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The Daily Links- The Omar Bravo Edition

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Omar Bravo (right) has officially played his last match for Sporting Kansas City. The club announced that a transfer was agreed upon between Sporting and Cruz Azul for Bravo. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Omar Bravo (right) has officially played his last match for Sporting Kansas City. The club announced that a transfer was agreed upon between Sporting and Cruz Azul for Bravo. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It wasn’t necessarily that Omar Bravo was actively seeking to leave Kansas City. Far from it, according to Sporting manager Peter Vermes. Still, business is business. And as it turned out, the deal struck between Sporting KC and Cruz Azul that sent Bravo back to Mexico’s Primera División on Monday afternoon simply ended up being too mutually beneficial for any party to stand in the way.

Vermes: Bravo deal too good to pass up for all parties | MLSsoccer.com

Sporting Kansas City announced today that the club has agreed to terms that allow Omar Bravo to return to his native Mexico to join Cruz Azul for the upcoming 2012 season. The 31-year-old returns to the Primera División, where he previously played professionally for 10 seasons. Per club and League policy, terms of the transaction will not be disclosed. “We want to thank Omar (Bravo) for his time with Sporting Kansas City on and off the field,” Manager Peter 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.”

Sporting KC and Omar Bravo agree to Cruz Azul move | Sporting Kansas City

Yes, I meant to say it just that way. They lost him. Don't buy the "personal reasons" explanation Bravo will give, something broke down with him and Vermes heading in to the playoffs so Bravo wanted out. You can't blame Bravo. He still has a couple "A-league" years in him and not getting to play at prime times (like the playoff games he sat in KC) doesn't appeal to him. There are already various Sporting fans who are wishing Bravo good riddance thinking he didn't live up to DP expectations. Frankly, his numbers were only fair for his status. Bravo's value was wrapped up in the way other teams respected him and were forced to account for him. He spread defenses playing out wide.

SPORKS TAKE: Sporting loses Bravo

Say goodbye to Omar Bravo, Sporting Kansas City fans. In a move that’s not completely unexpected — but still deals a potential blow to next season’s playoff chances — Sporting KC announced Monday that it has allowed Bravo, the team’s star designated player and forward, to return to his native Mexico to join Cruz Azul in 2012.

Sporting Kansas City loses Bravo - KansasCity.com

Bravo's departure opens up not only a designated player spot, but also an international spot. That leaves KC with 6 of their 7 international slots currently filled. The designated player spot I 100% expect to be filled by the time that next season starts. I also wouldn't be surprised if there were 2 DPs on the field when KC take the field.

Down the Byline: Bravo Leaving KC for Mexico

Following the departure of Omar Bravo Sporting Kc's average age is now just 23. And Sporting Kc will most likely look to keep the trend of buying young and selling old in this January transfer window following speculation that the club has already secured a deal for a Spanish DP.

The Front Men: Omar Bravo Leaves Sporting Kansas City

The LA Galaxy were easily the most active team in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Monday, scooping up four new players and opting to try and re-negotiate with two of their own as they look to defend their MLS Cup championship in 2012. The New England Revolution also selected two players while trying to rebuild for next season, and the Colorado Rapids also picked two new pieces to the puzzle as they look to regain the form that led them to the MLS Cup in 2010.

Stage 2 of Re-Entry Draft highlighted by busy Galaxy | MLSsoccer.com