The loan system has again helped the San Antonio Scorpions strengthen their squad and again it was San Jose who loaned the Scorpions a player. Khari Stephenson, a midfielder from Jamaica will join the club on loan, the club announced on Thursday afternoon.
Stephenson is a veteran of North American soccer, having first appeared in MLS in 2004 when he was drafted by Chicago Fire and ended up spending two years at Kansas City (then the Wizards). After two successful years in Kansas City the Jamaican moved on to Europe.
That MLS stint lead to a move to Europe, where Stephenson played 50 matches for GAIS and AIK in Sweden, with 25 games a piece. He then earned his one winner’s medal as he spent two seasons at Norway’s Alesunds, winning an FA Cup in the process.
Following that success, Stephenson fell out of favour with the club and was loaned to San Jose, before having that move made permanent. He made 69 appearances, in two seasons in San Jose before spending 2013 in Utah with Real Salt Lake.
Stephenson returned to California one year later and has since played 23 times for the former MLS Champions. After a coaching change with Dom Kinnear coming in, Stephenson seems to have been on the outer, a gain for San Antonio.
Internationally, Stephenson began his international career as an Under 20 international for Jamaica and played at the 2001 Under 20 World Cup. Stephenson joined the senior team and went on to make 32 appearances.
The gain adds plenty of experience to the Scorpions midfield which might be needed for a difficult attempt at a playoff push. Stephenson holds a green card which means he will not count as a foreign player for the Scorpions.