Reports: Galaxy after ‘El Tri’ star Dos Santos

Michael Bradley, Giovani Dos Santos


It is no secret that the Los Angeles Galaxy are looking for a star player to help fill the void left by the departure of David Beckham last winter, but multiple reports have the Galaxy targeting a young star who could be a game-changer both on and off the field.

According to multiple reports that surfaced on Wednesday evening, the Galaxy are in pursuit of Mexican national team star Giovani Dos Santos. The Los Angeles Times reported on the pursuit, and linked the Galaxy’s hard push for a Latin American player to the team’s recent multi-million dollar television deal with Time Warner Cable.

ESPN Deportes is reporting that the Galaxy have offered Dos Santos an $8 million a year deal that would be the biggest contract in MLS history.

If the Galaxy can succeed in luring Dos Santos away from Europe (he currently plays for Mallorca), it would signal a major coup for a league that has yet to sign such a high-profile star at such a young age (Dos Santos is 24).

The Galaxy had been in pursuit of English star Frank Lampard, and reportedly came close to landing him before Lampard chose to re-sign with Chelsea. With Dos Santos in the frame now, the Galaxy could wind up landing a player who is even more of a marketing bonanza considering his appeal in the Mexican-American community.

What do you think of this deal? Excited at the prospects of Dos Santos joining MLS? Think this move puts the Mike Magee into a different perspective?

Share your thoughts below.

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236 Responses to Reports: Galaxy after ‘El Tri’ star Dos Santos

  1. RK says:

    He also has three years left, so there would be a transfer fee presumably.

    8 mil? Completely unfair. The rest of the league can’t even begin to compete.

    • ed - houston says:

      TFC, NJRB, and the future NYCFC are on this level to compete, but i know what you mean, most clubs have tight budgets.

      • Chris says:

        Who’s NJRB? Last time I checked it was still RBNY 😉

      • slowleftarm says:

        Pretty rich for some dude from Texas to be calling them NJRB

        • jspech says:

          he’s right, RB pay all their taxes to the state of NJ. That makes them resident of that state.
          NJRB why keep up the charade?
          Don’t give Giants & Jets excuse they started in NY going back to theNFL & AFL in the 60’s

    • downintexas says:

      Yes they can. All you need is an owner who will open their pocketbooks.

    • Old School says:


      I’m nowhere NEAR a Galaxy supporter but the amount of revenue they bring in, it’s 100% fair. The fact they’re limited to the same budget as Chivas USA, despite bringing in a boatload of sponsorship/marketing/tv revenue is “completely unfair”.

      As a supporter of the league, I’m tired of clubs that can afford to spend, being held back. I think the next step for our league isn’t an unlimited budget but being allowed to spend what you bring in.

      In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger from Kindergarten Cop, “Stop your whining!”

      • Wispy says:

        “YOU don’t have to clean up the paint! YOU don’t have to read stories about bears that go shopping!”

      • Jess says:

        Last time I checked the Chivas USA owners are billionaires. They can invest if they want to.

        • Brett says:

          Doesn’t MLS use a salary cap?

          • Jess says:

            The do have a salary cap but they can sign up to 3 players that do not count towards the cap. The Galaxy paid Keane, Becks and Landon right around 12 or 13 mil. That did not go against the cap. Look up ‘designated player”.

            • Old School says:

              …and outside of those DP’s? They’re restricted to a salary cap the same as Chivas.

              That’s completely ridiculous.

            • Brett says:

              Thanks for that clarification. I always knew DP meant they could pay them more, but I didn’t know it was separate from the cap like that. I just assumed there was a separate allocation for DP money, which is why, I thought, the less wealthy clubs trade their DP slots to other clubs.

              So competing financially may not always be a function of owner finances, but also the varying number of DP slots a team can have.

          • Marcus says:

            Yes, but DPs’ salaries only count up to $350,000 against the cap. That is, they can be paid a basically unlimited amount of money, but only $350,000 of it gets counted against the cap.

        • Old School says:

          You’ve missed the point entirely.

          I’m not implying other owners can’t spend the money. I’m talking about revenue brought in/revenue spent. MLS has rightfully kept the training wheels on most teams, restricting a lot of spending/transfers, etc.

          Chivas, however, have embarrassing attendance, no TV deal and I imagine their general revenue reflects the same embarrassment

          Those days need to evolve. A player like Dos Santos would bring a lot of quality (and youth) to a league that is starved for it.

          The Galaxy are well within the rights to spend what they bring in. I say that as a neutral (and a hater of any Mexico related to soccer).

          To say the Galaxy being able to outspend another club is “unfair”, when they bring in the revenue to do so, is a joke.

        • lyqwyd says:

          They can invest if the want to…..they can also leave their friends behind….because if you don’t invest….you’re no friend of mine…..

      • bottlcaps says:

        I agree!!!. The downside of this is that it’s a League/marketing decision, not a footballing one. Right now LA needs a good midfielder and Dos Santos is primarily a forward (although he has played as a midfielder. During the Beckham year, the Galaxy built up a formidable offense to take advantage of his passing and long ball skills. The Galaxy are now searching for a new offensive strategy and it seemed that KaKa was an answer.

        At the same time LA was under the gun to provide a marketing target to fulfill that big fat local and cable TV contract by Time-Warner..

        Would Dos Santos be a good fit.

        From a marketing standpoint; Yes, from a footballing one; Yet to be seen.

        Arena is an excellent coach an no doubt he could come up with a team that will fit around Dos Santos.

        And then consider that the Galaxy would have 3 DP spots filled with 3 forward in Donovan, Keane and Dos Santos. What about Gonzales, who will need a “close to” a DP contract to make him stay. What about the midfield, the Galaxy are in need of a creative force there. and finally, are the Galaxy preparing for a Gonzales/Donovan exit?

        The Dos Santos deal could be the transfer hype we all see, but usually confined to the Euro Press. Or it could be a tell on the upcoming LA and MLS plans.

