Kansas City sign Josh Wolff

June 30, 2008

From Bob Luder at the KC Star. KC has signed Josh Wolff.

…to a contract that runs through the 2009 season, with two option years after that.

Quote from Wolff :

“I’m excited to come back to Kansas City. (The Wizards) have had a rough stretch. But when you have quality like they have in Claudio Lopez and others, it takes some time to adjust.”

So, he’ll be here this and next season, then some options.  KC still though needs a target forward or Ivan and Scott need to step up.  Then again, I guess it all depends on how Josh is used.  If KC stays with 4-4-2 then it will probably be Josh and Scott up top.



30 June(Update). News and Blogs you might have missed.

June 30, 2008

They All Count DownTheByline

A Jimmy Conrad Interview The Sports Capital Blog

GOOOOOOOAL! Fun read. A Personal blog. Talk about the game, Cauldron, different people they saw… it’s pretty funny actually.

Adding two things:

The Monday MLS Breakdown: Decision Time

Kansas City Wizards 1-0 Real Salt Lake Hightlights YouTube Video Clip of the Own Goal from the Cauldron.  Very nice!

KC Brass. Game stats here. KC 3-1 St. Louis. KC is now in 4th place and take on Thunder Bay today.

Sorry not much today. I have an interview to get to.


More recaps; Brass today

June 29, 2008

More Recaps

KC Player Ratings Hohlbein with and 8, four others with a 7.

Post Game Audio clips also by KC Futbol blog.  Coach, Jewsbury, Sealy, Conrad & Zavagnin

Behind the scenes of RSL at Kansas City Wizards

Poof! Wizards make RSL’s hopes vanish Deseret News

Kansas City Help Wanted: Someone who can score … anyone. American Soccer Reader

Wizards defeat Salt Lake Vote here for Wizards Man of Match: Arnaud, Hartman, Lopez or … Sealy(?).  From American Soccer News.

Kansas City Brass

Thunder Bay and Colorado won yesterday.  Brass take on Colorado today at 4pm.


Wizards Recaps after Home win

June 28, 2008

Today KC looked like they were playing “attacking, exciting soccer”. Sure it took an own goal to win it and KC deserved the win. KC had 21 shots tonight, to put that in perspective they had 25 total shots in the previous three games. Shoot it and you get a chance to score a goal. Anyway, more from me later. Here’s some stories that have hit the internet-waves since KC’s win. I’ll also post some quotes that were in the KC press release about the victory.

Wizards snap winless streak Bob Rusert of MLSNet. Stats included. Just realized that RSL has one corner kick.

Late goal snaps RSL’s streak RSL’s MLSNet story

Mission accomplished for KC A second Rusert article

RSL own goal hands Wizards first win in 7 league fixtures Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Real Salt Lake Blog Deseret News. Has RSL player grades, ala Italian newspapers.

Own goal by RSL snaps Wizards’ winless streak USA Today

Thank you Tony Beltran The Offside.com Wizards coverage. If you hadn’t noticed yet, it was Tony Beltran that got the own goal … 🙂

Wizards end winless streak by downing Real Salt Lake KC Star’s Bob Luder

Wizards Notes: Disney star draws big crowd Luder wrote two stories. This one centered on Selena Gomez.

Own goal propels Wizards past Real Salt Lake Soccernet writeup

KC Wizards VS Real Salt Lake Postgame KC Futbol blog has Halftime write up too.

Wizards Press Release on the win This is actually released by WIBW. There are player/coach qoutes and some stats in the press release. Good read.


Wizards at home; Ivan Birthday; KC Brass

June 27, 2008

Five -a-side: What’s hot around MLS The skinny on five things that matter this week around the league

Wizards eager to get back on winning track Grathoff calls the formation 4-3-3 and even jokes it could be 4-2-4 if Davy pushes up

So, about the game. Here’s part of a Press Release the Wizards sent out. There’s to be road work done on I-435 near so plan accordingly when coming out to CAB.

  • I-435 & State Avenue Ramp Closures Scheduled in Wyandotte County for June 28Weather permitting, on Saturday, June 28, the ramps from southbound I-435 to westbound State Avenue, westbound State Avenue to southbound I-435, northbound I-435 to westbound State Avenue, and westbound State Avenue to northbound I-435 will be closed for resurfacing work. The ramps will close at 6:00 a.m. and will reopen to all traffic at 7:00 p.m. on the same day.

    A marked detour will be provided. Drivers should expect minor delays and are advised to use alternate routes, if possible. Updated daily lane/ramp closure information for this resurfacing project can be viewed online at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

KC Wizards Info in St Louis Post Dispatch I know most of you don’t wish to read about the St. Louis Cardinals, so I’ll post the relevant Wizards stuff. It’s at the VERY bottom if you wish to read the article.

