The Kenyans are coming

June 12, 2009

Yes ladies and gentlemen this weekend at Little Blue Trace (aka RSCs Fields), the Kenyans are coming.

Here is some news you won’t read in the Kansas City Star. I doubt if the Kansas City Kansan , or Hillcrest Road will report or blog about it. Then again, now that I brought it to their attention, they might. But this weekend your Local Kansas City Kenyan community is hosting a Kenyan Soccer tournament. This is a, ever so rare in modern times, grass roots tournament. Unlike the US open Cup, Kohl’s tournament, and the endless 3v3 and 6v6 tournaments around town, this is a sponsor-less tournament. The participants are not having to pay to play. The local Kenyans are paying for everything. Field rental, officials, and even the food is being payed for by individuals within the local community.   Did  I mention all of this is happening  without a sponsor.

 This is the way the game was meant to be played. For the love of it. If you are a  fan of the game may I suggest you head on down and watch a match or two before heading out to the Wizards match Saturday. If you like to see some exciting fast paced attacking soccer this might be the place for you this weekend.

Now I will admit that I am a fan of the local African Cup. I have made a match or two when our local African community is playing against each other. Just between me and you, this is some very good non-professional soccer. And I highly recommend it.

As stated above, this is so far off everyone’s radar that it probably won’t be covered by the local bloggers or media. I doubt the Wizards are going to show up or offer the players free or discount tickets or even mention the tournament at their match Saturday.  So show your support for local competitive soccer and catch a match or two Saturday or Sunday. Spectators are welcome and the ticket price is FREE.

If I don’t see you there Saturday, maybe we can get together Sunday. I’ll be there  from 12 o’clock volunteering my time and grill. Stop by and say… “Hi.., I support the beautiful game. Yes I support soccer”

Kansas City’s local Kenyan team will be hostings teams from New Jersey, Oklahoma, St. Louis, Kentucky, Memphis, and Virgina.

Tournament Starting Times:
Saturday 10:00H
Sunday 12:00H
Location RSC

AG, aka George Hanson.

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Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update