        With Chivas all but gone from the LA market, the Galaxy, with this deal in place, seem to have a plan to capture it.

        • me says:

          Both Dos Santos and Donovan can and do often play either forward or midfield. Gonzalez is on contract until the end of the season, which is also when Donovan’s contract ends. LA will probably have Donovan’s DP slot open at the end of the year and it would be great if they could get Gonzalez to fill it. I think if Gonzalez doesn’t re-sign, its because he wants to play in Europe (like he has often said), not because LA don’t have a DP spot for him.

      • The Imperative Voice says:

        I am going to throw out there that it would be an interesting bit of rubbing their nose in it to sign the Mexican player GDS right down the hall from Chivas, who is desperately trying to make their shtick stick.

        But I think this is silly season talk.

    • Gnarls says:

      Unfair? Most teams in MLS have wealthy owners or wealthy financial backers. How else does one purchase an MLS franchise than to have tons of cash? Sure, AEG is one of the most valuable ownership group in MLS (until the sheikh arrives), but other MLS owners aren’t exactly sleeping in dumpsters.

      • NaranjaFanatic says:

        Its unfair when AEG owns two teams and only spends on one.

        • kev says:

          Houston Dynamo have had two DPs in their history: Landin and Boniek Garcia. Only one less than the Galaxy.

          • Delirium says:

            Boniek is a DP because of his transfer fee. His salary is significantly below the max non-DP salary.

            Also, the Dynamo have never had 2 DPs simultaneously, let alone 3.

            I’m not complaining about it, but don’t try to write off the fact that AEG has not put the same effort into building a strong Houston team as they have for LA.

          • NaranjaFanatic says:

            Landin was also a dp because of his loan. His salary was lower than non dp players such as Ricardo Clark and Brian Ching.

            • H-Town says:

              I am beginning to think is more because of Dom Kinnear’s philosophy of team soccer than it has to do with AEG’s willingness to spend money on the Dynamo.

    • Josh D says:


      First: Life isn’t fair.

      Second: This isn’t LA throwing money away. Like the Beckham move, Geo’s salary would be paid for by the giant Mexican population in the US who love anything Mexico. They’d sell jerseys, seats, etc. It’s understanding the market and be willing to fork up cash up front, knowing there’s a windfall later.

      This would be brilliant for MLS, and although most of us US fans dislike Geo, we have to appreciate what he would do. Beckham was able to capture the heart of US fans and the world, and bring a lot of recognition to the league.

      Geo would help capture the heart of Mexican fans who would now have a reason to tune in. He’d help sellout stadiums across the US, bringing in new fans, and giving opposing teams the opportunity to capture those Geo fans as potential fans of their team.

      It would be a financial and brand boom for the league and LA. Win. Win.

      • Felix says:

        if Gio brought his A game he would be a dynamic player. I don’t know how his talent and skill would translate game in and game out but I’d definitely watch.

      • Dinho says:

        Spot on, Josh D. I am a Galaxy supporter (not so much a Gio supporter), but this will definitely put butts in the seats and help the team. Much like I’ve learned to appreciate Chicharito (as a United supporter), I might learn to tolerate Gio…assuming he’s helping the team.

      • Dinho says:

        By the way, I love how my comment is awaiting moderation b/c I used the word, b.u.t.t.s. Wow.

        • Juest says:

          The other day I had a comment moderated because I used the word gr-a$$-roots. Get in line.

    • malkin says:

      What makes people assume there’s a transfer fee involved? Aren’t relegation release clauses the norm?

    • Chris says:

      Looks like Valencia have upped their offer past the LA offer – now 6.7 million euros ($8.8 million)

      link to

    • RK says:

      Yeah, unfair — not every team has the resources to make an acquisition like this.

      DCU can get used to being in the basement.

  2. Iggy says:

    Would be a great addition to the league, but that is a lot of cash. I am sure the Gals would make it back in shirt sales though.

    • Joel says:

      Agreed. On and off the field, I think he’d be a major success. He can play on either wing or in the hole behind a striker. Rodgers (after he shakes off the rust), Dos Santos, Donovan playing behind Robbie Keane would be a joy to watch.

    • Joel says:

      His failure to claim a spot at Tottenham shouldn’t be held against him. Very few European teams play with a trequartista these days, but they’ve proven very successful in MLS. Look at G. Barros Schelloto, Javi Morales, David Ferreira, etc. His play for Mexico is a better representation of his abilities.

  3. Michael says:

    Love him or hate Gio/the the money they’re talking, the league needs to break their cylce of lapping up the drool of geriatric stars.

    • biff says:

      Agree with your sentiment about the old guys, Michael. But what I do not understand is why the Galaxy would pay 8 million to a player who could not make the Tottenham game-day roster than moves to Spain and his team there falls to the second league. No way will Dos Santos get offers thus summer from any team in Europe or Mexico for 8 million a year. If the Galaxy want him, they can get him for much, much less. This story smells to me like Dos Santos’s agent is trying to drive up his price for other teams and would not be surprised if his agent is behind these stories., especially as it was reported first in the Spanish-language press.

      • Iggy says:

        This may be a case of his agent building his stock….however, the galaxy would probably make a ton of $$ in terms of merchandise, Mexican TV contracts, attendance gains etc. So if the net effect is you are paying him $2M, for a pretty decent player it’s a win all around. Maybe something like $5m makes more sense though.

      • Gnarls says:

        Fair or unfair, MLS has a stigma among world footballers. Maybe $8 million is hugely inflated, but it kind of makes sense when you consider American exports are often highly undervalued by international clubs. It’s the American players/league stigma. It’s changing very slowly.

        • Petedela says:

          Good points. But I also see this as compensation for ‘career suicide’. Lets face it, young, ambitious players want to be in Europe. For dozens or reasons. From a player performance perspective I don’t think it’s worth it. But it will definitely add value to the league.

