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Kansas City Wizards Fall to Real Salt Lake 1-0 Saturday
Wizards Outshoot RSL 17-5, Forcing 7 Saves from Real Salt Lake Goalkeeper Chris Seitz
MLS Game #21
Saturday, August 29, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Metro Sports
Spanish TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 5
English Radio: Sports Radio 810 WHB
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
CommunityAmerica Ballpark; Kansas City, Kansas
Weather: 72 and clear
Score: 1 2 F
Kansas City Wizards (5-10-6, 21 pts) 0 0 0
Real Salt Lake (9-9-6, 33 pts) 1 0 1
(August 29, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards (5-10-6, 21 pts) fell to Real Salt Lake (9-9-6, 33 pts) Saturday 1-0 despite out-shooting RSL 17-5. The Wizards held an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal. Real goalkeeper Chris Seitz made seven saves, and substitute striker Fabian Espindola cleared a last-gasp shot off the goal line to help preserve the clean sheet deep in second-half stoppage time.
Real Salt Lake opened the scoring in the 18th minute when right back Robbie Russell initiated a scoring play up the flank. Russell worked his way up the right wing, centering for midfielder Andy Williams in the center of the area. Williams immediately turned the ball ahead for striker Pablo Campos, who redirected the ball home on the first touch for an early 1-0 lead.
Kansas City began to push the game after that point, with a Herculez Gomez shot going wide right from distance in the 24th minute. In the 32nd minute, Claudio Lopez worked a give-and-go with Adam Cristman to get free behind the RSL defense in the middle of the park. Lopez carried the ball into space, eventually shooting from the top of the penalty area as a defender closed him down. His left-footed shot was pushed just wide of the near post by Seitz to keep RSL ahead 1-0. RSL then went down a man in the 42nd minute when Ned Grabavoy was shown a red card for a challenge against Davy Arnaud.
After the break, Kansas City continued to pressure. The Wizards took four shots on goal in the second stanza and created six corner kicks but could not find an equalizer. In the 66th minute, substitute midfielder Chance Myers nearly created a game-tying goal just two minutes after entering during his first appearance of the 2009 season. Myers took a long pass from midfielder Santiago Hirsig up the right flank, took on RSL left back Chris Wingert and threaded the needle with a bending cross toward Zoltan at the back post. Zoltan slid to meet the cross, but the well-struck pass eluded him and rolled out of play.
Kansas City generated four shots during stoppage time, including a pair by Zoltan in the 93rd and 95th minutes. In the 93rd minute, a curling shot from 20 yards out was held by Seitz. In the 95th minute, Lopez bent a corner kick to Zoltan at the near post. Zoltan’s glancing header was heading for the back of the net inside the back post, but substitute striker Fabian Espindola was there to clear the ball off the goal line and preserve victory for RSL.
Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Saral, the Kansas City Wizards (Major League Soccer) and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), announced Wednesday that Mexico’s most popular teams, Club América and Club Deportivo Guadalajara S.A. de C.V. (Chivas), will add a new chapter to their storied rivalry when the clubs meet for another edition of Mexico’s “Clásico Nacional,” or national derby, on Wednesday, September 16 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri at 8:30 p.m. CT. The game, which will celebrate Mexican Independence Day, will be presented by Bud Light.
Tickets went on sale to the general public Thursday. Prices start at $25, and seats can be purchased by visiting the Kansas City Wizards front office at 8900 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66206 or by calling the Wizards toll free at 1-877-828-7222 or 1-913-387-3400.
The Wizards return to action next Saturday, September 5 with a 6:30 p.m. CT match at the New England Revolution. The game starts a 3-game East-coast road trip that includes a match at D.C. United (September 9) and a trip to the New York Red Bulls (September 12). All three matches will be shown live on Metro Sports (English) and Time Warner Cable Channel 5 (Spanish).
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson (Jonathan Leathers 74), Jimmy Conrad ©, Matt Besler, Michael Harrington; Herculez Gomez (Chance Myers 64), Santiago Hirsig, Jack Jewsbury, Claudio Lopez; Davy Arnaud, Adam Cristman (Zoltan 46)
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Kurt Morsink, Roger Espinoza, Aaron Hohlbein
Real Salt Lake Line-Up: Chris Seitz; Robbie Russell, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert; Kyle Beckerman©, Ned Grabavoy (ejection 42), Andy Williams (Jean Alexandre 46); Clint Mathis, Pablo Campos (Robbie Findley 56), Raphael Cox (Fabian Espindola 72)
Substitutes not used: Nick Rimando (GK), Tony Beltran, Rachid El Khalifi, Javier Morales
KC – Adam Cristman (caution; Dissent) 16
RSL – Ned Grabavoy (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 42
RSL – Kyle Beckerman (caution; Reckless Foul) 44
RSL – Chris Wingert (caution; Delaying a Restart) 78
KC – Santiago Hirsig (caution; Reckless Foul) 87
Total Shots: 17 5
Shots on Goal: 8 3
Saves: 2 7
Fouls Committed: 11 13
Offside: 1 2
Corner Kicks: 11 0
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry, Jason Cullum
4th official: Mark Kadlecik
· Kansas City is now 5-3-2 all-time against Real Salt Lake, including a 3-1-1 record at home.
· The Wizards goalless streak reaches 424 minutes, the second longest such streak in club history.
