MLS, Stoke City agree on fee for Cameron

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Geoff Cameron is one step closer to the English Premier League.

According to multiple reports out of England, Stoke City and Major League Soccer have agreed on a $2.5 million transfer fee that would send the Houston defender abroad. Stoke are still negotiating personal terms with the U.S. national team centerback and need FIFA to grant an international clearance. Cameron currently falls short of the regulation that requires a player to appear in at least 75% of competitive internationals over the past two years, having appeared five times during that span. However, former USA manager Bob Bradley is reportedly willing to testify that Cameron would have been selected more often were it not for injuries.

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates said that he could see no reason why Cameron would not be granted an international clearance but is taking nothing for granted. The $2.5 million deal was an even compromise between MLS's opening demand of $3 million and Stoke City's opening bid of $2 million.

Cameron, 27, is currently negotiating a contract with Stoke, which finished14th in the EPL last season while surrendering 53 goals. The club is preparing to arrive in the United States on Sunday to begin a summer tour of North America.

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49 Responses to MLS, Stoke City agree on fee for Cameron

  1. Ken says:

    Bradley head coach? Injury? What are you talking about?

  2. Eursnob says:

    SBI described BB as a “former” manager, which is accurate.

  3. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    Congrats, Jeff. Here’s to another American making a great name for himself abroad. Cheers!

  4. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:


  5. beto says:

    didn’t the negotiations begin with Stoke at $1m and MLS at $3m? If so sounds like $2.5m and MLS won that.

  6. K-Town says:

    Bradley would testify that Cameron would have been selected during Bradley’s tenure 1-2 years ago more often had it not been for injuries. Since FIFA looks back at the last two years worth of caps, that would help Cameron’s case as to why he had no caps back then when Bradley was manager.

  7. Old School says:

    First step down. Now go make the most of it Geoff.

    Good luck!

  8. Slowreno says:

    Good news for Cameron, the MLS, and the Nats. Glad to see the fee half way to 3 and not half way to 2.

    Now we just have to await the finale to the Dempsey transfer saga..

  9. n8ngrimm says:

    Why do you have to play in 75% of national team games to be able to play internationally? That sounds arbitrary.

  10. Ben says:

    Good for everyone. Glad this was worked out.

  11. Creige says:

    I’m willing to bet between travel costs and man hours that Stoke spent about the same amount that they saved on the deal. Maybe they were really enjoying their stay and thought this was a great way to draw it out. Of course I think it’s great that Cameron is going to play in the EPL. I only wish it was for Everton.

  12. Henry Alvarado says:

    Seeing as so many US players have changed club recently; What is our team going to look like next month in Mexico. Is JK going to call on the players that just arrived into new clubs or is he going to let them settle in first. I hope we are able to put a competitive team for the Azteca game.

  13. Henry Alvarado says:

    It’s the British process to get a working visa for non European and non Common Wealth nations.

  14. Geoff says:

    As Henry said, to work in the UK or any country you have to have a work permit.

    UK work permit rules for non-EU and non-Commonwealth footballers state that you must play in 75% of competitive internationals in order to receive a permit. But there is an appeals process that Cameron will probably be accepted through.

  15. BSU SC says:

    He’s well on his way to being one of the key elements for the USMNT in 2014. We’ll definitely need him to be on top of his game at that time.

  16. What? says:

    I think the writer is confused about ITC (international transfer certificate) from FIFA and a work permit for the UK which the FA not FIFA have to approve and requires the 75% thing

  17. drew11 says:

    I wouldn’t take the WP for granted. The relatively small transfer fee, his age and the lack of 75% caps could sink this move.

  18. Geoff says:

    I should have said hopefully, not probably.

  19. solles says:

    Glad to see Geoff closer to making the step to the Premier League, too bad it’s to anti-football Stoke.

  20. Geoff says:

    Yeah, it’s not FIFA’s call. FIFA has nothing to do with it.

  21. biff says:

    Great news. Hope he can agree to a good contract. Cameron continues to improve rapidly and I would not be surprised to see him do well in the next 12-18 months and attract the attention of a big club. Like a lot of players in Europe, he should demand a clause that allows him to transfer in the future at a certain fee level without Stoke being able to block the move. With the modest transfer fee that Stoke is paying MLS, a set fee in the range of $5-8 would be more than fair to Stoke.

  22. biff says:

    Speaking of European contracts, a Scottish newspaper has a story revealing Maurice Edu’s estimated salary at Rangers. I was surprised, did not think he would have been earning that much.