      • bottlcaps says:

        Let’s not forget the “our” US star, Clint Dempsey didn’t make the game-day roster for Tottenham on more than a few occasions this year and not because of injury. When AVB took the reigns of the team, he inherited a squad provided and built by the previous manager, he didn’t feel that GDS was a good fit to “his” team, which is manager’s prerogative. Players are sometimes shuffled off, not because they are inferior players overall, but because the manager wants to see a certain dexterity from a player in a role he has in mind and feels one player is better over another for that role.

        Beside, I have a feeling thet the Dos Santos deal is a red herring. I think the Galaxy want to show Time-Warner Cable, they are out there pounding the pavement, looking for a Latino “star” to satisfy the BIG contract from TWC. This leak shows they are doing just that.

        • Nate Dollars says:

          not that this part really matters, but to compare dos santos’ time at spurs to dempsey’s is crazy. dos santos rarely made the spurs roster under *any* manager (not just avb), whereas it was pretty rare for dempsey to not at least make the bench.

          • fortunate only says:

            There were only two managers at Tottenham while Gio was there, Juande Ramos and Harry Redknapp and under Ramos, Gio was a starter. He was also a starter under Roy Keane at Ipswich Town, under Rijkaard at Galatasaray, under Marcelino at Racing de Santander and most recently under Caparros and Manzano at Mallorca.

            • Nate Dollars says:

              perhaps i spoke a little hastily there…

            • Nate Dollars says:

              although i don’t know why you’re bringing up other teams. i didn’t say he couldn’t get playing time *anywhere*, just not at spurs.

            • Nate Dollars says:

              and because i have way too much time, i went back and looked:

              gio made the game day roster (field or bench) 57 times for spurs over 4 years of being a tottenham player; he actually played in only 33 games. so i still don’t think that’s all that impressive.

              • fortunate only says:

                You said he “rarely made the roster under any manager”, which is simply just not true.

                His stints at Ipswich, Gala and Racing show that Redknapp just didn’t rate him, for whatever reason.

              • Nate Dollars says:

                no, i said he rarely made the *spurs* roster, but yes, even there i was incorrect.

        • biff says:

          On the contrary. Although Clint did not start all games, I don’t think he missed a single game-day roster when he was healthy, possible one or two. I also am not disputing the talent of Do Santos, which if you click on the first link above you can suffer through his 2011 Gold Cup goal against Timmy Howard. But actually, those issues were not the point of my post.

          My point was: If LA wants Dos Santos, they can get him for a lot less then 8 million. But after reading some of the comments here, it seems that LA might have to pay way above-market value to convince Dos Santos to forget Europe and come to MLS. Which I guess makes sense. But I still contend that no team in Europe would pay Dos Santos 8m at the current time.

          • fortunate only says:

            Valencia is offering 7 million euros for his services which exceeds the Galaxy’s offer so no, they can’t get him for cheaper.

            • bryan says:

              no, ESPN said LA BEAT Valencia’s offer.

              “El mexicano Giovani Dos Santos tiene una oferta del @LAGalaxy #MLS x U$D 8.000.000.- Supera las ofertas del @valcenciafc y @Club_Queretaro”

              • JCC says:

                Are we talking Euros or USD? If Valencia offered 7 million Euros that’s a little over 9 million USD. Which means the Galaxy have not beaten Valencia’s offer.

              • bryan says:

                JCC, i don’t think ESPN is going to report LA beat Valencia’s offer unless they are comparing the same currency…

                now, it’s possible Valencia upped their bid since ESPN reported this. but at the time everything was being reported, LA beat Valencia’s offer.

              • fortunate only says:

                The rumor came from ESPNDeportes, who is not known for accuracy in their reporting.

              • bryan says:

                fortunate – that is true and appears to be the case once again.

                i did some more looking around and apparently mallora want at least €8m and valencia have offered €6.7m. so if LA offered $8m, that’s only a little above €6m.

                so it appears that ESPN did indeed ignore currency since they said LA’s $8 beat Valencia’s €6.7m. unbelievable. that’s what i get for trusting them…

        • Gnarls says:

          No need for a red herring. The contract is signed. It’s money in the bank of LA.

      • jlm says:

        two things:

        1) Gio is worth more to the Gals than other teams in the world, so they are going to have to (and be willing to) pay more

        2) In order to make Gio seriously think about leaving Europe (and taking the supposed “step down”), there is going to have to be a lot of cash on the table.

        I am sure LA is using the money along with the potential star factor in luring Gio there. Would be awesome if he comes to MLS!

        • biff says:

          @jlm: that is what I am now starting to understand, as i mentioned in the second post above, that maybe LA has to pay above market value to convince him.

      • Delirium says:

        “No way will Dos Santos get offers this summer…for 8 million a year.”

        Except for the fact that he is. See link to above.

        • biff says:

          I don’t read Spanish, but did an online translation and the 6.7 million EUROS appears to be a transfer fee, not an annual salary.

        • JR says:

          Also this report says Mallorca rejected Valencia offers. Valencia’s bid was $/ millions
          Marca is not so reliable. A couple of days ago they were reporting Cristiano Ronaldo was going to PSG

  4. joel says:

    That is way to much money for him.

    • Jacknut says:

      Based on his play on the field, yes. Based on what he would mean to the Galaxy bottom line, no.

      • TomG says:

        I can’t see him accepting this at only 24. He has always been focused on playing in Europe and this would completely derail him. I would think, if he just needs a year of playing time to get his feet under him, Liga MX would be a better fit. Better competition and generally easier to transfer. You don’t have the extra layer of MLS approval.

      • fortunate only says:

        Salary wise, yes, it appears to be too much. Transfer fee wise? Not at all. Valencia have already exceeded LA’s offer. Last year Udinese had a 4.9 million euro bid for him turned down by Tottentham so obviously some teams are willing to pay that kind of money for him.

        What’s more embarrassing is how many people keep talking about his play on the field without actually having watched him in La Liga.

