According to reports in France, Argentine playmaker Marcello Gallardo is set to sign with D.C. United. The highly-coveted attacking midfielder’s arrival would mean that former MLS MVP Christian Gomez’s days in D.C. are over. Whether Gomez goes elsewhere in the league via trade, or if he takes one of the foreign offers he was considering this month, remains to be seen. (As Steve Goff rightly points out though, you never know a deal for an Argentine midfielder is done until he’s actually in uniform).
D.C. is loading up on foreign players, having landed Argentine forward Franco Niell on a one-year loan deal on Tuesday and signed Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez on Wednesday.
Red Bulls fans bumming about the Red Bulls missing out on Gallardo should know that, according to one high-ranking team source, the Red Bulls never made a serious inquiry about Gallardo and were never in the running for his services.
The Columbus Crew has agreed to sell Chilean defender Marcos Gonzalez to Universidad Catolica for an undisclosed transfer fee, sources with knowledge of the deal told SBI. Gonzalez figured to anchor the Crew back-line but needs on offense and the drafting of highly-regarded center back Andy Iro made selling Gonzalez a necessary decision. Look for the Crew to start out with Chad Marshall and Danny O’Rourke as central defense starters until Iro shows he’s ready to take the job.
That’s all for now. I’ll be looking to uncover some more player movement news, and get more details on these stories, as the day goes on so stay tuned.
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