Shavar Thomas

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Shavar Thomas
Shavar Thomas in Toronto 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Shavar Thomas
Date of birth (1981-01-29) 29 January 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Hannah Town, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1997–1999 Hotchkiss Bearcats
1999–2001 Hazard United
2001–2002 Connecticut Huskies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Dallas Burn 15 (1)
2004–2006 Kansas City Wizards 76 (2)
2007 Los Angeles Galaxy 0 (0)
2007–2009 Chivas USA 63 (0)
2010 Philadelphia Union 1 (0)
2010–2011 Sporting Kansas City[1] 19 (0)
2012 Montreal Impact 15 (0)
2013 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 9 (0)
Total 198 (3)
National team
1999–2001 Jamaica U20 10 (0)
2003–2004 Jamaica U23 5 (0)
1999–2012 Jamaica 52 (0)
Teams managed
2017– Portmore United F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 6, 2013
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 3, 2011

Shavar Thomas (born 29 January 1981 in Hannah Town) is a Jamaican footballer who most recently played for Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League.


Amateur and college[edit]

Thomas played as a youth for Hazard United in Jamaica and at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He played college soccer at the University of Connecticut. He played two seasons, 2001 and 2002, and was named an NSCAA second team All-American his sophomore year.


After that year, Thomas entered the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, where he was selected 10th overall by Dallas Burn. Thomas struggled in his first year, often appearing raw, but finished the season with 14 starts and 1252 minutes for the Burn. In the offseason, Thomas was traded to Kansas City Wizards in exchange for Eric Quill and Carey Talley. In his second year, Thomas established himself as a solid defender, playing center back for one of the league's best defensive teams. He finished the season with 1880 minutes in 22 starts. Thomas continued as a starter in 2005 and 2006. On 23 March 2007, Thomas was traded to Los Angeles Galaxy for a conditional second-round draft pick. On 3 May 2007, he was traded to Chivas USA for a second-round pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.

Thomas was selected by Philadelphia Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft on 25 November 2009.[2] He was traded to his former club Kansas City Wizards on 30 June 2010 in exchange for two MLS SuperDraft picks and allocation money.[3]

Thomas remained with Kansas City through the 2011 season. At season's end, the club declined his 2012 contract option and he entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Thomas was not selected in the draft and became a free agent.

Thomas signed with new MLS franchise Montreal Impact on 20 January 2012.[4] On 2 November 2012 Montreal announced that Thomas would not be returning to the club in 2013.[5] He entered the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft and became a free agent after going undrafted in both rounds of the draft.

In 2013, Thomas was invited to D.C. United's training camp as a trialist, but wasn't offered a contract. It was announced on 11 March 2013 that Thomas signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for the NASL's Spring season.[6]

After leaving Fort Lauderdale, Thomas went on trial with Brunei DPMM of the S.League in November 2013.[7]


Thomas appeared for the Jamaican U-20's in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina and looked poised to break into a major role with the Jamaican national team, while captaining the 2004 Olympic squad. He currently has 49 caps, and has represented the team at every level.

He captained the Jamaican team to the 2010 Caribbean Championship in Martinique.


In August 2017, Thomas was named coach of Portmore United F.C. in Jamaica.[8]


CD Chivas USA[edit]

Kansas City Wizards/Sporting KC[edit]


Portmore United[edit]



  1. ^ Team was known as Kansas City Wizards in 2010
  2. ^ Union select 10 players in expansion draft Archived 19 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Kansas City Wizards Media Relations (30 June 2010). "Wizards Re-Acquire Defender Shavar Thomas | Sporting Kansas City". Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Jamaican defender Shavar Thomas joins the Impact". 20 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Mise à jour de l'effectif: 25 joueurs avec l'équipe en Italie". 2 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Home - Fort Lauderdale Strikers". Archived from the original on 30 July 2013.
  7. ^ "runei DPMM FC to trial a global list of stars". Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  8. ^ Limited, Jamaica Observer. "Portmore edge Panama's CD Plaza Amador in CONCACAF League". Jamaica Observer.
  9. ^

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ricardo Gardner
Jamaica national football team captain
Succeeded by