        Not everything is EPL.

        • bryan says:

          agreed. he looked great in La Liga. i’m not sure why people think he isn’t worth 8m Euros. Valencia is just playing hard ball, but everyone seem so surprised by the number. it’s a transfer fee.

  5. Jess says:

    Is 8 mil the transfer fee or salary? I can’t see him getting paid more than Keane or Henry. If it is truly salary, I can definitely see it paying off.

  6. YO says:

    Hope not! If so, I am done with the Galaxy.

    • Gnarls says:

      Seriously? I’m evening seeing ACB people say the same thing on facebook. What gives? Just because he plays for Mexico?

      • SanFran415 says:

        Have you ever read how the American Outlaws or other American soccer groups talk about all our opponents? A huge percentage of them are bigots and xenophobes.

        I follow a few big groups on Facebook (or did I should say) and all they do is insult, demean and make nasty comments about any team we play.

        If you heard during the Germany game, a large group of AO supporters were singing about bombing Germany.

        • Nate Dollars says:

          “Have you ever read how the American Outlaws or other American soccer groups talk about all our opponents? A huge percentage of them are bigots and xenophobes.”

          i’m @ssuming you can back up that claim.

          and can you really not tell the difference between animosity toward a mexican national team player vs. animosity toward all mexicans? i feel the same way toward nyrb players, but i don’t just hate anybody from new york.

          • Conrad says:

            Nate, we don’t care whether you hate us anyway.

          • SanFran415 says:

            I’ll give you some quotes from a private AO/DTOT group of leaders about this news and others:

            “The biggest Mexican’s period belongs to a woman named Juanita down in Guadalajara.
            17 hours ago via mobile · Like · 10″

            “Mediocre Gay is my vote for phrase of the year.
            13 hours ago via mobile · Like · 5″

            “Its a Mexican party! Tequila and transvestite hookers all around!
            17 hours ago via mobile · Like · 1″

            Here’s some from a thread about Megan Rapinoe wanting equality with the USMNT.

            “Shhh men are talking, Megan.
            Tuesday at 21:01 via mobile · Like · 8″

            About people wearing any Jersey but USA…

            “You mean like the kid wearing the Spain jersey who had field seats at the game Sunday? What a piece of sh*t.
            Monday at 23:18 via mobile · Like · 4″

            “occasional Spain **** who supported Spain cause of a semester there or cause their *** smelled like paella one day” I want this on a t-shirt ASAP
            Monday at 23:58 · Like · 2″

            I could go on 50 more that are way too inappropriate to post on here. The point is yes, I do know what I’m talking about and I do know the difference between disliking a player versus bigotry/xenophobia.

            • bryan says:

              welcome to the internet…internet tough guyz everywhere. don’t go to youtube, the comments section will make you question society as a whole.

              • SanFran415 says:

                No way. I know what happens in the depths of YouTube comment sections.

                The dwarves delved too deep.

            • Nate Dollars says:

              if you’re trying to convince me that there are racist people out there, it’s not necessary. i was simply asking you to provide, you know, actual evidence to back up your “huge percentage” claim.

              and i liked the ‘mexican party’ one… : P

            • TomG says:

              Well I guess that’s one more supporters group to avoid.

            • OB Rick says:

              I am a Mexican-American American Outlaw and I have not experienced any of what you are talking about.

              As far as what you quoted, try and have a sense of humor. We have become so uptight in this country.

              Are you a Mexico supporter? Where were you born? Where were you raised?

            • Nate Dollars says:

              if you’re trying to convince me that there are r@cist people out there, it’s not necessary. i was simply asking you to provide, you know, actual evidence to back up your “huge percentage” claim.

              and i liked the ‘mexican party’ one… : P

            • Old School says:

              ““Its a Mexican party! Tequila and transvestite hookers all around!”

              Why did this only get one “like”. It was factually true.

              Do we have issues with facts now?

            • Gudtju says:

              AO Dallas had tons of Mexican-Americans and we are not like that.

              Also my best friend is Mexican and roots for Mexico over The US. He sits in a bar full of AO members and dishes it out more than he we give him.

        • Gnarls says:

          It just blows my mind that people can’t separate a player from his national team / country of origin. I’m not assuming the OP is a bigot or xenophobe, but I do think it’s incredibly silly to disregard a quality player because he plays for an arch rival national team.

        • Old School says:

          Agreed, Nate Dollars.

          I chose not to respond to this but that’s a pretty big generalizing accusation.

    • See ya says:

      Adios. We don’t want fans like you anyway.

    • josh says:


  7. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    Cant win the lottery if you dont buy a ticket!

  8. froboy says:

    Worth every penny for the Galaxy, he hasn’t played great in Europe but always is dangerous in the El Tri jersey. As a USMNT not a fan of his on the pitch, but would love to see him in the MLS and to see this growth for the MLS.

    • USMNT says:

      Agree completely. Hate the archrival Mexicans but can’t deny that would be a coup for the league. Only Chicorito (sp) would be bigger. Plus being in LA, they would sell out even for practice.

    • Brett says:

      I have quite a few friends and acquaintances that are of Mexican descent and they are pretty infuriated with Gio and his inconsistency. He balls out against the US, but he’s the quintessential “up-and-down” player. He disappears for long stretches of the game and does not feel the pace of play very well at all for a player of his talent.

  9. The Imperative Voice says:

    Houston made a run at GDS a few years back and it didn’t go through obviously. So, grain of salt, we’ll see what happens.

    He’s entering year 2 of a 4 year deal so they will milk the transfer fee, if they’re even interested.

    It’s an interesting development for MLS purposes that we’re even talking a fee into the league, that’s relatively new.

    • Rex says:

      Kinda crappy if you ask me. Stepchild team goes after a player but AEG cant close the deal, then when their prized team is ready for the player, AEG is willing to make the deal happen.

