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Sunil Chhetri’s dream of making it into Europe may not have been realised but that hasn’t killed the desire to play abroad. After having successfully given trials for Kansas City Wizards, the Delhi boy has left the country for USA in order to take his ambition to the next level.

The Wizards have a reputation as being one of the steady teams of MLS, a Fulham sort of reliable squad that isn't considered a top squad, but not one of the bottom feeders either. They're going through a transition right now, having jettisoned a coach last year and moving out some formerly key players, like Argentine Claudio Lopez.

Having secured a release from Dempo, the Indian international was in the Indian capital for the past week or so in his bid to secure a work visa for the United States.

Speaking to Goal.com, Kharga Chhetri confirmed that his son had indeed left for Kansas but didn’t want to reveal further.

“Yes, Sunil has left for USA,” he said.

His agent, Yogesh Joshee, too remain tight-lipped but spoke last evening in the same tone as the player’s father saying, “He is on the plane as we speak.”

The former Dempo star is expected to reach Kansas at 0630 IST on Wednesday. It is likely that the deal could be announced later this week once Sunil pens a deal with the MLS club in the next couple of days and thereby become the first Indian export to USA.

Sunil would be only the third Indian player to play in foreign land after Mohamed Salim’s successful stint with Celtic in the pre-Independent India and Bhaichung Bhutia’s famous Bury FC years.


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