Kansas City announced it had agreed in principle to terms with 25-year-old Indian national team standout Sunil Chhetri late Thursday night at Cerner headquarters – deal terms were not announced.
Chhetri is the first Indian player to play in MLS and only the second to play professionally outside of the country. The Wizards are getting a player who has scored 16 goals in 35 caps for his national team and is widely regarded as India’s most talented player.
Chhetri, who will wear No. 19, is finally getting an opportunity to test himself outside of India after a move to Queens Park Rangers in England’s second division collapsed because of work-permit issues, while other trials didn’t result in a contract.
“I am very happy and optimistic,” Chhetri said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know my teammates and the city of Kansas City, and I am going to come to training and give my best every day.”
“I just want to put my best foot forward, do my best for the club and improve,” Chhetri said.
Chhetri will become the eighth player from Asia to play in MLS. It’s a challenge, and a privilege, for which he has been preparing for a long time.