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Who's in Sweden for the Wizards?

Who’s up for some idle speculation?

Wizards president Robb Heinemann tweeted last week that the coaching staff was going to leave for Portugal on Oct. 29. But now we’ve got it on good authority that assistant coach Zoran Savic is headed for Sweden.

Hmmm. Sweden?

Full 90 godfather Charles Gooch and I put our heads together and came up with a couple of potential local guys that Savic may be going to watch.

Josh Howard. Howard, who is a defender from Lee’s Summit, was a second-team all-American at William Jewell and played for the Kansas City Brass.

And he apparently played in a game for the Wizards’ reserve squad in 2008. Howard, a defender, signed with Soderhamns FF of the Swedish second division in 2009. They are now in the third division, and I’m not sure Howard is still there.

Michael Thomas. The midfielder attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Kansas and Notre Dame from 2006-09, playing three seasons alongside current Wizard Matt Besler.

Thomas was a second-round pick by San Jose in the 2010 SuperDraft, but instead of playing for the Earthquakes, he went to Sweden where he has played for Halmstads and Ljungskile.

Of course, Savic may be going to look at, say, a Swedish player. We just don’t know at this point. But with training for the 2011 season set to begin in just two months (yeah, I know the MLS playoffs are still in full swing), this is the perfect time for speculation.

Anyone else have any ideas on why Savic would be headed for Sweden?

| Pete Grathoff, pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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