Wizards Now Tied for 2nd Place with Chicago Fire, Toronto Inherits 1st Place in East
Major League Soccer Game 7
Sunday, April 26, 2009 – 4:00 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Metro Sports; Español TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 5
Español Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
BMO Field – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Weather: 48 and cloudy
Score: 1 2 F
Toronto FC (3-2-2, 11 pts) 0 1 1
Kansas City Wizards (3-3-1, 10 pts) 0 0 0
TFC – Danny Dichio 1 (Sam Cronin 1, Marvell Wynne 1) 54’
(April 26, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards fell to Toronto FC 1-0 Sunday, suffering their first shutout in the last 18 MLS regular-season matches. With the win, Toronto jumped into 1st place in the Eastern Conference, while the Wizards are tied with the Chicago Fire for 2nd place. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made four saves on the night, reaching 1154 for his career.
Hartman made two nice plays in the opening stanza to keep Toronto FC scoreless as the Wizards controlled the majority of possession. In the 7th minute, Hartman came quickly off his line to clear a ball in front of TFC forward Pablo Vitti. Then in the 34th minute, Hartman extended fully to parry a half-volley off the foot of Honduran international midfielder Amado Guevara wide of goal.
In the 44th minute, midfielders Michael Harrington and Davy Arnaud nearly connected to open the scoring. Harrington cut into the center of the park from his station on the right flank and lofted a pass toward Arnaud behind the defense at the back post. Arnaud slid to hit a first-time shot on goal, but Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei was in position to stop the shot, and TFC cleared the rebound out of danger. The Wizards were the aggressors for much of the first half, earning six corner kicks to Toronto’s one.
Kansas City opened the second half with a dangerous opportunity, as left back Matt Besler played midfielder Roger Espinoza into space on the left wing. Espinoza carried the ball forward then cut a pass back to the top of the penalty area for striker Josh Wolff. Wolff hit the ball on the first touch, but Frei smothered his shot.
Toronto then responded, forcing a save from Hartman in the 50th minute before scoring the game’s only goal in the 54th. After a dangerous cross was headed from danger by Wizards defender Aaron Hohlbein in the 54th minute, Toronto defender Marvell Wynne gained control on the right flank. Wynne cut back toward the center and played the ball to the feet of first-year midfielder Sam Cronin inside the penalty area. Cronin passed the ball on the first touch to forward Danny Dichio at the top of the six-yard area, and Dichio slotted the ball inside the back post for the match-winning goal.
After Hartman made another strong save in the 81st minute, Kansas City generated two quality opportunities in the 88th and 90th minutes. First, striker Claudio Lopez threaded the needle on a pass to Herculez Gomez up the right wing. Gomez had a step on the defense and fired a low shot from 18 yards out that Frei did well to save. Then, in the 90th minute, Lopez hit a rocket on the first touch after a long cross from Harrington. Lopez’s shot was headed toward goal, but Frei was there again to tip the effort over the bar and keep his clean sheet.
The Wizards finished the month of April 3-1-1, and are now off until Wednesday, May 6. On that night, Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United come to town for a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. D.C. came back from a late 2-1 deficit Sunday, defeating the New York Red Bulls 3-2 after a pair of goals after the 90th minute. Striker Claudio Lopez had two goals and two assists in April, while goalkeeper Kevin Hartman kept three clean sheets and made 15 saves to go 3-1-1.
Toronto FC Line-Up: Stefan Frei; Marvell Wynne, Marco Velez, Adrian Serioux, Jim Brennan ©; Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson, Amado Guevara (Kevin Harmse 79); Chad Barrett (Rohan Ricketts 83), Danny Dichio, Pablo Vitti (Nana Attakora 92+)
Substitutes not used: Greg Sutton (GK), Emmanuel Gomez, Faud Ibrahim, Johann Smith
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson (Herculez Gomez 73), Jimmy Conrad ©, Aaron Hohlbein (Abe Thompson 84), Matt Besler; Michael Harrington, Santiago Hirsig, Davy Arnaud, Roger Espinoza (Michael Kraus 78); Josh Wolff, Claudio Lopez
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Rauwshan McKenzie, Kurt Morsink, Kevin Souter
TOR – Pablo Vitti (caution; Shirt Removal) 52
KC – Davy Arnaud (caution; Dissent) 76
Total Shots: 12 11
Shots on Goal: 5 5
Saves: 5 4
Fouls Committed: 13 6
Offside: 5 1Corner Kicks: 3 9
Referee: Paul Ward
Assistants: Thomas Supple, Craig Lowry
4th official: Silviu Petrescu
Quotes available soon at www.kcwizards.com.