So United has finalized its deal with Colorado to bring Christian Gomez back to RFK. In what really does feel like a do-over, DC sends them Ivan Guerrero, the 2nd DP slot, and a 2010 2nd round pick. Behind the Badge is also reporting that United additionally received 23-year old goalkeeper Mike Graczyk, a international roster spot and salary cap considerations.
While it’s being written that Colorado will be picking up a portion of Gomez’s big salary, I need to know how much that really is before declaring this deal merely not awful, or pronouncing it as truly dumb. If Colorado is eating a lot or most of his salary, then it’s a risk United felt it could take but one that won’t bankrupt the club long-term. I don’t mind parting with Guerrero that much either. He was going to be gone with Honduras a lot this summer. Finally, I am not a believer in the theory that a team can do well while carrying two DPs. I just feel it strangles the flexibility that an MLS club requires during the season.
Obviously, the two big questions on Gomez are these:
- Does he have anything left in the tank as it stands, or was Colorado justified in benching him?
- If he does have anything left in the tank, can the coaching staff work out a way to make it last throughout the season with a minimum of under-performance or flat-out injury?
This move temporarily tapes over one of United’s gaping flaws. Now the front office needs to buckle down and fix this defense. No one can sit here and judge this offseason before seeing what United does with the center of its defense. As it stands now, this probably is not a playoff team. We’ll see if the front office realizes that.