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Wizards Midfielder Francisco Gomez Inks Four Year Deal

August 15, 2002 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Sporting Kansas City News Release

The Kansas City Wizards have announced that midfielder Francisco Gomez has signed a new four-year contract with Major League Soccer. Per league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gomez, who joined the Wizards prior to the 1999 season from Project-40, has appeared in 19 games for Kansas City this season, making 13 starts and registering four assists.

"I think Francisco is an immensely talented, young midfielder," said Wizards Head Coach Bob Gansler. "He has a tremendous future in this league in the playmaking role. He has been a very good passer ever since his U-17 National Team days and through his involvement in various youth National Teams. He sees the game extremely well and it is only a matter of time before he puts his stamp on this league."

The Watsonville, California native saw limited playing time in his first two seasons, combining for 21 appearances and 11 starts between 1999 and 2000. In those two years, he scored three goals and added one assist. Gomez had a breakout year last season, appearing in 24 games on the year with 16 starts. He posted career numbers with four goals and six assists for 16 points.

"I have learned a lot in my first four years with the team and I know there is more to come in the years ahead," said Gomez. "Staying in Kansas City is important to me as I start my family life with my fiancée."

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