Wizards Launch Re-Designed Blog Hillcrest Road
Monday, the Wizards launched a new look for their team blog, Hillcrest Road. The site, accessible at www.hillcrestroad.blogspot.com, is the official blog of the organization and features regular updates on players, community initiatives and front-office events.
The new look matches the “KCW 2009” theme employed by the team on its website, www.kcwizards.com, and other collateral. The Wizards want fan feedback on the new look. Visit the blog today and comment on the look and feel.
2009 MLS SuperDraft Takes Place Jan. 15, Airs Live on ESPN 2
Learn the names of those aiming to become the next MLS stars this Thursday when 60 young players will be selected in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. The event will begin at 1 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) in St. Louis, Mo., in conjunction with the annual convention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The first hour of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft will be televised live on ESPN2. Members of the Wizards Technical Staff will be in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Tuesday for the final day of the 2009 adidas Combine, which serves as the final showcase for many of the elite college players eligible for the draft.
The Wizards currently control five picks in the SuperDraft. Kansas City has one first-round selection, two second-round selections, one third round selections and two fourth-round selections. One of the fourth-round selections will be sent to the Colorado Rapids to complete the trade late in the 2008 regular season for midfielder/forward Herculez Gomez
Held at the St. Louis Convention Center – America’s Center, the 2009 MLS SuperDraft will consist of four rounds of 15 picks each. The first overall selection belongs to Seattle Sounders FC, which is set to kick off their inaugural season in MLS this year.
The 2009 MLS SuperDraft order follows (as of January 13, 2009):
1. Seattle Sounders FC
2. Toronto FC (from San Jose)
3. Los Angeles Galaxy
4. Toronto FC
5. FC Dallas
6. D.C. United
7. D.C. United (from Colorado)
8. Kansas City Wizards
9. Chivas USA
10. New England Revolution
11. FC Dallas (from San Jose, Houston)
12. Real Salt Lake
13. Toronto FC (from Chicago)
14. New York Red Bulls
15. New England Revolution (from Columbus)
$ – Per a previous trade Colorado is to receive the lower of KC’s 2009 4th round SuperDraft picks. This pick is to be determined 48 hours prior to the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. This trade will not include any future picks KC may receive in 2009 4th round SuperDraft.
The MLS SuperDraft selection order is determined as follows: The first selection is awarded to Major League Soccer’s expansion team, Seattle Sounders FC. The next six selections are from teams that did not qualify for the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs beginning with the team with fewest 2008 regular season points (3 points per win, one point per tie). The remaining eight positions are ranked by fewest regular season points among the teams that were eliminated in the same round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Procedural rules for the 2009 MLS SuperDraft
Draft Rounds: The 2009 MLS SuperDraft will include four rounds and 60 selections.
Selection Clock: Teams are permitted four (4) minutes to make a selection in the First and Second Rounds. Teams are permitted three (3) minutes to make a selection in the Third and Fourth rounds.
Intermissions: There will be a five (5) minute break between each round.
Timeouts: Each team is permitted one (1), five (5) minute timeout. Selections must be made immediately following the timeout (no additional time given). More than two (2) timeouts BY ANY TEAMS cannot be used consecutively.
Failure to Make Selection in Designated Time: Teams that fail to make their selection in time must wait until the next selection is made, regardless if their choice is presented prior to the next team’s decision. The team that was delinquent with its selection must immediately have its choice in hand following the selection of the team that followed. If not, the original team must again wait for the next selection to be made.
Trades: Prior to being announced, trades need to be verified and approved by the Commissioner and/or his designee. Trade announcements should not reveal the identity of players until those players have been contacted by their respective clubs. For example, Team A trades a “player to be named later” for Team B’s first selection.
Team Passing: Once a team has passed, it may no longer participate in the Draft (e.g. may no longer select players, use a timeout, etc.).
The Kansas City Wizards will hold its second-annual open tryouts March 7-8, 2009 in Kansas City. The Wizards held an open tryout in 2008 for the first time since their inaugural 1996 season, with the event drawing over 200 players from 15 different countries. Two players eventually signed for Kansas City, midfielders Kevin Souter and Nelson Pizarro. Both went on to play in MLS matches for the Wizards in 2008, and Souter started the final four games of the regular season and both MLS Cup Playoff matches for Kansas City. The tryout costs $200, and players can sign up through www.kcwizards.com/opentryout.
Participants will take part in matches Saturday, with the top players called back for Sunday’s session. Finalists will then get the opportunity to tryout with the Wizards first team in March with the chance of securing a contract. Final tryout location and times will be provided to each participant closer to the event