SOC­CER­STAR ONTHERISE

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - OPINION -

It has been 11 years since an In­dian player — Baichung Bhutia — first played for a for­eign club. Many feel it is about time a new player rep­re­sents In­dia in the leagues abroad.

It should sur­prise no one that Su­nil Ch­hetri has emerged as a suc­ces­sor to Bhutia. For all his hard work and pa­tience, Ch­hetri is on the verge of rewrit­ing his­tory if his much-talked-about deal with Amer­ica’s Ma­jor League Soc­cer team Kansas City Wizards comes through.

For the Wizards’ coaches, the first glimpse at Ch­hetri did the trick. The club went through nu­mer­ous changes in terms of style of play in the run up to the new sea­son. That meant they had to bring new play­ers and af­ter sign­ing a mid­field trio ear­lier this week, the club ex­pressed its will­ing­ness to sign the diminu­tive In­dian striker.

“Su­nil trained with us for about 10 days in Phoenix and I have to say that we are re­ally im­pressed with him. He had this im­me­di­ate im­pact on all of us the mo­ment he en­tered the field,” said Wizards’ as­sis­tant coach Kerry Zav­agnin, who was present dur­ing Ch­hetri’s tri­als. Mihir Vasavda, Daily News & Anal­y­sis of In­dia

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