Kansas City Earns Crucial 3 Points From Road Match After Long-Range Blast From Davy Arnaud; Wizards Vault to 3rd Place in Eastern Conference
Major League Soccer Game 4
Saturday, April 11, 2009 – 9:30 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Metro Sports; Español TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 5
Español Radio: 1340 La Gran D
Qwest Field – Seattle, Washington
Weather: 53 and cloudy
Score: 1 2 F
Seattle Sounders FC (3-1-0, 9 pts) 0 0 0
Kansas City Wizards (2-2-0, 6 pts) 0 1 1
KC – Davy Arnaud 3 (Jack Jewsbury 1) 80’
(April 11, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards defeated Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 Saturday, giving the expansion MLS side their first-ever loss in League play. Kansas City’s goal, a long-range effort off the foot of Davy Arnaud in the 80th minute, was the first goal ever surrendered by Sounders FC. Kansas City goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and the team’s defense posted their second-consecutive clean sheet, extending their shutout streak to 196 minutes. Kansas City has not been shutout in 16 consecutive MLS regular-season games, dating back to August of 2008. The Wizards have posted five shutouts of their own during that stretch.
Kansas City generated their first dangerous chance of the game in the 11th minute after a Hartman goal kick. Hartman played a long ball from his own penalty area that was flicked on by Arnaud. Argentine striker Claudio Lopez got in behind the Seattle defense and ran onto Arnaud’s flick, taking a shot on goal with his first touch. Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller was able to smother the chance, however, to keep the game scoreless.
The complexion of the match changed dramatically in the 29th minute when former U.S. international goalkeeper Keller was shown a straight red card. Wizards midfielder Herculez Gomez was free behind the Seattle defense after a long ball from center back Jimmy Conrad was flicked on by Arnaud. Keller came racing off his line, and as Gomez took a shot toward goal from 24 yards out, Keller slid outside of the penalty area and made contact with the ball with his hands. Referee Abbey Okulaja showed Keller a straight red card for handling the ball outside the penalty area and denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Seattle was forced to play the remainder of the game with ten men, with 3rd string goalkeeper Ben Dragavon entering for midfielder Sabastien LeToux to replace Keller for his first MLS action. Seattle’s backup, Chris Eylander, has been out since preseason through injury.
Sounders FC continued to attack though down a man, generating quality chances in the 57th and 60th minutes. First, midfielder Brad Evans found himself open between two defenders inside the penalty area, but Hartman stoned Evans’ right-footed shot headed for the back post with a sprawling save. Then in the 60th minute, forward Fredy Montero blasted a shot from 20 yards out just off the cross bar after a short free kick taken by Freddie Ljungberg.
In the 65th minute, Sounders FC threatened again. Forward Nate Jaqua was able to keep a ball in play that was rolling toward the end line. As the ball sat on the line still in play, Jaqua recovered and beat Hartman to the ball, dribbling back into the penalty area and laying a pass off for Montero. Montero took a touch then fired toward goal. The shot beat Hartman, but rookie defender Matt Besler was in position to clear the ball out of play for a corner kick.
After that Seattle chance, Kansas City assumed control of the match. In the 70th minute, Lopez played a corner kick from the right corner flag that was flicked on by defender Aaron Hohlbein at the near post. The flick found its way to defender Jimmy Conrad at the back post, but Conrad’s header flew just over the crossbar.
In the 77th minute, substitute midfielder Michael Harrington got free on the right flank and sent a cross to Jack Jewsbury making a near-post run. Jewsbury was able to redirect the cross on the first touch, sending a well-hit volley toward the back post. Reserve goalkeeper Ben Dragavon parried the chance clear, and Seattle played the rebound out of danger before substitute forward Michael Kraus could put the rebound home.
The Wizards broke through in the 80th minute through another moment of individual brilliance from midfielder/forward Davy Arnaud. After a turnover in midfield, Jack Jewsbury fed the ball square to Arnaud 35 yards from goal. Arnaud took one touch then ripped a right-footed laser into the lower-left corner of goal from over 30 yards out. Dragavon did well to even touch the well-hit shot, but Arnaud now has three goals on the season, all of which have come through long-range efforts of 25 yards or more.
With the goal, Kansas City became the first team to ever score against Seattle Sounders FC in MLS play. By scoring at Qwest Field, the Wizards are now the first team to score MLS goals on the home fields of both Seattle and Toronto FC. Eddie Johnson scored the first MLS goal at BMO Field, converting a shot in the 81st minute of a 1-0 Kansas City victory on April 28, 2007 in the first-ever match at TFC’s home stadium.