      • NaranjaFanatic says:

        That’s life as a Dynamo fan. And now AEG is holding our team hostage by taking it off the market. They must have been beside themselves at halftime of MLS Cup Final when it looked like we were going to beat their little princess’ down.

  10. froboy says:

    They only paid a million euros for him a year ago so I think the Galaxy could afford him.

    • bottlcaps says:

      No doubt the figure quoted is for contract + transfer fee, This is they way the MLS values the deal. If there is a transfer fee, it is included in value the contract to the team.

  11. Brett says:

    He is incredibly overrated, but he would certainly widen the Galaxy’s appeal.

  12. matt says:

    He’d be perfect. He’s right in his prime on the field and there’s no telling what he’d bring off the field for his team and the league. I really hope they can sign him

  13. doug says:

    Potentially a brilliant signing for the Galaxy, marketing and football wise. Gotta wonder though if it comes at a cost of playing on the national team full time for him. Maybe after Brazil 2014, but surely if he chooses the Galaxy now, he won’t be in Brazil in a year. I guess the question for him is does he want 8 million a year now or stay at Mallorca, play out next year, make the Brazil squad and if he has a good tournament, get a move to a bigger club in Europe.

    • froboy says:

      Pleny of Mexican players aren’t in Europe, if anything it might make it easier for him.

    • Gnarls says:

      Give MLS more credit than that. There’s nothing “surely” about that scenario. Just a couple days ago Giovanni Trapattoni was praising Robbie Keane’s move to LA as revitalizing his international career and putting a new spring in his step. Apples and oranges, I know, but this league isn’t the black hole people oddly perceive it to be.

  14. Annelid Gustator says:

    Much too much in wages. Plus a transfer fee? He isn’t worth that really. I can understand wanting to break the cycle of oldsters as DPs, but you set this as your mark and holy crap will we be buying above our wallets for the next several young DPs.

    • froboy says:

      Like bad teams in baseball you pay a premium to get good players in hopes that your team can improve and become a good team where people want to come.

  15. Javier says:

    I’m a big Galaxy fan, but I’m having a hard buying this story for many of the same reasons commented on here. I understand the need to bring in a game changing player, and the desire to bring in a high profile player but is really worth more that Keane, Henry, Cahill, or than Beckham was paid? And aren’t the Galaxy notoriously secretive about the players they bring in? I could very well be wrong, but I don’t see this player coming to the Galaxy for the amount of money that is being mentioned here. The Galaxy have the money to spend but they still make prudent business decisions when bringing in new players.

    • Gnarls says:

      I don’t think the $8 million salary breaks the bank of LA, but I do wonder about the transfer fee. I’m always suspicious when MLS teams are linked with in-contract euro players because the transfer fee counts toward a player’s wages in MLS. Say the transfer is something relatively low, like $2 million. That means LA is really paying $10 million for GDS. That’s a pretty penny.

  16. Dos a Cero says:

    Gals are the fork poking in the Chivas experiment to see if they’re done

  17. Bean says:

    I doubt that GDS is going to LA. That is his last option. This “leak” was intended to drive his price up in the market. We fall for this stuff all of the time, but it’s really just regular off-season shenanigans.

    • Old School says:

      You may be right, but it’s brought up a good conversation/debate.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      That’s what I thought he did a few years ago to Houston, was use us as leverage.

      But he’s already wanting to flee after year 1 of 4? I’m not sure I’d want to sign him, talent or not, based on these constant trial balloons. Is a deal a deal or what? Do I want to be the next team he turns in a transfer request to? Just look at Beckham. All that effort, the pre-signing, and then he up and leaves the Galaxy too, denies them the mutual victory lap, retires a Parisian.

      • NaranjaFanatic says:

        Don’t forget, two years ago when Houston made a play for him his agent said, “MLS is not a league for 22 year olds.”

      • Nate Dollars says:

        to be fair, his team was just relegated. even if he didn’t have a relegation clause in his contract, i really wouldn’t blame a player for not wanting to spend the season before a world cup in a second division.

    • Gnarls says:

      I agree, but lest we forget, Ives posted the story. I give no credence to transfer rumors UNTIL they’re on SBI.

  18. MA1 Rodriguez says:

    Hmmmm….seem like OK signing but not great!

  19. Tony in Quakeland says:

    We’re forgetting the most important thing:

    I hate him.

  20. Beto says:

    Thats what I am talking about LA!

    You want MLS to be a real big time league? LA is making it happen.

    The guy is in his prime, maybe even before his prime, an electrifing forward and from this continent. Not some old guy who was good on a different continent years ago. Gio is historically inconsistant with his clubs and might not be the quintecential 442 galaxy player but if they can make it work, MLS is looking like a huge step up.

  21. Frank says:

    Have any of you guys actually seen any of his games at Mallorca this year? The guy was their best player and almost single handedly save them.

    The level of ignorance here on non English or top two Spanish teams is amazing to me. Gio is on Marca’s list of revelations for the season for a reason.

    No way will he come to LA with the option of moving to Valencia.

  22. dabes2 says:

    Gio has the innate ability to be one of the best in the world. Guy is crazy talented.

    Usually he kills the USA, but in the last qualifier he was so intent on diving to draw fouls and complaining to the refs that he was a very negative influence.

    I find the guy infuriating because he’s such a prima-dona. But I think he’d be great for MLS. Pretty sure he would move the needle on the field and at the box office.

  23. Lost in Space says:

    Would love to see LAG get him…then bench/bar his a$$ for a month (practice & games) prior to the US Vs. Mex WCQ. That way he can’t be the US killer again.

  24. reepicheep says:

    Bruce Arena: I don’t always sign Mexican players, but when I do, I prefer Dos Santos.

  25. Kung Fu Kangaroos says:

    I like Dos Santos … don’t like the fact he plays for Mexico! He’s kind of like our Adu. He’s really good, plays well with the National Team, but doesn’t qutie make it work at the club level. This is a good move by the Galaxy … but $8 million a year is a bit steep. Maybe 4 or 5. Would rather see Kaka … but maybe we will?

