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D.C. And Dallas Miss Out On Appiah
Washington Post, December 22nd, 2008 12:30PM

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Both D.C. United and FC Dallas were approached last month about the possibility of acquiring Ghanaian international Stephen Appiah, 28, on a free transfer, reports Steven Goff. But for reasons not yet clear, the potential deals fell through. "Appiah would have been willing to play in MLS for $2 million per season, a figure probably far less than his future earnings in Europe," writes Goff.

United's managing partners Victor MacFarlane and Will Chang "showed keen interest" in the player and were in direct contact with an intermediary. But to reach a deal it would have had to make a departure settlement with current designated player Marcelo Gallardo, whose $1.9 million per year contract is guaranteed for 2009. It initiated plans to bring Appiah to Washington, but "in the end, for reasons unclear, decided not to seriously pursue him."

FC Dallas then also prepared to fly the player in to discuss a deal, and Coach Schellas Hyndman was even ready to travel to Europe for talks. But "management determined the $2 million salary figure was more than it would be willing to spend on a designated player and the situation fizzled." The L.A. Galaxy was then approached, but is still hamstrung by the salaries of David Beckham and Landon Donovan. It now looks like Appiah will sign for AC Milan.

 

 

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