Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Injury to DP Gallardo devastating for D.C.
by Ridge Mahoney, October 7th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] As the Galaxy and Red Bulls have learned, tying up a huge salary and grand expectations in one (Designated) player can be risky. Marcelo Gallardo is this year's case in point.


A sprained medial collateral ligament will sideline him for the rest of the season, which for D.C. consists of three must-win league matches and three mostly irrelevant Concacaf Champions' League games. He suffered the injury Saturday at RFK in a 3-0 loss to Chivas USA and came off in the 70th minute.

Gallardo, the third-most expensive player in the league, after David Beckham and Cuauhtemoc Blanco, at an annual salary of $1.9 million, scored four goals and three assists in 15 league games and failed to contribute much to the team's international competitions. Sports hernia surgery and a strained adductor muscle kept him out of three SuperLiga games and the first three CCL matches; D.C. lost all six.

D.C. won four of the five MLS games in which he recorded a goal or an assist. In the other 10 games, D.C. won just two (2-6-2).

Gallardo scarcely contributed to United's Open Cup triumph, playing just 10 minutes in the final against Charleston, and though he played in all four Champions' Cup matches against Harbour View and Pachuca in March and April, he earned just one assist.

D.C. plays Deportivo Saprissa Thursday in Costa Rica and at Houston on Sunday. Its travel roster for the Costa Rica trip will be announced Tuesday and is expected to include mainly reserves and backups, so the regulars can be rested to face Houston.

United (10-14-3, 33 points) is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference; the top three teams in each conference qualify automatically, and D.C. is nine points behind the third-place Fire, so its faint hopes depend on finishing either seventh or eighth on overall points.

In the race for seventh and eighth, it trails conference rival New York by two points, and is one point behind Colorado and FC Dallas, which are tied for fourth in the Western Conference.

Of the playoff hopefuls, D.C. plays the toughest remaining schedule: against the top three teams, all of which have clinched playoff spots. After the Dynamo, it hosts New England Oct. 16 on ESPN2, and heads to Columbus for its Oct. 26 season finale.

The Crew will have clinched the Supporters' Shield by then but unless United can sweep its next two games, both teams will be playing for pride.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal    
"[I] have transformed the Dutch school from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 and, depending on the opponent, it ...
A costly miss from two yards out    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Robert Herrera of Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting managed to hit the ...
Seattle clinches regular-season title    
[NWSL: Week 16] The Seattle Reign FC clinched the 2014 NWSL regular-season title with four games ...
D.C. United and New England go for three    
[MLS: Wednesday] D.C. United confirmed its credentials and New England broke an eight-game losing streak in ...
Liverpool rallies to win clash of EPL's top teams    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Stevan Jovetic twice scored to put Manchester City ahead, but Liverpool got goals from ...
2014 PDL All-League Team    
[AWARDS] The Michigan Bucks and FC Tucson led all teams with two selections apiece on the ...
Grondona dies after 35 years as Argentine boss    
[OBITUARY] Julio Grondona, FIFA senior vice president, died on Wednesday after being admitted to a Buenos ...
Philly acquisition of Mbolhi 'no-brainer'    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Philadelphia Union already has Zac MacMath, who at the age of 22 is ...
Montreal dismisses De Santis as sporting director    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Halfway through what is shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in ...
Rubin likes FC Utrecht's ambitions    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Rubio Rubin had to wait until he turned 18 in March to be eligible ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives