Gallardo Update: Return To River Plate?

Gallardo Update: Return To River Plate?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 28, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • Christian Gomez, Designated Player, Marcello Gallardo, Trades

DC United midfielder and designated player Marcello Gallardo is very close to returning to River Plate in Argentina, according to media reports in Buenos Aires. Watch the video here and read this story. (Story in Spanish for those who can read it)

It sounds more likely here that the will go back to River Plate and terminate his contract with DC United, leaving the Black-and-Red with some much needed cap space. If that happens, it would free up $400,000 that applies toward the team’s salary cap and save the club’s owners around $1.5 million in additional salary out of their own pockets.

Meanwhile, Steve Goff is reporting today that former MLS MVP Christian Gomez is “desperate” to return to DC.

Meantime, the latest buzz on 2006 MLS most valuable player Christian Gomez returning to United is that the 34-year-old Argentine midfielder “desperately wants to go back to D.C.” after a miserable year with Colorado, one source said.

Gomez barely got off the bench late last season for Coach Gary Smith and is not in the Englishman’s plans this year. I am told, however, that the Rapids’ new technical director, Paul Bravo, does like Gomez and would like to patch up the relationship.

What do you make of the mess there between DC and Gallardo and the potential move of Gomez back to the club that shipped him away? Sounds funny to me but I see Gallardo leaving and Gomez returning. I just doubt Gomez will want to stay in Colorado any longer. Though the Rapids could play hard ball and trade him elsewhere.

We will see.

  • Rik

    Would he come with DP status still or would his salary be cut in half due to lack of playing time? What do you think would be a good salary for him?

  • WVHooligan

    He'd want a DP kind of contract or something near it. More than likely Colorado will have to pick up some of his contract either way. I just don't see him getting DP money though after the season he had last year.

  • joel

    He is too expensive. Let him go.

  • Rik

    Would he come with DP status still or would his salary be cut in half due to lack of playing time? What do you think would be a good salary for him?

    • He’d want a DP kind of contract or something near it. More than likely Colorado will have to pick up some of his contract either way. I just don’t see him getting DP money though after the season he had last year.

  • He is too expensive. Let him go.