In an attempt to find stability in their back four, the Kansas City Wizards have re-acquired central defender Shavar Thomas in a trade with the Philadelphia Union. The Wizards sent two second-round MLS SuperDraft selections (one in 2011 and 2012) and allocation money.
The 29-year-old Jamaican international has played 151 games for five MLS teams over eight seasons. He wore the Wizards uniform from 2004-2006.
“We really like Shavar’s MLS experience and the strength he brings to our back line,” Wizards Manager Peter Vermes said. “We are always looking to improve our roster, and he adds quality depth to the center of our defense.”
"I had three wonderful years in Kansas City, and I played some of the best soccer of my career there,” Thomas said. “I'm at a place in my career where I can really step up and help the team, and I'm ready to do that. I've played with Jimmy (Conrad), Davy (Arnaud), Jack (Jewsbury) and Josh (Wolff) and have won trophies with those guys, so I am really excited about coming back."
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Thomas was drafted 10th overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas (then the Dallas Burn) and played in 15 games (14 starts) as a rookie, scoring one goal. Thomas was then traded to the Wizards along with allocation money for Carey Talley and Eric Quill. Thomas experienced a breakout season in 2004, playing 25 games (22 starts) for the Wizards, who finished the season as the best defensive club in MLS. The Wizards advanced to the MLS Cup final that season, and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in club history.
Thomas has appeared 27 times for the Jamaica National Team. He served as captain for the team’s 2004 Olympic squad (U-23) and was a member of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup team. Thomas played the final group stage match in the Gold Cup, the only game that Jamaica won.Shavar Thomas
Born: January 29, 1981
Hometown: Hannah Town, Jamaica
Last Club: Philadelphia Union (MLS)