  • The MLS Kansas City Wizards are planning “St. Louis Night” in KC on Saturday, Sept. 13. That day, the Wizards will host David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy. And a St. Louis vs. KC Reunion Game is being planned for earlier in the day. It will feature former players who played professionally in the two cities. Some of the former St. Louis players who have committed to participating include Daryl Doran, Ty Keough, Tony Glavin, Steve Pecher, Mark Santel, Mark Fredrickson, Denny Vaninger, David Brcic, Pat McBride and Joe Reiniger. If you want more information, call St. Louisan Brian Roth, who works for the Wizards. He can be reached at 913-387-3839.

Happy Birthday Ivan Trujillo

Ivan Trujillo turns 26 today and he’ll be starting at forward for the Wizards. His last start was the game in Salt Lake where he was subbed out at halftime. His last goal was in the USOC which propelled KC into extra time with Colorado, he scored 4 minutes after coming on a sub. He also added a PK in the PK-Shootout. He has just one MLS goal and that was in the season opener against DC United. It was the first ever goal scored at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

After starting the first two games Trujillo has seen less and less action. He averages just 42 minutes a game. Ivan has only gone 90 once all year. He is more or less proving to be the player he was last season in Colombia – one that comes off the bench late, though here in KC he’s only provided spark once off the bench. Hopefully with today’s start he can provide a birthday present of his own to KC with some goals – or at least one. Please. (*note-Ivan and Scott combined for several goals in preseason)

Kansas City Brass

No report on USLSoccer website but I am hearing that the Brass led Des Moines early but fell to them 2-1. It’s possible that both Menace goals were from the penalty spot.

Edit: Here’s the official word.  Brass all 2-1 at home.  KC are 4-1-5 and still 5th in the Heartland Division.  Sunday’s opponent, Colorado, play at Des Moines today.

USOC info

KC’s USOC opponent, the Carolina Railhawks, won at 1-0 home over Portland in USL-1 tonight. Carolina are undefeated at home this year boasting a 3-3-0 record in USL-1 play. They also have two other home wins from the USOC First and Second rounds, both 1-0 victories.


MO Governer signs Budget Bill (Stadium impact)

June 27, 2008

The MO State Budget was signed today by Governor Matt Blunt.  While not mentioned specifically in the press release, this means that Lane4 and the KC Wizards can now apply for the Stat TIF funds.  Those funds were designated for KC several months back and specifically for the Trails project at the site of the old Bannister Mall.

Getting KC ever closer to tearing down the mall and starting construction on the stadium.  Yay.


27 June.(Update) News and Blogs you might have missed.

June 27, 2008

Updated with 6 articles:(first 6)

Weekend Preview: Nearly halfway home

Wizards look to keep battling Rusert

RSL still bitter over Wizards draw How bitter if Davy’s shot had gone in? Hm.

MLS Preview: Kansas City Wizards v. Real Salt Lake From Goal.com. They pick KC to win 2-1. Mentions Claudio moving to midfield.

Wizards desperate to snap winless streak vs. surging RSL Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Desperate sounds about right

A view from the other side: RSL vs. KC Down The Byline’s Mike Kuhn guest writes on Keepin’ It REAL blog.

Wizards looking for home edge Bob Rusert on MLSNet

MLS 2008: Penalties earned and conceeded

Toronto FC 0, Wizards 0: A Supporter’s View TFC view

U.S. World Cup vets headed to MLS? Wolff, Jaqua, McBride, Gibbs, Lewis

KC vs RSL MLSNet Game Guide Preview Roger out, RSL have two out with injuries, Alex Prus is Referee and KC leads series 3-2-2

Five game unbeaten streak on the line at KC RSL currently doing well

Brandi Chastain coming Saturday/Verano MLS Hillcrest Road

Wizards welcome in Real Salt Lake CJOnline. I believe the author is attending his first KC game on Saturday.

Wizards Weekly; Eloy Update; Kurt Morsink; KC Brass Added since both posts close together. Luca Toni mustache bet, Coaches feelings on Colombano, and Happy Birthday Kurt Morsink


Wizards Weekly; Eloy update; Kurt Morsink; KC Brass

June 26, 2008

Wizards Weekly and News Conference

Ok, just watched the News Conference and Wizards Weekly. First off Coach Onalfo and Jack Jewsbury were only interviewed for a total of 12 minutes … seriously, twelve minutes at the News Conference. Then the entire news conference was replayed. Sorry but how the heck do you not have more questions when the team has: cut Eloy, drawn in TFC, play RSL next, play Carolina in USOC, won’t be in town for NEXT week’s news conference, then play FCD on July 4th and possibly another USOC game the following Tuesday. Oh yeah, no questions on Josh Wolff, or anyone other possible player for that matter. I am so disappointed.

Coach was asked about Carlos Marinelli not playing and if he’d be playing on Saturday. Coach called him one of the best passers in the league. That for now he’s a great option off the bench late in the game. And at TFC he felt it wasn’t the right game for him based on how TFC plays. I am guessing the turf had something to do with it too.

Coach said that part of his pre game speech for Saturday will have to do with not disappointing the fans.

Complimented Jack and Davy on their play on the right side. Feel they work good together.

Said that Aaron Hohlbein’s aerial game is one of his best qualities.

