Kansas City Wizards Roll Past New England Revolution 4-2 Behind Fantastic Effort From Striker Josh Wolff
Wolff Scores 2, Creates 2 More as Wizards Snap Skid; Wizards 600th MLS Goal Comes From Wolff in Second-Half Stoppage Time
MLS Game #22
Saturday, September 5, 2009 – 6:30 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Metro Sports
Spanish TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 5
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Massachusetts
Weather: 76 and clear
Score: 1 2 F
New England Revolution (9-7-6, 33 pts) 0 2 2
Kansas City Wizards (6-10-6, 24 pts) 2 2 4
KC — Claudio Lopez 6 (unassisted) 3
KC — Own Goal (Jay Heaps) 29
NE — Edgaras Jankauskas 2 (unassisted) 64
KC — Josh Wolff 7 (Claudio Lopez 5) 73
NE — Kheli Dube 7 (Sainey Nyassi 1) 81
KC — Josh Wolff 8 (Chance Myers 1, Jack Jewsbury 5) 91+
(September 5, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards (6-10-6, 24 pts) topped the New England Revolution (9-7-6, 33 pts) Saturday in a budding rivalry between the two clubs. Kansas City Striker Josh Wolff was the star of the game, scoring a pair of second-half goals and creating both goals in the first half during an outstanding performance. Kansas City opened the scoring in just the 3rd minute, avoiding tying the club record for longest scoreless streak in a single season. The Wizards are now 7-1-5 all-time at Gillette Stadium in MLS play. Kansas City had not scored four goals in an MLS game since May 26, 2007 in a 4-3 win at Gillette.
Kansas City opened the scoring in just the 3rd minute through former Argentina international Claudio Lopez. Wolff started the play, getting onto a loose ball behind the New England defense and playing a pass toward the center of the field. Wolff’s pass deflected perfectly into the path of Lopez in the center of the area, and the veteran striker buried the ball underneath New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton for his 6th goal of the season and an early 1-0 lead. The goal came just in time for the Wizards to avoid matching the team record for the longest scoreless streak in a single season. The former mark of 427 minutes was set during the 2000 MLS season. Lopez’s early strike stopped the 2009 streak at 426 minutes.
Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman then made the first of his three saves to keep the Wizards ahead early. Hartman came quickly off his line in the 17th minute to stone Revs striker Edgaras Jankauskas from the top of the six-yard area after a second ball fell nicely to the Lithuanian forward. New England was reduced to 10 men shortly thereafter when Shalrie Joseph was shown a straight red card for a challenge against Jack Jewsbury.
Wolff again created a goal in the 29th minute to put the Wizards ahead 2-0, a lead they would take into halftime. Wolff took a ball in space at the top of the penalty area, then promptly split the New England defense to win the end line. His cross back toward Davy Arnaud making a near-post run was deflected into the net by New England defender Jay Heaps.
Jankauskas converted a beautifully taken chance in the 64th minute to bring the Revs back within a goal. After a second ball fell to him 25 yards from goal, he struck a first-time lazer inside the back post for his 2nd goal of the season.
The Wizards restored a two-goal advantage in the 73rd minute on a perfect counter attack orchestrated by Claudio Lopez. Lopez received an outlet pass at full speed up the right wing, carry the ball to the top of the 18 yard area. Lopez had Arnaud and Wolff with him as Lopez pulled the ball back onto his left foot to change the pace. As Lopez slowed up, Wolff completed a long diagonal run across the face of goal near the penalty spot. Lopez deftly slid the ball into Wolff’s path as Wolff got position on his defender. Wolff then dragged the ball past the Knighton, though the young goalkeeper got a touch to the ball, and fired into the open net from a sharp angle for his 7th strike of the season.
New England again pulled within a goal in the 81st minute, when substitute striker Kheli Dube did well to head home a pass from substitute winger Sainey Nyassi. Kansas City sealed victory in the 91st minute when Wolff completed the brace off passes from Chance Myers and Jack Jewsbury. The goal was the 600th for Kansas City in regular-season MLS play. Myers’ helper marked his first career assist in his 12th game, while Jewsbury assist moved him into the team lead with five on the season. Jewsbury now has 20 career assists, breaking a tie to move alone into 8th place on the team’s all-time list. Wizards assistant Kerry Zavagnin is next in Jewsbury’s sights after he retired prior to the 2009 season with 22 assists in Wizards colors.
Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Saral, the Kansas City Wizards (Major League Soccer) and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), announced last 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.
Saturday’s win comes at the start of 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). Both upcoming matches will be shown live on Metro Sports (English) and Time Warner Cable Channel 5 (Spanish).
The Wizards will not return to Kansas City until after the New York match. Media requiring phone interviews with Wizards players should contact Kyle Rogers in the Kansas City Wizards Media Relations Department at (913) 568-2213 or email@example.com.
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson, Jimmy Conrad©, Matt Besler, Michael Harrington; Herculez Gomez (Chance Myers 63), Santiago Hirsig, Jack Jewsbury, Claudio Lopez (Graham Zusi 89); Josh Wolff (Zoltan 93+), Davy Arnaud
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Kurt Morsink, Aaron Hohlbein, Abe Thompson
New England Revolution Line-Up: Brad Knighton; Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Emmanuel Osei (Sainey Nyassi 63), Jay Heaps; Wells Thompson, Shalrie Joseph (ejection 23), Jeff Larentowicz, Mauricio Castro (Pat Phelan 32); Steve Ralston, Edgaras Jankauskas (Kheli Dube 74)
Substitutes not used: Bobby Shuttlesworth (GK), Kenny Mansally, Chris Tierney, Michael Videira
NE — Shalrie Joseph (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 23
NE — Wells Thompson (caution; Fails to Respect Distance) 50
KC — Lance Watson (caution; Persistent Infringement) 63
Total Shots: 8 12
Shots on Goal: 5 7
Saves: 4 3
Fouls Committed: 8 8
Offside: 2 3
Corner Kicks: 2 4
Referee: Jasen Anno
Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Peter Balciunas
4th official: Lee Suckle
· Kansas City is now 19-11-8 all-time against New England, including a 10-5-5 record on the road.
· The game marked the first win as a Head Coach for Technical Director/Interim Head Coach Peter Vermes.
· The Wizards are an impressive 7-1-5 all-time at Gillette Stadium.
· Kansas City’s four goals give the team 600 goals in MLS play.
· Kansas City scored four goals in a game for the first time since May 26, 2007 in a 4-3 win at Gillette.
· Striker Claudio Lopez scored his 6th goal of the season and his 12th in a Wizards uniform.
· Josh Wolff scored two goals for his 3rd multi-goal game of the season.
· He is tied with Colorado’s Conor Casey for the MLS lead with three multi-goal games this season.
· He now has eight goals on the season and 70 in his MLS career.
· His eight goals put him in a tie for 9th place in MLS this season.
· His 70 career goals tie him for 15th in MLS history with Cobi Jones.
· Wolff is 9th among active MLS players, one behind LA’s Edson Buddle.
· Wolff has scored 38 goals in a Wizards uniform, good for 3rd place behind Preki (71) and Chris Klein (39) and one ahead of current teammate Davy Arnaud (37).
· Wolff has five multi-goal games for Kansas City, tied for 3rd on the all-time list.
· His nine game-winning goals for KC put him alone in 3rd place on the club list, breaking a tie with Arnaud and Takawira.
· Wolff leads the team in game-winners this season with two.
· The Wizards goalless streak reached 426 minutes, the second longest such streak in club history.
· Kansas City last scored July 25 against the Los Angeles Galaxy through Claudio Lopez.
· Lopez scored both goals surrounding the streak.
· The longest goalless streak (427 consecutive minutes) was set between 6/24/2000 and 7/22/2000.
· Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has now started 104 straight games and hasn’t missed any action in the last 9360 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 three saves Saturday, increasing his career MLS record in saves to 1204.
· Hartman is the first goalkeeper in MLS history to reach the 1200-save plateau.
· Hartman is the only player to start all 22 games this season for the Wizards and the only player to play every minute of every game this year.
· Hartman played in his 325th career game Saturday.
· He ranks 2nd in League history, trailing only New England’s Steve Ralston (375).
· Midfielder Chance Myers recorded his first career assist on the night, setting up the final goal with a perfectly placed pass to Josh Wolff.
· Kansas City was without goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, midfielder Kevin Souter and forward Adam Cristman through injury.
· 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 last 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 are now on sale. 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.
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH PETER VERMES
On tonight’s win:
“We’ve been due for quite some time now and I think it’s sort of a monkey off the team’s back. More importantly, I think the guys got rewarded for some good play today and making the commitment to get forward.”
