United-Wizards thoughts 3) Take a Chance, go to jail. Second-half sub Chance Myers lasted 41 minutes, picking up two yellows in five minutes. Not awesome for just his third …
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Kansas City Wizards Fall to D.C. United 1-0 Wednesday
First-Half Goal from Emilio Sinks Wizards
MLS Game #23
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – 6:30 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Metro Sports
Spanish TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 5
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Weather: 74 and cloudy
Score: 1 2 F
D.C. United (8-5-12, 36 pts) 1 0 1
Kansas City Wizards (6-11-6, 24 pts) 0 0 0
(September 9, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards (6-11-6, 24 pts) dropped a 1-0 decision to D.C. United (8-5-12, 36 pts) Saturday night at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The match marked the second game of a three-game road trip to the East Coast that will conclude Saturday with a game against the New York Red Bulls at 6:30 p.m. CT. Kansas City finished with a 16-12 advantage in shots but could not find the back of the net.
The Wizards nearly scored just two minutes into the game, when midfielder Jack Jewsbury played winger Claudio Lopez in behind the D.C. United defense with a long ball from the middle of the park. Lopez carried the ball into the area and played a cross along the ground for striker Davy Arnaud near the penalty spot. Arnaud hit a shot on the first touch, but D.C. United goalkeeper Josh Wicks held the opportunity for his first save of the match.
In the 14th minute, Lopez almost put the Wizards ahead when a free kick from the right winger was palmed just over the bar by Wicks after Lopez struck the bending shot well. D.C. United then headed a shot off the cross bar in the 24th minute, and Kansas City defender Jonathan Leathers had a shot saved by Wicks after a long run up the right wing.
Kansas City then generated multiple chances in the 36th and 37th minutes, but could not find the back of the net. Herculez Gomez unleashed a left-footed rocket that appeared destined for the top corner, but defender Bryan Namoff got a touch to the shot to push it off the bar and over. On the ensuing corner kick, the Wizards generated four shots but could not score. First, a Jimmy Conrad header went off the cross bar, then Conrad headed the ball again, which was saved by Wicks. The ball careened out to Jewsbury at the top of the penalty area, and his shot toward goal was chested down by a D.C. United defender. The ball popped free to striker Josh Wolff, who attempted a bicycle kick that was cleared off the line by United.
United promptly answered with a goal in the 39th minute after a corner kick of their own. The ball was first played short before Bryan Namoff met service into the box with a glancing header toward the back post. There, Chris Pontius dove to head the ball toward frame, but the shot struck the left upright and bounced toward the middle of the field. Brazilian striker Luciano Emilio was there to slam the loose ball into the open net from inside the six-yard area for a 1-0 lead D.C. would not relinquish.
Kansas City will be without a pair of players as the road trip concludes in New York. Rookie defender Matt Besler was shown his 5th caution of the season and will miss Saturday’s game. Second-year midfielder Chance Myers will also miss out after receiving a pair of second-half yellow cards, leading to the first ejection of his professional career.
Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Saral, the Kansas City Wizards (Major League Soccer) and the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), announced August 26 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 to the general public. 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 conclude the three-game trip with a game against the New York Red Bulls Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The match 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Jonathan Leathers, Jimmy Conrad©, Matt Besler, Michael Harrington; Herculez Gomez (Chance Myers 46), Santiago Hirsig (Graham Zusi 78), Jack Jewsbury, Claudio Lopez; Josh Wolff, Davy Arnaud (Zoltan 69)
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Kurt Morsink, Aaron Hohlbein, Lance Watson
D.C. United Line-Up: Josh Wicks; Bryan Namoff, Julius James (Avery John 62), Devon McTavish, Anthony Wallace; Santino Quaranta (Fred 85), Clyde Simms, Christian Gomez (Ben Olsen 46), Chris Pontius; Luciano Emilio, Jaime Moreno©
Substitutes not used: Milos Kocic (GK), Andrew Jacobson, Tiyiselani Shipalene, Danny Szetela
DC — Christian Gomez (caution; Reckless Foul) 27
KC — Michael Harrington (caution; Reckless Foul) 69
KC — Matt Besler (caution; Reckless Foul) 74
KC — Chance Myers (caution; Reckless Tackle) 81
DC — Avery John (caution; Reckless Tackle) 84
KC — Chance Myers (ejection; Second Caution) 86
DC — Josh Wicks (caution; Delaying a Restart) 93+
Total Shots: 12 16
Shots on Goal: 5 5
Saves: 5 4
Fouls Committed: 13 15
Offside: 1 2
Corner Kicks: 7 7
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Cyril Madukanya
4th official: Niko Bratsis
· Kansas City is now 13-17-8 all-time against D.C. United, including a 4-11-4 record on the road.
· The Wizards are 0-1-1 this season against United.
· The two teams wrap up the season series on the final day of the regular season when the Wizards host D.C. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark October 24.
· Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has now started 105 straight games and hasn’t missed any action in the last 9250 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 four Saturday, increasing his career MLS record in saves to 1208.
· Hartman is the first goalkeeper in MLS history to reach the 1200-save plateau.
· Hartman is the only player to start all 23 games this season for the Wizards and the only player to play every minute of every game this year.
· Hartman played in his 326th career game Saturday.
· He ranks 2nd in League history, trailing only New England’s Steve Ralston (375).
· Midfielder Chance Myers received his first career red card Wednesday for receiving two cautions.
· He will miss the road trip finale Saturday at New York due to suspension.
· Defender Matt Besler received his 5th caution of the season Wednesday and will also miss the New York game on suspension.
· 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 HEAD COACH PETER VERMES
On the game
Definitely in the first half we drove the game being away from home, which is a really good thing. That was a real positive for us. And then the amount of chances we created, not just the amount but the quality of chances we created were excellent so from that perspective, very positive. The negative is the fact that we should have put one of those away and that would have taken some pressure of us and maybe that would have opened them up a little more. But they did a good job sort of locking down and in the second half especially, bringing Ben [Olsen] on – I think Ben is a guy who manages the game extremely well. So it kind of put the game, I don’t want to say out of reach for us, but it changed a little bit sort of the momentum went their way a little bit the first couple of minutes in the second half.
KANSAS CITY MIDFIELDER DAVY ARNAUD
On the game
Overall, I thought we played well. We came in and played with a lot of heart. We created a ton of chances. On another night, I think the way we played, I think we walk out of here, not just with a tie, but a win. But I think the way we played and the chances we created, I don’t think we deserved to lose. It’s frustrating.
On whether there’s frustration
I don’t think we were frustrated with each other. It gets frustrating when you create some of those chances and you don’t score but I don’t think at any point we stopped pushing and putting ourselves in spots to get goals. We continued to push until the end of the game and I don’t think we fully got what we deserved out of it.
KANSAS CITY MIDFIELDER GRAHAM ZUSI
On his substitution
Well at that point of the game you’re just trying to score one for your team so I was trying to push the game and get the tempo up a little bit. And just provide a pop off the bench.
On playing in front of friends and family
It felt good having gone to Maryland. A couple of the Maryland guys came by after the game so it was nice to have their support.