[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
described Monday's photo of Camilo in a Queretaro uniform "like a kick in the midsection."
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
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
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 Goal.com 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
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) 2014:
, San Jose 2013:
, New England Wandrille Lefevre
, Montreal Peter Luccin
Dallas Peguy Luyindula
, New York Frederic Piquionne
, Portland Mikael
, Portland Djimi Traore
, Seattle 2012: Hassoun
, Montreal Dimitry Imbongo
, New England Saer Sene
, New England 2011: Mouloud Akloul,
Vancouver Aurelien Collin
, Sporting KC Miguel Comminges
, Colorado Laurent Courtois
, Chivas USA Ousmane Dabo
England Didier Domi
, New England Eric Hassli
, Vancouver Eddy
, Toronto Monsef Zerka
, New England 2010: Stephane Auvray
, Kansas City Leandre Griffit
, Columbus Thierry Henry
, New York
2009: Julien Baudet
, Colorado Sebastien Le Toux
, Seattle ARENA REJOINS GALAXY. Kenny Arena
, son of LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena
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