Friday, June 17, 2011

Camilo On The Way Out?

The transfer season for most leagues are less than a month away from opening and the reports are escalating to a fever pitch.  Normally the majority of discussions are associated with the major European clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea or Barcelona raiding the smaller clubs but today there was a report of a team coming after Whitecap striker Camilo.  There was a report earlier today of a club from Kuwait, Al-Qadsiya, making an offer of about $500,000 for the Brazilian striker.

After playing 2010 in Maltese and Korean leagues, Camilo was brought over on a trial in the preseason and earned a MLS contract with his strong play.  He burst onto the MLS scene in his first start against Sporting KC when he dramatically scored two goals in injury time to earn the team a draw.  While he has only scored two since that game, Camilo has also earned three penalty kicks which were all converted by Eric Hassli.

Is it possible for the Whitecaps to unload their second leading goal scorer when the team is struggling to find the back of the net on a regular basis?  Recently the Chicago Fire sold Gaston Puerari to a Mexican side but there were immediate reports that another player would be signed to replace the Uruguayan.  In this case the player had not made the impact the Fire had hoped for unlike Camilo who has made a difference with the Whitecaps.
The only scenario that could see the Whitecaps selling Camilo to the Middle East club is if they already have options to bring to the team when the window opens.  If they haven’t secured anyone yet and with Atiba Harris still on the sidelines it would be assumed that there would be a small possibility that the Brazilian moves on.  Obviously the move would have to be agreed upon by the Whitecaps front office but if Camilo really wanted to go, it would not be wise to keep someone who didn’t want to play in Vancouver.

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