Gros Out for 2008 Season Because of Head Injuries
D.C. United midfielder Josh Gros, a starter most of his four MLS seasons, will not play this year after suffering three head injuries in 2007.
"He does not plan to play the 2008 season due to the effects of his many concussions," Dan Segal, Gros's agent, wrote in an e-mail yesterday. "He has made no other decisions about the future."
United had anticipated Gros's decision and began planning for this season without him.
Gros, 25, has left open the possibility of a comeback in 2009 or beyond, but since the end of the season, accepted a job at an engineering firm.
"We will probably sit down with Josh in the next week or so to see what his long-term plans are," United General Manager Dave Kasper said. "In the short term, we know what they are."
Perhaps the team's finest all-around athlete, Gros was influential on both wings and also filled defensive roles during 101 regular season starts. He has nine career goals and 14 assists.
Last spring, during a match in Mexico, he experienced headaches, dizziness and blurred vision after getting hit on the head with the ball. He only missed one game, but in August, a similar episode sidelined him for four games. Another spell in Mexico in October ended his season.
He has visited specialists in Washington, Pittsburgh and Concord, Mass.
Head injuries ended MLS veteran Ross Paule's career three years ago and sidelined United's Alecko Eskandarian, now with Real Salt Lake, for much of the 2005 season.
Meantime, Kasper said the club hopes to reach resolutions with forward Jaime Moreno and midfielder Christian Gomez in the next two weeks. Moreno is considering opportunities outside MLS, while Gomez is out of contract and exploring options.
Kasper declined to comment on South American media reports that United is interested in Argentine players Claudio Lopez, Marcelo Gallardo and Gonzalo Peralta.
-- Steven Goff