- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 7, 2007
- 2 Comments
Reports have always been that Mexican striker Daniel Osorno had always wanted to play in the MLS. Now he gets to live his dream as he was reportedly signed with the Kansas City Wizards (article in Spanish). There had been reports earlier in the week that he was going to sign with Colorado or Dallas.
3rddegree.net had reported that Dallas put in a Discovery claim for Osorno but he and his representatives went elsewhere because Osorno’s desire to play right away while Dallas coach Steve Morrow wanted to wait a couple weeks to see how Osorno fit in his club’s system. 3rddegree also reported that he and his representatives decided on a second team to put a discovery claim on him, Colorado.
I don’t know exactly what happened to the Colorado deal but it could be possible that Kansas City came in with more money due to the larger amounts of allocation money that they have compared to Colorado. That is one possibility, another is KC also put in a discovery claim that sounded better to Osorno and his group.
Either way it looks like Osorno will be in Wizard blue in a matter of a week or two.
A little background on Osorno:
He is 28 and is a regular these days with the Mexican national team. He has made 78 caps and has scored 12 goals, including a game winning goal in the 2005 Gold Cup against Brazil.
He has spent most of his career with CF Atlas in the Mexico, scoring 44 goals in 9 seasons.
If this guy is anywhere near as good as his national team numbers suggest then he should be a fine striker in the MLS. However, I do have a feeling he will be added to the long list of Mexican national team players that are a total waste in the MLS. As a Dallas fan I am a bit thankful he didn’t sign with the Hoops. Time will tell if he pans out with the Wizards.