Thomas traded from Philadelphia to Kansas City

Shavar Thomas is headed back to Kansas City.

The center back was traded from the Philadelphia Union to the Kansas City Wizards on Wednesday in exchange for two second round draft picks, one each in 2011 and 2012, and allocation money.

The 29-year-old Jamaican international played for KC from 2004-2006, including featuring in the 2004 back line that set the record as the best defense in the history of MLS.

"I had three wonderful years in Kansas City, and I played some of the best soccer of my career there,” Thomas said in a release. “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."

After making 76 appearances for the Wizards, Thomas was traded in 2006 to the LA Galaxy, who then sent him to Chivas USA before he made even one appearance for LA. He was selected by Philadelphia in last year’s expansion draft.

“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.”