Saturday night the Wizards moved closer to the playoffs. In a game that played out a lot like the LA Galaxy game, the Wizards got rolling late in the first half and then got two second half goals for the 2-0 win over Toronto FC. Josh Wolff was taken down in the box and Jack Jewsbury scored on the ensuing PK in the 63rd minute. Then in the 79th Wolff and Espinoza set up rookie and tryout winner Kevin Souter who chipped/floated the ball over Sutton. Souter’s goal is up for Goal of the Week on MLSNet. This was Kevin’s first goal of his career.
The KC defense was pretty strong in this game. The boys only allowed three shots the entire night, though the set piece by Guevara was damn good. TFC had no shots on goal. That is pretty amazing right there if you ask me. Probably speaks more to TFC ineptness though. So, no saves for Hartman.
On offense KC had 14 shots and 5 on goal. Sutton made a few nice saves. The buildup to the PK and even Souter’s goal was great. You could almost anticipate a KC goal. They just kept attacking and regrouping. This is more of what we have wanted to see all year.
My Player of the Game this week will go to Josh Wolff. He was all over the field tonight. Drew the penalty, assisted on the Souter goal, actually provided some energy on the offsense. He’s stepped it up the last two games. Second player will go to Abe Thompson. Finally some presence up top, might have finished the game had he not dinged his shoulder (Souter came in for him). Third player will be Souter for his first goal and a very nice one at that.
Win puts KC 1 point behind DC United, who lost to LA 5-2, and three points behind NY, who lost to Cbus on Thursday. And a special prize too… KC are now only 6 points behind Chicago who where demolished by FC Dallas 4-1 on Sunday. Right now KC are 1 point out fo the playoffs. Next week the Wizards travel to LA to play Chivas USA(2nd in the West at 33 points). DC will play Sunday against FC Dallas. NY takes on Colorado. With the right results KC could be in the thick of controlling their playoff position and looking at three home games in row.
One not for the Chivas game. Jewsbury will be unavailable due to yellow accumulation. I expect we’ll see Zavagnin or Morsink alongside Davy next week.
Reserves destroy TFC
The second win this weekend was a 6-0 demolition of the TFC reserves. Ivan Trujillo got a hattrick, Ryan Pore added two more while Carlos Marinelli got his first reserve goal. KC now have 6 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws.