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Whitecaps transfer Camilo Sanvezzo to Mexico's Queretaro FC
The Vancouver Whitecaps have parted ways with star striker Camilo Sanvezzo, shipping the Brazilian goal-scorer to Mexican club Queretaro Fútbol Club, in Liga MX.
The transfer was completed at a multi-million dollar fee.
"We have made the decision to part ways with Camilo Sanvezzo," said Whitecaps BC head coach Carl Robinson, on Friday (WhitecapsFC.com). "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."
In three seasons with Vancouver, Camilo scored 39 goals in 92 appearances. He won the MLS's Golden Boot award last season, 2013, as the league's leading goal scorer with 22.
Sanvezzo is 25-years-old.
At the start of January, Sanvezzo was photographed in a Queretaro jersey and the shots were posted to Twitter by the Mexican club, sparking controversy, rumour, and tempered outrage from the Whitecaps.
Camilo was under contract with the Whitecaps through the 2014 season at the time. His salary was $200,000 USD last year.
Yesterday, MLS commissioner Don Garber said he was "very disappointed" by Camilo's actions and by what had taken place, as it became clear the Whitecaps – and Major League Soccer – would lose its star.
"I'm soccer guy for the past 15 years, but I'm also an American sports guy," Garber said.
"When you sign a contract, you honour it... If I sign an employment contract, I honour it. And FIFA will honor it to protect our system. We just gotta manage through it."
I feel bad for the Whitecaps. I feel bad for (Robinson)."
Queretaro president Adolfo Rios made the following statement on Thursday, after finally and officially luring Sanvezzo to Mexico:
"We are pleased to report that we've come to an agreement with Camilo Sanvezzo and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. On behalf of our club, we sincerely regret our misunderstanding in regards to Camilo's contract earlier in the process."
Earlier this month, Rios said he was under the impression that Sanvezzo was a free agent and therefore able to sign with Queretaro or any other team.
Caps select 3 in MLS SuperDraft
On Thursday, the Vancouver Whitecaps selected three new (potential) stars in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
The Caps selected NCAA (California Golden Bears) defender Christian Dean with the third overall pick.
"It's insane," Dean said afterwars (video below). "I'm really happy. Being picked third overall is a great experience... I'm just really excited.
"I'm from California, so I've never really been up north. Hopefully, it's all that I expected."
Vancouver also took Jamaican midfielder Andre Lewis with the seventh overall pick, and UConn striker Mamadou Diouf with the 30th overall pick in the draft's second round.
"I've identified the three players I wanted, and I was lucky that it fell into place," head coach Carl Robinson said on Thursday. "These were three of the four or five that I wanted. I'm very excited to bring them on board and give them an opportunity. I will give my young players an opportunity this year. And I think they've all got something."