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Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update

* Weekly Schedule
* Wizards Top 2008 Road Record
* Club America Faces Chivas in Clásico Bud Light Wednesday at Arrowhead Stadium
* Wizards to Hold Season Ticket Holder Event Wednesday Before Clásico Bud Light
* Wizards Host FC Dallas Saturday on Lamar Hunt Night
* Wizards Host Scouts Campout Saturday Night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
* Colorado Rapids Visit Wizards September 26 on School Night
* Wizards, Metro Sports to Host College Doubleheaders Before MLS Games
* Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium Make Short List for USA Bid to Host FIFA World Cup™
* The Jimmy Conrad Show Returns Wednesday Before Club America-Chivas Tilt
* Spanish-Language Coach’s Show Airs Thursday at New Time

WEEKLY SCHEDULE:
The Kansas City Wizards are back home after a successful two-win road trip to the East Coast that featured a 4-2 victory over the New England Revolution and a 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls. Kansas City’s full squad will resume training Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. CT, with the weekly press conference after Thursday’s training session. With Thursday’s session starting at 11 a.m. CT, the press conference is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CT featuring Wizards Interim Head Coach Peter Vermes and last week’s MLS Player of the Week Josh Wolff.

Date                                                       Time                                       Location
Tuesday, September 15                    DAY OFF
Wednesday, September 16              4:30 p.m. CT                         Swope Park Training Center (Season Ticket Holder Function)
Thursday, September 17                   11 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center (Weekly Press Conference)
Friday, September 18                         10 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center
Saturday, September 19                 7:30 p.m. CT                        CommunityAmerica Ballpark vs FC Dallas

WIZARDS TOP 2008 ROAD RECORD:
With two wins on the recently completed road trip to the East Coast, Kansas City has topped their road record from 2008. The Wizards are now 4-6-3 in road matches this season, the 5th best road record in MLS with two remaining road games. Kansas City was 2-8-5 on the road in 2008 and 4-7-4 on the road in 2007. Kansas City’s most road wins came in 1997 when the team went 9-7 in road contests. Games in MLS did not end in ties at that time. The Wizards also posted a strong 5-3-8 road record in 2000 on their way to the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup Championship. Kansas City has posted four road shutouts this season, second only to the eight posted in 2000.

2009 ROAD RECORDS                    TEAM                                W                 L                   T                  PCT                    Chicago Fire                       6                   2                   5                   .654                    Los Angeles Galaxy             5                   1                   7                   .654                    Seattle Sounders FC            3                   4                   5                   .458                    Columbus Crew                  3                   4                   5                   .458                    Kansas City Wizards         4                   6                   3                   .423                    New England Revolution       3                   5                   3                   .409                    Houston Dynamo                4                   7                   3                   .393                    D.C. United                        2                   5                   7                   .393                    Toronto FC                         2                   6                   4                   .333                    Chivas USA                        3                   7                   2                   .333                    Colorado Rapids                  2                   6                   3                   .318                    FC Dallas                           2                   8                   2                   .250                    Real Salt Lake                    2                   8                   2                   .250                    San Jose Earthquakes         0                   8                   2                   .100                    New York Red Bulls             0                   11                 1                   .042
CLUB AMERICA FACE CHIVAS IN CLASICO BUD LIGHT WEDNESDAY AT ARROWHEAD STADIUM:
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, this Wednesday 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, starting at $25. 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.

Seating Category                           Sections                                                                Price*
End Line (End Zone)                       109-111, 127-129                                                 $25
Corner                                                105-108, 112-115, 123-126, 130-133              $35
Sideline                                              102-104, 116-118, 120-122, 134-136              $50
Club Level                                         201-246                                                                  $50
Half Line                                             101, 119                                                                 $75

*Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.

WIZARDS TO HOLD SEASON TICKET HOLDER EVENT WEDNESDAY BEFORE CLASICO BUD LIGHT:
The Wizards will hold a season ticket holder event at the Wizards Swope Park Training Center, 6310 Lewis Rd, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. CT before the Clásico Bud Light match on Wednesday between Club America and Chivas Guadalajara.

Wizards Season Ticket Holders will get the opportunity to:
Watch the Wizards practice
Take a tour of the Wizards training facility
Mingle with Wizards players and coaches after practice
Enjoy complimentary food and beverage
Attend a briefing on stadium developments with Wizards President and CEO of OnGoal, Robb Heineman

WIZARDS HOST FC DALLAS SATURDAY ON LAMAR HUNT NIGHT:
The Wizards will return home to CommunityAmerica Ballpark to face FC Dallas this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT on Lamar Hunt Night. The Wizards will pay tribute to their founder on the night that FC Dallas, owned by Hunt Sports Group, comes to town. As part of the festivities, Wizards players will wear special “LH” armbands and the initials “LH” will be mowed into the grass at CAB.

Tickets start at just $15 for General Admission seats. Bleacher tickets are still available for $20, as are Stadium Reserved tickets for $25 and All-You-Can-Eat Seats for $35. Tickets are available online at http://www.Ticketmaster.com/kcwizards. For more information, call the Wizards at (913) 387-3400.

