Dec 31, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT
David Beckham has written the last pages in the chapter of his brilliant career marked “L.A. Galaxy.”
Landon Donovan is still giving the whole professional soccer thing a good “think,” and only he knows what’s ahead for him as a contributing Galaxy man.
Robbie Keane may still test the loan waters in England, so we have that to talk about over warming totties or New Year’s brews. Even goalkeeper Josh Saunders, apparently on the outs for the two-time MLS champs, looks topical as we hash out the shifting Galaxy roster.
But I have not seen nearly enough talk about Omar Gonzalez, who is probably more central to the Galaxy success (past and ongoing, that is) than any of the names mentioned above.
Yes, Beckham and Donovan and Keane, the former Galaxy DPs three, were essential in the 2012 championship effort. But it would not have happened but for Gonzalez’s stabilizing effect on the back line. Dollar for dollar, there may not be a more valuable man in MLS.
So beginning tomorrow, we all really should be more vigilant on the Omar Gonzalez transfer watch. The 2011 MLS Defender of the Year – and soon to be national team regular, judging by some of Jurgen Klinsmann’s recent comments … and also judging by common freakin’ sense – has one year remaining on his MLS deal. It will expire at the end of the 2013 season.
That means the Galaxy must seriously consider any offers that land for the imposing center back, now 24.
Here is what Galaxy coach Bruce Arena told the L.A. Galaxy Insider about a month ago
It’s based on if there is an offer there, we have to consider it. The only timeline is that the end of January is the end of the transfer window. Omar Gonzalez is on our team. We’re not worried about anything until that changes and, right now, he’s a member of our team.”
If the Galaxy waits past January they could lose Gonzalez without compensation as early as this summer. (In that scenario, Gonzalez would remain with the Galaxy through the 2013 MLS season, signing a pre-contract elsewhere and then joining in one year’s time.)
They could sell Gonzalez during the summer window, although his value would likely be reduced (since a club could gain his services without a transfer fee simply by waiting another few months.)
The other option, of course, is that the Galaxy acts now to tie up Gonzalez for another few years. But that could mean signing the big defender to a lucrative deal that makes him a Designated Player, which makes the whole exercise far more complicated because it ties into so many other elements.
So, yes … this one deserves a little more January attention than we’ve been devoting so far.
Apr 24, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT(Edit)
Now with Moyes out and Ryan Giggs in as interim manager, the banner has been removed from Old Trafford.
Manchester United have two transfer deals provisionally in place – Cavani, Shaw, Fabregas all on radar
Apr 24, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT(Edit)
This is all the calm before the storm that will be Manchester United’s summer of 2014.
Apr 24, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT(Edit)
If van Gaal is appointed United boss, Jose Mourinho will have some competition for best post-match sound in the 2014/15 Premier League.
Apr 24, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT(Edit)
For Chelsea, the Liverpool match represents, well, a headache, apparently.
Apr 24, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT(Edit)
So bad you have to see it. That’s the only was to describe Spain’s official World Cup anthem.
Apr 24, 2014, 8:08 AM EDT(Edit)
Where, exactly, Moyes’ future lies next is a topic of some debate.
Apr 24, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT(Edit)
Mariano Pavone’s first half goal in Toluca delivered La Maquina a record-breaking title.
Apr 23, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT(Edit)
The Red Bulls’ slow start is quickly becoming a distant memory as New York posted a 4-0 win over visiting Houston.
Apr 23, 2014, 8:26 PM EDT(Edit)
A future star makes a quick impact as Washington puts week one behind them.
Apr 23, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT(Edit)
Ronaldo pronounced fit; Benzema breaks through, and Casillas stones Götze.
Apr 23, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT(Edit)
Incredible plans to expand Anfield revealed, as public will now have their say:
Apr 23, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT(Edit)
Tedious Tiki-Taka, counter-attacking clinic and gilt-edge chances:
Apr 23, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT(Edit)
Striker’s 19th minute score gives the nine-time champions a 1-0 lead ahead of next week’s second leg.
Apr 23, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT(Edit)
Find out who won the PL Player of the Week award, right here:
Apr 23, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT(Edit)
Andrew Dykstra wants to brew you a beer, and several teams have specific offerings in mind.
Apr 23, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT(Edit)
The big guns will be firing for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at the Bernabéu, and there’s plenty of ammunition on both benches if needed.
Apr 23, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT(Edit)
Reports say David Moyes was “seething” at what he perceived to be an unprofessional dismissal from Manchester United.
Apr 23, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT(Edit)
Bad news for England, as Januzaj is headed for a brand new Belgium kit.
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