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Jozy's Deal

From what I've been able to piece together, MLS will receive approximately $10 million from Villarreal for Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore, not the $12 million-plus I initially reported. However, if Altidore meets certain incentives, the league could end up with a couple million dollars more. There is also a sell-on clause, which means if Villarreal transfers Altidore in the coming years, MLS would receive a percentage of the deal.

As for Altidore's tricky agent situation, I am hearing that Richard Motzkin from Wasserman Media Group, which represents several prominent U.S. players and coaches, brought Villarreal to Altidore and then to MLS, and that Motzkin and Altidore's father visited the club in January. But when Altidore decided to change his representation, Motzkin and WMG were excluded from the final negotiations. The only problem was that Altidore was apparently still under contract with WMG, which means Motzkin's group appears to have a legitimate claim for a portion of the transfer fee. I know, it's a lot of geeky, behind-the-scenes lawyer stuff, but I thought you might find it mildly interesting.

On the D.C. United front.....

I would be surprised if a make-up date for the washed-out DCU-Houston match is finalized today. The Dynamo is scheduled to visit the White House and then fly home, limiting the club's opportunities to discuss the issue with DCU and MLS.

Finally, don't forget to watch Ben Olsen on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" today at 5 p.m. The topic is the 1999 MLS Cup, which will be shown by the network at 7 p.m. Tomorrow, Josh Gros will be in-studio on WPL to discuss the 2004 title run. That match will be aired at 7 p.m.

By Steve Goff  |  June 5, 2008; 11:38 AM ET
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Sounds like DCU-Houston will be a Wednesday night in September rematch - boo.

Posted by: Tim Lawson | June 5, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Love the geeky, behind-the-scenes lawyer stuff... Besides the on-field officiating, it's really the only source of scandal in MLS.

Posted by: Mickey | June 5, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Any idea how big (percentage-wise) a typical sell-on clause might be?

Any guess on what MLS negotiated for Altidore's sell-on clause?

Is Altidore still playing (tonight especially) in MLS?

When will he officially transfer to his new club (and/or be loaned to the "newer" club)?

Are they playing the US/ARG friendly on grass or the FieldTurf surface at Giants Stadium?

Posted by: Lots | June 5, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

What can RBNY do with the money? Is it just banked cash? The amount is more than the entire salary cap, so they can't just go buy more players, they are already at the cap?

Is it unencumbered cash to be used any way RB sees fit, or is it designated for player salary? Can it be used for DP salary or just the capped portion?

Posted by: JkR | June 5, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Goff, your update on the agent situation brings back fond memories of Arliss Michaels.

Thanks for keeping us in the know.

Posted by: Kosh | June 5, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The Altidore agent debacle is nothing compared to what goes on in the real estate world in Great Falls, Chevy Chase and Potomac. Elsewhere, too, just not at the million-dollar level.

My question is: What Would Jerry McGuire do?

Posted by: Joe Doc | June 5, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Why in the world would the new agents allow Jozy and MLS to finalize the deal before Jozy terminated WMG and signed with IMG?

If they would have done the above scenario, then WMG would have no claim.

If WMG was still under contract with JOZY when the deal was signed, then IMG gets nothing until a new deal is signed since WMG were the agents of record when the deal was signed. However, that "new deal" could be the one he is currently negotiating with Villreal.

In fairness, WMG should get a portion of that fee if they are the ones that brought the club to Jozy. If not, IMG is just piggy-backing on WMG's work.

A bigger story is why would Jozy leave WMG if they were able to get big clubs interested in him. If back in January Jozy realized that WMG was getting them Villarreal for example, then why leave?

Goff - dig in baby!

Posted by: Doesn't Make Sense | June 5, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"I wish that I had Jozy's deal
I wish that I had Jozy's deal
Where can I find an agent like that!"

Apologies to Rick Springfield...

Posted by: Joe Doc | June 5, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

>Any idea how big (percentage-wise) a >typical sell-on clause might be?

>Any guess on what MLS negotiated for >Altidore's sell-on clause?
Posted by: Lots | June 5, 2008 12:15 PM

From what I understand, 20% of the difference between his first and second transfer is fairly customary.


>What can RBNY do with the money? Is it >just banked cash? The amount is more than >the entire salary cap, so they can't just >go buy more players, they are already at >the cap?

>Is it unencumbered cash to be used any way >RB sees fit, or is it designated for >player salary? Can it be used for DP >salary or just the capped portion?

Posted by: JkR | June 5, 2008 12:26 PM

The team gets most of the fee (but not all, the league keeps either a third or a quarter, depending on which source you read), but only 500k can be spent on the cap. The rest can be spent on a DP, the youth system, or "club related expenses."

Posted by: S | June 5, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Honor your agreements. That's not geeky, that's civilization.

Posted by: Professor Houseman | June 5, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse


This seems as good a time as any to ask a burning question (even though you've said many times that these comparisons are difficult to make conclusively): What sort of actual salary should Jozy expect to earn overseas? Is there a way to get a ballpark idea based on his stated MLS salary? My curiousity is actually weighted more towards players like DeMerit and Califf; does the prestige of playing in Europe for a 2nd- or 3rd-division club also translate into a better salary?

Posted by: BaltoFan | June 5, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse


Do you think MLS will require the players missing through suspension to sit out the rescheduled match? I would think yes. I guess they wouldn't force players that were injured for last nights game to sit out though. One could only hope. :)

Posted by: Eric in Baltimore | June 5, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

No worries mate.

Posted by: Rick Springfield | June 5, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Any info on the rumor that Villa is going to immediately loan him out to a bottom-of-the-table team, and that they only bought him hoping that his value would dramatically increase over the next couple of seasons so they can sell him for big $?

Posted by: Hacksaw | June 5, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Great move on the part of Altidore. Making a move to the EPL is a mistake for most Americans. While it is an opportunity to learn and make good money most American field-players struggle to make a serious impact. In Spain Jozy will be much more of an anomaly, in terms of stature and force. So glad he is not going to boring old Reading or Fulham.

Posted by: wrc | June 5, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Villareal routinely loans new signings out to get them valuable 1st team minutes against top 1st Division La Liga competition.

Whether or not they ever plan to bring him in to their first team is really not important.

Posted by: AlecW81 | June 5, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, it might be to him....

Posted by: hacksaw | June 5, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

please don't call villarreal "villa"!

Posted by: johnny5 | June 5, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

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