  23. kevdflb says:

    And it isn’t even the FA – it’s the Home Office, part of the British government.

  24. Garth says:

    Don’t get that paragraph… FIFA has nothing to do with his transfer. Home Office (british immigration office) has to approve his work permit and they set up the special national team threshold for footballers.

  25. bkyn says:

    Does having a college degree help get a permit?

  26. bryan says:

    “FIFA to grant an international clearance” – wrong

    “$60M for Modric” – wrong

    come on SBI writers, a little sloppy! still love you though…lol

  27. Jon says:

    Mo in Spain?! With Valencia?! In the CL?!


  28. Old School says:

    Is that you, Arsene Wenger?

  29. Herman Edwards says:

    Why not?!?!?

  30. NaranjaFanatic says:

    I don’t know but it might help in writing an accurate story.

  31. The Imperative Voice says:

    UK work permit standard is 75% of A matches, which you can argue and/or appeal and argue you’re equivalent to. Non UK/EU need work permit (EU gets treated like UK because of right to work treaty laws). Brad Friedel was once denied but Eddie Johnson was approved.

    You can squabble about what was an “A” game in terms of the initial standard, or whether other factors should be considered on appeal.

    There is also a lesser known part of the rule where your country has to average in the top 70 in FIFA but we’ve never had to worry about that.

  32. The Imperative Voice says:

    Indeed. The ITC is FIFA transfer clearance and I don’t see why Houston or MLS or FIFA would oppose because presumably we’re in the window still. Should be a formality.

    The separate issue once the transfer is final and the ITC clearance given is the UK work permit and that is very much not a formality.

  33. The Imperative Voice says:

    Before we have him leveraging this for the next big deal we might want to have him play for Stoke first.

  34. zayss''fr/ewa says:

    seems every American goes through this appeal. It’s kinda funny actually. Why do the English even have this? The swedes don’t. The French don’t.

    besides he’s an American player. No threat to them

  35. zayss''fr/ewa says:

    AGREED. Cameron is a decent player. Let’s just hope he does well at Stoke and stays there. They usually finish mid-table which is not bad

  36. zayss''fr/ewa says:

    He’s not good enough to start. But as depth sure? A lower league club like Racing Santander or Hercules sure

  37. zayss''fr/ewa says:

    12.5 K a week. I always thought it would be higher. But I guess it’s still way more than any other club in SCOTLAND

  38. biff says:

    come on, man. admit it: u r joking. 12,500 pounds a week = 650,000 pounds a year = equals $1,000,000 a year. I would have thought he was making less than half that in Scotand. but, yeah, not as good as he will be doing in Spain if Valencia takes him onboard, which I would love to see but which, quite frankly, surprises the heck out of me.

  39. biff says:

    it’s really not such a big deal to stick a transfer fee clause in a contract. a lot of European players do this. and, come to think of it, MLS players would be wise to do the same thing with their contracts to avoid being at the mercy of MLS when a European club comes knocking on the door.

  40. GW says:

    Actually, if Cameron were no threat to British center halves who might otherwise be signed by Stoke then he would not get a permit.

    The basic idea is to try and keep football jobs open for British players. All these permiting hoops are designed to insure that any American player who gets approved is of a certain standard.

    The US does a similar thing with green cards in that you have to show some sort of exceptional level of performance in your profession ( for example, winning a Nobel Prize in physics would do).

  41. Roger says:

    Main reason I got season tix, should have been overseas 2 years ago, glad he got his form back after the knee injury. I’ve been comparing him to Lucio for a few years now I hope he has the same success abroad. I wish I could post the pic he took with me at Dave and Busters (I must have been the only one that recognized him lol)… Get’em Bow Tie Killer!

  42. solles says:

    pffft you’d think so wouldn’t you. but typically it makes no difference.

  43. solles says:

    Errrr… because Swedes and French hold EU passports? C’mon dude do some learning.

  44. Septic Bladder says:

    If it were this would only be a matter of writing a cheque…

  45. Brian says:

    Mehh…Rodgers got a work permit and so did Bedoya.

  46. Hogatroge Abroad says:

    Agree about Everton. Plus, the Blue jerseys w/ yellow collars are so much more aesthetically pleasing than Stoke’s.

  47. Hogatroge Abroad says:

    I’m wondering myself, but I expect Stoke had better release him or their work permit argument will look a little shady.

  48. Hogatroge Abroad says:

    Pretty sure he’s talking about the French and Swedish leagues, not players from those nations going to the UK.