Paolo, Paolo, wherefore art thou Paolo?By: DAS | April 12th, 2012
Yesterday the Galaxy traded Paolo Cardozo to Chivas in exchange for Brazilian defender David Junior Lopes.
Before any of you English majors attack me for misuse of the quote above, I am not asking where Paolo went. He went to Chivas. I am asking, appropriately for the quote, about his true nature. See, I think we fans, or at least some of us, had a kind of romance with Cardozo. He is young, fleet footed, attacking, and exciting. He really showed a great deal of potential last season when partnered up front with Keane. J-ro and the Guessmonkey over at the COG actually read an email from me extolling his virtues as a striker and I think J-ro even agreed with me.
But the reality is that for all that potential, he never produced. He held the ball too long. He couldn’t finish his shots. He was getting chances and looking good, but he wasn’t getting much in the way of results. Perhaps he would be better as a CAM, but that’s just not the formation Arena plays. And so, he is now a marginal Galaxy player at best. Buddle, Barrett, and even Christman are probably above him in the striker pecking order. Maybe Donovan too. In the midfield he is sitting behind Magee, Stephens, and possibly even Franklin. He’s good backup, but we just don’t have much use for him now.
Lopes is a 29-year old Brazilian center back. At 6′2″ he is imposing and has some experience as a back line muscler. That’s clearly where we have a need. Despite that, this isn’t such an exciting trade. Yes, a big rugged center back is great. But I’m not sure he’s really any better than Myer or Boyens. It looks like Leonardo may be out longer than expected, so it’s good to have some additional cover. And one more big center back creates a possibility of moving AJDLG to a right back position so Franklin could play mid. Given all that, I think it’s a good deal for the Galaxy. But trading one bench player for another isn’t exactly the stuff of transfer news headlines.