In the first big player move by Sporting Kansas City, the team has traded long-time midfielder (and Missouri native) Jack Jewsbury to the expansion Portland Timbers for allocation money.
“This was not an easy decision. Jack has spent eight years with Kansas City, representing the organization on and off the field with class,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. “I understand that it might sound cliché, but we really do wish Jack all the best and sincerely thank him for what he accomplished with this club and in this city.”
Jewsbury began last season as a starter, but lost time to Craig Rocastle as the season wore on. He was a versatile player who fit in very well as a Swiss Army-like player (he could play all three midfield positions, out wide and right back). He was the second-longest serving player on the team behind captain Davy Arnaud. He appeared in 28 or more games in each of the last six seasons. Jewsbury holds several spots on Kansas City’s all-time record charts, ranking 7th in games started (142), games played (195) and minutes played (13,275), while ranking 8th in assists (21).
“The eight years in Kansas City have been unbelievable,” Jewsbury said. “I’ll never forget all the great times with the team. The ownership over the past few years has been fantastic, taking the team in a new direction with the new stadium and re-brand. So on that end, it’s bittersweet. I’ve made lifelong friends in Kansas City and I’ll never forget the fan support I had all these years.”
He follows Jimmy Conrad and Josh Wolff as the other long-serving Kansas City players to leave the team before the 2011 season.
Jewsbury, 29, was drafted by Kansas City with the 43rd overall pick in the fifth round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft out of Saint Louis University, where he was recently inducted into the Billikens Hall of Fame for his outstanding collegiate career. Jewsbury spent eight seasons in KC, making 204 appearances, including postseason, and recorded 15 goals and 21 assists.
He scored two goals last year, this being the only one from open play.