2008 Wizards Fan Appreciation package

February 29, 2008

The Smart Circle is selling KC Wizards ticket packages.   They are an independent agency that has also sold ticket deals for the St. Louis Blues, FC Dallas, Chivas USA and the KC Royals.  Not all of them can be found on the website though.  And as of this posting the Wizards package was not on the site.

What they have for the Wizards is a pretty good deal.  For $29.99 you get 4 tickets (valued at $15 a ticket).  So right off you get a 2 for 1 deal.  But you also get 8 vouchers for a Buy One-Get One deal (2nd ticket at equal or lesser value).  The 4 tickets you get with the $29.99 can also be upgraded on game day.  So, if you wanted to stand in the Cauldron or sit on the bleachers you could pay $5 more for you ticket to upgrade it.  Or $10 more if you wanted a Stadium seat.  For the vouchers, they are redeemable on gameday(at CAB) or in advance to games at the Wizards office.  To upgrade the vouchers to Cauldron/bleacher it would be the $15 price +$5 for each ticket (so $25 total for both tickets).

Now, I am sure that most of you already have your calculator out and checking out the prices over a full season and comparing them to the Season ticket prices.  Well stop for a moment.  This deal is not available for 4 of the MLS game.  The games that this ticket package does not work for are: DC United on 3/29, Chicago on 7/27, Los Angeles on 9/13 and Chicago on 10/5.  And it also is not valid for the MLS playoffs.  It is valid for the as yet unnanounced Wizards International tournament, which will be for 2 games.  So, season ticket holders get 18 games for their ticket price while this is only good for at most 13 games.

Anyway, this is a pretty good deal if you don’t, or can’t, go to all the games.  Or if being a Season Ticket Holder is not important to you.  I know of quite a few Wizards fans that are STH but won’t be able to use all thier tickets. 

This package would be really great for groups on a single day.

Another way to think of it is that you’ll have 20 tickets in which to spread over 13 possible games.  For Berm prices that is $150 for 20 tickets.  For Cauldron it is $250 for 20 tickets.  For sections like the Berm and Cauldron this is a great way to bring a friend and build up those sections.

Oh yeah, if you are interested, here is the phone number for The Smart Circle.  1-800-775-1975.

KCSoccerReview would love to read your feedback on this.  Feel free to do some math to see how it compares to season tickets. 

OG


29 Feb. The News and Blogs you might have Missed.

February 29, 2008

Kansas City Wizards and Challenger Sport Premier Soccer Camps.

Myers Impresses Onalfo Quickly

Shuffling salaries for new strikers

Wizards en Espanol: Kansas City embraces Spanish Language programing more than most people think!!!

More Lopez News

Wizards Remain On Lopez Case

Heineman Speaks

Goulet the rarest of breeds.

Michael Kraus – TIR Croise’ ‘A La Hanche.  I know I know. But I get more hits on this athlete than I do on Michael Kraus of the Wizards. So I am having some  leap year fun.

AG


KC Wizards are off to Argentina

February 28, 2008

The Wizards left for Argentina yesterday.  The team should be in Buenos Aires, where they went last season.  They have left with the goals of defining the roster and honing the new 3-5-2 formation.  Today a Rob Russert artcle on mlsnetcame out.  Russert has quotes from Scott Sealy, Curt Onalfo and Peter Vermes.  And there is some discussion of Ivan Trujillo, possible signing of Claudio Lopez and an improved Carlos Marinelli.

In regards to Claudio Lopez, there seems to be some confusion over how long it will take before he is signed or can join the team.  According to Brad Porter’s blog it could take longer to sign Lopez than it did to sign Trujillo.  From Brad: “Officials tell me that Lopez qualifies as a designated player and that, unlike the Trujillo signing which took 2-3 months, signing Lopez would be much more difficult.”  However, if you saw Oz City today then according to Greg Lalas and Shep Messing, Lopez is all but on the team.  In that same Oz City story, there is a SoccerAmerica which points out “(Monday) is the date by which teams must be complaint with the salary cap, precise figure unknown, and the limits for the regular (18 players) and full (28) roster limits.”  Teams can negotiate for extra compliance time (aside:this seems to jive with the thoughts of many that all MLS rules are drawn in sand) but they still have to tell MLS “…how they plan to get their numbers in order.”  The article also points out that Lopez is probably between $750,000 and $1.2M and KC is not really strapped for cap room. KC actually gained an additional $400,000 cap space as payment from MLS for the sale of Eddie Johnson.  So, KC could be getting Lopez soon or … not so soon.  Still seems a mess.  I for one am hoping that the deal is worked out by Monday and the louse will get as much time as possible with the team before the season starts.

Eloy Colombano was already in Argentina, he did not come back to KC from Florida.  Also, from Brad Porter, we know that “Colombian forward Ivan Trujillo…will join the team Tuesday in Argentina.”  Yay.  We hope to hear good things from Ivan.

OK, so we know there are 28 roster spots.  If you go to the Wizards roster pagethere are 22 that are taken up already.  For me, 20 of them are safe spots.  My opinion(based on Florida minutes and what I’ve seen at practice) is that Lowery and Kraus are probably the two.  So that leaves 8 spots that are being fought for.  We have Trujillo who is a lock and assuming we sign Lopez, that would make for 22.  And it seems a good bet that Boris Pardo will be the third keeper bringing the total to 23.  So, with five spots left that means the fight is between tryout-trialist Kevin Souter, Yomby William, Jon Leathers, Matt Marquess, Rauwshan McKenzie, Micheal Kraus, Amir Lowery and possibly Andrew DiCicco (update: he is with the team).  But also bear in mind this from Brad Porter “…the Wizards are also looking at one player from Africa and another from South America.”  That makes possibly ten players for five spots.  Though, we really do only know for sure it’s seven for five spots.  The one that I feel most comfortable with saying will make the team is Jon Leathers – and I base that off his performance in practices and the amount of playing time and starts he got while down in Florida.  Of course, Amir Lowery has been playing holding mid a lot and more depth there would be desirable.

