With the 2008 MLS season at its midway point it is a good time to consider the signings MLS teams made last pre-season and how they have done so far. Before we get to that this weekend, I wanted to point to one signing that may be the bust of the year, but a bust you haven’t heard much about.
His name is Rafael Gomes and few people outside of Colorado know who he is because he didn’t exactly make an impressing during his time with the Rapids. The Brazilian midfielder, and one-time Brazilian Under-20 player, played in seven matches, and a grand total of 282 minutes, before being waived last week. Aside from looking like the lost Wayan brother (or a Soul-Glo model), Gomes was a pretty bad player.
So what makes him the worst signing of the current season?
Along with his $120,000 salary, Gomes also cost the Rapids a good-sized transfer fee. Sources put the fee at a low six figures, with one source stating Gomes cost Colorado $250,000. That’s a pretty steep price for 288 minutes of action and one assist.
That transfer fee might not seem like much, but for a franchise notorious for being cheap, it was one of the Rapids biggest moves in recent years. Even with that, Gomes’ signing received little coverage and his departure on waivers last week barely registered a blip in the media.
I will do a breakdown of the league’s off-season signings for the weekend, but for now I want to hear from you on who you think have been the worst signings of the past MLS pre-season so far. Franco Niell? Jose Carvallo? Gonzalo Peralta? Oscar Echeverry? Alviro Pires? Peguero Jean-Philippe?
Share your thoughts below.