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Official: Sunil Chhetri To Join Kansas City Wizards

Sunil Chhetri has become the third Indian player to play in foreign shores after Mohamed Salim (Celtic) and Bhaichung Bhutia (Bury FC) and would only be the eighth Asian to ply his trade in the MLS.

After revealed about the Delhi boy having left the Indian capital on Tuesday evening to fulfil his American dream, Sunil Chhetri has almost completed his transfer to Kansas City Wizards as an official announcement of the same would be done on Thursday evening (US time) following a medical and a P-1 visa approval. A three-to-four year deal is likely to be agreed upon.

A video conferencing has been arranged for the Indian media in Bangalore as one of the owners of Kansas City Wizards - Neal Patterson, has his company's Indian arm based in the southern city.

The Indian international shot to prominence following his hat-trick in the AFC Challenge Cup finals against Tajikistan which ensured that the Men in Blue get an opportunity to play in the 2011 Asian Cup. He has scored 16 goals for the Indian national team in 35 appearances.

The 25 year old secured a release from Dempo SC, the current league leaders in the I-League, earlier this month while the club was left to rue as to why they didn’t have a transfer fee clause injected in his contract.

Chhetri had an unsuccessful trial with Coventry last January and was also linked with QPR during the last Nehru Cup in August 2009.

"One thing we really like about Sunil is that he's a crafty player," Wizards Manager Peter Vermes said.

"Technically he's very sharp, and he's a guy that has good attacking tendencies."

It is indeed a proud moment for Indians and wishes Sunil all the very best in his American sojourn.