Jamaican international midfielder Khari Stephenson shifts to the San Jose Earthquakes

August 14th, 2010

Khari Stephenson

Jamaican midfielder Khari Stephenson is set to join Major League Soccer (MLS) California-based outfit San Jose Earthquakes, on a mid-season loan deal from the Norwegian Premier League club Aalesund FK, where he is on contract until the end of December next year.

The vastly experienced Stephenson has just completed his second season with the Norwegian club, having joined them at the end of July in 2008.

He had been recruited from the Swedish Premier League Club AIK Stockholm, where he had played for almost two seasons.

The 29-year-old Stephenson, who is now awaiting work permit clearance, is expected to start in the Earthquakes’ next fixture this weekend.

Versatile central midfielder

Jamaican international midfielder Khari Stephenson

He returns to the MLS after a period of five years, having played professionally in Europe after leaving the Kansas City Wizards in 2005.

The tall 6′ 3″ Stephenson, a versatile central midfielder, is known for his exceptional positional play, accurate passing, aerial control and powerful shot with either foot.

The midfielder, who has 31 caps with Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, is expected to provide additional midfield thrust for the Earthquakes and create goals, given his powerful shooting ability.

Stephenson is a product of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association age-group development programme, having represented Real Mona Football Club and national youth teams at all age levels.

Source:Jamaica Gleaner

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