So... the only "source" reporting that Mexican striker Omar Bravo was coming to MLS and Kansas City was his club, Chivas de Guadalajara. Now, the team is saying it wants to keep him until 2011.
Mike atDown The Byline was onto this story this morning and you can read the translated story from Mexico for yourself
. Here is what it basically says: Bravo has signed with Kansas City, but Chivas would like to keep him on a six-month loan for the rest of the Apertura. Which means Chivas wants to loan a player that plays for them from a team that doesn't officially own him yet.
If this makes your head hurt, you're not alone.
Here's a timeline.
• July 17: Chivas puts out apress release stating Bravo is bound for Kansas City.
• July 17: Wizards coach Peter Vermes denies this report to the Star's Terez Paylor.
• July 20: Wizards president Robb Heineman tells me the team had talks with Bravo and were interested, but nothing was final and the team was looking at other potential designated players.
• July 21-August 2: Nothing happens on the Bravo front; Kansas City talks with several potential DPs.
• August 3: Chivas reportedly wants to keep the player they announced was leaving from going to a team that hasn't officially offered him a contract yet.
• August 6: Bravo's contract with Chivas comes to an end. Hopefully, there will be news that doesn't make your brain hurt then.
If this is all true, it makes complete sense. First, Chivas lost Javier Hernandez to Manchester United and need a star forward. Second, given Vermes' stringent fitness standards, it would likely take Bravo a while to get with this program. Third, Kansas City has been strangely silent the entire time and it's highly possible (and speculative) this is why they haven't said a whole lot.