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Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update
* Countdown to First Kick: 19 Days
* Weekly Training Schedule
* Second-Annual Open Tryouts Held Saturday, Sunday
* Wizards Play Salamanca Tuesday Morning in Final Mexico Friendly
* Wizards Tie Atlas 1-1, Salamanca 3-3 Last Week
* Herculez Gomez Back on the Field
* Kansas City Concludes Preseason Against Minnesota Thunder March 14
* Hartman Participates in Read Across America Week
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COUNTDOWN TO FIRST KICK – 19 DAYS:
The Kansas City Wizards open the 2009 MLS season Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. CT against Toronto FC at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Wizards are currently in Guadalajara, Mexico for the second extended training camp of the 2009 preseason. The Wizards play their final friendly of the Mexico trip Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT against Salamanca FC of the Mexican 2nd Division. Kansas City then returns to train at the team’s Swope Park Training Center both Thursday and Friday.
Single-game tickets for the 2009 Major League Soccer season are now on sale to the general public. 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. For individual tickets, contact Ticketmaster via phone at (816) 931-3330 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
WEEKLY TRAINING SCHEDULE
The Wizards return from a two-week trip to Guadalajara, Mexico Wednesday night and will begin training at the team’s Swope Park Training Center Thursday afternoon. Newly signed midfielder Santiago Hirsig is still in the process of obtaining his visa, but will join the team in Kansas City upon receipt of his paperwork.
Date Time Location
Thursday, March 5 2 p.m. CT Swope Park Training Center Friday, March 6 11 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center
OPEN TRYOUTS HELD SATURDAY, SUNDAY AT SWOPE
For the second straight year, the Wizards will hold Open Tryouts with a spot on the team’s roster at stake. Last season, both Kevin Souter and Nelson Pizarro made the cut, eventually appearing in multiple MLS games. Souter started the final four games of the 2008 regular season and both MLS Cup Playoff matches. For more information on Open Tryouts, visit www.kcwizards.com/opentryout. For media availability at Open Tryouts, contact Dave Borchardt in the Wizards media relations department at (816) 665-8442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIZARDS PLAY SALAMANCA TUESDAY IN PRESEASON FRIENDLY
Kansas City concludes its friendly schedule during the Mexico trip Tuesday at 11 a.m. against the Salamanca FC first team. The Wizards are 1-0-2 thus far on the trip and 4-0-3 overall during the preseason. Wizards rookie midfielder Graham Zusi has played part in nine goals during the campaign, including two goals and five assists.
KANSAS CITY TIES 2 IN LAST WEEK
Last week, the Wizards tied both of their preseason matches, including a come-from-behind tie against Mexican powerhouse Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas). Chivas scored a first-half tally using a roster that featured several first-team players, including former Mexico international Jared Borgetti. Kansas City earned a late equalizer, however, as Davy Arnaud set up Graham Zusi for a game-tying goal in the 81st minute.
The Wizards then fielded a reserve team for a match-up with Salamanca’s reserves that finished in a 3-3 draw. New signing Santiago Hirsig converted a first-half penalty kick and Abe Thompson and Lance Watson scored after the break in the high-scoring affair. For more information on the match, check out this post at Hillcrest Road, the team’s official blog.
GOMEZ BACK ON THE FIELD
After missing the last five weeks of training, Wizards midfielder/forward Herculez Gomez returned to the field Saturday in the preseason match against Salamanca’s reserve team. Gomez suffered a meniscus injury the first week of training and underwent surgery on January 29. He has now recovered and has resumed training with the team. He played the final 20 minutes against Salamanca and will work his way back toward match fitness over the final three weeks of the preseason.
WIZARDS CONCLUDE PRESEASON SATURDAY, MARCH 14 IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA
The Kansas City Wizards announced Friday that they will conclude the 2009 preseason with a pair of friendly matches against the Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) Saturday, March 14 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The first teams of the Wizards and Thunder will play at 5:30 p.m. CT at Prairie High School, with a second match for reserves at 8 p.m. Prairie Soccer Club will host the day-long event, including a 4-hour youth clinic at Ely City Park in Cedar Rapids on March 14 at 8 a.m. PSC will offer a package that includes admission to the clinic, a ticket to the doubleheader March 14, a ticket to a Wizards game in Kansas City on Sept. 26 and a soccer ball for $135. Individual tickets to the doubleheader cost $30 and are available by calling Prairie Soccer Club at (319) 845-3039. Fans can order additional tickets to the Sept. 26 Wizards match in Kansas City by calling the Wizards ticket office at (913) 387-3400 or (877) 828-7222.
HARTMAN PARTICIPATES IN READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK
Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman will participate in Read Across America Week, stopping in at two elementary schools to read his children’s book Boots Saves the Day to schoolchildren in Leawood and Kansas City, Kan.
Who: GK Kevin Hartman
When: Thursday, March 5; 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Where: Leawood Elementary, Leawood, KS
What: Kevin Hartman, goalkeeper and author of the children’s book Boots Saves the Day, will be reading to 4th grade classrooms at Leawood Elementary. He will be participating in the festivities for Read Across America week, which recognizes the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The goal is to encourage the students to make reading a regular part of their lives, for information and enjoyment.
Who: GK Kevin Hartman
When: Thursday, March 5; 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: Frances Willard Elementary, Kansas City, KS
What: After participating in Leawood Elementary’s Read Across America events, Kevin Hartman will read his book Boots Saves the Day to children at Frances Willard Elementary. He will be reading to 1st and 2nd graders, explaining the importance of reading in his life and how reading helps in everyday life.