31 March. News and Blogs you might have Missed.

March 31, 2008

Wizards Sign four to development deals

Unfinished Furniture

Wizardry of imports on display

Wizards Reserves Top Drake

After open Loss, United Looks Ahead 

Give Me Soccer or Give Me Death  Podcast halfway down the page

United Listless in MLS opener in 2-0 lost to Kansas City

Which teams need to be successful in 2008

South American invasion

Who will be MLS’ best in ’08

Wizards Win Opener

Wizards win season opener in front of sell out

Lopez scores 1st game, leads Wizards to 2-0 win over D.C. United

Flying start for Crew, Revs and Wizards

Q&A: Conrad on Beckham, money, Rome, diving

New Forwards Trujillo, Lopez lead K.C. over D.C

MLS Round-Up: New England, Colorado Wins, Galaxy Fall

Wizards Notebook

Its Game Day

Colorado Over LA – Yeah, It was That Bad

AG


Wizards dump United!

March 29, 2008

KC won their home opener on goals from newboys Ivan Trujillo and Claudio Lopez.  Trujillo opened his account two minutes into the second have by slotting a Jewsbury pass to the near post.  Then in the 61st Claudio chipped Zach Wells, who to his credit got a hand on it, and the ball found net just under the bar.

Jonathan Leathers started at right back for Chance Myers and had a very good game.  KC did make all three subs: Sealy for Trujillo, Morsink for Marinelli and Colombano for Lopez.  There was a lot of action in front of Zach Wells tonight and KC very well could have had a few more goals. 

I need to re-watch the game on my DVR but I’ll say that either Claudio or Ivan are my Player Of The Match.

Great start for KC.  Now we need to do the same to Colorado next week. 

OG


Wizards Opening Day

March 29, 2008

Well, the day is here.

Wizards fans will get to see the “new” ballpark and most likely five new starters compared to last year.  Chance Myers, Claudio Lopez, Ivan Trujillo, Ryan Pore and Tyson Wahl.

From reports it looks like KC will employ a 4-4-2 and not the new 3-5-2 that was touted.  That 4-4-2 backline should be #1 draft pick Chance Myers at right back, Jimmy Conrad and Tyson Wahl in central defense and last years Wizards #1 pick Micheal Harrington.  Both Harrington and Myers can push up to wide mid and help out with offense, thus at times KC will probably be looking like a 3-5-2.  Of course, Kevin Hartman will be in the net directing that back line.

Kerry Zavagnin will be the defensive midfield, where he’s played for years for KC.  On the wings will be a bit of a change.  With Davy Arnaud out recovering form knee surgery Jack Jewsbury looks to move back into the midfield and on the right wing.  From what was seen in preseason reports, and from the game against RSL in Oklahoma, we will probably see former forward Ryan Pore on the left wing.  I figure that when Sasha Victorine is healthier he may roam that wide left spot.  But who knows.   Carlos Marinelli will be directing the attack in the middle of the field.  He’s healthy and has an MLS year under his belt.  KC fans are expecting a lot from Carlos this year.

Up top are where the real changes are.  Wizards signed former two-time Argentina World Cup striker Claudio “El Piojo” Lopez.  The Louse in case you wanted to look it up.  Claudio will bring experience and flair to the team.  He’s scored a lot of goals in his career and played for many high profile teams.  KC has him for two years.  The other man up top will most likely be Colombian Ivan Trujillo.  He played for two teams last season in Colombia and scored 11 goals.   He’s the guy that I expect will be a huge impact this season.

Now there are some reports that Myers may not start due to a foot strain.  Also that Jimmy is just “probable”.  I think we are all sure that Jimmy will be out there.  If Myers does not start then Jack may move to right back or possibly Aaron Hohlbein.  If it’s Jack, then someone will need to fill in wide right.  That could be Colombano, Morsink or possibly Victorine.  Though Eloy Colombano has been a striker all pre-season, but he did play wide right last year.

No matter who starts, at least it will be the end of all the waiting 🙂  And the fans and the team get to take out frustrations on hated DC United.