The Pepsi/Price Chopper Family 4-Pack is also offered for the matches. As part of the package, fans will receive:

Four (4) Kansas City Wizards Tickets
Four (4) Hot Dogs at CAB
Four (4) Pretzels at CAB
One (1) Stadium Blanket
One (1) Pepsi Coupon Package for redemption at area Price Chopper stores:
One (1) Free 6-Pack of Dr. Pepper or Sierra Mist (20 oz. bottles)
One (1) Free 2 Liter of Crush or Sierra Mist
One (1) Buy One, Get One SOBE Lifewater (20 oz. bottle)
One (1) Kansas City Wizards Merchandise Discount Coupon good for $5 off a merchandise purchase of free customization of a Wizards jersey.
All coupons expire on November 30, 2009

WIZARDS HOST SCOUTS CAMPOUT AT CAB SATURDAY:
After the Wizards take on FC Dallas this Saturday, local Scouts troops will be allowed to camp out on the field at CommunityAmerica Ballpark and watch movies on the video board. Participants will receive the second half of a commemorative Wizards patch after the first half was given to attendees of a game earlier in the season. Proceeds from tickets purchased through the program will go back to the Boy Scouts. Contact the Wizards at (913) 387-3400 for more information.

WIZARDS HOST COLORADO RAPIDS SEPTEMBER 26 ON SCHOOL NIGHT:
The Colorado Rapids will come to town Saturday, September 26 for a 7:30 p.m. CT contest on School Night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Students who bring a test with a grade of a “B or Better” and receive a FREE Wizards t-shirt at the game. Students can also send essays to the Wizards detailing what makes their teacher great. One lucky winner will receive a Wizards player meet and greet and a FREE catered lunch for their class in addition to having their teacher named the winner of the Wizards Teacher Appreciation Award at halftime of the game. All teachers nominated will be recognized on the field during the Wizards match. The first 400 students that order tickets get the opportunity to high five the players on the field as part of the “Human Tunnel” before the game. Also, don’t miss a special half time appearance by National Spelling Bee Champion, Kavya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas

For only $20, the School Night Package includes:

One (1) bleacher ticket to the Wizards vs. Rapids match
One (1) Wizards drawstring backpack
One (1) 2009 Wizards Sticker Book compliments of State Farm
One (1) Hot Dog
One (1) Soda

Email all Teacher Appreciation Essays to customer.service@kcwizards.com. Please title each email “Teacher Appreciation”.

WIZARDS, METRO SPORTS TO HOST COLLEGE DOUBLEHEADERS BEFORE MLS GAMES:
The Wizards and Metro Sports have partnered to present opportunities for college doubleheaders prior to Wizards Major League Soccer games at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Fans can purchase tickets for $20 that grants access to the college games during the afternoon and the Kansas City Wizards MLS match that evening.  The games will be filmed by Metro Sports and broadcast at a later date. The college doubleheaders continue September 19 and 26, when the following games will take place at CAB prior to Wizards games:

September 19
William Jewell College vs Sterling College (men’s) at 1:00 p.m. CT
Graceland University vs Kansas Wesleyan University (men’s) at 3:00 p.m. CT
Kansas City Wizards vs FC Dallas at 7:30 p.m. CT

September 26
University of Saint Mary vs Central Christian College (women’s) at 1:00 p.m. CT
University of Saint Mary vs Central Christian College (men’s) at 3:00 p.m. CT
Kansas City Wizards vs Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. CT

KANSAS CITY, ARROWHEAD STADIUM MAKE SHORT LIST FOR USA BID:
The USA Bid Committee Inc. announced August 20 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 USA Bid Committee will submit their bid to world soccer’s governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), in May of 2010. FIFA will select host countries for the 2018 and 2022 events in December of 2010. 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. Fans are encouraged to show their support for the bid by visiting http://www.goUSAbid.com and signing the petition to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany announced a total economic impact of approximately $6.2 billion and the creation of 50,000 new jobs, while recording that two million tourists spent approximately $766 million. The USA Bid Committee is currently undertaking an economic impact study for an event in the United States in 2018 or 2022.

Kansas City’s bid committee also includes Kansas City Wizards Technical Director/Interim Head Coach Peter Vermes, a former FIFA World Cup™ participant who represented the United States 67 times at the international level. Vermes helped lead a young squad to an improbable qualification in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the first trip for the United States in 40 years. The United States has qualified for each of the next four FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, one of the longest active streaks in the world.

“Appearing in the FIFA World Cup™ was the highlight of my playing career, and helping to bring the event to my adopted hometown of Kansas City would be a highlight of my post-playing career,” Vermes said. “The FIFA World Cup™ is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, and I hope everyone here in the Heart of the Continent will experience the energy in either 2018 or 2022.”

The Kansas City / USA Host City Bid Committee features members and expertise from a wide range of Kansas City metropolitan area public and private entities from both sides of the state line, including: The Kansas City Chiefs; Kansas City Wizards’ ownership group OnGoal, LLC; the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation; the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas; and POPULOUS, formerly HOK Sport Venue Event.

JIMMY CONRAD SHOW AIRS FROM FOX AND HOUND IN OVERLAND PARK THIS MONTH:
The Jimmy Conrad Show, presented by Budweiser, will return this Wednesday after hiatus last week due to Kansas City’s game against D.C. United. Jimmy Conrad hosts the show each week with guests from the Wizards and around Major League Soccer. The show will be broadcast live from Fox and Hound in Overland Park, Kan. again during the month of September. Fans are always encouraged to call in to talk Wizards, MLS or U.S. National Team soccer at 913-3-810-810.

Fox and Hound – Overland Park
10428 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS 66212
(913) 649-1700
Google 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.

Month                            Prize
September                     2 Field Side Reserved tickets to Kansas City Wizards vs. Colorado Rapids Sept. 26
October                          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.

ZONA WIZARDS AIRS THURSDAY ON 1480 AM:
Wizards Interim Head Coach Peter Vermes will join Enrique Morales each Thursday at a new time from 1-2 p.m. CT for the weekly Spanish-language coach’s show Zona Wizards on Ke Buena 1480 AM. This week, Spanish-speaking fans are encouraged to listen for a recap of last week’s three-game road trip to the East Coast that featured wins at New England and New York.

AG

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