    • solles says:

      8m would represent what it would take to get him out of his contract, transfer values do not always represent player potential or ability. Having said that he does have potential absolutely, he just needs to prove it consistently.

    • Rob Jones says:

      Kind of like Adu? The difference is Dos Santos has actually won things.

      • bryan says:

        what has GDS won on the club level? aside from Barca’s youth team (Juvenil A). don’t get me wrong, GDS has been more successful than Adu. i’m just curious because i don’t he has won a thing. Madrid won the 07-08 title.

        • Rob Jones says:

          Supercopa de España in 2006

          He has won various things at international level anyway so my point still stands that his resume is more impressive than Freddy Adu’s.

          • bryan says:

            lol i knew you were going to say that. he didn’t even play in the leg they won 3-0. yes, he was on the roster, but didn’t play. further, he was still on Barca’s B team. i’m sorry dude, he played no part.

            this is what i mean though, completely over blown. the kid is fantastic player and many US fans don’t give him the credit he deserves. but almost every Mexican fan gives him too much credit. US fans should give him credit for what he has accomplished on the international side, but Mexican fans need to realize he hasn’t lived up to the hype.

            and i never said otherwise about Adu. in fact, i agreed with you and said GDS has been more successful than Adu. that’s not even up for debate. so idk why you are trying to convince me.

            • bryan says:

              sure enough, he played no part in the 1-0 lost leg either. so, in that cup, he played 0 minutes.

              and again, credit to him for being on the team, that is more than Adu and a lot of other US players can say. but don’t sit here and use that Cup as an example of what he has won.

              • Rob Jones says:

                Take it up with the folks who placed that on his achievements list in his wiki page then.

                If you agreed with my original point then who cares what he was won at club level, he is better than Adu which was my point.

              • bryan says:

                I’m taking it up with anyone who says it. And you’re right, we agree about Adu.

                It was a separate issue I was asking regarding what GDS has accomplished on the club level. Just out of curiosity.

        • fortunate only says:

          Well, what did Tottenham win from 2008-2012 when dos Santos was there?

          He saved Racing de Santander from relegation in 2011, was named to La Liga’s best XI for Winter transfers.

          Won silver ball at the 2005 U17 WC, bronze ball at the 2007 U20 WC, second best young player at the 2010 WC behind Thomas Muller, 2011 Gold Cup Final MVP, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist as Mexico’s main offensive weapon.

          The club argument is a cop out. What has Dempsey won at the club level? Bradley? Adu?

          Individually and performance wise on both national team and club level, dos Santos has proven to be a better player. To our detriment.

          • bryan says:

            Gio played 15 total games for Spurs, again, if they won anything, which I don’t think they did, he wasn’t a part of it.

            This conversation is not about Dempsey, Adu, Donovan, or any US player. This conversation is about GIO. So stop deflecting. Stop getting offended and realize that Gio is not a star outside of Mexico and the US. He is an extremely talented player, more than any US player, but he hasn’t accomplished much at the club level. Again, I’m not saying Dempsey or Adu have. That is irrelevant to my point. My point has to do with Gio, and only Gio, and his club career.

            • fortunate only says:

              “but he hasn’t accomplished anything at the club level?”

              You’re asking what he has won at the club level to justify his transfer fee and I’m asking you, if that’s the case, what have players like Bradley and Dempsey won at the club level? Because based on your premise, these two guys would also not be worth a similar transfer fee to MLS. I’m just pointing out how myopic your question is. You have to actually watch him play to determine what he has done that would lead MLS to think he’s actually worth that kind of money.

              Accomplishments at club level are subjective and funny enough, you ignored what I stated in my previous post.

  26. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Expect a shirt sponosrship with JeriCurl

  27. QuakerOtis says:

    Ives: Your bringing up the Magee trade is interesting. Other comments make this seem like a pricing stunt by Gio’s agents. Any insight into how likely/unlikely this deal is?

  28. Bob says:

    the problem with Gio is he’s never really lived up to expectations on the field. He wasn’t able to break into Tottenham (and never broke out on the loans he was sent out on). At Mallorca he’s been good (6 goals in 29 appearances) but definitely no superstar (or even star). Not saying he won’t be good (he is relatively young) but his resume is still pretty thin. His most famous feature is still being a barcelona product, but that’s some years in the past…

    • solles says:

      I dont know ive defintely read he’s pretty revered at Mallorca right now. Still, that’s one good season in Spain, good for him, now do it again and I might start to be impressed.

    • fortunate only says:

      Gio missed the first half of La Liga’s season due to the injury he picked up in the Olympics and only really played consistently the last five months. Those five months were good enough to warrant his inclusion in the short list for best player of the year award in Spain.

      While on loan at Racing de Santander two years ago, he was voted into the best XI of La Liga that season. I’m not sure where you got your information from but the kid was a starter at every club he went to on loan.

      Internationally, he won the last two Gold Cups, beating us in the process and was voted the second best young player at the World Cup in 2010.

      You should watch La Liga games more often broseph.

      • Joe says:

        Ok, I guess we should also learn Spanish and do nothing but watch soccer matches. Pretty sure some people delegate their time. I’m SOL here in Oregon, held by the short hairs by Comcast who doesn’t offer a BEIN HD and doesn’t really show Mallorca matches. Not my fault I can’t find him on the dial.

      • Rob Jones says:

        MLS homers won’t give him credit.

        • bryan says:

          nice generalization…

        • bryan says:

          also, most Mexican fans give Gio TOO much credit. it should be somewhere in the middle.

          • Rob Jones says:

            It’s true a lot of MLS fanboys simply don’t like Gio because he plays for the Mexican NT.

            Define somewhere in the middle.

            • bryan says:

              the definition is in the word dude…

              you have two extremes, in between those is a middle. don’t be ridiculous.

              • Rob Jones says:

                I meant define what would be praising him in the middle, I have yet to see any examples where Mexican fans make him seem better than he is.

