- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 12, 2008
- 4 Comments
- Allocation List, Cory Gibbs, Eddie Lewis, Summer Transfers, Trades
The day after the front office fire sale in LA, the Galaxy are set to make a couple more moves. I have learned that LA has decided to pass on former US National team member Cory Gibbs and go for Eddie Lewis with their top spot in the allocation list. (We had previously said Gibbs would sign with LA but that was before yesterday’s coaching change)
Lewis is set to return to MLS for the first time since leaving for Europe in 1999. Lewis will now join the Galaxy, currently being coached by long-time national team teammate Cobi Jones.
I like this move for the Galaxy even though he doesn’t help their defense out any. He will add another threat to the flank and in all reality he is still playing at a high enough level that should see some solid impact on the field for this club. Also, his veteran leadership should also help a team dealing with plenty of issues following the departures of head coach Ruud Gullit and team president/GM Alexi Lalas.
According to Ives Galarcep, Gibbs will now be either picked up by Colorado (who will move into the top allocation spot once LA signs Lewis) or by New England (who is currently third on the list behind Colorado). Though it seems apparent that Gibbs would rather play for New England (couldn’t blame him) than Colorado right now.
No word on how interested the Revs are in signing Gibbs. They are set to sign Costa Rican Gabriel Badilla this week. I highly doubt New England would go into a trade discussion with the Rapids if Badilla does sign this week like all the reports are suggesting. Though adding Gibbs to that backline of Heaps, Albright, Badilla, and Parkhurst would just be scary in my mind. The depth there would be unreal.
Colorado needs a player like Gibbs to help stablize a defense that has been largely terrible all year.
Should Colorado actually pass on Gibbs and New England not be interested you could see some clubs like Dallas or Chivas (who are down the line in the allocation order) be interested in Gibbs. I’d take Gibbs in either of those line-ups right now.
What do you think of the news? Is Lewis a good fit for the Galaxy? Would the Rapids be dumb enough to pass on some defensive help (even if he is injured often)?