· Kansas City last scored July 25 against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
· The longest goalless streak (427 consecutive minutes) was set between 6/24/2000 and 7/22/2000.
· Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has now started 103 straight games and hasn’t missed any action in the last 9270 minutes his teams have played.
· His minutes-played streak constitutes an MLS record.
· Aug. 1, Hartman became just the 2nd player in MLS history to start 100 straight matches.
· Hartman made two saves Sunday, increasing his career MLS record in saves to 1201.
· Hartman becomes the first goalkeeper in MLS history to reach the 1200-save plateau.
· Hartman is the only player to start all 21 games this season for the Wizards and the only player to play every minute of every game this year.
· Kansas City registered a season-high 11 corner kicks Saturday night.
· Claudio Lopez took 10 corner kicks, with Herculez Gomez taking the other.
· Midfielder Chance Myers made his 2009 debut, entering for Gomez in the 64th minute.
· Myers was activated from the Disabled List before last weekend’s match against San Jose after suffering a broken toe late in preseason.
· Kansas City was without goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, defender Rauwshan McKenzie, midfielder Kevin Souter and forward Josh Wolff through injury.
· The Wizards return to action next Saturday, September 5 at the New England Revolution at 6:30 p.m. CT on Metro Sports (English) and Time Warner Cable Channel 5 (Spanish).
· The USA Bid Committee Inc. announced August 4 that Kansas City and Arrowhead Stadium are one of 27 cities and 32 venues, down from 70 initial stadia in 52 cities, on the short list to be included in the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in either 2018 or 2022.
· The Kansas City / USA Host City Bid Committee is Co-Chaired by Kansas City Chiefs Chairman of the Board Clark Hunt and Cerner Corporation’s Chairman and CEO and Kansas City Wizards co-owner Neal Patterson.
· Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Saral, the Kansas City Wizards (Major League Soccer) and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), announced Wednesday that Mexico’s most popular teams, Club América and Club Deportivo Guadalajara S.A. de C.V. (Chivas), will add a new chapter to their storied rivalry when the clubs meet for another edition of Mexico’s “Clásico Nacional,” or national derby, on Wednesday, September 16 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri at 8:30 p.m. CT. The game, which will celebrate Mexican Independence Day, will be presented by Bud Light.
· Tickets went on sale to the general public Thursday. Prices start at $25, and seats can be purchased by visiting the Kansas City Wizards front office at 8900 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66206 or by calling the Wizards toll free at 1-877-828-7222 or 1-913-387-3400.
· Before the match, Park Hill South High School took on Vianney High School (St. Louis) on the field at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
· After the game, the 2009 Mayor’s Night Kicks tournament concluded with a Championship between 2008 finalists Real Del Oro and Barilleros.
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH PETER VERMES
On Real Salt Lake’s goal
“It was just a complete breakdown. They only had one guy up, so everything was a breakdown from side to side. Everybody was late. They just kept passing the ball and eventually they found the last guy sitting there by himself on top of the box.”
On what it will take to start scoring goals again
“The only thing you can do is keep working on finishing and keep working on trying to build those chances up through the run of play and through the way we play. At some point, we have to get that goal. We need to be more a part of the game management itself. There are a lot of pieces of the game that we need to have better game management around. We’re tentative. We’re a second late offensively, and everything else falls apart from that perspective, so everything else is a second late, and that’s part of the situation that we’re dealing with.”
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MIDFIELDER HERCULEZ GOMEZ
On where the Wizards are at right now
“It’s still a work in progress. I know people get tired of hearing that, but that’s the reality of things. It’s disappointing because a lot of that is just battling and heart. It’s a shame that we have to kind of get punched first and then react instead of coming out and us doing the swinging and taking it to them.
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MIDFIELDER CHANCE MYERS
On his first game back after a broken toe during preseason
“It feels good to get back on the field. I need to make my money. It felt good to be back in there and get my legs going again. I just tried to isolate myself on the right side and get some early service into the box and flood the near post.”
REAL SALT LAKE HEAD COACH JASON KREIS
On shots advantage going to Kansas City (17-5) but still winning
“We continue to talk about battling and fighting mentality. Tonight was another example for us with a team that believes in itself and works for results. Without that tonight, we certainly wouldn’t have come out of here with three points.”
On building momentum to get into the playoffs
“Yeah I think we have to feel good about where we’re at right now. There is a lot of work left to do. We have six matches remaining and we’re going to have to pick up another 10 points or so to make the playoffs.
On Chris Seitz’s shutout and giving some starters rest
“We’ve played three games in six days. I don’t think we have many guys who should be playing 90 minutes three times in six days. There had to be some rotation, and we have a lot of guys who we believe in, and Chris Seitz is one guy who has trained very well over the last few weeks. He deserved an opportunity, and he took advantage of it.”
REAL SALT LAKE GOALKEEPER CHRIS SEITZ
On the game
“It was a big game for us. We needed three points on the road. It’s that time of the season where we need to start getting points on the road. We’ve been working on situations like this all year, and they paid off tonight for all of us.”
On playing a man down
“It’s something we always work on. We practice a man down against a full side a lot in training. We’ve done it 30-40 times this season. When that happened at halftime, we said ‘hey, we’ve been here before.” We stuck together, we stayed tight and defended our butts off and got the result.”