The Wizards have now recorded back-to-back shutouts to improve to 2-2-0 and move into 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Kansas City has not allowed a goal in 196 MLS minutes, dating back to the final moments of a 2-1 loss at Colorado March 28. Kansas City’s shutout streak is second on the year only to the 350-minute streak posted by Seattle before Arnaud’s game-winner Saturday.
Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has 140 career wins, 79 career shutouts and 1142 career saves after Saturday’s performance—all of which are MLS records. With his 307th career MLS appearance, Hartman also broke a tie with former Los Angeles Galaxy star Cobi Jones. Hartman now trails only New England Revolution Steve Ralston and former Kansas City midfielder and assistant coach Chris Henderson on the League’s all-time games played list. Henderson retired with 317 appearances and is now the Technical Director of Seattle Sounders FC after spending 2007 as an assistant for the Wizards.
Kansas City returns to action next Saturday at the Chicago Fire with a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. The Wizards next home game comes Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. CT against the New York Red Bulls in a nationally televised match on ESPN2. That night, the first 5,000 fans into CommunityAmerica Ballpark will receive a Jimmy Conrad bobble head courtesy of Time Warner Cable. IRL and NASCAR Truck Series drivers will also be on hand to mingle with fans and sign autographs before the match.
Seattle Sounders FC Line-Up: Kasey Keller © (Ejection 29); James Riley, Tyrone Marshall, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Zach Scott (Sanna Nyassi 86); Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Freddie Ljungberg (Steve Zakuani 81), Sebastien LeToux (Ben Dragovan 31); Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua
Substitutes not used: Patrick Ianni, Roger Levesque, Nathan Sturgis, Tyson Wahl
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson, Jimmy Conrad ©, Aaron Hohlbein, Matt Besler; Herculez Gomez (Michael Harrington 77), Jack Jewsbury, Santiago Hirsig (Michael Kraus 64), Josh Wolff; Claudio Lopez (Roger Espinoza, 82), Davy Arnaud
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Rauwshan McKenzie, Kevin Souter, Abe Thompson
SEA – Brad Evans (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 4
KC – Jack Jewsbury (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 10
SEA – Kasey Keller (ejection; Denied Goal Scoring Opportunity (Handball)) 29
KC – Michael Kraus (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 71
KC – Kevin Hartman (caution; Delaying a Restart) 91+
Total Shots: 9 9
Shots on Goal: 2 4
Saves: 3 2
Fouls Committed: 15 22
Offside: 2 3Corner Kicks: 7 5
Referee: Abbey Okulaja
Assistants: Anthony Vasoli, Eric Boria
4th official: Ricardo Salazar
· Kansas City is now 1-0-0 all-time against Seattle Sounders FC in MLS play.· The Wizards became the first team to ever defeat Seattle in MLS play and the first team to ever score against Sounders FC.· The Wizards are 4-1-1 against expansion teams since Head Coach Curt Onalfo took over in 2007.· Kansas City was the first MLS team to score at both Seattle and Toronto during their expansion seasons.· Seattle entered the match after posting three straight shutouts.· The Wizards have not been shutout in the last 16 MLS regular-season matches, dating back to 8/2/08 at D.C. United.· Kansas City has posted five shutouts of its own during that stretch.· Kansas City is tied for 4th in MLS in goals this season with 6.· Kansas City has now recorded shutouts in back-to-back matches and has a 196-minute shutout streak intact.· The Wizards shutout streak is second only to the streak by Seattle snapped by Arnaud’s goal.· Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made 2 save on the night, extending his MLS records in three categories.
· Hartman now has 140 career wins, 79 career shutouts and 1142 career saves.
· Hartman also broke a tie for 3rd place on the MLS games-played list. His 307 career matches surpassed former LA Galaxy star Cobi Jones.
· Hartman now trails only New England midfielder Steve Ralston and former Kansas City midfielder and assistant coach Chris Henderson, Seattle Sounders FC’s Technical Director.
· Davy Arnaud scored his 3rd goal of the season in the 80th minute.
· All three of Arnaud’s goals have come on long-range efforts of 25 yards or more.
· Four of Kansas City’s six goals have been scored outside the 18-yard area this year.
· Arnaud now has 35 career goals, 3rd most in Wizards history.
· He trails Chris Klein by only four goals for 2nd place.
· Arnaud is tied for 2nd in MLS with three goals on the season behind only Conor Casey of Colorado.
· Jack Jewsbury assisted the goal, recording his 1st of the season and the 16th of his career.
· He is now one behind former defender Jose Burciaga for 10th on Kansas City’s all-time assists list.
· Kansas City was without goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, defender Chance Myers, midfielder Graham Zusi and striker Adam Cristman due to injury.·