Friday, March 14, 2014

Sporting KC Linked With Brazilian Teenager

Sporting KC still has one open spot on their roster currently after the signing earlier this week of Antonio Dovale. Today came a rumor out of Brazil that KC will be filling that spot with a player they faced in preseason. Rumor is that KC is set to secure a loan deal for Fluminense's right back, Igor Julião.

Sporting got to see Julião up close and personal in Orlando during preseason as he started at right back for Fluminense's U23 team in their 3-0 loss to KC at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. While Julião is listed as a right back, he cane apparently also play in the midfield and on the wing, similar to the recently signed Dovale. Julião has a couple of appearances for Fluminense's first team and has also appeared for Brazil's U20 team.

On paper this type of deal reminds me of the deal that brought Jimmy Medranda to Kansas City. The then 19 year old Medranda didn't get much playing time while on loan last year (just 1 appearance), but impressed enough for KC to agree buy him. I'd see something similar if Julião impresses.

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