Perkins Details and Freddy Alert
[UPDATED WITH PERKINS COMMENTS]
From what I have been able to piece together.....
The transfer fee paid by Valerenga to D.C. United/MLS for goalkeeper Troy Perkins was, indeed, close to $750,000 and that Perkins will more than double his salary (which should put him in the range of $200,000 per year). United will collect two-thirds of the fee and use a portion of it to acquire players (it's complicated, don't ask).
Valerenga, currently in the offseason, began pursuing a No. 1 goalkeeper several weeks ago and, when the club was unable to acquire another player from the Norwegian league, turned their attention to Perkins. Valerenga requested permission to bring in Perkins on trial. United declined. So the club made a direct offer. After a bit of negotiating, the deal was struck.
Troy flew back to the States today. I reached him as he was waiting to board his connection in Newark after arriving from Oslo.
He said that, after the season ended, his agent, Patrick McCabe, indicated that there might be European clubs in search of a goalkeeper. So they sent out highlight tapes and waited. Troy and his wife were hiking on the Appalachian Trail when they returned to Washington and received a message from McCabe: Valerenga was interested. "From there, things happened very quickly," he said. "Within a week, they were working on a deal."
Perkins said he was at first a little apprehensive about going to Norway "because it's a new world, a new life, but I think it's going to be great for us."
Reflecting on four years with United, he said: "Nothing but good things. It's such a big thing to give up and it's very hard to leave D.C. It's been a special place for me -- it's my first club and I have so many friends there -- but I've always dreamed of starting something in Europe."
He said he will fly back to Norway on Dec. 31 and begin training Jan. 3.
DCU officials did not want to comment until the final minor details of the deal were settled.
Speaking of former United players, Freddy Adu is scheduled to return to Washington from Lisbon today to begin his short holiday break from Benfica. First item on his schedule: Attend the Wizards-Hawks game with some of his buddies tonight at Verizon Center. If you're going, keep an eye out for the limo.
December 21, 2007; 2:20 PM ET
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