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Reports say Camilo sold to Querétaro; did Major League Soccer just lose its Golden Boot winner?

Jan 6, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

Camilo-Mexico

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.

So it caught everyone off guard today when pictures emerged of Camilo in a Querétaro kit. (The photo above is from the club’s official website.) How could that be?

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.

  1. midtec2005 - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    MLS needs to raise the salary cap some to try to prevent Mexican clubs from raiding the league. It is beginning to look like that may start happening.

  2. footballer4ever - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Liga MX may try to raid the league by snatching some decent/good MLS players, but Liga MX will never be an attractive destination to any high profile footballer.

    • Steve Davis - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Come on, man. You cannot be serious with that. I mean, I don’t expect Cristiano Ronaldo to sign up for Toluca of whoever anytime soon … but you do understand that Liga MX ALREADY HAS plenty of talented, popular players, right? And they are quite well, paid. (That’s not to mention several US internationals … or maybe you don’t consider U.S. national team players “high profile footballers?”)

      • footballer4ever - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Steve,

        Thanks for responding and I will try to be as objective as I can.

        Liga MX is a decent football league in the sense that it’s got the infrastructure and re$ources to buy good players mostly from South America. The fact football is king in Mexicon and the many Mexicans who follow that league from the States only help$ their cause. That is a fact and it is what it is. Having said that, LigaMX is not an attractive league for neither a Ronaldo/Messi/Henry/ etc in their prime or out of it. The fact the South American football leagues have suffered due to their economy has forced many good footballers to go to Mexico with the hopes to catapult them to Europe or better salaries. Lately, LigaMX was forced to up their ante and try to adjust to the competition that MLS is slowly becoming from the rebranding of the league to building some new stadiums and even having youth players born and living in the states to commit to play in their league/national team. Their own footballers are even upset that the league is leaning more towards foreigners than to invest and develop players within their youth population. Case in point, C.F. Chivas, once proud to have only Mexicans in their squad, it will be only a matter of time before that stops if things don’t improve with their “Chivas USA” only to hire Mexicans.

        Even though a different kind of football rules in the states, I would roll the dice on MLS improving and growing more on the long run than LigaMX. In case you might not know, LigaMX is not a league that is popular to follow among non-Mexicans and maybe neither MLS, but slowly that mentality is changing as long as the quality continues to grow on and off the field.

  3. nobandwagoners - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Totally disgusted by Camilo’s actions (irrespective if he’s acting in the advice of his agent or not). It’s clear he doesn’t want to stay in Vancouver and the MLS – that doesn’t change if he has a contract (which he decides he doesn’t want to abide by now) or if he doesn’t have a contract (and rather not negotiate a new one here).

    All of Camilo’s talk last season about how much he liked Vancouver (and even floating the idea of obtaining citizenship) are all blown away by his recent actions even IF it is simply a negotiating ploy. That’s not how negotiations are done here (or should not be). Just a huge disappointment and as a diehard Caps fan I don’t know that I’d want to see him back. He’s burned this bridge.

    First Mattocks’ selfish comments in the offseason, the whole coaching boondoggle and now Camilo’s antics! It’s hard being a Caps fan.

    • footballer4ever - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      It’s understandable that Camilo is going after the almight dollar, or in this case Mexican Peso, to get paid more, but as MLS continues to grow it will eventually will benefit from the peasant footballers to the future DP’s. Anyways, with the obvious MLS grown, MLS must do better in the next CBA to take care of the footballers who have sacrificed and kept quiet in the past in order to make sure not to ruin the league/sport’s growth in the states, but the time is coming that MLS must take care of others than just designated players.

    • footballer4ever - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Hey Whitecaps fan,

      Hold your head high as your football club/fans are a wonderful participant to our league. Any footballer acting like Camilo are just being $hortsighted and compromising their future in a country in which foreigners, or non mexican footballers, are really not that welcomed to say the least. Let’s hope he excels there because I would hate to be him coming back to MLS with the tail between the legs.

  4. talgrath - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Hmmm, I smell lawsuits. Man I wish I was a sports lawyer for this one, cha-ching.

  5. 127taringa - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Does anyone know what kind of money Camilo would of been offered by the Mexican side?

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