              • bryan says:

                that’s because you agree with them! just like US fans don’t think they are being unfair to him.

                but ok, i’ll play this game. Mexicans essentially give way too much credit to Gio on the club level. there is always an excuse. they say he has won things and are essentially referring to his time at Barca. the thing is, what he actually won were youth titles, which is good! but presenting it as senior titles and hyping him up as a result is ridiculous. telling me he won the Spanish Super Cup is ridiculous to me too as an example of a senior Barca trophy he won. he played 0 minutes. again, good for him to MAKE the bench to begin with. that’s not an easy task. but still, he’s not a star. and Mexican fans would have you believe he is.

                for US fans, because of his club struggles, we ignore his fantastic form at the youth levels. and what he has accomplished with the Mexican national team. he destroys the US team and we see, first hand, his talent. but some are quick to dismiss it because of his club struggles.

                the point is, while the kid still remains valuable to European teams, disproving that he is rubbish, he also isn’t demanding massive transfer fees or even a lot of interest from solid clubs, disproving he is a star.

                instead, he’s a talent young kid who has had a crazy ride in Europe. at Mallora he has shown his quality and now Valencia want him. there, if he does well, he can really make the name for himself that all Mexican fans want him to. And US fans will having nothing to say. No one dismisses Guardado.

              • bryan says:

                rob, my response is awaiting moderation. it might be a few lol

            • bryan says:

              and i think not liking someone and not giving credit to someone are two separate issues. i dislike plenty of players, including Gio, simply because they play for a rival team; but i give him the credit he deserves. how can i not? he kills the US every time.

  29. Scott e Dio93 says:

    Dos Santos is your average perform in La Liga, good age but you won’t get fanbase want it, especially with such big transfer. It’s better invest on a bigger name or bigger perform.

    I prefer someone like Mondric-type (playermaker-type), someone creates attack and open spaces for the forwards.

  30. Shane says:

    Dos Santos would be good for the league. How funny that Galaxy might get him and not Chivas.

  31. bring nasl to el paso,tx says:

    First of all his agent is known fir being a dik and manipulative business person, which gio doesnt care but likes. Also gios dad is part of gios life in ever way, his dad is annoying and his agent as well. Gio had gotten big offers from tigres and america but he has said till later in his career will return to mexico. From my point of view, gio would only come to galaxy if he gets the highest bid from them but if not, any midlevel team europe can use him and pay him and i would be surprise if he returns to mexico or even accepts galaxys for galaxy, why not tevez, ronaldinho,.kaka, drogba, suazo, torres, because gio will come for 3 years and leave to europe again. By the way, ligamx is trying to do everything like MLS, big dp signings, relocation and expansion and even new stadiums. So MLS keep your plans behind close doors because ligamx is doing the same thing. If i was MLS i would change name in order kill the “ligamx” show and get a new logo.

    • fortunate only says:

      Relocation and expansion were trademarked by MLS? I wasn’t aware of that.

  32. bryan says:

    kid is talented but supremely overrated. but it makes sense for LA because the people who overrate him are Mexican fans. and there are a lot of them in LA. this is a smart business move. and it will shame Chivas USA.

    i’m an LA fan, i hate Gio, but he would be great for LA and would be good for MLS. no doubt he could find himself again and then maybe try Europe again in 2-3 years.

  33. john.q says:

    this move will make Chivas USA look even mooorrreee ridiculous.

    way to go Chivas.

  34. Primoone says:

    Do eeet….Do eeet, NOW!

  35. OB Rick says:

    Mixed feelings. I am a LA Galaxy season ticket holder and think he will improve the team, but it is very hard for me to cheer for any Mexican National Team players.

    At least it is not Marquez-I despise every ounce of that guy.

    • Rob Jones says:

      Relax he’s not coming to MLS anyway.

      • beachbum says:

        why? please explain as I have not read that anywhere

        personally, as Galaxy fan, I don’t want him.

        • MN Footie says:

          He is a player filled with skill and largely untapped potential (albeit erratic at times, on the pitch), and he is only 24 years old. He still has not hit his peak, and for the talent he possesses, he will get an offer to play in Europe, and will continue to play in Europe.

          In a word, despite my dislike for him (which many US fans share): He’s too good for the MLS. We ain’t there yet, guys. But someday.

  36. Big Chil says:

    I think it’s a genius marketing move for L.A., and I hope he comes, but I also think MLS defenses would shut Gio down.

  37. DC Josh says:

    Would Donovan ever pass him the ball? is the real question.

    • Chuck says:

      Donovan would leave Galaxy for Xolos the day this happens

      • primoone says:

        from your lips to God’s ears…or typed words to God’s Screen (shrugs) whatever….

        Its a win win for me considering Im a xolos fan and Galaxy fan.

  38. bryan says:

    something isn’t adding up here. i did some more digging and Mallorca are holding out for €8m. i also read that Valencia have offered €6.7m. So if LA offered $8m, that’s only a little above €6m. but ESPN says LA beat Valencia’s bid.

    either ESPN forgot to take into consideration exchange rates or Valencia upped their bid. maybe they started at €6m? further, this would answer the question of whether or not $8m included everything…there is no way. that’s not even enough to meet Mallora’s asking price or even beat Valencia’s current bid.

    • MN Footie says:

      Perhaps THE WORLDWIDE LEADER ™ is unaware of exchange rates.

    • Eric says:

      Based on various articles I’ve read today, Gio’s relegation release clause is somewhere in the range of €8M to €10M … Valencia made an initial offer of €6M … This morning, LAG made an offer of US$8M (or €6.1M) … Then, this afternoon, Valencia up’d their offer to €6.7M.

      Looks like Mallorca are trying to get the someone to meet their release clause of €8M to €10M.