* Weekly Schedule
* Hartman Claims Consecutive Minutes Played Record
* Wolff Contending for Budweiser Golden Boot
* Kansas City Hosts 2nd Dog’s Night at the Wizards Event May 23
* Wizards Welcomed Courageous Miguel Jimenez Last Wednesday
* The Jimmy Conrad Show Returns Wednesday
* Spanish-Language Coach’s Show Airs Thursday
* Dynamo Visited Fiesta KC Sunday
* Wizards Players, Dynamo Active This Week
The Kansas City Wizards travel to face Real Salt Lake Saturday at 8 p.m. CT in the club’s first-ever trip to Rio Tinto Stadium. After Week 8 of MLS action, the Wizards are 3-4-2, 11 pts in 4th place in the Eastern Conference. Kansas City is 4-2-2 all-time against Real Salt Lake, including a 1-2-1 road record. RSL is undefeated at Rio Tinto Stadium since the venue opened for the final two regular-season games of the 2008 campaign. Real is 5-0-2 in regular-season home games at the new stadium.
Date                                       Time                       Location                                               
Tuesday, May 12                 10 a.m. CT            Swope Park Training Center            Wednesday, May 13           10 a.m. CT            Swope Park Training Center
Thursday, May 14               10 a.m. CT            Swope Park Training Center (Weekly Press Conference)
Friday, May 15                     10 a.m. CT            Swope Park Training Center
Saturday, May 16              8 p.m. CT              Rio Tinto Stadium at Real Salt Lake on Metro Sports
Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman recently added another MLS record to his already impressive resume. Hartman has played every minute in goal for the Wizards since he joined the team prior to the 2007 season. Including the latter part of 2006 while with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Hartman has not missed a minute of play in his last 91 MLS matches. Hartman’s consecutive minute streak of 8190 minutes surpasses the previous mark set by goalkeeper Matt Reis of New England, 7,920 minutes (2005-2008). Hartman is also nearing 2nd place on the MLS lists for consecutive games started and consecutive games played. Hartman already occupies 2nd place in both spots, set from 2002-2005 while with the Galaxy.
Hartman is already Major League Soccer’s all-time leader in games played as a goalkeeper (312), wins (141), saves (1,158) and shutouts (80). He ranks 2nd all-time in minutes played (27,945) and 3rd in games played (312).
MLS Consecutive Games Started
PLAYER                    GS (Years)Chris Klein                 118 (2005-2009)Kevin Hartman           93 (2002-2005)Kevin Hartman           91 (2006-present)
MLS Consecutive Games Played
PLAYER                    GP (Years)Chris Klein                 123 (2005-present)Kevin Hartman           93 (2002-2005)Kevin Hartman           91 (2006-present)
Wizards Striker Josh Wolff scored in both Wizards games last weekend, bringing his season total to a team-leading four goals. Wolff is among the League leaders, tied for 4th place in goals in MLS and among the leaders for the Budweiser Golden Boot award. Wolff currently ranks 16th all-time in MLS in goals and 9th among current players. He is nominated for the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week Award. Fans can vote online at
2009 Budweiser Golden Boot Standings
PLAYER                                   TEAM       GP            G              A
Landon Donovan                         LA            8              5              3
Robbie Findley                           RSL          8              5              2
Brian McBride                             CHI          8              5              0
Guillermo Barros Schelotto           CLB          8              4              1
Conor Casey                              COL          7              4              1
Josh Wolff                                 KC            8              4              0Kenny Cooper                            DAL          8              4              0
Luciano Emilio                            DC           9              4              0
Career Goal Leaders
RK            PLAYER                    G
1              Jaime Moreno            125
2              Ante Razov                114
3              Jason Kreis                108
4              Jeff Cunningham        104
5              Taylor Twellman         99
6              Landon Donovan         89
7              Roy Lassiter              88
8              Raul Diaz Arce           82 
Carlos Ruiz                82
10             Preki                         79
11             Brian McBride             72
12             Ronald Cerritos          71
13             Cobi Jones                70
                Steve Ralston            70
15             Edson Buddle             68
16             Josh Wolff                66
17             Mark Chung               61
18             Brian Ching                60 
Clint Mathis               60
20             Diego Serna               57
Active Goal Leaders
RK            PLAYER                    G  
1              Jaime Moreno            125
2              Ante Razov                114
3              Jeff Cunningham        104
4              Taylor Twellman         99
5              Landon Donovan         89
6              Brian McBride             72
7              Steve Ralston            70
8              Edson Buddle             68
9              Josh Wolff                66
10             Brian Ching                60 
Clint Mathis               60
