. EJ is at Fulham now. The remaining three (Becks, Cakes and the Fish) are all at LA. Curious, no?

Essentially this is corporate welfare! No other club has this (NY has two DPs, but one is in a coffin - Reyna - and they were both signed under legit DP rules). Since LA was unable to compete with its pricier players, the league is doing everything its power to ensure the flagship franchise - with poster boy Beckham - does not go down in flames.

The league does not operate above board. Recall the manipulation of ticket packages when Beckham was premiered. Recall the basic lies about Beckham's health to keep fans on the hook for tickets. All crap.

For comarison, no one has made more at DC that Adu, whose salary maxed at $550k. Since then, the highest salary on the team has been Emilio's 2007 guaranteed salary of $293,125 (the highest on the team under his new contract, per Sept 07 W.Post). To my knowledge, no one on the team is making more than this (we can't count Gallaro, since he is not yet a locked down Veron ).

Yes, LA cleared cap space selling Cannon and Albright - Cannon was making $192k and Albright $142.5k. That only totals $334.5m, which may just cover Babayaro.

AEG also wons Houston, but Houston has been kicking ass without the accounting firm of Dewy, Cheetham & Howe. AEG/MLS/BSPN/Adidas/Beckham Inc have too much too lose, the Galaxy HAS to win.

Bring us the facts pseudo-Erick. Call Woodward and Bernstein.

Posted by: The "Real" Erick | January 25, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The "Real" Erick hits one out of the ballpark.

Posted by: Chico | January 25, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

"Real Erik",
You can't belly ache about LA Galaxy getting Ruiz as a DP exemption. When that happened he was with Dallas. DCU, NYRB or any other team in the league could have traded for him knowing that he was grandfathered. They didn't choose to. LA decided to, so how did they gain unfairly when every other team in the league had the same opportunity?

Posted by: Timoteo | January 25, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Goff,

Thanks for putting up the African Nations Cup videos. So far it has been a pretty exciting tournament, but of course I expect Cote d'Ivoire (ALLEZ DROGBA) to take home the hardware this year.

Posted by: Les Elephants | January 25, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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