MLS Weekend Rewind – Week Two “The Wizards lost again. They are the worst team on paper in the East, and they’ve showed it thus far. You know things are bad when you’re relying on Michael Kraus to score your goals”
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Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update
* Weekly Schedule
* Hartman Breaks MLS Career Saves Record
* Kraus Scores 1st MLS Goal
* Onalfo Featured Monday Night on Fox Football Fone-In
* Wizards to Host Watch Party Wednesday for U.S. World Cup Qualifier
* Spanish-Language Coach’s Show Airs Thursday
* Starting 11 Girls Calendar Launch Party Friday at Mint Ultra Lounge
* Jack Jewsbury, Herculez Gomez to Pop-In at BVAC Practice
* Dynamo the Dragon to Appear Twice in Kansas City This Week
Kansas City trains the next four days in advance of their second home match of the 2009 season Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Wizards enter Sunday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes 0-2-0 after one-goal losses to Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids. Kansas City will train at CAB on Wednesday and Thursday before hosting the week’s press conference featuring Head Coach Curt Onalfo Friday at the team’s Swope Park Training Center.
Date Time Location
Tuesday, March 31 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center Wednesday, April 1 10 a.m. CT CommunityAmerica Ballpark
Thursday, April 2 10 a.m. CT CommunityAmerica Ballpark
Friday, April 3 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center (Press Conference 12 p.m. CT)
Sunday, April 5 2:00 p.m. CT CommunityAmerica Ballpark – Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes
HARTMAN BREAKS MLS SAVES RECORD:
Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman broke the all-time MLS saves record during the first half of Saturday night’s match against the Colorado Rapids. Hartman entered the match trailing former Wizards standout Tony Meola by only one save for his 3rd major goalkeeping record. Hartman already held the all-time marks for career wins (138) and shutouts (77).
Hartman tied Meola’s record with his 1136th career stop in the 44th minute Saturday off a hard-hit shot from Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca. Just two minutes later, Hartman became the all-time saves leader with by covering a shot off the left foot of Colorado forward Omar Cummings. Hartman went on to make four saves on the night and currently stands at 1139 career stops.
KRAUS SCORES 1ST MLS GOAL:
Another Kansas City player made history Saturday, as Michael Kraus scored his 1st MLS goal just two minutes into his first regular-season appearance for the Wizards first team. Kraus was drafted in the 4th round of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft and was a mainstay on Kansas City’s reserve team for the last two years. Kraus appeared as a substitute in Kansas City’s final 2008 playoff match against the Columbus Crew, but had never played in a regular-season MLS game before Saturday. Eleven family members and friends were on hand Saturday in Colorado to see Kraus’ 1st career goal. The tally tied a record for the fastest goal to begin a career with current teammate Josh Wolff and former New York midfielder Sal Caccavale.
ONALFO FEATURED MONDAY ON FOX FOOTBALL FONE-IN:
Kansas City Wizards Head Coach Curt Onalfo will take part in Monday night’s edition of Fox Soccer Channel’s popular soccer talk show Fox Football Fone-In. The show starts Monday night at 8 p.m. CT. Onalfo is expected to join the program around 8:15 p.m. CT.
WIZARDS TO HOST U.S. NATIONAL TEAM WATCH PARTY WEDNESDAY AT 810 ZONE IN LEAWOOD:
Wednesday, join the Kansas City Wizards at a special World Cup Qualifier Watch Party at the 810 Zone location in Leawood, Kan. Wizards players and staff will be on hand as the United States Men’s National Team faces Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup 2010 Qualifier. The match starts at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision from LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
4800 West 119th Street
Leawood, Kansas, 66209
SPANISH-LANGUAGE COACH’S SHOW AIRS THURSDAY ON 1480 AM:
Wizards Head Coach Curt Onalfo will join Enrique Morales Thursday at 5 p.m. CT for his weekly Spanish-language coach’s show on Ke Buena 1480 AM. Spanish-speaking fans are encouraged to listen for a recap of last weekend’s match against Colorado and a look ahead to Sunday’s showdown with the San Jose Earthquakes.
STARTING 11 GIRLS CALENDAR RELEASE PARTY FRIDAY AT MINT ULTRA LOUNGE:
The 2009 Wizards Starting 11 Girls will hold a Calendar Release Party this Friday night at Mint Ultra Lounge in Kansas City. The event runs from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. and will feature performances by the Starting 11 Girls dance squad and a showing of a “Making of the Calendar” video. Calendars will be for sale, and the Starting 11 Girls will be on hand to autograph the calendar and interact with fans. The calendar is also available for purchase directly from KCSoccerStore.com.
Mint Ultra Lounge
334 E. 31st Kansas City, MO 64108
JACK JEWSBURY, HERCULEZ GOMEZ TO POP-IN AT BVAC PRACTICE: Who: M Jack Jewsbury, F Herculez GomezWhen: Wednesday, April 1; 6:00-7:30 p.m.Where: Independence, MOWhat: Kids participating with the Blue Valley Activities Center will have the opportunity to get pointers from the pros, as Kevin Hartman and Matt Marquess will “pop-in” to help with their practice and talk to the children about teamwork.
DYNAMO THE DRAGON TO APPEAR TWICE IN KANSAS CITY THIS WEEK:Who: Mascot Dynamo the DragonWhen: Thursday, April 2; 2:00-3:00pmWhere: Our Lady of Presentation, Lee’s Summit, MOWhat: Dynamo the Dragon will be attending Our Lady of Presentation’s Hy-Vee Kick-Off for the school’s fundraising season. He will be participating in opening activities, entertaining children and getting students excited for the activities. Who: Mascot Dynamo the DragonWhen: Saturday, April 4; 12:00-1:00pmWhere: Great Mall of the Great Plains, Olathe, KSWhat: Dynamo the Dragon will be participating in the Reyes Media Easter Egg Hunt, playing with the children and helping them find the hidden eggs. Make sure to stop by the festivities!