Two weeks on from our last look at the rumors, and still nothing is definite. I haven't seen much more regarding the Honduran forward Walter Martinez, but there does seem to be more steam behind the Osman Chavez to MLS rumors. Note that I said "MLS" and not "DC United." As far as I can tell, we're still the front runners, but there are other horses in the race.
On the current roster front, Namoff still remains the biggest question mark, and while I'm clueless as to Kirk's views on a pay cut, it looks like Peralta is packing his bags for a return to Argentina. That makes our already glaring need at center back into something that requires a tourniquet.
Could the aforementioned Osman Chavez be part of that tourniquet? If so, he's only a part. Where might other help be coming from? The same stories swirling about Chavez also indicate that we're taking a look at two other Hondurans, a defender who played at the Olympics and a winger/forward, both of which do check boxes on the United wishlist.
Also, Goff indicates that a three-way trade between TFC, Dallas, and a mystery team with a surplus veteran left-sided midfielder is in the works. While Aaron nominates Eddie Lewis and LA for the enigmatic third side of the triangle, I'm going to say that we might be in with a shout as well. As it stands, we've got as much need of Gonzalez (and that's who I'm assuming both we and the Gals would be trading up to land) as LA, and we've also got Fred and Guerrero--two veteran left-sided midfielders. Hmmm.
What do you think? Is Chavez plus a first-round draft pick enough to shore up the defense? What about Namoff? If defensive discontinuity killed us last year, should we expect more of the same in 2009? Should we be letting one of Guerrero and Fred go?