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By ESPN Staff
Jan 15, 2008

Wizards send Garcia to Quakes for top pick in draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Wizards aren't standing pat as they wait to hear whether star forward Eddie Johnson is headed for the Premier League.

On Tuesday, the Wizards acquired the top pick in the MLS draft, sending defender Nick Garcia to the expansion San Jose Earthquakes to complete the deal.

The move comes after a weekend in which Johnson left the American national team's training camp amid reports he has been discussing a possible move to Fulham in England's top league.

"I can't deny that obviously he's in talks regarding that opportunity," Wizards technical director Peter Vermes told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "We have to go into this planning that he is gone, knowing full well that he could be here."

He said the situation with Johnson "is not ruling the day, but at the same time we also have to be prudent enough to think we do have to plan for possibly the inevitable -- that he may go."

Vermes said the decision to trade Garcia was tough, but that having the first pick will give the Wizards the flexibility they need to make more moves.

The MLS draft is Friday in Baltimore.

Garcia, who was selected by Kansas City with the second overall pick in 2000, is the Wizards' career leader in games played.