For the past two weeks the MLS rumor mills like MLS en Espanol and others have been full of stories saying DC’s Argentinian bust Marcello Gallardo was on his way back home. I never once believed it. No team, even one elsewhere, would take him, his huge wage demands, and his Mr. Glass-meets-Darren-Anderton-inability to stay healthy. Now for the first time we see a “credible” source say that Gallardo might be on his way out of RFK.
Count me as legitimately surprised that there is interest in the guy. As Goff says, United would love to be rid of the guy. If he were to come out and struggle (or not get out of the trainer’s room) early this season, he would likely take hold of the much-feared “Albright Cup” for the current United player most despised by the home fans. With two-time winner Rod Dyachenko on his way to the USL, the trophy would have wasted little time finding a new owner.
The second part of Goff’s hunch that surprises me a lot less is this thought of a Christian Gomez “restoration.” This is a move that United has perfected over the years as they grab seemingly-finished former players off the scrapheap and try to return them to the level of their former glory. Sometimes it works brilliantly (Jaime Moreno, Santino Quaranta) and other times it doesn’t work so well (Raul Diaz Arce, Roy Lassiter).
I am unsure which column a “restored” Gomez would find himself in. The player who left DC could not play 90 mins, seemed to fade late in the season and appeared only interested in passing to one player (Moreno) for large periods of time. That said, when Gomez was “on,” he was simply amazing to watch. And if there was ever a team stupid and mismanaged enough to leave Gomez on the bench despite having something left in the tank, it’s the Rapids.