Weighing In On Alan Gordon’s Local Move

This is guest commentary from soccer aficionado and head brewmaster at Die Hipster Brewing, Scott Riley on the Alan Gordon trade….quite different when considering a middle-of-the-road MLS player versus Shaun’s consideration of retirement for Raul and Guti yesterday.

Alan Gordon, harshly treated?

The Alan Gordon thing. . .it’s just so very MLS.

The guy could reasonably considered the poster child of what this league has been about or where it’s arisen from.

Dudes making their careers by working hard to compensate for lack of that sixth sense needed for the next level.

I’ve never really liked him, he’s just an average player but a stalwart for Los Angeles–he actually comes across as kind of jerk on the field.

In the end, it sort of means nothing. I mean stick with your team for 7 years or whatever and it earns you getting discarded to your biggest rival, in the same stadium!

Here’s a guy that I didn’t like but I actually feel like he was wronged for some reason. Granted there may have been behind the scenes dealings that make it amicable all around, but without that information, again it seems so very MLS.

Maybe the Galaxy are clearing room for Ashley Cole.

12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by coreybbennett on 2010/08/06 at 12:39 PM

    Watched him when he played at Yavapai College in Arizona. A great college talent who went on to Oregon State, meandered through the minor leagues, and then subbed on David Beckham in his debut (or was it subbed off?). Not the most talented guy, but you’re not alone in feeling like he got the short end of the stick in the end.


  2. Alan Gordon wasn’t a great player, but every MLS team that wants to compete for the title needs a few players like him; hardworking cheap guys who don’t create trouble in the locker room and aren’t out of place on the field.


  3. Posted by Johninho on 2010/08/06 at 12:53 PM

    Alan Gordon is legend in Portland, and I’m sure the Timbers Army hopes we pick him up in the expansion draft when we join MLS.


  4. I can’t say I really even knew who Gordon was till reading The Beckham Experiment, but he actually comes across as an interesting character and rather likeable. Hope this is a good move for him.


  5. Full disclosure, I didn’t know this was going up on the site so a bit more on why this felt like a weird move: What struck me is the seemingly off-hand and sudden manner that these transactions go down. MLS isn’t going to get NBA/EPL transfer rumor press and we probably don’t want that. But when you deal your longest serving member to your biggest rival with zero fanfare or controversy it just screams that nothing means anything to MLS clubs.

    If you’re LA, you don’t do that sort of deal with Chivas. Be the rivalry and at least pretend to care.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/08/06 at 3:41 PM

      Yeah, sorry about the “surprise post” Scott…wanted something off the cuff. :>


  6. Posted by Mike Mc on 2010/08/06 at 3:58 PM

    I’m a big Galaxy fan and i was definitely stunned by this move. In defense of the Galaxy, Chivas aren’t in any real position to hurt LA this year even though they are rivals and in the same division, and Gordon was getting as much playing time as he had been getting the past few seasons. We were probably the deepest team in MLS before this move happened. I figure we can afford to lose him if it means clearing up room for a new signing.(this is the current rumor floating around the inter-webs)

    While we are talking about MLS i thought this had some great points about what the league could get out of a new TV deal by dropping FSC and going over to Versus.



  7. Posted by jonk on 2010/08/06 at 6:32 PM

    Perhaps LA was making roster room and picking up some allocation money so they could pick up some fellow named Adu? At least that would jive with the strange report from World Soccer Reader.


  8. Posted by jeff b on 2010/08/06 at 6:45 PM

    My guess is Galaxy needed the room on the roster for a 3rd DP to come in, plus gordon is probably very settled in LA with his family, and it made sense for him and mls. Big rivals trade amongst themselves all the time, Inter and Milan used to trade players a lot. If it was donovan or beckham I can see huge press and bitching, but gordon has been a minor player this year and last and isn’t really an impact sub. He does his best getting to run out for the first 70 min and create some space. We just have younger guys that are doing it better, and I’m sure he wants to play, not warm the bench.


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