Is it safe to call him the biggest foreign signing bust in the history of United? I think so. Well, he’s gone now. Let’s try and look forward.
First of all, I need to confirm if Gallardo’s salary does in fact come off the books. I have to assume it does, otherwise I can’t see DC’s motivation to dump him this quickly. So, operating under the assumption that DC now has a fair bit of salary space to work with and a DP slot that has re-opened, here’s my point.
The offseason has officially begun for United now. It now has lots of potential ways to go.
- It could use some of that salary space to spread amongst multiple smaller signings.
- It could plow that cash straight back into another DP signing.
- It could hang on to that money until the season starts and see if they can pull a move in the summer window.
- It could use it as part of a deal to re-acquire Christian Gomez from Colorado.
- It could simply refuse to spend the money while telling fans that their obvious weaknesses are all part of “their plan.” Oh wait, that’s the Nats.
Here’s what I would do. Before last season, I suggested that United should use the DP on DeMarcus Beasley and give us some width for the first time since back when Ben Olsen’s ankle was unreconstructed.
This season, I have a new but similar solution. DC United needs to go out and find a way to pry Oguchi Onyewu out of Belgium. Whether it be a loan deal or a full-on signing, let’s bring the big man home.
Stick him in the middle of the defense and say you’re going to be our Tony Adams, our Bobby Moore or to put it in a more DC -centric way, our Rod Langway. You’re going to be the anchor of this franchise for as long as you want to be.As a smart, likable, African-American hometown-kid-made-good in DC, you’ll matter in this city. You’ll be minutes from home, in front of fans who adore you and you’ll have a chance to become a well-marketed, well-known star in American soccer.
It this likely? No. But it’s what I would truly like to see.