February 23, 2010 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Sporting Kansas City
The Kansas City Wizards announced today that the team has traded the rights to midfielder Luis Gil to Real Salt Lake in exchange for an international roster spot, a 2011 2nd round SuperDraft pick, and 25 percent of any transfer fee, should a club outside of MLS purchase Gil's rights in the future.
Gil, a 16-year-old who starred for the United States' U-17 National Team last year, had attracted interest from many European clubs, including Arsenal FC and Real Madrid. However, last month Gil signed a contract with Major League Soccer with the understanding that his family's desire for him to begin his pro career with Real Salt Lake or Seattle Sounders FC would be accommodated.
As is standard procedure for Generation Adidas players that sign with the League after the MLS SuperDraft, the League allocated Gil's rights via a weighted lottery. Kansas City won yesterday's lottery with knowledge of the stipulations agreed upon by the League and its Competition Committee prior to Gil's signing. This afternoon, the Wizards accepted Real Salt Lake's trade proposal.
The Kansas City Wizards are now accepting renewals from current season ticket holders and new season ticket deposits for the 2010 Major League Soccer season. The Wizards will begin the 2010 campaign with a home match on Saturday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. CT against D.C. United at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Kansas City, a charter member of Major League Soccer, will play its 15th season in 2010.
Fans who renew their season tickets or purchase new season-ticket packages will retain an early priority number that will determine seat locations in Kansas City's new stadium, which was approved Jan. 19, 2010. To renew season tickets or place a deposit for new season tickets, call the Wizards locally at 888-4KC-GOAL or 913-387-3400 or visit www.kcwizards.com.
Kansas City is one of 18 cities included in the USA Bid Committee's bid to FIFA. The USA Bid Committee will submit their bid to FIFA in May, with FIFA choosing the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December of 2010. To support the effort, Kansas Citians are asked to sign the petition at www.goUSAbid.com/kc and pass the petition along to their friends and family.