It seems that most of KC’s injuries are at the scoring end of the team.  Scott Sealy has continuing quad issues, Davy Arnaud is out until sometime in April, Ryan Pore missed a practice or two.  Andrew DiCicco had some knocks too.  In fact, Sasha Victorine started as striker in one of the most recent practices (Eloy was in Argentina).  So it’s vital that KC get these guys healthy and get any new forwards into camp.   While I am certain that Davy Arnaud will make it difficult for starters to keep their spot when he comes back, I am also certain that Sealy, Colombano, Pore, Trujillo and possibly Lopez will have had enough time to show Onalfo what they can do up top.  Of course the versatile Arnaud can also push for a midfield position – specifically wide right where Chance Myers will be at.

Right now on defense the front runners look to be Conrad, Jewsbury and Wahl.  I am not so certain it’s the strongest backline but it seems decent.  Jack will be in his second year playing D in MLS.  Wahl filled in well last year.  And then we have Conrad.  Outside of Conrad we could see some fighting for starting time from Leathers and Hohlbein.  And then there is also Chance Myers and Micheal Harrington who not only play wide-mid but can also play on defense too.  All of them backed by a fitter/leaner Kevin Hartman who will be in his 12th year.

I mentioned the wide players already.  KC will be be playing with one attacking mid and two holding mids.  Though one of those holding mids will most likely be able to attack too.  What we have seen mostly from practices are Kerry Zavagnin and Kurt Morsink as holding mids.  And Morsink has played wide as well as attacking last season.  The attacking midfielder will be Carlos Marinelli.  He didn’t have the greatest season last year but is much improved so far this preseason (see Russert’s article from above).  We also have another versatile player in Sasha Victorine.  Sasha, in his 9th season and 4th with KC, can play wide, attacking or holding.  He has also played on defense.  I fully expect Sasha and Kurt to be fighting for that spot alongside Kerry.  Sasha missed the Florida trip, where Morsink got a lot of playing time, due to the birth of his first child.   I’d not be surprised to see Onalfo use some kind of midfield rotation system depending on the opponent. 

Ok, so the team is in Argentina.  Who will they play?  Hopefully some very good competition.  The Argentine league is in its fourth week of the new season so any teams they play should be a real test.  I expect that we will soon hear from either the official team blog or from KCWizards.com what the schedule is and who the opponents are.  Maybe we’ll even get to see some video of games from the trip like we did last year(it was for STH’s only).

OG



All KC Wizards games to be on Radio

February 27, 2008

Just saw the latest press release from the Wizards.

Every KC game will be on the radio this season.  Both in English and in Spanish.  English broadcasts will be on La Playa 1480 AM while Spanish broadcasts will be on La Gran D 1340 AM.  Major friendlies (this summer tourney) and USOC games will be on the radio also.

OG

Here is the press release

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Kansas City Wizards, Reyes Media Group Partner to Broadcast Every 2008 Wizards Match on Radio in English and Spanish
 
(February 27, 2008) – The Kansas City Wizards and Reyes Media Group have reached an agreement to broadcast each Kansas City Wizards match of 2008 live on the radio in both English and Spanish. La Playa 1480 AM will be the English-language radio home of the Wizards and La Gran D 1340 the Spanish-language radio home. For the first time in team history, every Kansas City Wizards match will be broadcast live on the radio in English and Spanish.
 
“Having every match broadcast on the radio in both English and Spanish is a monumental step for our organization,” Wizards Executive Vice President Greg Cotton said. “Last year, we partnered with Reyes Media Group and Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports to broadcast Wizards matches live in Spanish.  Today we are excited to extend that partnership to feature all of our games on the radio in two languages.”
 
“We are extremely excited about extending our partnership with the Kansas City Wizards by enhancing our coverage of their games in both Spanish and English,” Vice President of Reyes Media Group Ed Reyes said. “By extending our coverage not only to the Kansas City area but to the region, we can bring Wizards action to everyone in the Midwest in both languages.”
 
Audio from live television broadcasts on Metro Sports and Time Warner Cable channel 5 will be simulcast by La Gran D and La Playa. Games not shown on Metro and/or TWC 5, including U.S. Open Cup matches and major friendlies, will still be broadcast via radio. The Reyes stations will serve as flagship stations for a Wizards radio network throughout the region.
 
For the first time in club history, every Kansas City Wizards MLS match will be broadcast live both on TV and radio in both English and Spanish.


27 Feb. News and Blogs you might have Missed.

February 27, 2008

Kansas City Wizards Invite Open Tryout Kevin Souter for extended Trial

MU soccer in KC.

The Missouri soccer team, which finished ranked 22 following a 15-8-1 regular season , will play four matches in its spring schedule, including one in Kansas City……….

Wizards rookie adjust to new team and winter weather.

Wizards in negotiation with Argentinean forward

KC Wizards are On Goal

No U-23 Prolems for the Wizards

Lopez in KC this Week

Practice Today?Front Office Visit

MLS Soccer Scores With New, End-to-End Commerce Solution From GSI Commerence


26 Feb. News and Blogs you might have Missed.

February 26, 2008

Andrew DiCicco’s MLS KC Wizards Experience, Entry NO.4

Pan-Pacific problems go beyond surface

The Monday MLS Breakdown: The Evolving Wizards 

Is Lopez Coming?

Practice and More

Last Chance