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MLS reigning Golden Boot winner officially off to Liga MX

Jan 17, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

Camilo Sanvezzo AP

MLS Golden Boot winner and disgruntled striker Camilo Sanvezzo has officially flown the league coop.

In a bizarre saga that began with Sanvezzo posing for a photo in a Queretaro shirt, Sanvezzo has succeeded in forcing a transfer from the Vancouver Whitecaps to the Liga MX club.

“We have made the decision to part ways with Camilo Sanvezzo. In doing so, we were able to negotiate a club record transfer fee that will give us additional flexibility as we continue to build our club for the upcoming season and beyond,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson.

Let’s face facts: the gritty, no-nonsense Robinson wasn’t going to work well with the sort of personality that would pull a stunt like Sanvezzo pulled Jan. 6 in Mexico, and the Whitecaps will be able to hunt for one or two able-bodied replacements with the transfer fee (figures thrown-about have included $2 million).

Still Sanvezzo produced mightily for the Whitecaps, even if the hat trick that earned him the Golden Boot came in a nothing match. The 25-year-old scored 39 goals and added 16 assists during 92 games with Vancouver.

  1. williamparaguay - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    MLS will never be as big as it aspires to be if it keeps selling their best players and prospects to Liga MX

    • overtherepermanently - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      One best player forced his way out with an unprofessional stunt. One prospect, Villareal, was loaned with the possibility of being sold. Two guys who fit neither category joined him. Not exactly a trend yet.

  2. mkbryant3 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Will, did you read the article? Camilo forced his way out. Read Ridge’s (SoccerAmerica) article on this for a great analysis of when a player’s heart is elsewhere. Nothing a team can do to keep him after that, really. But a sleazy way to go and FIFA frowns on this type of meddling by the destination team.

    That being said, I hope Camilo tears his ACL.

  3. mlsconvert88888 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Man, I was really hoping FIFA would get involved and drop the hammer on Camillo and Queretaro, but I suppose either way VWFC was gonna get shafted and at least now they have some compensation.

    Heh, I don’t have quite the animosity towards Camillo as mkbryant3 (I’m guess you’re a caps fan?) but I wouldn’t mind seeing a guy who pulls shenanigans like this get his comeuppance.

  4. seanb20124 - Jan 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    As Tim Vickery once said, Nothing more useless than a footballer that doesn’t want to play for you.

  5. dws110 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I hope other clubs remember this when his contract at Queretaro is up.

  6. mvktr2 - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    The upshot is that Queretaro ultimately did the right thing. Apparently the agent approached Queretaro and told them he was out of contract because the agent didn’t understand club-options which Van. exercised. MLS saved face and realistically I had estimated Camillo’s value at 2-2.2 million on a good day unless he was being sold to a big 4 league in Europe.

    Most importantly MLS didn’t play hardball as some wanted them to and sent the message that they are a player friendly league that acts reasonably. Forcing Camilo back to Van. would have been the worst thing they could have done.

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