The saga to get the band back together for 2016 has intensified. As LAG Confidential speculated last week, Omar Gonzalez will need to re-negotiate his contract to stay with the Galaxy next season.
The LA Times explains.
Major League Soccer allows teams to pay three designated player salaries that exceed the league maximum, which is increasing to $457,500 next season -- about a third of what Gonzalez made in 2015. And the Galaxy already has deals with Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Dos Santos that will pay each more than $4.5 million in 2016.
MLS helped the Galaxy close that gap last week when it approved $800,000 in "targeted allocation money" to be used in cases like Gonzalez’s. Adding the new TAM money to the league’s maximum wage would allow the Galaxy to match Gonzalez’s base salary from last season, but it would still be more $192,000 short of what the players union lists as his guaranteed compensation from 2015, including bonuses and other income.
"We’re going to do a new contract with him," Arena said. "That’s what our goal is. If we can’t do it, then we can’t work it out."
And, according to Goal.com
If the Galaxy and Gonzalez can't agree on the parameters of a new contract, the Galaxy will have no choice but to sell.
What do you think of the developments? Hope Omar re-signs?