The Wizards officially signed Mexican star Omar Bravo. Bravo is the newest designated player to MLS, and after signing with the Wizards, he was loaned back to Chivas Guadalajara for the end of this year.
As part of the deal, the Wizards and Chivas have also agreed to play home-and-home friendlies at their new stadiums in 2011 as part of the loan agreement. The Wizards will play at Chivas’ new Estadio Omnilife during Kansas City’s preseason, and Chivas Guadalajara will play in Kansas City’s new soccer stadium after the venue opens next summer.
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Here is what the interested parties had to say about the deal.
Bravo: “I am very happy about joining Kansas City in 2011 and staying with Chivas through the finals of Libertadores and the Apertura. I want to win two more trophies for Chivas and then focus on bringing championships to Kansas City in Major League Soccer.”
Wizards coach/technical director Peter Vermes: “We are very pleased to have signed Omar Bravo, who is an exceptional player. Although he won’t join us until 2011, we feel that it will be very beneficial for Omar to go through a whole season with us, beginning with the preseason. The 2011 preseason will give Omar a great start to the year and allow us to indoctrinate him into our system. Omar’s high-pressure, attack-oriented mentality will complement our style of play extremely well.”
Wizards president Robb Heineman: “Signing a player of Omar Bravo’s stature and ability is important for us. When we purchased the Wizards, we put an emphasis on playing clubs like Manchester United and Chivas Guadalajara. We know that to compete at the highest level we need to develop high-performance players and sign world-class players like Omar Bravo. We look forward to Omar joining us next year as we open the finest soccer stadium in the United States.”
Jorge Vergara, President of the Board of Directors of Grupo Omnilife, which owns Chivas: “We are very proud of Omar and everything he has achieved, and we know he’ll continue his successful career in MLS as he’s done with Chivas. We are going to miss Omar greatly, but we know he will bring great satisfaction to the fans who live in the United States, and that is important for the sport.”