Jimmy Conrad has something wrong with his foot and that he will be a game time decision. Commented that at least it wasn’t broke.

Feels that RSL will use the same lineup as last time against KC. Thinks they have found a rhythm. Have good passing Midfield and play direct.

I think he said that against Carolina KC will use some non-traditional starters. They have scouted Carolina via the internet. (Pretty sure they scouted them live too … I hope).

Ok, that was 7 minutes. Thankfully it’s almost 15 minutes long on Wizards Weekly.

Next up was Jack Jewsbury. He talks about redeeming themselves in front of the home fans. Talked about how much he appreciated the fans. He is very comfortable working with Davy. That they just know where each other is going to pass the ball to. Attributes it to last year. He feels that versatility is one of his greatest strengths and has kept him on the field more because of that. Said that the team needs to continue to put pressure on defenses and that goal scoring was a mindset. This was about 3 or 4 minutes long. Amazing. I think you can get a lot of good stuff from Jack.

Next up I watched Wizards Weekly. Porter asked Coach about Euro 2008. He had originally picked Italy to win. Funny exchange between Coach and Porter in regards to Luca Toni’s mustache. Coach said that if KC score 5 goals in a game he’ll wear a Luca Toni mustache.

When they started talking about Toronto game Coach said that KC took the game to TFC and that they played well enough and created enough chances to win so he was disappointed not to leave BMO Field with three points.

They discussed Roger Espinoza and his red card. Coach was disappointed and said Roger was too. He put a positive spin on it in that Roger, or any rookie, need to re-focus the anger/aggression(Roger was fouled) by scoring a goal. I think at one point said something about getting back at the player/team later in the game as opposed to immediately.

See below for Coaches comments on release of Eloy Colombano from Wizards Weekly.

Porter asked replacing Eloy and brought up Wolff. Peter Vermes’ trip to Hungary was brought up. Basically Coach gave a party line that he and Vermes were always looking to improve or enhance the team.

Next up was Aaron Hohlbein. He too was asked about Euro2008. Aaron’s dad was born in Germany so you know who he’s pulling for.

There was some talk about his growing up in Wisconsin and his adjustment to MLS last year. All stuff we have heard before: speed, length of season and so on. This year better but still adjusting. Some talk about him playing with veterans Jimmy and Kevin.

Aaron made a comment about difference in playing on turf versus grass. On grass you can play more soccer, on turf you play kickball.

Ended with his focus being to improve his performance on attacking set pieces. He was good at this in HS and College. But yet really for KC.

Here’s the official preview. Zavagnin is questionable and Trujillo is probable. Souter is still out. Nothing on Jimmy Conrad. Of course no Roger Espinoza due to suspension. For RSL, they will be without Sturgis and Espindola. Movsisyan and Findley are probable. The weather for the game will be sunny and low 80’s with winds at about 10mph.

If you read the daily news stories then you might already know that it seems that Claudio Lopez will be starting on the left midfield while Ivan Trujillo and Scott Sealy start up top. Victorine and Zavagnin (or Morsink(?) if KZ can’t go) in the middle and Davy still on the right. Same back four as last week. Of course that formation doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Funnily enough, this is yet another topic that could have been asked about at the news conference.

Prediction … I am going to call for a 1-1 draw. I just can’t really pick the Wizards to win again until they actually do.

Coach Onalfo on Eloy Colombano

During Wizards Weekly Brad Porter asked Coach Onalfo about the release of Eloy Colombano. Coach said that the release was mutual. Then went on to say he wasn’t happy with Eloy’s production. Eloy was a player that Coach couldn’t count on. He’d make one good play and nine bad ones. Basically he was inconsistent.

Coach Onalfo did wish Eloy all the best with his family and career back in Argentina. I guess he had to temper his negatives on Eloy with something positive.

Kurt Morsink

Happy Birthday to Kurt Morsink.  He turns 24 today (Friday).  Kurt is in his second season with the Wizards.  Morsink has appeared in 32 games so far with 15 starts.  He has no goals or assists so far.

When it comes to the fan community he is a very polarizing figure.  Fans range from him being a pet of Coach Onalfo and that he downright sucks on the field to him being a serviceable backup to Kerry Zavagnin.  He does seem to commit a lot of fouls, 40 in 1462 minutes, and when he takes a shot, it goes high.

I happen to think that the fans just need a whipping boy and Kurt Morsink is it.  Gotta be somebody right? I suppose so.  He’s in his second season and I think he can improve and help the team.   Anyway, Happy Birthday to you Kurt.

Kansas City Brass

The Brass are going to be very busy starting on Friday. They have three games in four days, all at home.

First up Friday night are the Des Moines Menace. The game is at 8pm at William Jewell. Brass have Saturday off then on Sunday at 5pm they take on the first place Colorado Rapids U-23 team. Finally the third game will be against Thunder Bay Chill on Monday at 8:30 pm.

This is an important stretch for the Brass. They can make a big move in the standings or they can end up watching all three teams pull away. After these three games KC will have four more in the month of July and only one will be at home.