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skangles
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Post #1
Saturday October 19, 2013 3:15am

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A pretty massive change happened in Cuba whereby the administration decided to allow Cuban athletes to play abroad so long as they pay Cuban taxes and promise to play for their country.

This is most important for Baseball but the Cuban national soccer team is not too bad and always seem to make a respectable run into the later stages of CONCACAF tournaments despite fielding a team comprised solely of Cuban league players. Look at what the MLS has done for the development of the Jamaican national team and I can't help but think that the MLS and NASL could be a gigantic boost for improving the quality of the Cuban national team.

However, the US trade embargo prevents any US funding of the Castro regime and as taxes on the US earnings of MLS or MLB players would be repatriated to Cuba under this agreement, Cuban players will still be unable to join the US leagues without defecting.

My understanding is that this would also eliminate Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto from being potential suitors because players on these teams are subject to the tax policies in the location that they earn their salaries and since 50% of their games are on the road and most of those are in the US they would still have repatriated taxes on US earnings. I could be mistaken on this point but I seem to recall NBA players always whining when the Raptors first entered the league that they were subject to Canadian taxes when they played road games in Toronto.

Nevertheless, things are already starting to change in the US-Cuba relations and while I am not trying to make this into a political debate, I will say that this is an interesting development that is worth keeping our eye on in the coming months/years.

munns5986
Post #2
Saturday October 19, 2013 4:08am

Joined Oct 2012
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As far as them being able to play in the US I am not sure but as a tax accountant I can tell you that they will be taxed on where you earn the money. That even goes for states. If someone whose residence is in Texas and they play a game in California they will have to pay California state income taxes on income earned in California.

skangles
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Post #3
Saturday October 19, 2013 4:14am

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Original post from munns5986

As far as them being able to play in the US I am not sure but as a tax accountant I can tell you that they will be taxed on where you earn the money. That even goes for states. If someone whose residence is in Texas and they play a game in California they will have to pay California state income taxes on income earned in California.


Thanks for confirming, that's what I thought so that would definitely rule out the three MLS Canadian teams as well unless the US changes its policies towards Cuba.

admsghs27
Post #4
Saturday October 19, 2013 4:32am

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What does this have to do with ussoccer ? Even if their allowed is good for baseball.. But they have 0 soccer players that are good.. I think Alonso is tye only player.. And he wony even make the B squad for USA maybe C.... Im just happy dodgers got puig even tho their getting killed now...

skangles
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Post #5
Saturday October 19, 2013 4:44am

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This isn't in the US soccer forum it's in the North / South America Everywhere Else Forum and I mentioned how I think this could serve as yet another link for the MLS/NASL going forward if the US changes its policies in the future.

admsghs27
Post #6
Saturday October 19, 2013 4:55am

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Original post from skangles

This isn't in the US soccer forum it's in the North / South America Everywhere Else Forum and I mentioned how I think this could serve as yet another link for the MLS/NASL going forward if the US changes its policies in the future.


Lol dint see it.. My apologies.. Good post tho..

stone88
Post #7
Saturday October 19, 2013 6:50am

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Original post from admsghs27

What does this have to do with ussoccer ? Even if their allowed is good for baseball.. But they have 0 soccer players that are good.. I think Alonso is tye only player.. And he wony even make the B squad for USA maybe C.... Im just happy dodgers got puig even tho their getting killed now...


Ariel Martínez is an awesome player and could easily play anywhere in concacaf. The guy absolutely torched our backline in the gold cup.

admsghs27
Post #8
Saturday October 19, 2013 7:47am

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In every tournament in the world there always a start player that wows the world.. Doesn't mean they will be that way most of the time..

stone88
Post #9
Saturday October 19, 2013 9:08am

Joined Aug 2012
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Original post from admsghs27

In every tournament in the world there always a start player that wows the world.. Doesn't mean they will be that way most of the time..


Yeh, but there is always a team willing to give them that shot. Sometimes it turns out well and sometimes not.


The young soccer careers of Rubio Rubin and Brady Scott are headed in completely opposite directions.
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