DC Sign to Present Gallardo, New Players to Form "Man-Band"
DC United will unveil their latest foreign friend, midfielder Marcelo Gallardo today at The National Press Club. This comes on the heals of yesterday's unveiling of four other South American signings for United; Argentine central defender Gonzalo Peralta, 27, and Peruvian goalkeeper Jose Carvallo, 21, along with forward Franco Niell and defender Gonzalo Martínez.
It is also rumored that following Gallardo's press conference, *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys impresario Lou Pearlman is expected to announce his plan to help DC offset some of the financial costs of these signings. The five players will form a new musical group called Man-udo whose performances will then be double-booked - or "packaged" in music industry parlance- at select soccer specific stadiums during the 2008 season. No word yet as to whether Timbaland will produce, but NYRB defender Carlos Mendes is hotly tipped to handle guitar duties.