Chhetri allowed to join Indian national team; Wizards, Hirsig part ways

07/30/2010 12:57 PM

05/16/2014 5:17 PM

The Wizards shook up their roster on Friday, parting ways with two players (one on a temporary basis) and officially adding another to the roster.

Forward Sunil Chhetri has been permitted to join the Indian national team through the 2011 Asian Cup.

"I'm excited to be joining the National Team,” Chhetri said in a release, “but I'll miss Kansas City. Everything was falling into place here, including the big win we just had against Manchester United."

Chhetri, 25. came on as a second-half sub against Manchester United on Sunday, just his second appearance for the Wizards. He also played in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game earlier in the year.

The Wizards signed Chhetri from Dempo SC in March, making him the first Indian to join an MLS team and creating considerable media attention around his move abroad.

"This will allow Sunil to play full-time on a regular basis," the Wizards said in a release. "This will be not only good for him, but good for us in the future, and we always want to help our players develop as much as we possibly can. We look forward to Sunil coming back to Kansas City."

Chhetri was one of 30 players recently selected by India head coach Bob Houghton for the team’s ongoing preparations for the 2011 Asian Cup next January. Chhetri has appeared 35 times for India, scoring 16 goals in his international career.

•The Wizards and midfielder Santiago Hirsig also reached a mutual agreement to part ways. Hirsig, who is from Argentina, was signed by the Wizards prior to the 2009 season and appeared in 26 games last year, but had appeared just once in MLS play this season, in a 2-1 road loss at D.C. United on May 5. Hirsig scored the lone league goal of his Kansas City stay on September 19, 2009 in a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas. He also added one assist.

•Greek defender Nick Kounenakis received his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa and will be added to the Wizards roster immediately. Kounenakis is available for selection for Saturday’s match versus Toronto FC.

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