3 Sept. News and Blogs you might have Missed

Walsh’s Word: Americans On The Move

12 Years later, Open Cup returns to RFK

Storm standout leads USL-1’s Charleston Battery vs. MLS’s D.C. United on Wednesday

United Takes Aim at Open Cup With Serious Approach

‘Home is where the points are’

USMNT: Who should retire from service?

UMKC MSOC — Harris Named Summit League Player Of The Week

Elmhurst, Ill. — UMKC forward Brian Harris was named The Summit League Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending September 1, it was announced Tuesday by the league office. It is the first weekly honor for the Edwardsville, Ill., native, and the second time in as many seasons that a UMKC player has capture the first weekly honor of the season.

Harris scored timely goals in both matches for the Blue-and-Gold over the weekend, putting the Kangaroos up 2-1 in the season opener at #16 UIC with an upper 90 blast and striking in the 46th minute at Eastern Illinois to even the score at 1-1.

The Kangaroos continue a seven-game season-opening road swing on Friday against Florida Atlantic, with kickoff for the match from FAU Field set for 6 p.m. CDT.


Press Release

Kansas City Wizards Weekly Schedule
The Kansas City Wizards continue the push toward the playoffs this Sunday with a mid-day match against Houston Dynamo televised live nationally in Spanish on TelaFutura. Kansas City and Houston squared off in the 2007 Western Conference Championship Game that Houston won on its way to their second-consecutive MLS Cup Championship.
Wednesday, September 3 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
Thursday, September 4 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
Friday, September 5 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
Sunday, September 7 – MLS Match
2:00  p.m. CT Kansas City Wizards at Houston Dynamo on TelaFutura and Metro Sports
Kansas City Wizards Swope Park Training Center
6310 Lewis Road
Kansas City, MO 64132
Google Maps here
Wizards Face Houston Dynamo Sunday in Rematch of 2007 Western Conference Championship Game
Kansas City continues its push toward the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs with the second match of the season against their opponent in the 2007 Western Conference Championship Game. Kansas City and Houston, two-time defending MLS Cup Champions, tied 0-0 on April 12 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Sunday’s match begins at 2 p.m. CT and will air live on TelaFutura (nationally in Spanish) and Metro Sports (locally in English).
Last season, Kansas City qualified for the playoffs as the 5th seeded team in the East and subsequently competed against Western Conference opponents during the playoffs. The Wizards defeated Chivas USA 1-0 in a two-game, total-goals series before losing 2-0 at Houston in a single-game semifinal. Houston went on to defeat the New England Revolution in penalty kicks for the second straight year to capture another MLS Cup crown. Houston currently leads the West with a record of 9-5-8 (35 pts).
Wizards Jerseys Available for Auction to Conclude Community Night Activities
Eighteen autographed, game-worn Wizards jerseys are available for auction at www.kcwizards.com as part of the club’s Community Night activities from their 3-2 win over Chivas USA August 9. Proceeds from the sale will benefit five of the Wizards preferred charities and the Kansas City Soccer Foundation, the charitable arm of Wizards ownership group OnGoal. To visit the auction page directly, go here.
Jerseys start at $150 or $200, and the auction runs through September 15. Autographed jerseys are available from the following players: Claudio Lopez, Kevin Hartman, Jimmy Conrad, Josh Wolff, Kerry Zavagnin, Sasha Victorine, Davy Arnaud, Kurt Morsink, Jack Jewsbury, Roger Espinoza, Michael Harrington, Chance Myers, Tyson Wahl, Matt Marquess, Aaron Hohlbein, Ivan Trujillo, Nelson Pizarro and Eric Kronberg.
Proceeds will go to the five charities that participated in Community Night on August 9: Autism Speaks, Charlie’s Safe Haven, Child Protection Center, Gilda’s Club, and Spofford.
The Jimmy Conrad Show Live from McFadden’s Wednesday
The Jimmy Conrad Show is back on the air Wednesday for another dose of the latest in soccer news and notes. Conrad and voice of the Wizards Sean Wheelock will host the show live McFadden’s in Kansas City’s Power and Light District Wednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. CT. Each week, Conrad and Wheelock will chat with guests from the Wizards and other MLS clubs for the latest from around MLS.
Archives of The Jimmy Conrad Show are available online at the Wizards podcast page.
Wizards Weekly Press Conference Held Thursday at Swope Park
The Wizards weekly press conference will start at 12:00 p.m. CT at the pavilion adjacent to the team’s Swope Park Training Center. Head Coach Curt Onalfo and a player will discuss the final eight matches of the season and the push toward the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs. Planet Sub sandwiches and cookies will be provided to all media members who attend. Each Kansas City Wizards practice will still be open to media, and outlets are encouraged to take advantage of the Wizards media policy.
Zona Wizards Airs Live Thursday on La Playa 1480 AM, Time Warner Cable Channel 5
Zona Wizards, the weekly Spanish-language radio and TV show, will air live this Thursday at 2 p.m. on La Playa 1480 AM and Time Warner Cable Channel 5. Hosted by Enrique Morales and Raul Villegas, Zona Wizards will feature a player each week.
Wizards Weekly to Air Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Wizards Weekly, Kansas City’s weekly magazine show covering the Wizards will feature Head Coach Curt Onalfo and a player each week. Metro Sports will air Wizards Weekly three times per week.
Wizards Weekly show times:
Thursday’s        9:30 p.m. CT
Friday’s             6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday’s         11:30 a.m. CT



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