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.