Chivas USA signs Japanese defender Akira Kaji

akirachivasChivas USA shores up its defense with a former Japanese international with World Cup experience (Photo courtesy Chivas USA).

Chivas USA has signed former Japanese international Akira Kaji from J-League Division 1 club Gamba Osaka, the club announced today.

The 34-year-old right back played for his country at the 2006 World Cup.

“Akira is a very experienced player who is going to help us solidify our back four,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He brings World Cup experience along with an impressive career in a league that is very strong, athletic, competitive and that has a very fast pace. He is a very technical and smart player capable of not only defending but also distributing and possessing the ball when going forward. We are very happy to have Akira join Chivas USA, as his addition will strengthen our team in all aspects.”

Kaji, who has made more than 225 J-League appearances, will be eligible to make his MLS debut after the international transfer window opens on July 8.

Chivas USA resumes action after the MLS World Cup break Saturday against Real Salt Lake in Carson.

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