Written by Will Parchman

Dwyer-Hero

Europe’s breathtaking transfer jet stream appeared to be sweeping Dom Dwyer into its irresistible flow during the summer of 2016. Transfer rumor piled upon rumor as Dwyer bagged goals in clumps, until one finally caught in July.

Olympiacos, the biggest club in Greece and an on-again off-again Champions League group stage punching bag, offered a reported $3 million to Sporting KC for its stunning rags-to-riches striker.

This was not a windfall, so to speak, but it did represent a significant offering in a league with fewer than 20 $3+ million transfers in its 20-year history. On a personal level, it offered Dwyer a chance to crack into the world’s biggest club competition and provided an in to European soccer itself. On the other end, if it so chose, Sporting KC could turn around and use that money on a striker far more lauded than Dwyer was. Three million goes a ways in South America.

Except this is not, as we know now, how MLS works.

Continue reading

Tags:  , , | Leave a comment
Written by Will Parchman

tesv

The skepticism flows like a river bisecting the Yangtze these days. Whatever China is doing with its soccer money, it certainly doesn’t seem sustainable. But it also isn’t slowing down. It’s accelerating like a rocket-propelled ship in a vacuum.

Continue reading

Tags:  , , | Leave a comment
Written by Will Parchman

process

There’s no way to know how many transfer requests and inquiries MLS’s New York City headquarters deals with on a daily basis. As a single entity, MLS is under no obligation to release that information, and in fact it probably behooves them to keep it under lock and key. To a certain extent it allows them to control market cost on transfers, and if nothing else it keeps outside clubs from knowing whether or not MLS players are being consistently low-balled by foreign markets.

Continue reading

Tags:  , , | Leave a comment
Written by Will Parchman

maxresdefault

We’ve known for some time that Argentine soccer is on fire, and that general practices for MLS GMs behoove those chiefs to reel in South American talent anyway. The best MLS clubs in the modern era were built on this.

Continue reading

Tags:  , , | Leave a comment
Written by Will Parchman

mess

Things are not great in Argentinian soccer at the moment.

Continue reading

Tags:  , , , | Leave a comment
Written by Will Parchman

gyan

When Xi Jinping ascended to the Chinese presidency in 2012, he essentially became the nation’s first soccer president. He almost immediately issued mandates for the national soccer initiative, establishing soccer programming in thousands of schools and setting an eventual baseline that included winning a World Cup.

It looked funky as hell at the time, and there’s no guarantee this makes this national team any better. But at least on a club level, things are crystallizing at a rate few thought possible. China is stepping into a decisively prominent role in global soccer, and no one is quite sure what it means yet.

Continue reading

Tags:  , , | Leave a comment
Written by Will Parchman

imago 18820574

You may remember, way back in August, one Kevin De Bruyne made a remarkably declarative statement about his future, at least for this season. Manchester City, that physical embodiment of a walking checkbook, pestered Wolfsburg about a De Bruyne sale to the point that he was eventually asked about it at the Sport-Bild Awards in Hamburg on Aug. 17. That was, for the calendar challenged, less than two weeks ago.

In bold, no less!

Continue reading

Tags:  , | Leave a comment
Written by Will Parchman

pedro

You may remember (YOU SHOULD ANYWAY) the petition Seattle-area club Crossfire brought forth to FIFA in an effort to generate compensation for DeAndre Yedlin’s sale to Spurs. It’s a seminal moment in youth soccer development in America. The trickle-down effect these sales have on lower clubs can ultimately help break the shackles of pay-to-play. At the very least, they’ll lower costs while the money begins is slow filter downward.

As it is, MLS doesn’t reward clubs with compensation. But what does that look like practically in places that do? We got a tangible taste of that this week when Pedro was sold from Barcelona to Chelsea for £23m. And it was glorious.

Continue reading

Tags:  , , , , | Leave a comment
Written by Will Parchman

final

With the abrupt close of the MLS transfer window (rosters, though, don’t freeze until Sept. 15), it’s time for that time-honored tradition of haughty judgments. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

These three teams won the summer window transfer sweepstakes. Money ain’t everything, NYCFC.

Continue reading

Tags:  , | Leave a comment
Written by Will Parchman

ronald

The ballooning fiscal realities of world soccer contracts become more inflated in muscular bursts. In most transfer windows, players come and go under relatively modest auspices. A played signs for $9 million here, another for $18 million there. But every few years we get a Gareth Bale, which shatters the paradigm and sets agents’ hearts aflutter.

So let’s say we took the all-time most expensive players, by peak market valuation, and mashed them into a single XI. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what that would look like. Staying truthful to positions, these are the most expensively valued players by position as assessed by respected evaluators Transfermarkt (these totals are in Euros, since all but one of these fees were paid as such).

Continue reading

Tags:  , | 3 Comments