MLS Players - Loan Logjam

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by QuakeAttack, Aug 28, 2002.

  1. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Member+

    Apr 10, 2002
    California - Bay Area
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From Soccer America MLS Confidential Newsletter:

    "LOAN LOGJAM: MLS players will find it nearly impossible to go on loan
    to European clubs until January because of new transfer deadlines.

    Loans and transfers must be completed by Sept. 1 and not until Jan. 1
    will a second transfer window open up.

    Players not registered with clubs by Sept. 1 cannot play for those
    clubs in official competitions until January and FIFA statutes
    prevent a player from being registered with more than one team at the
    same time.

    FIFA imposed this statute several years ago when Jorge Campos was
    bouncing back and forth across the border to play in MLS and the
    Mexican League.

    Most players are ready for a break but one coming off injury, such as
    Ben Olsen, would relish a few more months of action.

    The statutes also prohibit Bayer Leverkusen from registering Landon
    Donovan to play in 2002. MLS would have to issue an international
    registration transfer certificate for this to be done.

    National associations in confederations other than UEFA are supposed
    to have their league's transfer windows submitted to FIFA no later
    than Sept. 1."
  2. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Zone 14
    Columbus Crew
    who knew mls had such an influence on FIFA
  3. soccertim

    soccertim Member

    Mar 29, 2001
    Re: Re: MLS Players - Loan Logjam

    Thank god they didn't adopt the shootout...
  4. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078
    Re: Re: Re: MLS Players - Loan Logjam

    and we'll never know which voter made the deciding vote on that 4-3 decision
  5. kevbrunton

    kevbrunton New Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Edwardsburg, MI
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    First, considering how long our season is and how many (few) games they play, I'd think that most of our players would be ready to head overseas if they could keep playing.

    Second, I'd think Bennie would be the last example you'd want to use as a player want to go on loan in the winter -- isn't that where his problems started?
  6. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078
    i don't think this ruling will last very long

    i think it's pretty easy to come up with a ruling to say no jumping back and forth, if they want to say that is the problem... otherwise, i don't think this is a beneficial rule for soccer in this country and the world
  7. PZ

    PZ Member

    Apr 11, 1999
    Ipswich Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Campos? I'd have thought Hernandez would have done more to cause a ruling like that.
  8. slacker

    slacker Member

    Nov 20, 2001
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree that this will probably make it hard for MLS players to get anything more than "training trips" for Euro teams (who would really just be doing us a favor to let our players train with them).

    If a loaned player can't start until Jan 1, won't the Euro club probably want the player until the end of their season (i.e. beyond the start of MLS '03 season)?

    Also, do these restrictions on registration with multiple clubs prohibit an MLS player who is on loan (say to an English D1 team) from returning to the US in April to begin the MLS season? Is there any restriction on MLS picking the player right back up after completion of a loan?

    This could realy restrict offseason opportunities for MLS players . . .
  9. Sachin

    Sachin New Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    La Norte
    DC United
    Re: Re: MLS Players - Loan Logjam

    No, a loan is essentially a limited time transfer with some other caveats attached (i.e. cup-ties, no sell-ons, etc.). The player's rights would revert back to the original club at the end of the loan.


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