      • JR says:

        This is all BS when you consider Gio would not want an opportunity to keep playing in europe for a few thousand dollars. This is just Gio agents making his price go up

  39. McQ says:

    This is the kind of move the league needs to make. Bring in a young player in or coming into his prime as opposed to an old one past it ala Beckham, Henry, Blanco etc. Showing there is good money to be made in an up and coming league will only bring credibility and legitimacy to the league and US players in general which will only help the level of play going forward.

    By the way for all the Gio bashing here – right now he is a better player than Beckham and nobody seemed to have a problem with him playing and getting paid.

  40. Don Pelayo says:

    I cannot stand Dos Santos. However, since Blanco’s departure and Ruiz’s loss of playing time and form, I have not had a player to ardently hate in MLS — besides 3/4 of the Earthquakes, of course.

  41. beachbum says:

    Yuck. Can’t imagine ever rooting for the guy, but I thought the same about Blanco and ended up digging him, Bravo too. we’ll see

  42. Kung Fu Kangaroos says:

    Maybe Dos Santos and Adu are like Donovan? Donovan needs to be “comfortable” and have teams / coaches that really support and back him. If Dos Santos and Adu got the same support and backing like Donovan did in San Jose, LA Galaxy, and Everton … then maybe they will start to realize all that potential?

  43. biff says:

    well, by the number of posts as I type (191), I would say there is a lot of interest in this news and would imagine that if Dos Santos would actually sign for the Galaxy would generate a heck of a lot more (long-term) interest than another recent signing.

  44. Mike R says:

    Several reasons he won’t go to galaxy

    A) Gio will think that MLS is beneath him
    B) all Mexican fans think MLS is beneath him
    C) no Mex coach will call him up they think MLS sucks
    D) Gio is overrated and not worth that much
    E) he would be a better fit for Chiva USA anyway
    F)Galaxy suck

    They should target the other Dos Santos, the one with the splinters on his butt from barca

    • MN Footie says:

      You had me nodding along with you until I got to (D). That point seems a bit counterproductive for the argument you’re putting forward. Also F. Yeah, not getting that one either.

      • MIKE R says:

        In other words most everyone associated with Mexican soccer has a low opionio of MLS. At the same time Gio is overated by Mexico fan, Mexico coaches and himself. He is not nearly worth what the Galaxy are offering. That much money is fine for a euro team but not for an MLS team. For that money you should be getting a Robbie Keane type player.Definatly someone better than Dos Santos anyway.

        And I was talking tongue in cheek about the Galaxy sucking…kinda..sorta..Not really.

        But seriously Galsaxy or Chicas should sign the Jonathan for 300,000$.Yea he gets to say I play for Barca..but he never really has and never will play for them. In MLS he might actually get playing time thou I dont know if MLS is better than Liga reserves

    • Anthony says:

      the other one is going to Real Betis apparently but Malaga’s owner wants to buy both brothers so we need to see what happens.

  45. Petedela says:

    U guys are underestimating Ives. If its here, u can safely assume there r some legs to this story.

  46. Dan M says:

    Ouch, Mike R, tell us how you really feel. I actually think that others will come before him too, but it will be interesting to see how this pans out. Beckham was supposed to get paid a billion dollars by Galaxy to cover his ego, but then he actually made much less. Perhaps something like that is in the offing for Gio?

  47. Gilbert says:


  48. Nic D "the tx 2 stepper" says:

    I would love to see GDS here. I think this is doable. Make it happen.

    Mallorca was relegated. He may not have any other big offers. And it’s a lot shorter flight for the Mexican National Team. Do it Gio. Maybe we can get Boca and Goich back here too.

    • Anthony says:

      he has an offer from Valencia, he is their man target

      • Benny Dargle says:

        David ‏@davidjaca 3h

        @mexicoworldcup Mallorca confirmed this morning there is only one offer for Gio: from the MLS (No name, but imagine it’s LA Galaxy).

  49. Chuck says:

    Somehow the Mexican media is reporting Valencia’s offer but not this xD


  50. Peyton says:

    Not a chance. Not the right signing for LA, and too talented. He is going to Valencia. LA have good players.

  51. MIKE R says:

    Gio = Justin Mapp 2.0

  52. louis z says:

    Let’s look at it from a futbol prospective, does LAG need another forward? LAG needs a true playmaker, without Keane who helps the midfield more than anyone, LAG is not the same team.
    LAG should take a pass on Geo and go after a player like KAKA’s statute.

  53. Anthony says:

    not going to happen, would be a career suicide just like it happened to Marquez, everyone in Mexico started to dislike him after he rejected offers from other big european clubs and moved to the MLS, also the press in Mexico is already saying that moving to LA would be the worst mistake in Dos Santos’ career and that he should go to Valencia.

  54. 2tone says:

    Gio is not worth 8 million dollars a year. But hey if you’re stupid enough to pay it then go right ahead.

  55. Helium-3 says:

    LAG should know better than pandering to the Mexican population. Luis Hernandez and 5 Million back in the day… Did all the Mexicans come out in droves to see him play? LOL. Even with Hermosillio, where were the Mexicans?

    Gio is a good player but highly overrated. He will not succeed in MLS because of its athleticism.
    Players here might get beat on the first step but they will catch up to him after a few yards and tackle him hard. Dude will last 1 year and go back to Europe or Mexico.

    Spend the 8 M on Ronaldinho and you will get the all soccer fans coming out to see him, not just

    • Anthony says:

      you are overhyping the MLS, is not even close to be as physical as La Liga and he is already a top player in Spain

    • XYZ says:

      Oh right cause Ronaldinho is so fast and athletic. Why would he succeed and not Gio? Biased much?

      • Helium-3 says:

        Ronaldinho is a skilled player who improves the attack. Gio uses his individual skill to beat players and use his speed to get pass them on the first step. Gio is not same type as Ronny if that is what you are implying.
        Ronny is old and is not going to blow by players with his middle aged speed. Face reality man, Gio is good player but is not world class and if LAG is stupid enough to pay that much then they haven’t learned anything from the Luis Hernandez bust.