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SBD/Issue 84/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Double Shot Of Express-Go: Two Key MLS Players Bolt Overseas
Published January 21, 2004
|McBride Joining Premier
League Club Fulham
MLS will receive a transfer fee of about $1.2M from the Preemier League's Fulham for the rights to Crew F Brian McBride, who signed with Fulham yesterday and will earn an estimated $1.5M per year compared to the $341,000 he was making in MLS, according to Craig Merz of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. The contract runs through the end of the Premier League season in May '06 (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 1/21). Crew GM Jim Smith, whose team will be allocated a player, said that MLS did not "take an active part in the negotiations." Smith: "Not once during the process were we told by any MLS executives that we had to do this" (AP, 1/20).
MATHIS: In N.Y., Brian Lewis reports former MetroStars F Clint Mathis is expected to sign today with Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga. MLS will not receive a transfer fee from Mathis' deal because he was not under contract with MLS (N.Y. POST, 1/21). Mathis' agent Craig Sharon said the new contract will be worth "many multiples" of Mathis' MLS deal. Last year, Mathis "earned the league maximum of $285,000; he also had a lucrative endorsement deal with Adidas," whose HQs is in Germany (Jack Bell, N.Y. TIMES, 1/21). MetroStars GM Nick Sakiewcz: "I don't think players' leaving MLS is necessarily such a bad thing. Instead, I think it's a testament to the quality of our league" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/21).