No news is sometimes good news in the world of MLS transfer dealings. You see, since the league negotiates and offers all player contracts, when a deal is seemingly in the works, it can take days for MLS officials to complete the process.
Exhibit A is the ongoing wait for the San Jose Earthquakes to announce that Argentine attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia is their latest addition. The 29-year old playmaker first came to light as a potential target by San Jose just after the Quakes match against the hicago Fire. No names were named by San Jose officials, and a team spokesperson has declined comment throughout the speculation period, so any news on the transfer has come instead from Argentina.
First, it was reported that Racing, another Buenos Aires club, was bidding for Perez Garcia, offering $1.5 million to his current club Tigre as a transfer fee. Racing said that they had been rebuked, and that Perez Garcia had instead accepted an offer to move to MLS and the San Jose Earthquakes. Another outlet reported that Racing lost out on their bid when San Jose made it $2 million to secure the player. Racing has gone on to other targets.
Overheard on these shores was that the player targeted by the Quakes would need to pass a physical. If Perez Garcia has passed such a test, then it would make sense that he would be eager to join his new team. Late Monday night, Perez Garcia released a "thank you" tweet that all but seals the deal on his exit from Tigre.
Simplemente gracias a toda la gente de tigre por el apoyo desde el primer momento, dos años maravillosos los que viví hasta luego matador!!!
— matias perez garcia (@mpg1032) July 29, 2014
With his goodbyes in Argentina complete, all that is left is for his hellos in the United States. The MLS summer transfer window doesn't close until August 6, so an announcement could still be days away, but the steps remaining along the Perez-Garcia-to-San-Jose path are few.