The Kansas City Wizards host 1st place Chivas USA Saturday, May 23 on the night of Kansas City’s second-ever Dog’s Night at the Wizards event. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their favorite canine friend out to CommunityAmerica Ballpark to watch the Wizards take on League-leading Chivas USA. Dog/owner ticket packages cost just $30, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Kansas City area animal shelters. Each ticket order must include a Dog’s Night at the Wizards registration form, a signed waiver and a copy of the dog’s up-to-date immunization record. Gary Lezak of KSHB-TV, Holly Starr of 38 the Spot, Jenny Matthews of Mix 93.3, and Bryan Truta of 105.1 Jack FM will be on hand to help judge the Three Dog Bakery “Best-Dressed Dog” contest prior to the game, with the winners presented at halftime. Local pet businesses will be on hand to showcase their products and services throughout the game under the “Big Dog Tent” on the concourse. Members of the KC Disc Dogs will be performing Frisbee tricks at halftime, and all benefiting shelters will have animals on site ready for adoption throughout the game.
 For more information on the event, visit Dog’s Night at the Wizards is sponsored by: Paw Prints Magazine, Saving Animals by Supportive Seniors Young-at-Heart (S.A.S.S.Y. Ladies Club), Thee Dog Bakery and Kansas City Veterinary Care. Participating animal shelters include: Wayside Waifs, Animal Haven and The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. Return the Following the Wizards by fax, mail or in person:Dog’s Night at the Wizards registrationDog’s Night at the Wizards waiver  Fax: (913) 387-3401
Kansas City Wizards8900 State Line Road5th FloorLeawood, KS 66206
Last Wednesday, Wyandotte High School senior Miguel Jimenez took part in the ceremonial first kick with Wizards captain Jimmy Conrad. Jimenez, an avid soccer player and fan, was unable to participate for his school last fall due to painful growths on his leg. Jimenez and Dr. Howard Rosenthal attended the match together after Rosenthal performed pro bono surgery for Jimenez through the Sisters of Charity in Leavenworth. In addition to taking the first kick, Jimenez was a part of the official team photo with Rosenthal and Wizards owner Neal Patterson. Jimenez also took a shot on goal after the match and met Wizards star Claudio Lopez. For more information on Jimenez and his touching story, watch this story from KCTV5.
The Jimmy Conrad Show, presented by Budweiser, returns this week after due to Kansas City’s match last Wednesday against D.C. United. The Jimmy Conrad Show will air on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT and simulcast online at The show will be broadcast live from Fox and Hound English Pub & Grill in Overland Park, Kan. Fans are encouraged to watch the show live in person for a chance to win great prizes.
Fox and Hound English Pub & Grille – Overland Park
10428 Metcalf
Indian Creek Shopping Center
Overland Park, KS 66212
Phone: (913) 649-1700
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
Wizards Head Coach Curt Onalfo will join Enrique Morales Thursday at 5 p.m. CT for his weekly Spanish-language coach’s show on Ke Buena 1480 AM. Spanish-speaking fans are encouraged to listen for a recap of last week’s games against D.C. United and Columbus Crew and a look ahead to Saturday’s tilt against Real Salt Lake.
Who: Mascot Dynamo the DragonWhen: Sunday, May 10; 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: Crown Center, Kansas City, MO
What: Dynamo the Dragon participated in Fiesta KC activities, mingling with the kids and entertaining families that attended the fun-filled event.
Who: F Josh Wolff, M Davy Arnaud, M-D Michael Harrington, D Matt Besler
When: Monday, May 11; 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Where: St. Theresa’s Academy, Kansas City, MO
What:  The Kansas City Wizards will be joining forces with St. Theresa’s grad and U23 National Team member, Lauren Fowlkes, for a tribute ticket sales fundraiser with the school. The Wizards players and Lauren will be on hand to sign autographs for the students and promote the program.
Who: F Adam Cristman
When: Monday, May 11; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Franke Soccer Fields, Lee’s Summit, MO
What:  Jabali FC soccer players will have the opportunity to get some pointers from a pro, as Adam Cristman will “pop-in” to help with their practice and talk to the children about teamwork.
Who: Mascot Dynamo the DragonWhen: Friday, May 15; 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Where: Swope Park Training Facility, Kansas City, MO
What: Dynamo the Dragon will attend Brookside Soccer’s End-of-the-Season Fun Night. He will be kicking the ball around with the little ones and congratulating them on their successful seasons.

The Kansas City Wizards and their supporters’ section, The Cauldron, are excited to take part in the US Soccer Foundation’s Passback Program. The Passback Drive is a grassroots initiative with a goal of increasing the collection of new and gently used gear and equipment by 40% for disadvantaged and “at-risk” soccer communities nationally and abroad. Each season, the soccer equipment drive will be held on the Kansas City Wizards official Passback Night from the time the gates open until the start of the game
The 2009 Passback Drive will be held before most home games. Collection bins will be placed at each gate and items will be accepted once the gates open. Make sure to bring your donations early. Please come out and support the 2009 Passback Drive. Family budgets are tight and there is a lot of need in the Kansas City area. You can help make a difference.