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Rumored signing Akira Kaji plays in Chivas USA's reserve league game

Looks like Kaji will be joining the Goats shortly.

Kaji (left) in action with former club Gamba Osaka.
Kaji (left) in action with former club Gamba Osaka.
Robert Cianflone

It seems the reports about Akira Kaji coming to Chivas USA have some legs, as the former Gamba Osaka defender played in the Goats' 2-1 reserve team loss to the Orange County Blues on Saturday. Playing 62 minutes for Chivas USA, Kaji was called a "trialist" by the club on the official twitter account, though the official match recap from the game did not indicate anything, or actually mention him at all besides listing him in the lineup in their recap.

At any rate, it looks pretty apparent that he will be joining the club when the summer transfer window officially opens on July 9. Kaji, 34, is a former Japan international, and played in the 2006 World Cup. It would appear his signing, which appears to be imminent, is an effort to improve Chivas' defense, which is among the worst in the MLS so far this season in giving up goals and third-worst in goal difference.

Expect to see some news of Kaji's signing in the coming days. If he's already here and is participating in training and a reserve game, it looks like he will be the newest Goat. Of course, we'll have any details on the news when it comes through.

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