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John DeBrito, Former Wizards Player Passes Away

The former Kansas City player appeared eight times for the club.

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Sad news on Wednesday as former Kansas City Wizards player, John DeBrito had passed away at the age of 51.

DeBrito joined the Wizards in the middle of the 1997 season but appeared in just two league games that season for the club, both as a substitute. He made his debut coming on as a half time substitute for Edmundo Rodriguez on July 4th against the Columbus Crew, but ended up being subbed out before the end of the game for goalkeeper Christ Snitko after Mike Ammann was sent off in the 2-1 win. He came on as a sub for the final 10 minutes of KC’s 3-2 win over DC on July 19th. He also appeared in the playoffs for KC that year, coming on as a substitute in KC’s 3-2 loss on the road to the Colorado Rapids that ended their season.

In 1998 DeBrito made nine appearances for Kansas City, three of them starts but ended up playing just 267 minutes for the club that season. He was loaned out to MLS’s Pro-40 team that played in the A-League at the time as well as the Nashville Metros but was released at the end of the season.

Before joining KC had played for the New England Revolution and New York/New Jersey Metrostars, before that he’d played in the US minor leagues. After leaving Kansas City he spent a few years with the Columbus Crew and a little time with the Dallas Burn before finishing his professional career with the Connecticut Wolves.

DeBrito, a Cape Verde native became a US citizen and represented the United States six times in 1991 and 1992. He was also an accomplished college soccer player, helping lead Southern Connecticut University to two NCAA Division II titles while he was in college, he was also inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

At this time no cause of death was announced.