Sporting Kansas City are looking to bring St. Thomas Aquinas midfielder Michael Thomas back to Kansas City.
In exchange for a fourth-round pick (#73 overall) in today's Supplemental Draft, KC acquired the right of first refusal for Thomas from the San Jose Earthquakes. Thomas, an Olathe native, was drafted by the Quakes in the second round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, but opted to sign with Halmstads BK in Sweden.
Should he sign with MLS, KC will have the first right to add him to the roster.
The MLS Roster Rules and Regulations state that San Jose retained the right of first refusal, granting the club the first opportunity to add a player to its roster in the event the players signs with MLS. This applies only within MLS and does not indicate the holding of the player's International Transfer Certificate. Kansas City now owns this distinction. (That's all per the team's press release.)
Thomas was a teammate of Matt Besler's at Notre Dame. He's spent time with Halmstads and Ljungskile in Sweden. He made 47 appearances for Ljungskile in Sweden's second division, netting 8 goals.
"This has been my dream since I was 10 years old," Thomas said in an interview with The Star after the 2010 SuperDraft after the Earthquakes selected him one spot ahead of the Wizards in the second round.
"[Playing in Kansas City] was a topic that crossed my mind," Thomas said in that interview. "I would have loved to be at home with my family, but it didn’t work out."
The 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft will take place at 1:00 p.m. CT today via conference call. Sporting Kansas City holds the 16th (first round), 35th (second round), 43rd (third round, acquired from Chivas USA) and 54th (third round) overall selections in the four-round selection process for draft-eligible players.