DC Make-Over Continues, Peralta Leaves

DC Make-Over Continues, Peralta Leaves

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 12, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • Gonzalo Peralta

With Gonzalo Peralta leaving, only Gonzalo Martinez is left from this crop of winter signings in 2008. (Getty Images)

Last year all the talk centered around DC United and the slew of international signings. The club brought in a hand-full of guys only to see most of them not pan out with the club. Now only a couple of those international signings from last winter are even still with the club as United announced over the weekend that Gonzalo Peralta would not be rejoining the club in 2009.

This coming from the desk of Steve Goff yesterday about the departure of Peralta:

D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper has confirmed Argentine media reports that central defender Gonzalo Peralta has left MLS and returned home to continue his career with second-division Union de Santa Fe. United did not exercise the option on Peralta’s contract, which guaranteed him $199,000 last season. DCU had expressed some interest in re-signing him to a lower salary. He made 17 league starts and had 18 appearances, scoring once. Hernia surgery and other ailments sidelined him for much of the summer and fall. (Gonzalo Martinez next?)

Its not a shock really to see these moves not work for the club. I always thought Peralta was one of the worst signings the club made last year (though Franco Niell may take the cake for that nod). From a defensive standpoint I didn’t think he matched up well with most strikers in MLS.

The questions now are, will the club go after more international signings this winter? Will they continue to search in South America or will they look somewhere else this time?

Defensively they have to get better for 2009. We all know that to be true. Peralta may be leaving but the club is re-sigining key players like Clyde Simms, Devon McTavish, and Marc Burch to name a few. The make-over continues but keeping core players like these on the roster should help out in the coming year.

What do you think DC will do this winter? Hope for the best in the draft this week? Scout like crazy abroad and hope it works out this time around? Let’s hear it.

  • Pat Alt

    Great! Peralta was not very good. Martinez played well initially, but got worse as the year progressed. Maybe that was due to playing out of position. Let's hope. Peralta, don't let the door… The big question now is what we do with the draft day after tomorrow and what the International market presents/offers. Obviously, DCU has been working the Internat'l market in the off season, I hope better than last year. I have been a proponent of them making University of Maryland players' theirs. They failed last year with Stephen King. Instead we chose Andrew Jacobsen (Cal Bear), who elected to go to France. A fine player no doubt, but one that shafted us. Don't make the mistake of picking another Cal Bear, instead of selecting 2 of the 3 UMD players. Granted Omar is probably gone in the first 5 picks, but then Hall and Wallace remain(pick 6+7). At 21 take GK Frei if he is around, but if not Graham Zusi or A J DeLaGarza, both from UMD. If no GK taken in the first 3 picks 26 is a GK, unless we "discover" a GK in the USL or elsewhere. Chris Clements, D, Tulsa might be a good pick at 26, or even 21 if no UMD players are available. Lots of options obviously with this draft. Taking the best player available is a given. But adding some UMD talent would be nice. That is my 2 cents.

  • Pat Alt

    Great! Peralta was not very good. Martinez played well initially, but got worse as the year progressed. Maybe that was due to playing out of position. Let’s hope. Peralta, don’t let the door… The big question now is what we do with the draft day after tomorrow and what the International market presents/offers. Obviously, DCU has been working the Internat’l market in the off season, I hope better than last year. I have been a proponent of them making University of Maryland players’ theirs. They failed last year with Stephen King. Instead we chose Andrew Jacobsen (Cal Bear), who elected to go to France. A fine player no doubt, but one that shafted us. Don’t make the mistake of picking another Cal Bear, instead of selecting 2 of the 3 UMD players. Granted Omar is probably gone in the first 5 picks, but then Hall and Wallace remain(pick 6+7). At 21 take GK Frei if he is around, but if not Graham Zusi or A J DeLaGarza, both from UMD. If no GK taken in the first 3 picks 26 is a GK, unless we “discover” a GK in the USL or elsewhere. Chris Clements, D, Tulsa might be a good pick at 26, or even 21 if no UMD players are available. Lots of options obviously with this draft. Taking the best player available is a given. But adding some UMD talent would be nice. That is my 2 cents.