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Christian Gomez for a designated player slot and a first round draft pick. Think about that one for a second.
If you were a team that missed the playoffs last season and haven’t finished better than fourth in the West for three straight seasons would you give all that up for a 33-year-old Christian Gomez?
I know I wouldn’t. And I’m not sure if any other team besides the Colorado Rapids would have.
That’s the gist of my take on the Rapids-DC United blockbuster last week for ESPN.com. It is a trade that has officials around the league clapping their hands in the direction of DC United, which has fleeced yet another team.
Let me clarify one thing. It isn’t that I don’t think Gomez can play. He’s still an impact player, one of the best in MLS, but for Colorado to give up so much when DC had few, if any, other suitors willing to pay anywhere near that price for Gomez, is terrible.
Give my column a read and share your own thoughts on the trade below.