Wizards, Rapids looking for first points

March 28, 2009

First off, last week’s game.   From a fan’s standpoint it was a bit exciting because KC showed they could come back and make a game of it.  Otherwise, it was not so great.  Poor passing, poor crossing, piss-poor man marking, weak side defense breakdowns, set pieces and corner kicks were pathetic … I’m sure there was more.  The good were Arnaud’s blasts, Hirsig’s passing, and I don’t recall Jack screwing up.  The overall play led to a not so great crowd and a 3-2 loss to Toronto FC.  Only the third loss for KC at CAB.  Also, the last time KC lost and scored 2 goals was in 2006 – final game to NYRB.

Anyway, for that first game: Davy was Player of the game.  Jack was 2nd player and Hirsig was 3rd player.   Running standings for POTG will be here.

Ok, KC against Colorado.  It’s gonna be cold and KC will apparantly be with Josh Wolff.  I am thinking the only change in the lineup will be Abe Thompson for Josh Wolff.  Which probably means Gomez will be up top again – something I am not a fan of.  I’d prefer he was on the right side and move Lopez back to forward with, for now, Zusi on the left.  I’d say Roger but he’s off with Honduras this weekend(good for him!).

I expect we’ll see Hirsig first off the bench.  And probably Morsink and/or Watson.  Zusi won’t be going against top midfielders so he probably won’t get turned so much.  Leathers and Hohlbein should also look better with a game under their belt.   The offense needs to keep moving and have much better passing.

I think KC can win, but with only 2 road wins all last year, a draw will suffice.  The score will probably be 2-2.


26 March. News and Blogs you might have missed.

March 26, 2009

I am a little short on time today. I will make up for it tomorrow.

In other words Iwill  flood this site Fri.


Midfielder Roger Espinoza Joins Honduras National Team for Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers

Espinoza Tabbed by Honduras for Matches Against Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico

(March 25, 2009) – Kansas City Wizards midfielder Roger Espinoza will rejoin the Honduras National Team for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico. Honduras faces Trinidad and Tobago Saturday, March 28 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Los Catrachos then host regional powerhouse Mexico Wednesday, April 1 at their home stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Espinoza started the MLS season well for Kansas City, registering an assist after entering as a halftime substitute Saturday against Toronto FC. Espinoza is already with the Honduras team and will rejoin the Wizards following the Mexico match next Wednesday.

Espinoza earned his first appearance for his birth nation Jan. 22 in Honduras’ first game of the 2009 UNCAF (Central American Football Union) Nations Cup. Espinoza appeared three times during the five-game tournament, scoring his first goal in the 3rd place match to give Honduras a 1-0 win. Espinoza stayed with the National Team for a World Cup Qualifying loss to Costa Rica Feb. 11 but did not make the game roster.

Espinoza will become the 5th current Wizards player with World Cup Qualifying experience should he enter either upcoming match. Defender Jimmy Conrad, midfielder Davy Arnaud and forward Josh Wolff have all appeared in at least one qualifier for the United States. Striker Claudio Lopez has appeared in qualifiers for Argentina. Conrad, Lopez and Wolff also have World Cup experience.

Kansas City selected Espinoza with the 11th overall selection in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft after he signed with MLS as a member of the Generation adidas program. As part of the program, adidas pays for him to continue his education while playing in the League. During his first year with the Wizards, Espinoza scored one goal and added three assists in 22 games (12 starts). He was among the rookie leaders in games played, minutes played and assists.

Honduras Roster for World Cup Qualifiers 3/28 and 4/1:

Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Ricardo Canales (Motagua).
Defenders: Osman Chávez (Motagua), Emilio Izaguirre (Motagua), Samuel Caballero (Shen Hua, China), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), Edgar Alvarez (Pisa), Oscar Bonie García (Olimpia), Nery Medina (Real España).
Midfielders: Ramón Núñez (Puebla), Amado Guevara (Toronto FC, MLS), Roger Espinoza (Kansas City Wizards, MLS), Wilson Palacios (West Ham), Hendry Thomas (Olimpia), Julio César de León (Parma), Marvin Chávez (Marathon), Junior Morales (Real Juventud), Erin Morales (Marathon), Mario Rodríguez (Real España), Danilo Turcios (Olimpia).
Forwards: Carlos Pavón (Necaxa), Carlo Costly (Birmingham), Saúl Martínez (Marathon).

25 March. News and Blogs you might have missed.

March 25, 2009

Wizards will have to play without Espinoza

Raising the roof

Soccer365’s MLS Club Ladder

WVH Power Rankings: Week One

Power Rankings: Week Two

MLS Team Of The Week – Round 1

Ref Watch: Plenty of tough calls in Week 1

Google Earth Video: South Africa 2010 Stadiums Is it me? It appears all of South Africa’s Stadiums have roofs.

Lane4 Property Group expands into three states