Khari Stephenson

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Khari Stephenson
Khari Stephenson at Galaxy at Earthquakes 2010-08-21 1.JPG
Stephenson with the Earthquakes in August 2010
Personal information
Full name Khari Lasana Stewart Stephenson
Date of birth (1981-01-18) 18 January 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
San Jose Earthquakes
Number 9
Youth career
1992–2000 Real Mona
2000–2003 Williams Ephs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Kansas City Wizards 9 (0)
2006 GAIS 25 (3)
2007–2008 AIK 25 (2)
2008–2010 Aalesunds FK 39 (4)
2010–2012 San Jose Earthquakes 69 (8)
2013 Real Salt Lake 19 (1)
2014– San Jose Earthquakes 5 (2)
National team
2004– Jamaica 32 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 20, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 June 2012

Khari Stephenson (/ˈkæri/; born 18 January 1981) is a Jamaican footballer who currently plays for San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer.

Youth and College[edit]

A product of the Real Mona youth system, Stephenson played college soccer at Williams College from 2000 to 2003, where he was named a Division III first-team All-American his junior and senior seasons. In his senior year, Stephenson scored 15 goals for the team, and finished his career there with 40 goals and 18 assists. Before playing at Williams, he was a star of his prep school soccer team at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut.

Club Career[edit]

Kansas City Wizards (2004-2005)[edit]

Upon graduating, Stephenson was drafted 27th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago Fire. He did not make the Fire team, however, and was traded to Kansas City Wizards for a third-round 2005 MLS SuperDraft pick.[1] Stephenson played very little for the Wizards in his rookie season, finishing the year with no points, having played only 44 minutes over three games. Amazingly, he became a starter in the playoffs, playing in every game and even scoring a goal on the Wizards' run to the final.[2]

Move to Scandanavia (2006-2010)[edit]

In 2006, Stephenson made his move to Scandinavia, starting in Sweden with GAIS, where he had an outstanding season as a midfielder. He then made a move to AIK in 2007, where he had an inconsistent season for a team that finished in the top half of the league. In August 2008, Khari then moved to Aalesunds FK in Norway, where he was joined by Jamaican international teammate Demar Phillips in the midfield. After not receiving significant playing time in early 2009, he gained a vital midfield role as the season progressed, eventually leading the team to the Norwegian Cup in 2009 and qualification for the 2010/11 Europa Cup.

San Jose Earthquakes (2010-2012)[edit]

Stephenson returned to the United States on loan from Aalesunds FK and signed with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer on 9 August 2010 until the remainder of the MLS season. Stephenson returned to Norway and then signed a permanent deal on 14 February 2011 with San Jose Earthquakes.[3]

Stephenson remained with San Jose through the 2012 season before being released following the 2012 season.[4] He subsequently entered the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft and became a free agent after going undrafted in both rounds of the draft.

Real Salt Lake (2013)[edit]

On February 22, 2013, he was signed by Real Salt Lake. He played one season in Utah; however, he was not retained following the season.[5]

Return to San Jose (2014- Present)[edit]

Stephenson signed for his old club San Jose Earthquakes on March 11, 2014.[6]

International[edit]

He appeared for the Jamaican U-20's in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina and made his debut for the 'Reggae Boyz' in 2004 against Guatemala. He has earned 32 caps (3 goals).

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