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Kansas City Wizards Hand Real Salt Lake 1st Regular-Season Loss at Rio Tinto Stadium
Striker Josh Wolff Nets 2 Goals, Moving Into 1st Place Tie with 6 Goals in 2009; Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman Stops Season-High 7 Shots to Extend Multiple MLS Records
Major League Soccer Game 10
Saturday, May 16, 2009 – 8:00 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Metro Sports
Español TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 5
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Rio Tinto Stadium – Sandy, Utah
Weather: 69 and clear
Attendance: 19,340 – SOLD OUT
Score: 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake (3-5-1, 10 pts) 0 0 0
Kansas City Wizards (4-4-2, 14 pts) 1 1 2
KC – Josh Wolff 5 (Jack Jewsbury 4) 20
KC – Josh Wolff 6 (Michael Harrington 2) 67
(May 16, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards handed Real Salt Lake their 1st regular-season defeat at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night, beating last year’s conference finalists 2-0 on a pair of goals from striker Josh Wolff. Wolff now has six goals on the season, putting him in a tie for 1st in MLS with Chicago’s Brian McBride. Saturday night marked Wolff’s 2nd multi-goal game of the season, the first coming against McBride and the Fire. Wolff has now scored six goals in his last six matches. Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made a season-high seven saves on the night, extending his MLS records in wins (142), shutouts (81), saves (1165) and consecutive minutes played (8280). After D.C. United’s comeback tie Saturday night at Chivas USA, the Wizards sit in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference just one point behind D.C. and Chicago.
Kansas City opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Wolff beat the offside trap with a perfectly timed run at midfield. Midfielder Jack Jewsbury released Wolff behind the defense with a pass from the defensive third, and Wolff was in the clear with only goalkeeper Chris Seitz to beat. Seitz came off his line quickly, stopping Wolff’s initial shot but Wolff continued on with the ball and slotted a shot into the open net for a 1-0 Kansas City lead.
Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman then showed why he is one of Major League Soccer’s all-time best, stopping a pair of shots in the 36th minute. First, RSL right back Robbie Russell pushed forward into the play and hit a first-time rocket from 20 yards out. Hartman was up to the task, parrying the shot wide for a corner kick. On the ensuing re-start, Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman headed a Javier Morales cross on frame, but Hartman again reacted quickly to make a sprawling stop.
Kansas City extended its lead in the 67th minute, again through Wolff. Substitute right-back Michael Harrington won a ball at midfield, eluded an RSL tackle and carried the ball fully 40 yards up the right flank. Harrington sent in a hard cross along the ground just behind Real’s back line for Wolff completing a run from the center circle. Wolff redirected the ball past goalkeeper Chris Seitz just outside the six-yard area for his 2nd goal of the match and his 6th of the season. Wolff is now tied with Chicago’s Brian McBride for the MLS lead in goals scored. He now has a pair of two-goal performances on the year, including two late-game strikes to help the Wizards earn a 2-2 tie on the road against McBride’s team.
Real Salt Lake threatened twice in the dying minutes of the game, but the Wizards held on to earn their 2nd road victory of the season. In the 89th minute, Hartman punched clear a 35-yard free kick off the foot of Will Johnson. In the 90th minute, substitute forward Fabian Espindola found himself in behind the Kansas City defense, but Hartman stopped a point-blank shot at the near post before Kansas City cleared the rebound.
Kansas City returns home next Saturday, May 23 to take on Western-Conference leading Chivas USA at 7:30 p.m. CT at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The match marks Kansas City’s second-ever Dog’s Night at the Wizards event. Fans are encouraged to bring their favorite canine friends to the stadium. For more information, including a ticket order form, visit www.kcwizards.com/dogsnight.
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson (Michael Harrington 65), Jimmy Conrad ©, Aaron Hohlbein, Matt Besler; Davy Arnaud, Santiago Hirsig, Jack Jewsbury, Roger Espinoza (Herculez Gomez 61); Josh Wolff, Claudio Lopez (Michael Kraus 89)
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Rauwshan McKenzie, Kurt Morsink, Abe Thompson,
Real Salt Lake Line-Up: Chris Seitz; Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert (Andy Williams 67); Clint Mathis, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Will Johnson; Robbie Findley (Luis Miguel Escalada 67), Yura Movsisyan (Fabian Espindola 63)
Substitutes not used: Kyle Reynish (GK), Tony Beltran, Jean Alexandre, Ned Grabavoy
KC – Roger Espinoza (caution; Reckless Tackle) 22
KC – Matt Besler (caution; Delaying a Restart) 24
KC – Davy Arnaud (caution; Reckless Foul) 40
RSL – Will Johnson (caution; Reckless Foul) 73
RSL – Robbie Russell (caution; Reckless Foul) 89
Total Shots: 14 13
Shots on Goal: 7 4
Saves: 1 7
Fouls Committed: 15 10
Offside: 2 2Corner Kicks: 4 4
Referee: Yader Reyes
Assistants: Fablo Tovar, Paul Scott
4th official: Kevin Stott