DC United also recently revealed a new look jersey for 2008. Also simple and understated, the DC jersey looks good. Rumor has it that the space on the front was left vacant for a Verizon advertisement.
DC also recently announced the signing of its first designated player, Argentine Marcelo Gallardo. Steven Goff reported, “Gallardo will be the fifth South American acquired by United this month, joining Peruvian goalkeeper Jose Carvallo, Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez, Argentine defender Gonzalo Peralta and Argentine forward Franco Niell.” I’m excited about the changes taking place, not just because DC will be the first American team of any sport that I’m aware of that has two Gonzalos. Trading Bobby Boswell for Zach Wells and and allowing goalkeeper Troy Perkins to transfer to Norwegian first division club Valerenga were great moves. Perkins was a good story, but overrated and Boswell’s lack of focus was crushing in crucial moments last year. Losing Christian Gomez is disappointing because he is such a talented player who gave his all for the shirt. Replacing him with such a talented star with a World Cup pedigree definitely softens the blow.
My only reservation is the lack of American influence on the DC roster. Some projected starting lineups have just four US-eligible players (Ben Olsen, Clyde Simms, Bryan Namoff, Marc Burch). The influx of South American talent should spur competition and raise the standard of the league which will help American soccer.