The next day of reckoning now seem to be Friday when it comes to finally getting a decision from MLS as to whether the Dynamo def/mid will go to Stoke City in England.
Stoke has put in an offer that is believed to be 2.5 million dollars according to my sources . This is a wonderful offer for a young man who a few short years ago was on a contract of 34k after being selected in the MLS draft by Dominic Kinnear and the Houston Dynamo out of the University of Rhode Island.
At 27 years of age this offer and opportunity is not likely to come around again for Cameron. All parties involved want it to happen except MLS for the moment who seem to be hedging.
Why should this happen?
Geoff Cameron should be allowed to realize his dreams by going to the top league on the planet. His life will be altered dramatically both financially and as a stretch competing with and amongst the best. What player would not want to take this opportunity. The Cameron story is an amazing one.
For MLS and the Dynamo this is a win win.
A chance to remind that this league can produce talent capable of playing in Europe and talent that is of interest to EPL and European teams.
Everyone wins and it is a positive story.
The Dynamo are then able to take 2/3 of the transfer fee and re-invest it in their team. In this case it could lead to more attacking players in the mold of Boniek Garcia which at the moment seems to be a need.
The club continues to go forward, the player goes forward and positive press and pr is gained.
One argument against this is that MLS is a feeder league to Europe. It really is a silly argument because 99 percent of the league around the world are feeder leagues to the top leagues in Europe based on money, prestige and power which all lies in European soccer.
So yes MLS, you are a feeder league. So is the Mexican first Division, so is the Argentine first Division, so is the Brazilian first division as is the Portuguese first division.
You get my point. This is nothing to be ashamed of. I am ready for MLS and those associated to get over our complex. Be proud of what we are, be less sensitive as we grow.
What is MLS player policy when it comes to transfers?
I believe it is currently done on a case by case basis.
You certainly will always have to sell players to Europe.
Stop allowing possibility for players and youthful talent to leave your league and agents will find ways to by-pass you.
Who makes the final call on Geoff Cameron?
Is it Commissioner Don Garber? Is it ownership groups or someone assigned within the league office?
It is this nebulous area that confuses fans and more transparency is needed here because fans are emotionally attached to players.
They need to know what the process is.
If this deal with Stoke does not come off the Dynamo are going to be stuck with one bitter player whose dreams will not be realized. The Dynamo, manager Dominic Kinnear, President Chris Canetti all know the answer to this dilemma and that is Geoff Cameron moving to Europe .
For all involved lets hope that MLS does the right thing because after all, all parties stand to gain from this.
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