Happy Birthday to Matt Marquess. The second year defender turns 23 today. He played in five games last year as a rookie and started 4 times at left back. I was impressed with Marquess’ play when he started. Also – he and I share the same birthday … although I(OG) am 36 today.
Also, a belated Happy Birthday to Micheal Harrington. He turned 23 back on Saturday. Micheal will be starting his 4th season with KC. Last year he started 30 games and played both left back and wide right. Mostly left back. Harrington garnered 2 goals and 2 assists.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kansas City Wizards Announce 2009 Schedule
Home Night Games to Start at 7:30 p.m. CT, All 30 Games to be Televised
(January 28, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards announced Wednesday the 30-game 2009 Major League Soccer (MLS) regular-season schedule. For a third consecutive season, every Kansas City Wizards game will be televised. Games not shown exclusively in English by a national broadcast partner will be shown live locally on Metro Sports. Metro Sports is available on Time Warner Cable (Channel 30), Comcast (Channel 258 ) and Sunflower Cable in Lawrence, Kan. (Channel 37). Metro Sports will also televise Wizards games in Spanish on Time Warner Cable Channel 5, the Around Town Channel. The Wizards open the season Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. CT against Toronto FC at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Kansas City will play one (1) Wednesday home match, one (1) Thursday home match and one (1) Sunday home match. The remaining 12 home matches will be played on Saturday nights. The Wizards will appear on national television six times, including one ESPN2 / Deportes broadcast, three Fox Soccer Channel / Fox Sports en Español broadcasts and two TelaFutura broadcasts.
CommunityAmerica Ballpark will host its first-ever ESPN2 broadcast on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. CT. Kansas City will face the New York Red Bulls 30 minutes earlier to accommodate ESPN2’s national broadcast window. On July 4, the Wizards host the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo at 8 p.m. CT. Fireworks celebrating the United States’ Independence Day will immediately follow the game.
The Wizards schedule includes a break from MLS play in the second half of June to alleviate schedule congestion associated with Kansas City’s qualification for SuperLiga. SuperLiga is a tournament that runs concurrent to the MLS regular-season between teams from the United States and Mexico. In 2008, SuperLiga included a group phase and a knockout phase with all games held in U.S. venues. Eight clubs – four each from the top-flight leagues of the United States and Mexico – played to determine a singular champion of North America. Last year, the New England Revolution (MLS) defeated the Houston Dynamo (MLS) and took home $1 million in prize money, the largest purse in North American soccer history. The 2009 SuperLiga schedule will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit the SuperLiga website.
Season ticket packages for 2009 are still available, starting as low as $180. Contact the Wizards at (913) 387-3400 for tickets or visit www.kcwizards.com. Individual tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on Thursday, Feb. 19. Contact Ticketmaster via phone at (816) 931-3330 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Call for details on how to get the limited tickets available at CommunityAmerica Ballpark to see the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, July 25.
Kansas City Wizards 2009 Schedule
GMDATE (TV)OPPONENTVENUETIME (CT)
1Saturday, Mar 21 (MS)Toronto FCHome7:30
2Saturday, Mar 28 (MS)Colorado RapidsAway8:30
3Saturday, Apr 4 (MS)San Jose EarthquakesHome7:30
4Saturday, Apr 11 (MS)Seattle Sounders FCAway9:30
5Saturday, Apr 18 (FSC, FSE)Chicago FireAway7:30
6Thursday, Apr 23 (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)New York Red BullsHome7:00
7Sunday, Apr 26 (MS)Toronto FCAwayTBD
8Wednesday, May 6 (MS)D.C. UnitedHome7:30
9Saturday, May 9 (FSC)Columbus CrewAway6:00
10Saturday, May 16 (MS)Real Salt LakeAway8:00
11Saturday, May 23 (FSC)Club Deportivo Chivas USAHome7:30
12Saturday, May 30 (MS)Los Angeles GalaxyAway9:30
13Saturday, Jun 6 (MS)Columbus CrewHome7:30
14Saturday, Jun 13 (MS)New England RevolutionHome7:30
15Saturday, Jul 4 (MS)Houston DynamoHome8:00
16Saturday, Jul 11 (MS)New England RevolutionAwayTBD
17Saturday, Jul 25 (MS)Los Angeles GalaxyHome7:30
18Saturday, Aug 1 (MS)FC DallasAway7:30
19Saturday, Aug 8 (MS)D.C. UnitedAway7:00
20Sunday, Aug 16 (Telefutura, MS)Chicago FireHome2:00
21Saturday, Aug 22 (MS)San Jose EarthquakesAway9:00
22Saturday, Aug 29 (MS)Real Salt LakeHome7:30
23Saturday, Sep 5 (MS)New England RevolutionAway6:30
24Saturday, Sep 12 (MS)New York Red BullsAway6:30
25Saturday, Sep 19 (MS)FC DallasHome7:30
26Saturday, Sep 26 (MS)Colorado RapidsHome7:30
27Sunday, Oct 4 (Telefutura, MS)Houston DynamoAway2:00
28Saturday, Oct 10 (MS)Club Deportivo Chivas USAAway9:30
29Saturday, Oct 17 (MS)Seattle Sounders FCHome7:30
30Saturday, Oct 24 (MS)D.C. UnitedHome7:30
MS = Metro Sports (English), Time Warner Cable Channel 5 (Spanish)
FSC, FSE = Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Español
Kansas City plays 12 of 15 home games on Saturday. Others include:
One (1) Wednesday (May 6)
One (1) Thursday (April 23 on ESPN2)
One (1) Sunday (Aug. 16 on Telafutura)
12 of 14 night games begin at 7:30 p.m. CT.
April 23 match vs. New York Red Bulls on ESPN2 starts at 7 p.m. CT.
July 4 match vs. Houston Dynamo starts at 8 p.m. CT with fireworks to follow.
Wizards appear on national television 6 times.
ESPN2 (April 23)
Fox Soccer Channel 3 (April 18, May 9, May 23)
Telafutura 2 (Aug. 16, Oct. 4)
Seattle Sounders FC makes first appearance in Kansas City on Oct. 17.
Defending MLS Cup Champion Columbus Crew visit Kansas City June 6.
Wizards conclude regular season at home for 5th time in 14 seasons Oct. 24 vs. D.C. United.
Kansas City opens season at home for 10th time March 21 vs. Toronto FC.
Wizards are 7-0-2 all-time in season-opening home games.
Kansas City plays D.C. United and New England Revolution 3 times.
D.C. United is the only team to visit CommunityAmerica Ballpark twice in MLS play.
The Wizards will play at Gillette Stadium twice, where they are 6-1-4 all-time.
MLS is in active discussions with HDnet to continue broadcasting games on the first all-high definition national television network. HDnet has partnered with MLS since 2003.
Please check kcwizards.com in the coming weeks for game promotions, themes and events.
All Metro Sports broadcasts will feature 30-minute pre-game and 30-minute post-game shows.
Sean Wheelock will serve as the voice of the Wizards for the 11th season.
Zoran Savic will be the color commentator for the 2nd season.