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Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update
* Weekly Schedule
* Saturday’s Match Features Faith and Family Night
* Annual Media Game Takes Place Saturday
* Midfielder Roger Espinoza Called to Honduras National Team
* Wizards, Budweiser to Host Watch Parties for U.S. National Team Matches Wednesday, Saturday* Wizards Announce Game Date Change for Road Match at D.C. United
* KCW Juniors Join U.S. Soccer Development Academy for 2009-2010 Season
* Claudio Lopez Takes Home MLS Goal of the Week Honor
* Wizards SuperLiga Schedule Announced, Credentials Now Available
* Buy Tickets Today for SuperLiga Match Against Santos Laguna
* Tickets on Sale Now for SuperLiga Match in St. Louis
* The Jimmy Conrad Show Airs Live From Tanner’s in Shawnee This Month
* Spanish-Language Coach’s Show Airs Thursday
* Herculez Gomez to Present Soccer Gear to Pair of Charities Wednesday* Adam Cristman to Appear at First Baptist Church of Raytown
The Kansas City Wizards moved into a tie for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with a 1-1 tie at the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday. This weekend, the 2008 MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew come to town for a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Wizards will host their weekly press conference Thursday at the team’s Swope Park Training Center.
Date Time Location
Tuesday, June 2 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center Wednesday, June 3 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center
Thursday, June 4 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center (Weekly Press Conference)
Friday, June 5 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center
Saturday, June 6 7:30 p.m. CT CommunityAmerica Ballpark vs. Columbus Crew on Metro Sports
SATURDAY’S MATCH FEATURES FAITH AND FAMILY NIGHT, SPECIAL GROUP OUTINGS:
This Saturday, the Kansas City Wizards will host Faith and Family Night as the rival Columbus Crew comes to CommunityAmerica Ballpark for a match at 7:30 p.m. CT. Wizards forward Adam Cristman will address participating fans after the game about his faith at 5:15 p.m. CT on the stage between Gates B and C at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Shortly thereafter, Kansas City’s Christian Rock Band, The Pool Boys (http://www.myspace.com/thepoolboys), will perform original songs and popular Christian hits for all “Faith & Family Night” participants on the same stage.
Members of the local Girl Scouts will also attend the match this weekend. The Scouts will gather early in the day at Dave and Buster’s across the street from the stadium at The Legends, then arrive early to CommunityAmerica Ballpark for a pre-match clinic. All participants will be able to take part in the Human Tunnel before the match, and Scouts receiving a Gold or Silver Award will be recognized on the field prior to the match. A large group from Fort Leavenworth will also attend the match, taking part in pre-game festivities on the field.
ANNUAL MEDIA GAME TAKES PLACE SATURDAY:
Members of the Kansas City news media will take part Saturday in the annual media game at halftime of the Wizards contest against the Columbus Crew. The draft for the media showdown will take place live Wednesday evening during The Jimmy Conrad Show from 7-8 p.m. CT on Sports Radio 810 WHB or streamed live at www.kcwizards.com.
Media Member Media Outlet
Thad Bell The Back Post
Danni Boatwright Former Sports Radio Host and Survivor Winner
Marc Bowman PA Sportsticker
Nate Bukaty Sports Radio 810
Christy Campo Star 102
Eduardo Cardoso MLSnet.com
Dave Fogel Star 102
Nick Griffith KMBC 9
Jake Gutierrez Sports Radio 810
Victor Hernandez 1340 La Gran D
Katie Horner KCTV 5
Curtis Kitchen MLSnet.com
Josh Klingler 610 Sports
Sean Kosednar MLSnet.com
Mike Kuhn Down the Byline
Todd Leabo Sports Radio 810
Shawn Roney Dos Mundos
Bob Rusert MLSnet.com
Steve Serrano Mix 93.3
Nick Sloan Kansas City Kansan
Holly Starr 38 the Spot
Matt Stewart KCTV 5
Bryan Truta 105.1 Jack FM
Raul Villegas Reyes Media
Robert Whitman Soccerkc.com
Darren Wilhite 106.5 the Wolf
MIDFIELDER ROGER ESPINOZA CALLED TO HONDURAS NATIONAL TEAM:
Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza has been named to the 23-man Honduras roster for a pair of upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Espinoza joins Toronto FC star Amado Guevara as the only MLS players named to Head Coach Reinaldo Rueda squad for games June 6 against the United States in Chicago and June 10 against El Salvador. Espinoza reported Monday to Honduras camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Honduras currently occupies 3rd place in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. If qualification ended today, Honduras would qualify automatically to the 2010 World Cup along with the United States and Costa Rica, while Mexico would play the 5th seeded team from South America’s Confederation for a place in the South Africa World Cup. Honduras is 1-1-1 after a 2-0 loss to Costa Rica, a 1-1 tie with Trinidad and Tobago and a 3-1 win over Mexico.