On the rivalry with New England:
“I think – and you know, I hate to use it this way – but last year, the tackle that happened between (Steve) Ralston and (Herculez) Gomez. I think and rightfully so, I understand, players on the Revs got to protect their guy and that turned into something. I think that everybody didn’t want to get into that situation. But the good thing is that tonight was a hard-fought match between both teams, and there wasn’t really any dirty play; I think it was just a hard fought battle, so it’s good for this league to have rivalries. It’s a great thing.”
The importance of getting a win on the start of a three-game road trip:
“It definitely gives us a little breathing room in regards to the next game. The guys can enjoy it for a little while. We talked about this being a three-game road swing. It wasn’t just the fact that it would be nice to get off to a good start, but I think the other piece of it is, when you have three games where you play Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday, the nice thing about it is you don’t have too much to think about in your past performance. If you’ve done well, you have a good chance to build off of it pretty quickly. If you haven’t done well, you can get on with it at the next game pretty quickly, as well. So there is a benefit to both sides of it, and for us right now, it gives us a little confidence going into it next game.
On Wednesday’s game against D.C. United:
“They’re a very good team. They have a great history in a very short time in our league. Obviously it’s an opponent we respect very, very much and for us, we just have to go into it with the same mindset: defend well and take our opportunities when we can.”
On the importance of the early goal…
“I think the big thing in that regard is that we’ve worked hard, and out of the four games that we’ve been a part of so far – excluding our first game against Chicago when the guys were really tired and fatigued. Based on the fact that it was from the training that we did for two weeks. We had to create a foundation, getting the early goal put us into a position today where we sort of could be out in front and then take a little bit of the pressure off and allow the other team to have to come and then maybe we can get the second one. That’s sort of what happened throughout the course of the game which was pretty fortunate. We look at it a little bit of giving up two, that was getting them back in the game and that’s something that we need to continue to work on as well.”
On the impact of the red card:
“Whenever you get a guy thrown out, it always puts a lot of pressure on your team to play. And the other side of it was that we had already been up a by a goal at that point, and now what are they going to do? They’re going to really have to string themselves out. I thought the one thing that we did really well today was up front we had really great runs into space by our forwards and especially Josh (Wolff). There were just some great balls being played from the outside so I think it put the team under pressure.”
On finally getting a win:
“We played in San Jose and we had a very good performance there. We talked to the guys about that. It was a 94-minute game, with four minutes of extra time, and in the 92nd-and-a-half minute, they scored on us. We as a staff felt extremely disappointed for the guys because they worked so hard. But it was a really good lesson to learn, as well. And now to be rewarded for all the work they’ve put in is a great thing.”
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD JOSH WOLFF
On importance of getting an early goal after such a long scoring drought:
“It’s disturbing when you go 420-some minutes (without a goal). We haven’t played well in the last six or eight weeks, and haven’t created many chances. And when we have, we didn’t finish them. So it’s good to get the early one; it’s important for us. These are the things we talked about coming in here. We’ve had a lot of success in New England – for whatever reason, we’ve come here and got points. Albeit tonight they had a red card and that helped our cause, but we worked hard for it and deservedly got the three points.”
On spacing that the Revolution allowed the Wizards:
“They’re a committed group. New England works hard, they work toward the ball a lot and sometimes that pulls them out of position and allows a little more space. Again, I think our connection and passing was a little bit better, our coordination off the ball with the runs was a bit better. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s satisfying but obviously it’s just one game, and hopefully we can build on it.”
On the great runs made by the Wizards all night:
“For me that’s a big part of my game obviously. I’m not getting younger; I’m getting older, and the speed will go a little bit. But I think it’s always been one of my strengths. You’ve got to have guys like Jack (Jewsbury) and Claudio (Lopez) and Davy (Arnaud). It’s a big part of the game, and obviously you’ve got to make the proper runs, but also get the proper delivery. I think we had that in sync tonight better than we have in the past.”
On carrying forward after the win:
“It’s a long week, but if you get off with a win it propels you a bit more. We all looked at these nine days as a chance to have fun and get some points, obviously. We’ve been dismal. We’ve been miserable for the last two months and we can only go up. So this is a good start to the trip, and we’ll come out against DC and see what we can do.”
On the players only meeting held Thursday:
“I think we’ve said everything we could say over the last two months. We’ve exhausted the words, and different people spoke up. It’s an unusual league; it’s an unusual season so there’s a lot of ups and downs. But we were on a real low and hopefully this gets us on our way up.”