- The Washington Times - Friday, July 18, 2008

D.C. United will miss two of its star Argentine imports for the next three weeks as they recover from hernia surgery.

Key playmaker Marcelo Gallardo and defender Gonzalo Peralta were scheduled for surgery Friday for sports hernias at the Hernia Center in Munich. Gallardo will have “bilateral sports hernia” surgery, and Peralta will have work done on “his left side,” according to the club’s Web site.

Gallardo, United’s highest paid player at $1.8 million a year, has not played since the club’s 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on June 29. Peralta has been out since the team’s U.S. Open Cup win over Chicago on July 8.

Surgeon Ulrike Muschaweck, who performed similar operations on United defender Bryan Namoff, former United players Justin Moose and Christian Gomez and English star Michael Owen, will perform the surgeries. Recovery normally takes two to three weeks.

Since Peralta’s absence, United’s defense has conceded five goals in two SuperLiga losses. United faces the Houston Dynamo in the SuperLiga on Saturday at RFK Stadium.

In other news, United released Peruvian goalie Jose Carvallo. He joined United on Jan. 28 and made one start for the club - a 4-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on April 12.

- John Haydon

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