Califf Set To Join Philly

Califf Set To Join Philly

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 2, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • Danny Califf
Danny Califf set to return to Major League Soccer. (Getty Images)

Danny Califf set to return to Major League Soccer. (Getty Images)

One way to be sure a new club is good is to get some solid defense and Peter Nowak is trying to do just that. According to Soccer365.com Philadelphia Union is set to make a deal for the MLS player rights to US National Team defender Danny Califf.

Califf was recently given a buyout by his current club FC Midjtylland and will be available to move to the US after the first of the year next month.

For Union to get Califf they have a deal lined up with his former club the Houston Dynamo for his player rights.

I love this deal for Philadelphia. Adding Califf to go with Shavar Thomas on the backline with either Chris Seitz or Brad Knighton in goal and this could be a solid defense next year. Now I do wonder what kind of deal Houston is wanting out of this here with Philly. My bet it will mostly be some allocation and possibly a draft pick. I can’t imagine Houston would be wanting the top draft pick in next month’s SuperDraft in this deal.

But the thing that I am curious is how Houston still owns his player rights after four years. Usually those things expire after two or three years. This is just one of those things that angers a lot of MLS fans.

Once we get more information on this we will pass it along to you.

  • wvhooligan

    Yeah, I emailed around a little today to get some clarification about the whole player rights rule, apparently if the club makes money on the player leaving the league (ie transfer money) they don't retain the players rights; while if the club out right loses the player and gets nothing they retain his rights no matter how long. At least that's what two people told me today. My question earlier about it being Houston wasn't because I wasn't sure why them exactly, it was more on why after four years do they still own his rights.

  • Yeah, I emailed around a little today to get some clarification about the whole player rights rule, apparently if the club makes money on the player leaving the league (ie transfer money) they don't retain the players rights; while if the club out right loses the player and gets nothing they retain his rights no matter how long. At least that's what two people told me today.

    My question earlier about it being Houston wasn't because I wasn't sure why them exactly, it was more on why after four years do they still own his rights.

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    WV, I think Houston still owns Califf's rights because Califf's last MLS team was the *original* San Jose Earthquakes, which moved to Houston. Yes, I know there's a new edition of the Quakes but that's a completely different organization. That's about as good a guess as any, I suppose.

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    WV, I think Houston still owns Califf's rights because Califf's last MLS team was the *original* San Jose Earthquakes, which moved to Houston. Yes, I know there's a new edition of the Quakes but that's a completely different organization.

    That's about as good a guess as any, I suppose.

  • Jason

    They own his rights because they tried to negotiate a new contract with him before he left.

  • Jason

    They own his rights because they tried to negotiate a new contract with him before he left.