As for DC, they have a good team.  And they have already played two games this season, in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.  DC has a game on Tuesday also.  It’s entirely possible that DC will make three early second half substitutions in regards to that CCC game on Tuesday to rest some key players.

OG


28 March. News and Blogs you might have Missed.

March 28, 2008

Day before the Home Opener! I don’t know about anyone else, but I am looking forward to this. In case you are not on the Cauldron e-mail list, or you don’t read every thread on Big Soccer, there will be a Tailgate at the stadium.  Because it’s opening day I will be out there bright and early in the Motorhome/traveling kitchen( around 1000H).  Rumor has it there will be adult beverage(s) available (from a licensed vendor)  for those interested ( around 1330H). 

AG

MLS set for lucky 13

East Division at a glance

Walsh : New Unknown Faces

Onalfo on The 2 G’s

Peruse The News

Onalfo has Wizards ready to make some noise

Soccer By Ives MLS Power Rankings

Tune in Free Conrad Tonight

MLS preview: KC Wizards

Wizards open new park vs. United

Wizards await incentive from Missouri officials for stadium

AG


27 March. News and Blogs you might have Missed.

March 27, 2008

MLS Preview ? All 14 teams minus one / Just take a quess who

Video: Jimmy Conrad on Old Folks Issues

Wizards Wednesday News

MLS Media Blitz Should Result in PR Sacking

Happy Hump Day/Media Day

New Digs, Faces Have Wizards Excited For Saturday

2008 YCS MLS Preview

Argentineans a good fit for Wizards

Kansas City Weekend events

United Sees First Real Test in Season Opener

AG


KC Wizards Previews and stuff

March 26, 2008

Ok, it’s just a few days before the Wizards take on DC United out at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. 

There have been several previews and I was gonna list them here.  Some of these previews have appeared in George’s daily posting.

KCWizards.TheOffside did a 3-part preview: Defense, Midfield and Forward areas.

3rd Degree(FC Dallas blog) has KC finishing first in the East. Oh yeah, Onalfo as coach of the year.

Here are two stories by Bob Rusert over at MLSNet.  Quick Hits and Wizards where they want to be.  Actually, he did one on Tyson Wahl too; good read.

Yellow Chair Sports also did a previewWould be nice if they got Chance’s name correct though.

TSN has a preview from the 22nd.

Climbing the Ladder did a lineup prediction.  352? 442?

For the DC game, Claudio Lopez will be availableI bet he comes off the bench for the first game.

If you want to see some video/interviews from the Saturn Cup game go here and even some video from practice on the 21st.

I was looking forward to the reserve game Sunday, but it was cancelled.  Seems that KC will play Drake instead … possibly.  See here.

OG


26 March. News and Blogs you might have Missed.

March 26, 2008

Hartman Nearing Saves Record Example of another MLS Story not getting enough press nationally or locally

Lopez is Good to Go

MLS at 13: Media Push

Eastern Conference: Columbus continues to rebuild

MLS Season opener draws near

Tuesday Practice Report

Referee Opportunities in Kansas and surrounding area

Lopez P-1 Approved/Other

Jimmy Speakes

The Jimmy Conrad Show Debuts Wednesday Live From McFadden’s Sports Saloon on 810 WHB

Defender and captain Jimmy Conrad and voice of the Wizards Sean Wheelock will broadcast the first 2008 edition of The Jimmy Conrad Show live from McFadden’s this Wednesday. The show will be broadcast live on 810 WHB from 8-9 p.m. CT as Wizards midfielder Kerry Zavagnin and a guest from D.C. United join Conrad and Wheelock.
Fans are encouraged to attend the show at McFadden’s in the heart of the Power & Light District near Sprint Center downtown. The show will also be streamed live at kcwizards.com and MLSnet.com.
Upcoming times for The Jimmy Conrad Show at McFadden’s:
March 26 8-9 p.m. CT
April 2     8-9 p.m. CT
April 16   7-8 p.m. CT
April 23   8-9 p.m. CT
April 30   8-9 p.m. CT