Espinoza earned his first appearance for his birth nation Jan. 22 in Honduras’ first game of the 2009 UNCAF (Central American Football Union) Nations Cup. Espinoza appeared three times during the five-game tournament, scoring his first goal in the 3rd place match to give Honduras a 1-0 win. Espinoza stayed with the National Team for a World Cup Qualifying loss to Costa Rica Feb. 11 but did not make the game roster. Espinoza was then called to Honduras camp again for a pair of qualifiers March 28 against Trinidad and Tobago and April 1 against Mexico. He did not enter either match, though he was on the 18-man roster against Mexico.
WIZARDS, BUDWEISER TO HOST WATCH PARTIES FOR NATIONAL TEAM MATCHES:
Wednesday night, the United States Men’s National Team takes on Costa Rica at Estadio Saprissa at 9 p.m. CT in World Cup qualifying. The match will be shown live on ESPN, and the Wizards and Budweiser will host a watch party at both area 810 Zone locations.
The U.S. men then return home for a Saturday-night tilt against Honduras and Wizards midfielder Roger Espinoza at 7 p.m. CT at Soldier Field. At last report, over 40,000 tickets have been sold for the match. The U.S. game takes place during the Wizards game Saturday night at CAB. The Wizards and Budweiser will record the USA match and show it at Dave and Buster’s in the Legends following the conclusion of the Wizards game Saturday.
Fans are encouraged to come out Saturday night to see the Wizards take on the 2008 MLS Cup champs, then head to Dave and Buster’s to see how the U.S. faired against Roger Espinoza’s Honduras side.
WIZARDS ANNOUNCE GAME DATE CHANGE FOR ROAD MATCH AT D.C. UNITED:
The Kansas City Wizards announced Thursday that their match originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 at D.C. United will be moved to Wednesday, Sept. 9 at RFK Stadium at 6:30 p.m. CT. The match will still be televised live locally on Metro Sports in English and Time Warner Cable Channel 5 in Spanish. D.C. United will host Spanish superpower Real Madrid Aug. 9 at FedEx Field.
KCW JUNIORS JOIN U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FOR 2009-2010 SEASON:
The KCW Juniors program is one of five youth soccer clubs chosen by U.S. Soccer out of 250 applicants to join the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the United States’ premier youth club competition. The KCW Juniors will field three teams during the 2009-2010 youth soccer season, with U-16 and U-18 teams competing in the Frontier Conference against some of the top youth clubs from around the Midwest. KCW Juniors U-16 and U-18 teams will be fully funded. The KCW Juniors will also field a U-14 team that will play in the Midwest Regional League and Kansas State Cup competitions. Tryout registration for all three teams is available through this link. The five new Academy clubs were selected from a pool of 250 applicants. Clubs were selected based on their potential to generate future national team players as determined by geographic location, coaching staff, administrative capabilities and national team coach site visits and evaluations. U.S. Soccer has limited the number of clubs admitted into the Academy each year to maintain the highest quality of competition in the program. The KCW Juniors will hold tryouts for Academy teams June 11-12 at the team’s Swope Park Training Center. Roster sizes for the U-16 and U-18 teams will be determined by the quality of the player pool at tryouts. Players must attend Day 1 of tryouts and be invited back to take part in Day 2. Younger players are invited to attend tryouts for teams in older age groups. U-17 players will be placed on the U-18 team, U-15 players on the U-16 team, U-13 players on the U-14 team and so on. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy determines age groups by calendar year of a player’s birth. The U-18 division denotes players born in 1991 or later, while the U-16 team denotes players born in 1993 or later.