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United's Gallardo and Peralta May Face Surgery

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Midfielder Marcelo Gallardo and defender Gonzalo Peralta, Argentines who have played influential roles in reviving D.C. United's regular season campaign, will be evaluated by a sports hernia specialist in Munich today and might have to undergo surgery.

Gallardo, the highest-paid player in club history and the team's playmaker, has missed two U.S. Open Cup games and two SuperLiga matches. Peralta, a center back who has helped stabilize the backline, has missed the SuperLiga tournament.

Surgery is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow and, if necessary, Saturday. If operations are required and no long-term damage is discovered, the players would likely be sidelined three weeks.

The specialist, Ulrike Muschaweck, is surgical chief at Hernia Center Munich and has performed a breakthrough procedure that has allowed injured MLS players and other athletes to return to competition in significantly less time than in the past.

With Gallardo sidelined, United has received mixed results from Rod Dyachenko and has had to turn to forward Jaime Moreno in a withdrawn role to run the attack. Without Peralta, United has conceded five goals in SuperLiga losses to Mexican opponents Chivas and Atlante.

United (7-7-1) has a six-game unbeaten streak in regular season play. It has also reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup, but to have a chance of advancing in the SuperLiga, D.C. will need to beat Houston by three goals Saturday.

Meantime, midfielder Santino Quaranta is listed as questionable for Saturday's game after aggravating a hamstring injury on Tuesday.

United claimed former University of Virginia midfielder Joe Vide off waivers. He started 13 games for New York last year and two for San Jose this season.

· WAMBACH HURT: In San Diego, Abby Wambach was carted off the field on a stretcher with an apparent left leg injury in the first half of the U.S. women's friendly against Brazil, won by the United States, 1-0, on an 85th-minute goal by Natasha Kai.

Wambach collided with Andreia Rosa as they were both going for the ball in the 33rd minute. They both went down and Wambach immediately signaled to the sideline. She was on the turf for several minutes and appeared to be in pain. Paramedics fitted her left leg with an inflatable brace and carted her off to an ambulance.

A team spokesman said Wambach was taken to a hospital for X-rays. Rosa stayed in the game.

Wambach, 28, has 99 career goals for her country, including 19 this year. The United States opens defense of its Olympic title on Aug. 6 against Norway.

· SUPERLIGA: Khano Smith scored on a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time as the New England Revolution posted a 1-0 win over Pachuca in Foxborough, Mass., in a second-round match. . . . In the evening's other match, Chivas USA defeated Santos Languna, 1-0, in Carson, Calif.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports


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