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Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update
TRAINING CONCLUDES IN KANSAS CITY TUESDAY:
The Wizards conclude their second training stint in Kansas City Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the team’s Swope Park Training Center. Kansas City will travel outside the country for the first time in 2009 on Wednesday when the squad departs for Guadalajara, Mexico. The Wizards will train for 14 days at the state-of-the-art facilities of Mexican partner club Atlas AC. The team will train and participate in friendly matches against local teams, including Atlas and Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas).
UPCOMING TRAINING SCHEDULE
Day, Date Time Location
Tuesday, Feb. 17 11 a.m. Swope Park Training Center
Wednesday, Feb. 18 Depart for Guadalajara, Mexico
Dates Location Feb. 19 – March 4 Training Camp in Guadalajara, Mexico
DEFENDER CHANCE MYERS TO UNDERGO TOE SURGERY FRIDAY:
Second-year defender Chance Myers will miss 10-12 weeks of action following surgery this Friday to repair a fracture of his fifth metatarsal (toe). Myers suffered the injury while training in Bradenton, Fla. and will not accompany his teammates to Guadalajara, Mexico. Myers has fought injuries frequently in his short career, including a bout with mononucleosis in 2008 that caused him to miss most of the final half of the season. Kansas City selected Myers with the 1st overall selection in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft after Myers signed with MLS as part of the Generation adidas program.
OPEN TRYOUT REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY: Friday is the final day for players to sign up for Kansas City Wizards 2009 Open Tryouts. The Wizards will hold tryouts for the second-straight year March 7-8 at the team’s Swope Park Training Center. Two players eventually signed for Kansas City after last year’s event, 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. 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 TryoutsMarch 7-8, 2009Kansas City Wizards Swope Park Training Center6310 Lewis RoadKansas City, MO 64132Google Maps here
WIZARDS LAUNCH “HILLCREST ROAD” ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER:
Last week, Kansas City Wizards team blog Hillcrest Road moved to Facebook. Fans can now follow the official team blog via the Facebook social networking site. Followers are encouraged to upload their own photos and videos from Wizards games and events. Find the Wizards Facebook by searching for “Kansas City Wizards – Hillcrest Road” or going directly to the page.
Hillcrest Road is also on the social media site Twitter. Find the Wizards at Twitter.com/Hillcrest_Road.
DEMOLITION CONTINUES AT BANNISTER MALL:
Demolition continues at Bannister Mall, the future site of a soccer-specific stadium for the Kansas City Wizards. For photos from 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.