Ladies and Gentleman, the thinkable has happened. Major League Soccer is rewriting the rules for the LA Galaxy once again. At least, that's how it appears.
According to Grant Wahl, the league is considering injecting more Targeted Allocation Money into MLS which could be used to buy down Omar Gonzalez's salary. While it is unclear how much money the league is looking to inject, or even how much it will take to buy down Omar (if the players union salary listings are correct, and they often aren't, then it's probably around 1 million dollars), it's hard to know whether the Galaxy will still have to trade for additional TAM money to supplement what's coming in from the league, but it does offer our first really glimpse into how the Galaxy may be able to keep Omar Gonzalez.
For a league that is dogged by transparency issues and constant accusations of Galaxy favoritism, this type of move is neither surprising nor helpful to the league's overall image. From a Galaxy perspective, the move is a welcome one. This gives the Galaxy extra-time to shop Gonzalez around and gain maximum return on all the money they've invested in him over the years.
Furthermore, as bad as Omar Gonzalez has been this year, the LA Galaxy have consistently looked terrible throughout the years when AJ DeLaGarza and Leonardo have been paired together. With Tommy Meyer looking to be on the decline and David Romney still relatively inexperienced, keeping Omar Gonzalez on for at least another year can't be seen as anything but a positive.
Another option for the Galaxy, as Grant Wahl reports, is to accept a 3 million dollar offer that is currently on the table for Gyasi Zardes from an English Championship team and use the allocation money gained to buy down Gonzalez's salary. For more info on this part of the story, click here.
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