Claudio Lopez, Josh Wolff Score Second-Half Goals for Kansas City; Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has Played MLS-Record 8,190 Consecutive Minutes
Major League Soccer Game 9
Saturday, May 9, 2009 – 6:00 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Fox Soccer Channel
Español TV: Fox Sports en Español
Español Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
Weather: 63 and cloudy
Score: 1 2 F
Columbus Crew (1-2-5, 8 pts) 1 2 3
Kansas City Wizards (3-4-2, 11 pts) 0 2 2
CLB – Emmanuel Ekpo 2 (unassisted) 38
KC – Claudio Lopez 3 (unassisted) 51
CLB – Guillermo Barros Schelotto 4 (Frankie Hejduk 1) 55
CLB – Eddie Gaven 1 (Robbie Rogers 1) 78
KC – Josh Wolff 4 (Jack Jewsbury 3, Herculez Gomez 2) 79
(May 9, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards fell to the 2008 MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew 3-2 Saturday night at Crew Stadium. Argentine striker Claudio Lopez scored his 3rd goal of the season for the Wizards after entering as a second-half substitute. Forward Josh Wolff scored in the second-straight match and now leads the Wizards with four goals on the year. Wolff’s 66 career goals rank 16th all-time in MLS and 9th among active players.
Columbus nearly opened the scoring in the 24th minute after midfielder Robbie Rogers put Eddie Gaven through behind the defense. Gaven fired on goal with his first touch, but Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman came quickly off his line to stop the shot for his 1st save of the match. Hartman has not missed a minute in his last 91 MLS matches, setting the League record for the most consecutive minutes played. Hartman has not been out of action for the last 8,190 minutes. He last sat out a game on May 31, 2006 while a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Crew took the lead in the 38th minute after a nifty passing sequence in the penalty area. The Wizards deflected the ball at the last minute, but Crew midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo was there to bury the rebound into the lower-left corner for his 2nd goal of the season and a 1-0 Columbus lead.
Kansas City answered back after halftime through substitute Claudio Lopez in the 51st minute. Davy Arnaud was fouled just to the right of the penalty area 18 yards from the end line. Lopez took the ensuing free kick, placing a dangerous ball into the six-yard area that eluded goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum and bounced into the back of the net to level the score 1-1.
Columbus then responded with a pair of goals to make the score 3-1 after 78 minutes. First, right back Frankie Hejduk found striker Guillermo Barros Schelotto for a diving-header goal from close range in the 55th minute. Then, midfielder Eddie Gaven converted a Robbie Rogers pass in the 78th minute to create a two-goal lead for the hosts.
The Wizards answered back immediately through Josh Wolff to pull within a goal one minute later. Substitute winger Herculez Gomez played a pass up the right flank from the center of midfield for Jack Jewsbury in space. Jewsbury immediately hit a bending ball toward Wolff making a run down the middle of the field. Wolff made no mistake, heading the ball on target for his team-leading 4th goal of the season. Wolff now has 66 career goals in MLS play and 34 strikes in a Wizards uniform. He scored goals off an assist from Jewsbury in both Kansas City games this week.
Kansas City returns to action next Saturday in the club’s first-ever trip to Real Salt Lake’s new home, Rio Tinto Stadium. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on Metro Sports (English) and Time Warner Cable Channel 5 (Spanish). The Wizards are 4-2-2 all-time against Real Salt Lake, including a 1-2-1 road record.
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson, Jimmy Conrad ©, Aaron Hohlbein (Claudio Lopez 46), Matt Besler; Michael Harrington (Michael Kraus 88), Santiago Hirsig, Jack Jewsbury, Roger Espinoza (Herculez Gomez 76); Josh Wolff, Davy Arnaud
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Rauwshan McKenzie, Kurt Morsink, Abe Thompson
Columbus Crew Line-Up: Andy Gruenebaum; Frankie Hejduk, Chad Marshall, Danny O’Rourke, Gino Padula; Eddie Gaven (Duncan Oughton 94+), Brian Carroll, Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers (Eric Brunner 91+); Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Alejandro Moreno
Substitutes not used: William Hesmer (GK), Pat Noonan, Kevin Burns, Jed Zayner, Steven Lenhart
KC – Lance Watson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 47
KC – Roger Espinoza (caution; Reckless Tackle) 67
CLB – Frankie Hejduk (caution; Dissent) 68
KC – Matt Besler (caution; Reckless Tackle) 73
CLB – Andy Gruenebaum (caution; Delaying a Restart) 91+
Total Shots: 12 15
Shots on Goal: 7 6
Saves: 4 4
Fouls Committed: 10 16
Offside: 7 2Corner Kicks: 5 3
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Assistants: Bill Dittmar, Cyril Madukanya
4th official: Chris Penso
· Kansas City is now 3-4-2, 11 pts.
· The Wizards are 16-17-5 all-time against Columbus, including a 7-11-3 record on the road.·