Kansas City Wizards Tied for 2nd in East After Earning Road Point Saturday in 1-1 Draw at Los Angeles Galaxy
Davy Arnaud Scores 4th Goal of the Season in 84th Minute off Assists From Herculez Gomez, Roger Espinoza
Major League Soccer Game 12
Saturday, May 30, 2009 – 9:30 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Metro Sports
Español TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 5
Español Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
The Home Depot Center – Carson, California
Weather: 63 and cloudy
Score: 1 2 F
Los Angeles Galaxy (1-1-9, 12 pts) 0 1 1
Kansas City Wizards (4-4-4, 16 pts) 0 1 1
KC – Davy Arnaud 4 (Herculez Gomez 3, Roger Espinoza 2) 84
LA – Edson Buddle 1 (Landon Donovan 4) 87
(May 30, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards earned a valuable road point Saturday, moving into a tie for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference in the process. The Wizards tied the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1 in an up-and-down match at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Davy Arnaud scored his 4th goal of the season in the 84th minute for Kansas City. The Wizards now have three players with four or more tallies on the year: Josh Wolff (6), Claudio Lopez (4) and Davy Arnaud (4).
Los Angeles generated the first quality opportunity of the game, when striker Alan Gordon found himself behind the defense 25 yards from goal in the 22nd minute. Gordon carried the ball into the penalty area and fired on goal, but Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman came quickly off his line to block the breakaway opportunity.
The Wizards nearly scored just before halftime in the 45th minute through a brilliant passing sequence. Striker Claudio Lopez chipped a ball diagonally over the defense for left back Matt Besler pushing into the play. Besler fired a cross on the first touch to Davy Arnaud making a near-post run. Arnaud hit a shot on his first touch, but the hard-hit ball struck LA goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts squarely in the chest and deflected clear.
In the 59th minute, LA defender Gregg Berhalter was shown a straight red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity. Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad played a quick free kick from the defensive third of the field, putting Claudio Lopez in behind the Galaxy defense. Lopez was free to goal, but Berhalter pulled on Lopez’s shorts to keep the Argentine forward from getting to the ball in a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Ricketts. Berhalter was immediately shown a red card, leaving Galaxy with ten men for the remainder of the match.
In the 82nd minute, Hartman made an outstanding save to keep the score tied at 0-0. Former Wizards midfielder Chris Klein received a ball on the right flank, cutting back onto his left foot and dribbling toward the center of the field. Klein then fired a left-footed rocket from 20 yards out, but Hartman extended fully to palm the ball wide with his left hand.
The Wizards scored just two minutes later to take a 1-0 lead. Roger Espinoza hustled to the end line to keep the ball in play in the 84th minute, sending his first touch to Herculez Gomez streaking toward the back post. Gomez dove to head the ball centrally for Davy Arnaud, who redirected the ball into the open net from the top of the six yard area for his 4th goal of the season and the 36th of his career. The goal moved Arnaud into a tie with Josh Wolff for 3rd on Kansas City’s all-time goals list with 36 strikes in Wizards colors.
Los Angeles equalized three minutes later through Edson Buddle. United States international Landon Donovan started the play in the 87th minute, slipping Buddle through with a nifty pass between two defenders. Buddle carried into the penalty area, hitting a left-footed shot off the inside of the near post to level the score 1-1. Donovan will now join the U.S. National Team for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras.
The Wizards return home next Saturday for a showdown against the 2008 MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew at 7:30 p.m. CT at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Kansas City is at home the next two Saturdays in MLS play. After the two-game MLS home stand, the Wizards begin play in SuperLiga 2009, the competition that brings the USA-Mexico soccer rivalry to the club level.
Kansas City kicks off the 3rd edition of SuperLiga against FC Atlas of Mexico’s first division Sunday, June 21 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Hermann Stadium on the campus of St. Louis University. Tickets for the match start at $20 and are now available at all MetroTix locations. Charge by phone (314) 534-1111 or purchase online at www.metrotix.com. Additional information is also available by calling the Kansas City Wizards toll free at 1-877-828-7222. The Wizards then travel to play the New England Revolution Wednesday, June 24 at Gillette Stadium in SuperLiga play before hosting Mexican team Santos Laguna Sunday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. CT at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City.
Los Angeles Galaxy Line-Up: Donovan Ricketts; A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, Todd Dunivant; Mike Magee (Tony Sanneh 61), Josh Tudela, Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis (Chris Klein 78); Landon Donovan, Alan Gordon (Edson Buddle 66)
Substitutes not used: Josh Saunders (GK), Jovan Kirovski, Stefani Miglioranzi, Bryan Jordan
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson, Jimmy Conrad ©, Aaron Hohlbein, Matt Besler; Michael Harrington (Graham Zusi 61), Jack Jewsbury, Davy Arnaud, Kevin Souter (Roger Espinoza 61); Herculez Gomez (Abe Thompson 88), Claudio Lopez
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Rauwshan McKenzie, Kurt Morsink, Michael Kraus
KC – Jimmy Conrad (caution; Reckless Foul) 47
LA – A.J. DeLaGarza (caution; Reckless Tackle) 57
LA – Gregg Berhalter (ejection; Denied Goal Scoring Opportunity (Foul)) 59
KC – Davy Arnaud (caution; Handball) 78
KC – Lance Watson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 92+
Total Shots: 13 11
Shots on Goal: 3 3
Saves: 2 2
Fouls Committed: 11 14
Offside: 1 2Corner Kicks: 3 2
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Assistants: Frank Anderson, Paul Scott
4th official: Baldomero Toledo