BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Stoke City's formal offer for Houston Dynamo and US national team central defender Geoff Cameron is now in the hands of Major League Soccer.

A source close to the situation has confirmed to YA that the English Premier League club has submitted an offer in recent days and Major League Soccer is now reviewing the submission. A decision could happen at anytime, but it is not expected before Friday.

Cameron, who celebrates his 27th birthday on Thursday, has been with Houston since 2008 when he was drafted with the 42nd pick in the SuperDraft. Since then, he has impressed as both a central defender and a defensive midfielder.

If MLS accepts the offer, Cameron's next step would be to secure a United Kingdom work permit which he will have to win on an appeal as he has only been capped five times by the United States.

To obtain a work permit in Great Britain, a player must play in 75% of his country's national team games in official competitions over the past two years. Last month's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala marked the only time Cameron has appeared in an official international competition.

If a player does not meet this requirement, a work permit must then go through an appeals process which is decided in a subjective manner usually based on that player's importance, talent, and value.

The source further told YA that there is general optimism that Cameron would win on appeal, but it is by no means a sure thing.
Friday July 13, 2012 7:36 pm
Duneman is correct. Do you have any idea what is required to get a US work permit?
I do, having been through it. It's every bit as difficult, for the same good reasons.
Thursday July 12, 2012 8:32 pm
"its just as bad as needing a work permit in the UK."
Almost every country in the world requires you to be a citizen or have a work permit to get a job, unless your a pirate. When I go to the UK to visit friends, technically I am not even suppose to work remotely from my lap top and do emails during the time because I am on a tourist visa and not paying taxes on the money I earned while I was in that country. Do most people still check emails when they are on holiday...sure...but if technically if working (even for a US firm with no connection to the UK) I should try to get a work visa. They might not really care if it was for a week, but you bet it would be an issue if I wanted to be there and stay for a few months. very clearly work in the UK in front of people and the TV can bet every single player needs a work visa to work in the UK. Even Rodgers has not been able to get back to NYRB...not because of MLS but because he cannot get approved by the US government for his visa.
Thursday July 12, 2012 6:45 pm
That slavery mention is a clown comment bro. No one forces anyone to sign a contract in American soccer. I'm so sick of hearing that crap. Getting a 2M dollar offer for one of the league's best players and accepting it without considering it would be crazy.
Wednesday July 11, 2012 12:54 pm
If MLS doesn't let Cameron go it is pretty much saying "Don't bother playing for us if you ave any ambition whatsoever of playing abroad"
Wednesday July 11, 2012 7:19 am
Ed C is right on the money. This is a joke.
Ed C
Wednesday July 11, 2012 2:50 am
how pathetic that MLS has to review this. the league is still a form of slavery where not the team but the LEAGUE gets to make these decisions. its just as bad as needing a work permit in the UK. come on, is a guy who signs for the Prem team likely to lose his job and try to live on benefits over there? yet another antiquated system.

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