21 Jan. News and Blogs you might have missed.

 

Better Late Than Never – Recapping The 2009 Draft

Mall demolition?

Jewsbury and Arnaud re-sign with Wizards.

St. John’s goalkeeper Neal Kitson gets some good news

Who Should Start for USA?

MLS Primetime Thursday is gone: Good news or bad?

Expansion Announcement In March?

MLS Philadelphia — Vote for Team Name, See Stadium Model

What Is Your Dungheap?

Battery Announces 2009 Carolina Challenge Cup

Bannister Mall area IHOP reopens

 

For Immediate Release
 
 
Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update
 
* Wizards Continue Training Wednesday at Swope Park Training Center
* Wizards Hire Goalkeeper/Fitness Coach John Pascarella
* Conrad, Hartman Participate in Nothing But Nets Awareness Event
* Three Members of KCW Juniors Make ESPN RISE All-America Teams
* Wizards Hold 2nd Annual Open Tryouts March 7-8, 2009
* Kansas City Begins 2009 Season with Home Match Against Toronto FC
 
Kansas City Wizards Continue Preseason Training Tomorrow at Team’s Swope Park Training Center
 
The Kansas City Wizards continue preseason training tomorrow, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. CT on Field 3 at the team’s Swope Park Training Center. The Wizards will practice in Kansas City for one week before departing for two weeks of camp in Bradenton, Fla. Note that training time for the rest of the week has changed to 11 a.m. CT.
 
During preseason, the Wizards will train either outdoors at the team’s Swope Park Training Center or indoors at KC Sports Lodge in Independence, Mo. Kansas City will train outside every day unless weather prohibits. All training sessions are open to the media and the general public. Please contact a member of the Kansas City Wizards media relations department to RSVP before each session. Media can verify practice locations by contacting Dave Borchardt in the Wizards media relations department at (816) 665-8442 or
dborchardt@kcwizards.com.
 
UPCOMING TRAINING SCHEDULE
 
Day, Date                     Time                 Location
Wednesday, Jan. 21      11 a.m. CT        Swope Park Training Center or KC Sports Lodge
Thursday, Jan. 22          11 a.m. CT        Swope Park Training Center or KC Sports Lodge
Friday, Jan. 23              OFF DAY
Monday, Jan. 26            11 a.m. CT        Swope Park Training Center or KC Sports Lodge
Tuesday, Jan. 27           11 a.m. CT        Swope Park Training Center or KC Sports Lodge
 
UPCOMING TRAINING CAMPS
 
Dates                           Location
Jan. 29 – Feb. 11           Training Camp in Bradenton, Fla.
Feb. 13 – Feb. 17          Training in Kansas City
Feb. 19 – March 4          Training Camp in Guadalajara, Mexico
 
Kansas City Wizards Swope Park Training Center
6310 Lewis Road
Kansas City, MO 64132
Google Maps here
 
KC Sports Lodge
*KC Sports Lodge is not searchable via online map services. Please follow the directions below. Contact a member of the Wizards media relations department if you have problems finding the facility.
 
From Downtown
Take I-70 East to I-470/M 291 South (Exit 15 A)
Go south on I-470, taking the first exit (16 A) onto 40 HWY East
Take 40 HWY East to Little Blue Parkway South/NE Lakewood Way
Head South onto Little Blue Parkway until the KC Sports Lodge sign (1/4 mile)
Turn Right at the KC Sports Lodge sign
KC Sports Lodge will be on the right-hand side of the street
 
From Overland Park
Take I-435 East to I-470 East
Continue on I-470 until 40 HWY East (Exit 16 A)
Take 40 HWY East to Little Blue Parkway South/NE Lakewood Way
Head South onto Little Blue Parkway until the KC Sports Lodge sign (1/4 mile)
Turn Right at the KC Sports Lodge sign
KC Sports Lodge will be on the right-hand side of the street
 
Wizards Hire Goalkeeper/Fitness Coach John Pascarella
 
The Kansas City Wizards announced Tuesday that former MLS goalkeeper John Pascarella has been named the team’s new Goalkeeper/Fitness Coach. Pascarella played professionally for nine seasons before beginning his coaching career in 1998 at the University of Maryland. Pascarella played club soccer with Wizards Technical Director Peter Vermes and was a teammate of Head Coach Curt Onalfo with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
 
“John Pascarella has the playing experience of a professional goalkeeper and studied exercise science at Penn State University,” Vermes said. “He has observed our training sessions multiple times over the past two seasons and will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff. Both Curt (Onalfo) and I played with John, and we are very comfortable with what he brings to the team.”
 
