Indian striker Sunil Chhetri’s highly anticipated debut for the Kansas City Wizards was not exactly anything to write home about. Chhetri is the first Indian to play for the MLS.
The Wizards played the Colorado Rapids in the Lamar Hunt Open Cup.
He failed to score and received a yellow card for a reckless tackle on Wells Thompson in the 20th minute. He was subbed off at halftime. After the match Peter Vermes had this to say:
“He was okay,” Wizards Manager Peter Vermes said. “He was good in possession, but he wasn’t getting close enough to the goal. We’ve got to figure out different ways to get him closer to the goal.”
Chhetri also weighed in on his performance.
“It was disappointing that we lost the match,” he said. “I thought I had some good touches, but it’s going to take some time, and I’m going to go back to the training field and train hard.”
The match was won by the Rapids, 2-1 with Thompson scoring both goals. With this defeat, the Wizards were eliminated from the Cup.