HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Designated Player on June 22, 2017.
Qazaishvili, also known as Vako, is a quality, attacking-minded midfielder who can take defenders on 1v1, go for goal, or connect the final pass. In his first full season with the Quakes, he had 10 goals and five assists in 31 starts.
INTERNATIONAL: Has extensive experience playing with the Georgia National Team, scoring nine goals in 24 appearances at various youth levels and 14 goals in 55 appearances for the senior team.
OUTSIDE MLS: Spent six years with SBV Vitesse of the Dutch Eredivisie. He tallied 25 goals and 10 assists in 104 league games for the Dutch side, adding another three goals and three assists in other top-flight competition. Qazaishvili began his career in his native Georgia with FC Saburtalo in 2010, spending time on loan with Metalurgi Rustavi and Sioni Bulnisi. He then moved on to Vitesse in August of 2011 at just 18 years old, tallying one goal in four appearances for the first team in his debut season. Qazaishvili scored nine goals during the 2014-15 Eredivisie season and a team-best 10 in 2015-16. He later spent the majority of the 2016-17 season on loan with Poland's Legia Warsaw, helping them win the league championship with a 21-6-10 overall record. In addition to his experience in league play, Qazaishvili has made eight appearances in international cup competition, including Europa League qualifiers, Europa League and UEFA Champions League. He appeared against clubs such as Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in Champions League play.