Pascarella’s playing experience took him to Russia and Peru before he returned to the United States to play in the A-League (now USL First Division) and MLS. Once his playing career was over, Pascarella began coaching as a member of Sasho Cirovski’s staff at Maryland. He then went on to work in Northern Virginia youth soccer circles as a high school coach and Olympic Development Program coach before becoming the Head Coach and Technical Director of the Northern Virginia Royals of the USL’s Premier Development League for the last two seasons.
 
“Peter Vermes and Curt Onalfo have put a great core of players in place over the last two years,” Pascarella said. “I’m excited to be involved with the future of this club.”
 
Playing History:
Russian Stars 1988-89
Sport Boys, Lima and Alianca Suyana of Peru 1989-92
Richmond Kickers 1994
Standard Falcons in Montclair, CA 1995
Los Angeles Galaxy 1996-97
 
Coaching History:
Maryland 1998-2000 (Assistant Coach)                                                                                                                 
Herndon High School, Virginia 2001-2006 (Head Coach)
Northern Virginia Royals (PDL) 2007-08 (Technical Director and U-20 Head Coach)           
Virginia State ODP program 2003-08 (Head Coach)
Region 1 ODP 2004-08 (Head Coach)
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Conrad, Hartman Participate in Nothing But Nets Awareness Event Saturday in Orlando
 
Defender and team captain Jimmy Conrad and goalkeeper Kevin Hartman joined former Wizards player Diego Gutierrez and Dwayne De Rosario at an awareness event Saturday in Orlando, Fla. For a second straight year, MLS W.O.R.K.S. and Kick It 3v3 partnered to raise awareness and support for the Nothing But Nets campaign at Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex. Conrad and Hartman participated in the final day of activities for participants in the tournament who raised the most money for Nothing But Nets, a global grassroots campaign to prevent malaria in Africa by sending insecticide-treated nets.
 
All qualified Kick It teams were given the opportunity to compete in the “Kick It Malaria Challenge”. Participants created Netraiser teams to engage their friends and family to raise money for the fight against malaria, a leading killer in Africa. Teams were competing for incentives such as:
Airline tickets
Private clinic with MLS Players
Autographed memorabilia
Private Meet and Greet with MLS Players at Epcot®
 
Conrad, Hartman, Gutierrez and De Rosario participated in an autograph session and led a brief skills demonstration from 12 – 1 p.m. ET on Saturday. The top five fundraisers through the Kick It 3v3 championship later attended a private Meet and Greet with the players at Epcot® at The Walt Disney World® Resort. The event featured a dessert buffet and fireworks. Raffle tickets were sold throughout the weekend for a chance to win autographed soccer balls and jerseys from the star players.
 
Three Members of KCW Juniors Make ESPN RISE All-America Teams
 
KCW Juniors U-18 player and Rockhurst High School star Alex Sweetin has been named to the ESPN RISE All-America first team for his high school season that included 26 goals and 25 assists. Sweetin was a part of the inaugural KCW Juniors U-17 team that finished as the runners up in the 2007 Soccer United Marketing Cup just weeks after the team was formed. He has committed to attend St. Louis University in the fall.
 
Also making the RISE lists were two other KCW Juniors U-18 players. Ethan Bauer, forward from Olathe South made the third team list and goalkeeper Christian Krueger, also of Rockhurst, earned an honorable mention nod. Bauer will attend Tulsa next year to play soccer. Krueger is still undecided. Sweetin and Krueger helped lead Rockhurst to the Missouri state championship this season. 
 

*Kansas City Wizards to Hold 2nd Annual Open Tryouts March 7-8, 2009
 
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.
 
Kansas City Wizards Open Tryouts
March 7-8, 2009
Kansas City Wizards Swope Park Training Center
6310 Lewis Road
Kansas City, MO 64132
Google Maps here
 
Kansas City Kicks Off 2009 Season Saturday, March 21, 2009 at Home, Moves Home Start Times to 7:30 p.m. CT
 
The Kansas City Wizards will start the 2009 season with a home match against Toronto FC on Saturday, March 21, 2009. The game will kick off at Kansas City’s new start time, 7:30 p.m. CT, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Season ticket packages are now available by calling the Wizards ticket office at (913) 387-3400. Group packages for groups of 15 or more are also available for the home opener. Single-game tickets will go on sale at a later date.
 
Kansas City finished the 2008 regular season with a 9-2-4 home record, good for the 3rd best mark in MLS. The Wizards defeated D.C. United 2-0 on March 29, 2008 in their first-ever match at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The stadium quickly became known for its loud atmosphere and distinct home-field advantage for the Wizards, as the team closed with a 7-0-3 mark in its last 10 regular-season home games.
 
In 2009, the Wizards will continue to offer a free bus to groups of 50 from within the Kansas City metro area. Contact a Wizards sales rep at (913) 387-3400 for more information about bringing your group outing to a Kansas City Wizards match via bus. Alcohol, excluding kegs, is allowed on buses to the stadium.
 

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Wizards begin team workouts

 

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