Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update
* Weekly Schedule – Wizards Begin SuperLiga 2009 Sunday in St. Louis
* Tickets on Sale Now for SuperLiga Match in St. Louis
* Spanish-Language Coach’s Show Airs Thursday From La Hacienda in Olathe
* Arnaud Nominated for Goal of the Week
* Budweiser Sponsors Watch Parties for U.S. National Team Games
* Buy Tickets Today for SuperLiga Match Against Santos Laguna
* Wizards to Face Minnesota Thunder or Chicago Fire PDL in Open Cup
* Wizards Announce Game Date Change for Road Match at D.C. United
* Kansas City Soccer Foundation FootWedge Cup Rescheduled for Aug. 4
* The Jimmy Conrad Show Airs Live From Tanner’s in Shawnee This Month
* Hartman Participates Monday in American Royal Reading Roundup
* Dynamo the Dragon Makes Pair of Appearances Friday, Saturday
The Kansas City Wizards enter their first SuperLiga tournament this weekend with a Sunday match against partner club FC Atlas on the campus of St. Louis University. Kansas City defeated FC Atlas 2-1 last July in an international friendly at CommunityAmerica Ballpark with a club made up of mostly reserves. The Wizards then spent a portion of their preseason preparations at the Atlas training facilities in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Wizards will hold their weekly press conference Thursday at the team’s Swope Park Training Center. Visit www.SuperLiga2009.com for the latest information, including photos, game stories and video highlights. The Wizards will provide additional SuperLiga information each day this week as Road to SuperLiga 2009 enters its final stretch.
Date Time Location
Tuesday, June 16 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center Wednesday, June 17 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center
Thursday, June 18 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center (Weekly Press Conference)
Friday, June 19 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center
Saturday, June 20 TRAVEL DAY – Kansas City to St. Louis
Sunday, June 21 3:30 p.m. CT Hermann Stadium in St. Louis vs. FC Atlas in SuperLiga 2009
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SUPERLIGA MATCH IN ST. LOUIS AGAINST FC ATLAS:
Tickets are still available for the match this Sunday, June 21, when the Kansas City Wizards take on FC Atlas of the Mexican First Division at Robert R. Hermann Stadium at St. Louis University. The match kicks off at 3:30 p.m. CT, with tickets starting at $20. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Tickets now available in St. Louis at all MetroTix locations. Charge by phone (314) 534-1111 or online at metrotix.com. Tickets and information also available by calling the Kansas City Wizards toll free at (877) 828-7222.
Ticket Pricing:$35 for Zone 1 (Center Midfield) **$30 for Zone 2 (Sidelines) **$20 for Zone 3 (Goal Line) ** Includes a ticket voucher to select Wizards game in Kansas City
ZONA WIZARDS AIRS THURSDAY ON 1480 AM LIVE FROM LA HACIENDA IN OLATHE:
Wizards Head Coach Curt Onalfo, along with Midfielder Santiago Hirsig and forward/midfielder Herculez Gomez will be at the restaurant. The Wizards weekly Spanish radio show, Zona Wizards, will broadcast live from the restaurant, and the players and Coach Onalfo will sign autographs for fans and pose for pictures. This event is two days before the Wizards first SuperLiga game.
Wizards Head Coach Curt Onalfo joins Enrique Morales each Thursday at 5 p.m. CT for his weekly Spanish-language coach’s show on Ke Buena 1480 AM. This week, Spanish-speaking fans are encouraged to listen for a recap of last week’s game against the New England Revolution and a look ahead to SuperLiga 2009, including games against FC Atlas, New England Revolution and Santos Laguna. Fans can also attend in person at La Hacienda in Olathe.
ARNAUD NOMINATED FOR GOAL OF THE WEEK:
Kansas City Wizards midfielder Davy Arnaud earned a nomination for the MLS Goal of the Week award for a beautiful combination play that led to the Wizards’ first goal in a 3-1 win over the New England Revolution. Arnaud took a feed from Herculez Gomez, then played a give-and-go with Claudio Lopez inside the penalty area for an easy finish. See the goal at www.kcwizards.com. Voting takes place online through http://web.mlsnet.com/sights/goal_of_the_week/. On the play, Arnaud broke a tie with teammate Josh Wolff to move alone into 3rd place on Kansas City’s all-time goals list. Arnaud has now scored 37 goals during his eight-year career, all of which has been spent in Kansas City colors.
BUDWEISER SPONSORS WATCH PARTIES FOR U.S. NATIONAL TEAM GAMES:
Wizards partner Budweiser is sponsoring watch parties at area 810 Zone locations for all 2009 U.S. National Team matches. Monday, watch parties took place at both 810 Zones as the USA lost 3-1 to Italy in the Confederations Cup after playing with 10 men for the final hour. Wednesday, the U.S. plays Brazil at 9 a.m. CT in a game televised live on ESPN2. The Leawood 810 Zone will open at 8 a.m. and serve breakfast for fans during the watch party. The Plaza 810 Zone will not host a watch party for the match. Sunday, the U.S. plays Egypt in the final Confederations Cup match at 1:30 p.m. CT. Both 810 Zones will again host watch parties for the game to be shown live on ESPN2.
