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MLS reigning Golden Boot winner officially off to Liga MX

Jan 17, 2014, 3:34 PM EST

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.

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