Leave it to Major League Soccer to confuse and confound fans with their articles. In an article highlighting the top matches to watch for the 2015 season, staff writer Benjamin Baer says the following about the slate of matches on July 10 – 17:
The MLS Secondary Transfer Window officially opens on July 8, which means the first opportunity MLS fans will get to the see the debuts of Erick “Cubo” Torres, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard is the week of July 10-17. Cubo could don the Dynamo kit for the first time on July 10 in San Jose after his Chivas Guadalajara loan stint, Lampard could step on the Yankee Stadium field on July 12 vs. Toronto FC, while Gerrard could get his first taste of MLS action on July 17 in the California Clasico.
This is confusing at it links the Torres situation with Lampard and Gerrard which raised some eyebrows as the newest member of the Houston Dynamo has a completely different situation than the two English players.
It was recently announced that Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool this summer, at the end of his contract, to join Los Angeles Galaxy. The contract is for 18 months, meaning he is likely to end his career with the Galaxy. Frank Lampard’s situation is complicated to say the least; it appears that he signed a contract with the parent company of Manchester City and NYCFC (amongst others), and was sent to play for the English club. There was a clause in his contract saying he would go to New York at the end of the 2014 calendar year, but City decided to remove that clause to keep him in England.
Despite the fact that Lampard was introduced to the American media as a NYCFC player under contract starting August 1, 2014, he has no contract (confirmed anyways) with MLS. Once/if he is finished with his stint at Manchester City, he’ll join head coach Jason Kreis at Yankee Stadium. That appears to be his contract situation at the moment.
Torres, the young Mexican International who wowed everyone with his superb play while on loan to the now defunct Chivas USA, has indeed signed a contract with Major League Soccer. It was announced as a Christmas present to Dynamo fans who were more than thrilled to have him on the roster. To lower the transfer fee being paid to CD Guadalajara, he will be on loan to the Liga MX side as they hope to stave off relegation. Once their season is over (May 10, unless they make the playoffs), he should be free to rejoin the Dynamo.
At least that’s what we thought, until MLS released the above-mentioned story.
We contacted Dynamo President Chris Canetti via Twitter:
— Chris Canetti (@ChrisCanetti) January 8, 2015
Obviously Canetti can’t go into intricate details about when Torres will join the club as there is a lot going on for the youngster, beyond the Liga MX loan. He’s also likely to be a part of one of Mexico’s squads this summer, whether it’s at the Gold Cup, Copa America, or a youth tournament. That will be up to Mexican coach Miguel Herrera, who is certainly high on the player. Hopefully Dynamo fans will be able to see their newest Designated Player before the Summer Transfer Window opens up on July 8.
I think we’ll just put this down to a slight confusion on Mr. Baer’s part which is understandable as all the players mentioned are high profile and are joining their clubs later into the season.