The United Nations of the MLS, er, the Kansas City Wizards are apparently one step closer to completely internationalizing the team. Word out of India (via the Telegraph and Goal.com India) is that forward Indian international Sunil Chhetri will be joining the team. (As usual, Down the Byline was all over this yesterday.)
He has been on trial with the Wizards this winter. He has previously been linked with Leeds United and Coventry City in England and had a move to Queens Park Rangers denied due to work permit issues.
If the reports are true, Chhetri will join a fairly crowded strike force that includes stalwarts Josh Wolff and Davy Arnaud, last year signees Kei Kamara and Zoltan Hercegfalvi and the No. 4 pick in the 2010 SuperDraft Teal Bunbury.
A pretty decent YouTube clip of Chhetri in action is at the bottom of this story.
The Unofficial Coalition of the Wizards now includes the following nations:
- Argentina (Santiago Hirsig)
- Canada (Teal Bunbury)
- Colombia (Pablo Escobar)
- Denmark (Jimmy Nielsen)
- England (K Aiyegbusi and Ryan Smith)
- Guadeloupe (Stephane Auvray)
- Hungary (Zoltan Hercegfalvi)
- Honduras (Roger Espionza, born in America, capped for Honduras)
- India (Sunil Chhetri)
- Liberia (Louis Crayton)
- Moldova (Igor Kostrov)
- New Jersey (Boris Pardo)*
- Senegal (Birahim Diop)
- Sierra Leone (Kei Kamara, though he has a green card)
*Ok, New Jersey isn't technically a foreign country.
Sunil Chhetri in action: