UPDATE: Luis Gil has been traded to Real Salt Lake. K.C. president/CEO Robb Heineman intimated on his Twitter account that money, a second-round draft pick and an international slot could have been the price.
Before we get started, here’s a reminder that single-game tickets for Sounders FC games go on sale March 1st at 10 a.m.
The weighted lottery for youth national team player Luis Gil, 16, took place on Monday. The high-level prospect signed with the league and yesterday his rights were won by Kansas City.
Though not long after, word came out that Gil wanted to play for a team on the west coast, notably the Sounders FC or Real Salt Lake. While it sounds a little weird that a teenager would dictate where he wants to play — and out-of-contract veterans can’t — it is a pretty common practice for new signees in the league to express desired locations.
The Wizards will try to convince Gil to stay first, but will trade him if necessary.
Now the question remains: is Seattle interested is trading a draft pick/allocation money/players for a young prospect?
My guess is yes. Here is a kid that has the talent to catch the attention of Arsenal. Yes that Arsenal, of the English Premier League. So he has certainly got a high ceiling and could become a star. Previously, I’ve described the Sounders FC front office as go-getters, and this would be an opportunity that fits in with that personality.
What would the cost be? Hard to say. A first round pick would be a possibility, maybe with some allocation money? Maybe a player, say Leo Gonzalez? That’s just speculation of course, but the cost would have to be significant for a talent of that level. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. The team has been bringing in trialists left and right for a reason — it is looking for another piece.
What do you think? Bring him in or leave him be?
Now for some links and more good stuff after the jump:
- It was previously thought that Real Salt Lake had signed another youth national-team player named Sheanon Williams. Now it is believed that he is training with the team after signing a developmental contract with the league and will go through a weighted lottery — like Gil — before he can play.
- Once again, CBA talk was at a fever pitch online. Though neither side of the negotiations (Major League Soccer or the players union) talked to the media Monday, which hopefully is a positive sign. Anyways, here’s a unique way to weigh in by Steve Goff, Ives Galarcep offered a more traditional approach, Goal.com says the pressure in on the players union, the New York Times blog says talks are getting hot and, lastly, here’s an opinion that MLS growth is limited without free agency.
- Some news out of New England: the Revs have signed a Senegalese midfielder and Gillette Stadium is getting new turf.
- Blaise Nkufo suffered a hamstring injury Sunday. Gasp!
- On the national team level, the U.S. will take on Argentina in a friendly this year after the World Cup. Here’s video of the reception the USMNT got arriving in Tampa. Check out this Q&A with Brian Ching, should you choose. And, finally, how does the CBA uncertainty affect the future of U.S. international Landon Donovan?
- In closing, a bunch of random clicks. Some kids at a local high-school built a soccer-playing robot. Go here if you have time for a long audio interview with Sounders FC’s own Matt Gaschk. The old Brazilian Ronaldo has said he’ll retire after the 2011 season with Corinthians. Pele thinks World Cup games need five referees. And some fear undetectable African stimulants might take over in South Africa. Oh yeah, Chelsea star defender Ashley Cole might face a hefty fine for indiscretions on his marriage, which possibly took place in Seattle (I’d been trying to avoid that one…).
Before you go, here’s a video of the most bizarre goal celebration I’ve ever seen. Poor mascot.