A bizarre situation is unfolding in Vancouver, where Major League Soccer’s leading scorer may or may not be bound for a smaller club in Mexico, Querétaro, depending on which report you believe. Or, in this case, which organization has it right.
Whispers began last week that Camilo, the Vancouver Whitecaps goal scorer who came on so forcefully along the back half of 2013, eventually capturing the league’s Golden Boot with a final day hat trick, was bound for the Mexican club in the January window.
“Nothing to see here, folks,” was the response from BC Place. Club president Bob Lenarduzzi dismissed the rumors and ensured everyone that Camilo would be in training camp later this month.
Especially since the Whitecaps reminded everyone via Twitter that the skillful midfielder-forward was, after all, still under contract with the MLS club.
Potential outcome here: Camilo’s agent or one of his representatives has seriously miscalculated the letter of FIFA law here, attempting to enforce leverage where it doesn’t really exist. In that case, Camilo and/or the Mexican club could be in trouble.
There is also the possibility of hurt feelings and damaged relationships here, which is hardly what new manager Carl Robinson wants to be dealing with as he preps for his first training camp as a professional coach.
The XI is set in a 3-4-3, with the New York Red Bulls, DC United, and Atlanta United leading the way with a pair of players each.
My predictions? Well, I only got six correct. Whoops. The only absence that really surprises me is Graham Zusi, and Sporting KC not having representation at all. I guess that explains why SKC manager Peter Vermes is going to be announced as the next USMNT– Wait, what’s that? Oh. I’ll stop talking.
2018 MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper: Zack Steffen (Columbus)
Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (RBNY), Aaron Long (RBNY), Chad Marshall (Seattle)
Midfielders: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta), Luciano Acosta (DC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Serie A lags behind other top European league in TV money, which has hindered its ability to recruit top end talent relative to its competitors.
Ricci says if American sports see value in bringing their top leagues to Europe, it holds that the reverse would be true. From the BBC:
“If we look at some other more developed leagues in terms of commercial strategy; the NBA and NFL, they are exporting one or two of their matches abroad, to the UK or elsewhere in Europe. I think it is a good strategy. It is a way to export something that is not an exhibition.”
Would a regular season match bring any more eyes or attention than the International Champions Cup, at least enough to offset the sacrifice of atmosphere? It seems doubtful, but the money is the key here. Italy wants to catch up with Spain, Germany, and England.
Sticking with the orange and blue color combination which has served them since inception, the shield has FC in the top left corner, Cincinnati running diagonally left-to-right in blue script on white, and a winged lion holding a sword as the primary icon.