BUY TICKETS TODAY FOR SUPERLIGA MATCH VERSUS SANTOS LAGUNA:
Sunday, June 28, Mexican First Division side Santos Laguna comes to town with famed Mexico National Team goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. The match counts as “Special Game A” in Kansas City Wizards season ticket packages. Single-game tickets are available for purchase by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com/kcwizards. The Wizards will also offer a special 2-game package that includes:
· One (1) ticket to the match against Santos Laguna
· One (1) ticket to the match Aug. 16 against former Santos player Cuauhtémoc Blanco and the Chicago Fire
· One (1) limited-edition T-shirt.
Packages start at $30 and are available in all seating categories. Call the Wizards at (913) 387-3400 for more information.
WIZARDS TO FACE MINNESOTA THUNDER OR CHICAGO FIRE PDL IN OPEN CUP:
The Kansas City Wizards will enter the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday, June 30. The Wizards will face either the Minnesota Thunder (USL-1) or the Chicago Fire PDL (PDL). Minnesota and Chicago meet one another Tuesday evening at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. If Minnesota wins, they will host the Wizards June 30. If Chicago pulls the upset, the Wizards will host June 30 at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kan. Last season, Kansas City made the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Wizards lost in penalty kicks to Seattle Sounders (then of USL-1) at Qwest Field after a 0-0 tie through regulation and extra time.
DatePotential Matchups in Group 6VenueLocationTime (local)
June 30Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Minnesota Thunder (USL1)National Sports CenterBlaine, Minn.7:05 p.m.
June 30Chicago Fire PDL (PDL) at Kansas City Wizards (MLS)Shawnee Mission North H.S.Overland Park, Kan.7:30 p.m.
FOOTWEDGE CUP RESCHEDULED FOR AUG. 4:
The Kansas City Soccer Foundation FootWedge Cup was rained out Tuesday. The tournament will be back for its second year at picturesque Loch Lloyd Country Club in South Kansas City on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Golfers from several major companies in the Kansas City area will take part in this unique tournament that brings elements of soccer to the golf course for a day. Wizards players, coaches and staff will also take part. The tournament features holes that include a “FootWedge,” where players are allowed to kick a mini soccer ball to better their drive. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Kansas City Soccer Foundation, and fans are encouraged to come take part. On one hole, members of the Cauldron will chant and cheer at golfers as they tee off, something usually forbidden in golf tournaments. For more information, visit www.kcwizards.com/footwedgecup.
WIZARDS ANNOUNCE GAME DATE CHANGE FOR ROAD MATCH AT D.C. UNITED:
The Kansas City Wizards announced last week 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.
THE JIMMY CONRAD SHOW AIRS FROM TANNER’S IN SHAWNEE THIS MONTH:
The Jimmy Conrad Show, presented by Budweiser, will air Wednesday night on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT and simulcast online at kcwizards.com. The show will be broadcast live from Tanner’s Bar & Grill in Shawnee, Kan. during the month of June. The Tanner’s is located near the intersection of K-7 at Shawnee Mission Parkway. Fans are encouraged to watch the show live in person for a chance to win great prizes.
Tanner’s Bar & Grill – Shawnee
22370 W 66th StShawnee, KS 66226
(913) 745-8100Google Maps Link
In 2009, the Wizards will take registrations from fans at each edition of the Jimmy Conrad Show for month-end drawings. Prizes will include Field Side Reserved tickets, a clinic from a Wizards player, a Football/Futbol double-header package and a VIP Meet & Greet session after a training session. Each fan can enter that month’s drawing each time they attend The Jimmy Conrad Show. The Jimmy Conrad Show will be held at different bars throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. The show will run from 7-8 p.m. CT each week except for a small number of nights when the time will change due to programming conflicts on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Month Prize Winner
April 2 Field Side Reserved tickets to Kansas City Wizards vs. D.C. United May 6 Matt FultonMay VIP Meet & Greet session for 10 at a Wizards practiceJune 4 Terrace Table tickets to Kansas City Wizards vs. Houston Dynamo July 4July Youth-team clinic with a Kansas City Wizards playerAugust Football/Futbol Double-Header package including KU, K-State or MU Football ticketsSeptember 2 Field Side Reserved tickets to Kansas City Wizards vs. Colorado Rapids Sept. 26October Autographed Wizards jersey and on-field VIP experience at 2009 playoff game Fans can download archives of The Jimmy Conrad Show from the podcast page at kcwizards.com.
HARTMAN PARTICIPATES IN AMERICAN ROYAL READING ROUNDUP:
Who: GK Kevin HartmanWhen: Monday, June 15; 9:15-10:45 a.m.
Where: American Royal, Kansas City, MO
What: Kevin Hartman participated in the American Royal’s Reading Roundup for children 4th grade and under. He read his book, Boots Saves the Day, and signed copies for them following the reading. The Wizards will provide photos of the appearance upon media request.
DYNAMO THE DRAGON MAKES PAIR OF APPEARANCES FRIDAY, SATURDAY:
Who: Mascot Dynamo the DragonWhen: Friday, June 19; 2:00-3:00 a.m.
Where: All American Indoor, Lenexa, KS
What: Dynamo the Dragon will be attending the YMCA’s Summer Sports Camp. He will be interacting with the children and handing out Wizards posters and items.
Who: Mascot Dynamo the DragonWhen: Saturday, June 20; 1:00-2:00 a.m.
Where: KC Power and Light District, Kansas City, MO
What: Dynamo the Dragon will be interacting with families at Sports Radio 810’s Big Boy Toy Show downtown. Come by and say hello!