Wizards acquire Khari Stephenson

Kansas City Wizards General
Manager Curt Johnson announced today that the team has acquired midfielder
Khari Stephenson from the Chicago Fire in exchange for the Wizards natural
3rd round pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. Stephenson, who was drafted
by the Fire in the 3rd round of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft (28th overall),
will sign as a developmental player for the Wizards, pending his approval
of a P-1 Visa.

Stephenson, 23, attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts
where he was a two-time NCSAA All-American and two-time NESCAC (New England
Small College Athletic Conference) Player of the Year. He led the team
in scoring his senior season in 2003 with 15 goals and 34 points. He finished
he collegiate career with 40 goals and 18 assists for 98 points.

A native of Jamaica, Stephenson is classified as a Transitional International.
He will be a part of the Wizards developmental roster and will not count
against the Wizards salary cap. Stephenson was teammates with Wizards
defender Shavar Thomas on the U-23 Jamaican National Team that took part
in Olympic Qualifying in Mexico last month.


Number: 24

Position: Midfielder

Height: 6-2

Weight: 185

Born: January 18, 1981

Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica

College: Williams College (Massachusetts)

Last Club: Chicago Fire

Acquired: Acquired from Chicago Fire in exchange for the Wizards natural
3rd round draft pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, 4/7/2004

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