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Americans Abroad

Cameron to move from Houston to Stoke City of EPL, pending work permit.

By Robert Wagman
(in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Tuesday, July 10, 2012) -- American Geoff Cameron appears on his way from the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer to Stoke City in England's Premier League, if he can get an English work permit.

Stoke and the Dynamo have jointly announced they have agreed on a $2.7 million transfer fee for the center-back. "The club is in favor of this transfer and we are in support of it happening," Dynamo president Chris Canetti told reporters. "We will continue to work with the league as they go through the process and make their decision."

The United Kingdom work permit remains a hurdle. Cameron has not played in enough matches with the United States men to meet the test for an automatic permit. So his application will initially be denied, but then, on appeal, it will go to a hearing by a committee. In the recent past, players in similar circumstances -- such as defender Tim Ream -- have won appeals. So Cameron's prospects look good.

If the situation for the three Americans playing for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland could get any more confusing, a move by the new owners has thrown the issue of who owns their contracts into more legal wrangling.

Five Rangers players, not the three Americans -- defender Carlos Bocanegra, and midfielders Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya -- have already signed contracts with news teams, but the new Rangers owners are suing to prevent their needed international clearances, claiming the players contracts are part of the old Rangers' assets they bought out of bankruptcy.

Attacker Steven Naismith (Everton), defender Steve Davis (Southampton), defender-midfielder Steven Whittaker (Norwich City), and midfielder Jamie Ness (Stoke City) all signed new pacts in England, while midfielder-forward Kyle Lafferty went to Sion of Switzerland). They were advised by the Scottish players' union that their contracts would not transfer to what is called "newco Rangers," the after-bankruptcy Rangers, making them free transfers.

New owner Charles Green's Sevco consortium, which bought the Rangers' assets, sent a letter to every team in England, warning them that the players are in breach of contract. The ownership has filed suit to invalidate the new contracts.

With the suit now comes a potentially lengthy process of arbitration and then the issues could move to the courts. Under world governing body FIFA's rules, the Scottish Football Association can request temporary registration from FIFA to allow the players to play during the period of arbitration. Whether their potential new clubs will sign them on this basis is unknown.

American striker Mike Grella is moving on to yet another lower-division team in England. Reports say the 25-year-old forward has signed a two-year contact with Scunthorpe United of the third-tier League One, where Gella played last season with Bury.

Including loans, Scunthorpe will be the sixth club Grella has played for since turning professional in 2009.

American defender Zak Whitbread, who has parted ways with Norwich City of the English Premier League, used his current unemployed status to keep his driver's license.

Whitbread admitted to driving 97 miles per hour in a 70 zone. He was fined $6,200 and assessed eight points, giving him 17 points. Normally, 12 points would bring a suspension of his driver's license, but Whitbread argued successfully to a magistrate that he could not find a new job without be allowed to drive.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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