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Beasley, Orozco among Puebla players protesting against missing paychecks

Mar 12, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT


Puebla FC has slipped to 15th in the Liga MX’s Clausura table, but the on-field problems are just the tip of the iceberg.

The players, including U.S. internationals DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco, aren’t getting paid. And we don’t mean “Eddie Johnson wants a raise” getting paid, we mean a distinct lack of paychecks.

So Beasley and Orozco were among many of the their teammates as they publicly protested their wage crisis. While Puebla’s president came out Monday to say the players were owed for the last 15 days worth of work, team captain Luis Noriega laid out much deeper burdens than just over a fortnight.


“We want to say that this squad is owed from a month and a half to three months (wages), corresponding to the months of November, January and February, as well as bonuses from last season,” said Noriega.

The report from Tom Marshall says two other MLS connections are on teams facing money problems. Chiapas FC (Gabriel Farfan) and Queretaro (Camilo Sanvezzo) are two more clubs in a bad state.

Surely, the Whitecaps are laughing at the latter bit of news.

Beasley signed a new deal at Puebla this summer, but what good is a contract if it isn’t getting fulfilled? Surely there are plenty of clubs that could use the veterans service across North America.

  1. talgrath - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Say what you will about MLS and its cap structure, low paying contracts and single entity setup, but at least players get their paychecks on time in MLS. You see this all the time in some leagues, teams over promising and then not able to come up with the pay because they missed this or that bit of money from competition or because they’re just so corrupt they think that players will just accept not getting paid. A big part of the reason for the UEFA “fair play” rules is to prevent just this sort of situation from happening, bu CONCACAF doesn’t have the same pull UEFA does to make that a reality.

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