Friday, December 23, 2016

Sporting Confirm Juliao Return

Sporting Kansas City confirmed this morning that former Kansas City outside back, Igor Juliao is returning to the club in 2017. Juliao confirmed the move himself with a Twitter post last night announcing that he was back. Juliao will be on loan to Sporting KC again in 2017 from his parent club, Fluminense, his fifth loan in three years.

Juliao would be expected to to provide depth and competition at the right back slot with Saad Abdul-Salaam. What his acquisition also likely means is that Sporting won't be pushing to re-sign free agent Chance Myers with the club. Myers' another right back would probably be overkill at the position at this point, meaning his return looks very unlikely.

I still have concerns about Juliao's defense with his return, hopefully in the two years he's been gone that's an area that he has improved in, or else KC's right center back is going to have his hands full when Juliao is on the field.

The signing though does begin to get Kansas City younger and faster though, which is something that KC has lacked the last few years.

2 comments:

Sean Curry said...

I think Juliao could play wing, too. Great beating players 1v1 and spends most of his time up the field anyway. As well as depth at right back. Would still like to see Saad get most time at RB. If Medranda has a future in midfield or wing, Juliao could too on other side.

Sean Curry said...

I think Juliao could play wing, too. Great beating players 1v1 and spends most of his time up the field anyway. As well as depth at right back. Would still like to see Saad get most time at RB. If Medranda has a future in midfield or wing, Juliao could too on other side.