27 Jan. News and Blogs you might have missed.

Williams seeks donor to help wife battle cancer

Costly striker deal for City

Happy Monday

Top Five USMNT matches in 2009

Bannister Mall: Spooky, Abandoned … Perfect Place for a Techno Video Spoontown will be shooting his next Techno Video Saturday January 31 around 10:00. Extras needed.  All welcome.

Scandal weakening Portland’s MLS bid?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update

* Major League Soccer to Announce 2009 Schedule This Week
* Wizards Conclude Training in Kansas City Tuesday, Leave for Florida Wednesday
* Demolition Commences at Bannister Mall
* Espinoza Makes First International Appearance

Major League Soccer to Announce 2009 Schedule This Week

Major League Soccer will announce the full 2009 regular-season schedule later this week. Stay tuned to www.kcwizards.com throughout the week for the latest on the 2009 fixture list.

In December, it was announced that 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.

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.

Wizards Conclude Preseason Training in Kansas City Tuesday, Leave for Bradenton, Fla. Wednesday

Tuesday, the Wizards will train either outdoors at the team’s Swope Park Training Center or indoors at KC Sports Lodge in Independence, Mo., depending upon weather conditions. Kansas City departs Wednesday for two weeks of camp in Bradenton, Fla. To confirm Tuesday’s training location, please contact Dave Borchardt in the Wizards media relations department at (816) 665-8442 or dborchardt@kcwizards.com.

Day, Date                     Time                 Location
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 available via online mapping 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

Demolition Commences at Bannister Mall, Visit www.thetrailskc.com for Latest on The Trails Development

Last week, demolition commenced at Bannister Mall, the future site of a soccer-specific stadium for the Kansas City Wizards. For photos from the first week of demolition, visit this photo gallery at kcwizards.com.

For the latest on The Trails Development, LANE4 Property Group’s $1 billion project in Southeast Kansas City that will include a soccer-specific stadium for the Kansas City Wizards, visit www.thetrailskc.com. This website includes all the relevant facts and figures on the project, including initial renderings and a preliminary site plan.

Midfielder Roger Espinoza Earns First Career Appearance for Honduras

Kansas City Wizards midfielder Roger Espinoza earned his first career appearance last Thursday for the Honduras National Team in a 2-1 win over Belize. Espinoza was born in Honduras and lived there before moving to Denver, Colo. at age 12. Toronto FC midfielder Amada Guevara scored the opening goal, and the win put Honduras atop Group A after one match of the 2009 UNCAF (Central American Football Union) Nations Cup. Honduras, the host country, beat Nicaragua Saturday 4-1 to secure their place in the tournament semifinals and, subsequently, the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Espinoza first trained with the Honduras National Team at a training camp earlier in January to prepare for the tournament, the competition that determines the Central-American champion. The top five finishers will qualify for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Espinoza has quickly became one of Honduras’ brightest prospects, as Head Coach Reinaldo Rueda tabbed Espinoza an up-and-coming star.

AG

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