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MLS: Sporting Kansas City, Omar Bravo Agree to Cruz Azul Move

Alan Hainkel@@fntncitysoccerContributor IDecember 12, 2011

KANSAS CITY, KS - SEPTEMBER 23:  Omar Bravo #99 of Sporting Kansas City celebrates after scoring during the game against the Philadelphia Union on September 23, 2011 at LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Sporting Kansas City announced Monday they had agreed to terms to allow striker Omar Bravo to transfer to Cruz Azul for the upcoming 2012 season.

Bravo played in the Mexican Primera División for 10 years before signing with Sporting Kansas City in August 2010. In accordance with club and league policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In the press release announcing the move, Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes thanked Bravo for his service to the club.

“We want to thank Omar (Bravo) for his time with Sporting Kansas City on and off the field,” Vermes said. “His competitive nature and savviness played a big part in our first season at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. We wish him nothing but success in his new ventures.”

This transaction will open up an international rosters spot as well as a Designated Player position for Sporting Kansas City.

In the same press release, Bravo did not rule out a return to Kansas City or MLS.

“I want to thank Peter (Vermes), the Sporting Kansas City ownership, and MLS for a great opportunity and experience during the memorable 2011 season,” Bravo said. “For personal reasons, I am returning to the Primera División but I do not want to rule out a return to Sporting KC and MLS. 

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 “The quality of play in MLS is high and rapidly rising so I feel well prepared for my new challenge. I look forward to following Sporting KC’s continued success and to continuing my promotion of LIVESTRONG and MLS.”

Bravo, 31, was acquired by Sporting Kansas City in August 2010, becoming the second of three Designated Players in club history. Sporting KC then immediately loaned Bravo back to Chivas Guadalajara to finish the Apertura season. Bravo ranks second all time in scoring for the Goats.

Bravo opened the 2011 season with a bang, scoring two goals in the season opener against Chivas USA.

However, the former Mexican international was forced to miss six weeks after sports hernia surgery in April.

Bravo notched nine goals and two assists in 27 regular season matches for Sporting KC and was named an MLS All-Star by Commissioner Don Garber.

After helping Sporting KC finish in first place in the Eastern Conference, Bravo missed the Eastern Conference semifinals and played only five minutes in the conference final loss Houston due to a groin injury.

Bravo will continue his role as a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy, a cause he committed to in June 2011. He will help the foundation spread its message of awareness to the Hispanic/Latino community in both the United States and Mexico.

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