Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will play with Orlando City, this according to a source close to our sister-website Juanfutbol that states there are only minor contract details before the Mexican striker forms part of Major League Soccer; joining the likes of international superstars such as David Villa, Sebastian Giovinco, Fran Lampard, and soon to be Andrea Pirlo.
Orlando City would have many different options to sign Chicharito and stick to the leagues salary cap guidelines. The first one is by getting rid of one of its three Designated Players during the league's second transfer window; which begins July 8th and closes on August 6th. Orlando's current three DP are 2007's Ballon D'Or Kaka, Carlos Rivas and Byran Rochez; who all earn above the $436, 250 salary cap per player a season that the league allows.
The second option for the newly based MLS club would be to implement the league's rumored "Core Player" rule which would allow the addition of another player with a salary that exceeds the previously mentioned cap limit for clubs that already have 3 DP´s on their roster.
Finally, the last option for Orlando City would be a combination of both rules by converting one of the club's Designated Players into a Core Player, thus giving the vacant spot to Chicharito, who would become the club's second highest earner behind Kaka.
MLS has yet to confirm the implementation of this new "Core Player" rule but it's expected to be made official in the upcoming days at the start of the transfer window. On Wednesday all the club's joined in a conference call to learn all the details of this new rule.
Various local reports in Orlando claim that there is a 60% possibility that Hernandez will join the MLS; even stating that the striker would be glad to join the club. However, Juafutbol's source claims that the deal to bring Chicharito to Orlando City is imminent with just minor details in his contract left to arrange.