If one move can highlight he state of the super clubs in the summer of 2017, it's Jaime Rodriguez joining Bayern Munich. Well, sort of. Rodriguez's contract is still the property of Real Madrid, with Bayern announcing a two-year loan. In a tweet, AP writer Rob Harris made the obvious point about this kind of arrangement, calling on FIFA to end extended loans and require a transfer.
The issue here is competitive fairness, something that tends to go out the window when we're talking about the elite of the elite in club soccer. These kind of deals when they happen normally address a difference in scope between clubs. The loaning club wants to move a player while the receiving club needs a better option than a straight transfer. Does this describe Real and Bayern Munich at any time in recent memory? How about the other clubs linked with Rodriguez? Bayern announced the deal as a loan with the option to buy.
“We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. "Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid. James is a very versatile player. He’s a goal scorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he’s great from set-pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team."
The difference right now for Rodriguez is Bayern heading to Singapore and China for their International Champions Cup games while Real Madrid is stateside.
Also in the soccer news, the San Jose Earthquakes knocked the Galaxy out of the 2017 US Open Cup 3-2 at the quarterfinal stage. Jelle Van Damme put LA up in the 3rd minute on the road at Avaya Stadium. Chris Wondolowski equalized in the 16th, scoring again in the 51st. Danny Hoesen made it 3-1 in the 62nd. An own goal pulled LA within one in the 84th minute.
"It's a fun tournament," Wondolowski said. "We still have a strong belief in this locker room. Whether it's Open Cup or MLS play, whenever we step out there we feel that we want to impose our play and also enjoy ourselves out there. Tonight we had a good balance of the two."
The LA Times' Kevin Baxter has the Galaxy's latest signing. BBC Sport on pressure for English soccer to implement a version of the NFL's Rooney Rule. FIFPro explains the financial issues some pro soccer players face in countries that don't offer adequate salary protection following an injury. The business of Football's Paul Nicholson has what the stats predict should be the return for Everton's spending this summer.
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