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Luis Gil lands at Kansas City
by Paul Kennedy, February 22nd, 2010 8:09PM

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TAGS:  kansas city wizards, mls, u-17 world cup, youth boys

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[MLS] Luis Gil, arguably the most talented teenager to sign with MLS since Jozy Altidore, went to the Kansas City Wizards during a weighted lottery conducted by the league on Monday.

The 16-year-old Californian starred on the 2009 U.S. Under-17 World Cup team and had been targeted by Arsenal. There has been speculation that Gil would prefer to play closer to home, in which a trade would have to me arranged.

The Wizards had the third-best chance of winning the lottery. The only teams with poorer records last season were New York and San Jose.



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  1. Dennis Mulqueen
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 11:48 a.m.
    Luis Gil is 5'7'' tall.

  1. Olivier Lurz
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 1:32 p.m.
    Here is another teenager's career the MLS will do everything to screw up. They already did such a terrific job with Freddy Adu I guess they deserve another try!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 1:37 p.m.
    Both of you, John and Dennis are correct: At 5'7" tall, and at 16 years of age, yes he is tall for his age. Luis will hit his growth spurt within the next couple of years. So, yes the two of you are correct, and I wholeheartedly concur with John that the US continuously makes it an effort to get tall and imposing players (a-la-US)football bulky players, and except for the usual anomaly of a player, e.g. Onyewu (sp?) those tall-bulky players don't amount to much of anything - no disrespect other than to the coaching staffers who have a difficult time in getting talented players. Let Luis and Jozy grow physically and athletically, and let's hope that the players are selected according to their skills and certainly NOT their size!

  1. Mike Gaire
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 6:03 p.m.
    If he doesn't fancy Kansas (and who can blame him!!) I would love to see this lad start his career at San Jose!

  1. Joe Tregellas
    commented on: February 23, 2010 at 8:01 p.m.
    Watch it, Mike. No need to insult my fine city or my lads. But in regard to the young blood; he's still not a man, and if he MUST play close to home, then let him. I'd rather trade for a 1st rounder or a foreign slot in that case. But I hope he is indeed better than Altidore.


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