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Camilo shows up in Mexico, 'Caps take kick in midsection
by Paul Kennedy, January 6th, 2014 6:43PM

TAGS:  d.c. united, mexico, mls, vancouver whitecaps


[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] The curious case of Camilo continued as the 2013 MLS leading scorer was unveiled by Mexican club Queretaro as its latest signing. Problem is, the Vancouver Whitecaps exercised its option on Camilo for the 2014 season in November. The Camilo saga has drawn out several weeks, but 'Caps president Bob Lenarduzzi described Monday's photo of Camilo in a Queretaro uniform "like a kick in the midsection."

Lenarduzzi told reporters in Vancouver on Monday that MLS advised had advised Queretaro last week that Camilo's contract was valid.

"This morning they did so again in writing," he said.

He called Queretaro's move to present Camilo as "unacceptable and inappropriate."

Lenarduzzi was asked if there had been any negotiations with Camilo about redoing his contract following his Best XI season.

"Once the season concluded," he said, "we had the coaching situation to deal with, and we also spoke with players, and Camilo was included in that process, in their exit meetings. We didn’t get into specifics at that time but obviously we were aware of the fact that he had a good year and it was something that we would take away and consider, but hadn’t got into any real details with him or his agent."

Regardless of what may or may not have transpired or been perceived to have transpired, Lenarduzzi said a contract was a contract.

"There’s no suggestion that we would have not sat down with him and actually looked at a new contract," he added. "There are unique situations that we as a club believe there’s an opportunity to reward somebody, even though they’re under contract, and this is one of those situations. Having said all of that, a contract is a contract.

This isn't the first time Queretaro has seemingly jumped the gun on a signing. It announced DaMarcus Beasley had been acquired from Puebla only for the deal for the U.S. left back to never materialize.

Queretaro finished seventh in the Torneo Apertura but lost in the quarterfinals to Santos. It opened the Torneo Clausura Friday with a 1-0 win over Morelia.

Queretaro was relegated last spring, but its owner,  Amado Yanez, bought Jaguares and moved that club from Chiapas to Queretaro to give the city a team -- known as the Gallos Blancos -- in the Primera Division.

(In a game of musical chairs, San Luis moved to Chiapas, and La Piedad, which took the original Queretaro team's place in the Liga MX, moved to Veracruz.)

REPORT: With the 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine set to begin on Friday, the Colorado Rapids must their coaching situation. Ives Galarcep at reported that 2013 head coach Oscar Pareja, long rumored to be headed back to FC Dallas, which has yet to fill its vacancy, has stepped down. While nothing official has come out of Colorado or Dallas, the Rapids are likely to replace Pareja with Robin Fraser, who was an assistant at the 2013 Supporters' Shield champion New York Red Bulls.

ROBINSON SIGNS WITH D.C. D.C. United signed 19-year-old Wake Forest defender Jalen Robinson to a homegrown contract. He can give D.C. United help at right back or center back, where it needs help and might use the No. 1 pick in next week's SuperDraft to pick one of the two highly rated Cal defenders, Steve Birnbaum or Christian Dean, if the latter signs a Generation adidas contract.

“Jalen is one of the most athletic players in all of college soccer who can play center back or right back,” said D.C. United GM Dave Kasper in a statement. “He is very composed on the ball as he looks to play out of the back, and he also excels at one on one defending.”

Robinson played in 37 games in his two seasons at Wake Forest and scored three goals. He earned second team All-ACC honors in 2013 after anchoring the Demon Deacon defense from his center back position, playing every minute in all but one game that he appeared in. Robinson first broke onto the scene for United’s U-15/16s during the 2009-2010 Development Academy and was named to the USSDA Starting XI. He played two seasons with the U-15/16s and two with the U-17/18s.

Robinson is the seventh homegrown signing by D.C. United. Its most successful signings are 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar, who is now at Anderlecht in Belgium, and goalie Bill Hamid, who is in the U.S. national team camp. Jamaican-born forward Michael Seaton is one of MLS's top teenage prospects, while midfielder Collin Martin played with Robinson at Wake Forest. The other D.C. homegrown players are defenders Conor Shanosky and Ethan White.

WORTH READING: Steve Davis at Pro Soccer Talk explains why Jermaine Jones won't be playing at an MLS stadium near you any time soon.

FRENCH CONNECTION. The San Jose Earthquakes confirmed to multiple publications on Monday that they have agreed to terms with 28-year-old Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi. He is the 20th Frenchman signed by an MLS club in the last three seasons, but it is unique in that he is at the height of his career, captaining Ligue 1 team AC Ajaccio, where he has spent his entire career.

FRENCHIES TO MLS (2009-2014)
Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, San Jose

Kalifa Cisse, New England
Wandrille Lefevre, Montreal
Peter Luccin, FC Dallas
Peguy Luyindula, New York
Frederic Piquionne, Portland
Mikael Silvestre, Portland
Djimi Traore, Seattle

Hassoun Camara, Montreal
Dimitry Imbongo, New England
Saer Sene, New England

Mouloud Akloul, Vancouver
Aurelien Collin, Sporting KC
Miguel Comminges, Colorado
Laurent Courtois, Chivas USA
Ousmane Dabo, New England
Didier Domi, New England
Eric Hassli, Vancouver
Eddy Viator, Toronto
Monsef Zerka, New England

Stephane Auvray, Kansas City
Leandre Griffit, Columbus
Thierry Henry, New York

Julien Baudet, Colorado
Sebastien Le Toux, Seattle

ARENA REJOINS GALAXY. Kenny Arena, son of LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena, has rejoined the MLS club as an assistant coach after two seasons as the head coach at FIU. In his first stint with the Galaxy, Arena coached the Galaxy academy team to the 2011 Under-15/16 Development Academy championship.

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