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Kansas City Wizards Sign Omar Bravo, Then Loan Him Out

Kansas City Wizards Sign Omar Bravo, Then Loan Him Out

Odd arrangement means player will join MLS in 2011.

The league's newest Designated Player, as the top-level players who only count a certain amount against the salary cap are labeled, won't actually be playing in Major League Soccer this year.

That's because in order to finalize their long-rumored agreement to sign Mexican star Omar Bravo, the Kansas City Wizards had to accommodate his current team, Chivas Guadalajara.

Reports in both Mexico and the USA indicate that an agreement has finally been brokered to have Bravo sign with the Wizards, but then immediately go on loan back to Chivas. In effect, his old club agreed to the Kansas City signing only if they could keep him in Guadalajara a while longer.

Bravo, a wily forward, will join the MLS club in early 2011 for preseason training.

It could be that the Mexico club felt they needed Bravo badly for the rest of 2010. This season, Chivas have already lost Javier Hernandez to Manchester United, and they are also in contention for the Copa Libertadores title.

Kansas City, meanwhile, is set to make Bravo the cornerstone of their squad next season, in which they will inaugurate their new stadium. It is also widely rumored that they will revamp their club colors and team name.

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