Shavar Thomas, one half of Kansas City Wizards' starting central defensive duo, will miss Saturday's game against Seattle while away on international duty with Jamaica. It is the third time since joining the Wizards this summer that he's been called up. He has 29 caps for his country.
Jamaica will play Trinidad Tobago on Sunday in Kingston, Jamaica.
Thomas is one of six Major League Soccer players invited for the friendly by Jamaica Manager Theodore Whitmore and the selection is Thomas’ third since Kansas City re-acquired the veteran center back in a trade with Philadelphia in June.
Sunday’s game between the Carribean rivals will kick off at 6:00 p.m. CT and will be played at The National Stadium in a rematch of an August friendly that Jamaica won 3-1. Thomas played 89 minutes in the victory for the Reggae Boyz, ranked No. 76 in the latest FIFA rankings.
Thomas, in his eighth season in MLS, will rejoin the Wizards in Chicago following the friendly and is expected to be available for Kansas City’s midweek match against the Fire on Tuesday, October 12 at Toyota Park.
In other international call-ups of particular interest to the Wizards and the MLS playoff picture:San Jose will be without three key players this weekend and Seattle's Sanna Nyassi will be with Gambia this weekend and not in KC.
There is no word as of yet if Colorado's star striker Omar Cummings will join Thomas in Jamaica on Sunday.
FC Dallas will be without Brek Shea and Heath Pearce; all four star internationals for Los Angeles -- David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle and Donovan Ricketts -- will stay with the Galaxy this weekend.