- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 17, 2008
- 2 Comments
Sorry for my delay in getting back on this subject as today has been quite crazy and I just forgot about this story. As we all know by now Jean-Philippe Peguero is back in the MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes. Instead of coming in on a transfer like I had initially thought (and read), the word around is that he is on loan from his current club Brondby.
Yup. He’s on loan for the season.
Now how exactly did the Quakes go about getting him back in the league on loan? Well its a weird subject really can be best described by Jeff Carlisle:
“…Quakes did not have to send any compensation to New York, in order to acquire Peguero. This is because MLS received a transfer fee in the neighborhood of $750,000 when they sold Peguero to Brondby in 2006. That hasn’t changed.”
“Now, according to a source, San Jose did not have to cough up any additional allocation funds either. So they basically got a player with a respectable strike rate in MLS, without having to fork over any player acquisition assets, be it players, draft picks, or money.”
Carlisle goes a little deeper in the confusion that is the allocation system in MLS. Basically the Peguero was set as an allocation and not a discovery and since the Quakes were at the top of the allocation food chain, they were given first dibs at him. Apparently Toronto (second in line) wanted him as well but weren’t high enough on the list to do so unless San Jose has turned it down for some reason.
Now the Quakes shift back to the bottom of the allocation list (think waiver list in other sports here).
Another interesting note is to why the Quakes didn’t buy his contract outright and get him on a transfer. Simple, it would have taken far to long to do and San Jose wasn’t about to sit through some lengthy negotiations with the player, his agent, and club to get him.
Thus the loan was born for this deal. Now as I sit back and look on it, its the smartest move they could have made because if he doesn’t turn out to be the player he once was before in the league then he won’t be considered a waste of money since the Quakes didn’t spend anything to get him.