CARSON, CA - AUGUST 06: Juninho #19 of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his goal against FC Dallas at The Home Depot Center on August 6, 2011 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
Brazilian report suggest Juninho will be returning to the LA Galaxy on a one-year loan.
If you thought things had been going well for the LA Galaxy this offseason, prepare for it to get even better: It now appears that Juninho will be rejoining the team on a one-year loan. What's even better is that, according to this report out of Brazil, he'll apparently be doing so without the Galaxy having to pay a loan fee.
In an offseason that has included the re-signing of David Beckham and the return of Edson Buddle, this might be the most significant move. While Juninho is not nearly as famous as Beckham or Landon Donovan, it could easily be argued that he was just as important to the Galaxy's fortunes as either of them. In addition to his four goals and two assists, he was the engine that really drove the midfield.
According to the translated report, Juninho fell out of favor with Sao Paolo's coach shortly after signing his new contract. The team then tried to sell him to a French team to no avail.
If the Galaxy already weren't the favorites to win the CONCACAF Champions League and MLS Cup, the addition of Juninho surely does that. The only loss from last year's double-winner is Omar Gonzalez, and the Galaxy will have Leonardo back after he missed most of last season with a knee injury.
For more on Juninho's situation, be sure to check out Galaxy blog LAG Confidential.