18 Aug. News and Blogs you might have missed.

August 18, 2009

Wizards pay for lack of intensity

Let’s Make An Excuse …

Major League Soccer Week 22 Recap and Video Highlights: Beckham gets a red card, Columbus win again

MLS 2009: Week 22 Recap

Better Effort, Better Play; Same Offense, Same Result

Vermes ready to steer Wizards in right direction

The Role Of The Technical Director

MLS Weekend Recap: Week 22

Wizards Press

Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update

* Weekly Schedule
* Wizards Partner with Royals on KC Blue Sports Pack
* Wizards Host Real Salt Lake August 29 on Cheer and Dance Night
* Tickets Remain Available for Real Salt Lake Match August 29
* Wizards Support USA Bid to Host FIFA World Cup™
* The Jimmy Conrad Show Airs Live From Fox and Hound in Overland Park This Month
* Spanish-Language Coach’s Show Airs Thursday at New Time

WEEKLY SCHEDULE:
The Kansas City Wizards take on the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday in a road test against a Western-Conference opponent. The Wizards will host their weekly press conference at 12 p.m. CT on Thursday at the team’s Swope Park Training Center. Saturday’s contest will be broadcast live locally on Metro Sports (English) and Time Warner Cable Channel 5 (Spanish).

Date                                       Time                                                       Location
Tuesday, August 18            DAY OFF
Wednesday, August 19      10 a.m. CT                                            Swope Park Training Center
Thursday, August 20          10 a.m. CT                                            Swope Park Training Center
Friday, August 21                9:30 a.m. CT                                         Swope Park Training Center
Saturday, August 22        9:30 p.m. CT                                        Kansas City Wizards at San Jose Earthquakes on Metro Sports, TWC 5

WIZARDS PARTNER WITH ROYALS ON TICKET PACKAGE:

The Kansas City Wizards are teaming with the Kansas City Royals to introduce the KC Blue Sports Pack, giving fans a chance to enjoy two fun family-friendly sporting events during the last week of August for only $30. Fans can purchase the KC Blue Sports Pack online at http://www.royals.com/wizards. For more information, call the Wizards at (913) 387-3400.

The summer ticket package features a Bleacher Ticket at CommunityAmerica Ballpark for the Wizards-Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer contest at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 29 and a View Level Infield Ticket at Kauffman Stadium for the Royals-Cleveland Indians 7:10 p.m. CT game on Tuesday, August 25. Each ticket package also includes a Wizards T-shirt and a Royals cap.  August 25 at Kauffman Stadium also features the 5th installment of T-Shirt Tuesday for the Royals. The first 20,000 in attendance will receive a powder blue t-shirt with a classic Royals design.

STARTING 11 GIRLS HOST DANCE AND CHEER CLINIC AUGUST 29:
The Kansas City Wizards are hosting Dance and Cheer Night around their MLS match-up with Real Salt Lake August 29. The Starting 11 Girls will lead a Dance and Cheer Clinic for children ages 6-18 that culminates in a halftime performance at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. For just $30, participants receive:
Custom lessons and clinic with the Starting 11 Girls
A halftime performance at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
One (1) bleacher ticket to the match August 29 versus Real Salt Lake
One (1) special-edition T-shirt
Pictures with the Starting 11 Girls
Pre-game activities at Dave and Buster’s in The Legends

For more information on the package, call the Wizards at (913) 387-3400.

TICKETS REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR AUGUST 29 MATCH VERSUS REAL SALT LAKE:
In addition to the KC Blue Sports Pack and Dance and Cheer Night, A limited number of single-game tickets remain available for the match August 29 against Real Salt Lake. 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 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 this match. 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 SUPPORT USA BID FOR FIFA WORLD CUP™ IN 2018 or 2022:

Sunday, the Wizards showed their support for the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 with two new field boards at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. One field board featured the new website launched by the USA Bid Committee: http://www.GOUSABID.com. The Wizards encouraged all fans to log on to http://www.GOUSABID.com and sign a petition to show their support for bringing the greatest sporting event in the world back to the United States. The second field board featured the tag line for Kansas City’s bid to become a host city should the USA Bid to FIFA be successful. The phrase “The American City” was displayed on the second field board, representing the uniquely American characteristics of Kansas City.

JIMMY CONRAD SHOW AIRS FROM FOX AND HOUND IN OVERLAND PARK THIS MONTH:
The Jimmy Conrad Show, presented by Budweiser, will air Wednesday night on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT and simulcast online at kcwizards.com. The show will be broadcast live from Fox and Hound in Overland Park, Kan. during the month of August. Fans are encouraged to call in during the show 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.

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 Fulton
May                        VIP Meet & Greet session for 10 at a Wizards practice                                                               Mandy Kraft
June                       4 Terrace Table tickets to Kansas City Wizards vs. Houston Dynamo July 4                         Jeremy Underwood
July                         Youth-team clinic with a Kansas City Wizards player
August                   Football/Futbol Double-Header package including KU, K-State or MU Football tickets
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 Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the Chicago Fire and a look ahead to Saturday’s match with the San Jose Earthquakes.

AG




26 Aug. News and Blogs you might have Missed

August 26, 2008

The Monday MLS Breakdown: Playmaker, Playmaker, Come Out To Play

Recap: Kansas City vs. FC Dallas

Finding kicks, of a better kind

FCD’s Sikora Out 4-6 Weeks

Sikora has torn meniscus

Monday Morning Pescadito: August 24, 2008

WVH Weekly Awards: Once More Its GBS

MLS Week 22 Wrap

Wizard’s blizzard bounces Roos

The 5th Annual Autumn Bash

Kansas City Wizards Weekly Schedule

The Kansas City Wizards have lost only two of their last ten matches and will look to extend that strong run of form Saturday against the expansion San Jose Earthquakes. San Jose has featured an improved lineup over the two month and is undefeated in its last six League games.
 
Tuesday, August 26 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
 
Wednesday, August 27 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
 
Thursday, August 28 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
 
Friday, August 29 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
 
Saturday, August 30 – MLS Match
9:00  p.m. CT Kansas City Wizards at San Jose Earthquakes on Metro Sports and TWC 5
 
Kansas City Wizards Swope Park Training Center
6310 Lewis Road
Kansas City, MO 64132
Google Maps here
 
Wizards Travel to San Jose Saturday for Showdown Against Expansion Earthquakes
 
Kansas City tied the first match of its final 10-game push toward the playoffs last Saturday in dramatic fashion thanks to Jimmy Conrad’s stoppage-time equalizer. Conrad’s goal was nominated for the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week award. The Wizards will look to improve its standing this weekend in the highly competitive Eastern Conference. Kansas City is currently five points out of the final playoff place with nine matches remaining.
 
San Jose boasts a pair of former Wizards in defender Nick Garcia and forward Scott Sealy. Kansas City dealt Garcia before the season for the number 1 overall selection in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft before trading Sealy to San Jose during the season for allocation money. Watch parties will be held in Kansas City at Barley’s Brewhaus in Shawnee, O’Dowd’s Little Dublin in Zona Rosa and at the Kansas City Irish Fest at Crown Center.
 
 
Wizards Jerseys Available for Auction to Conclude Community Night Activities
 
Eighteen autographed, game-worn Wizards jerseys are available for auction at www.kcwizards.com as part of the club’s Community Night activities from their 3-2 win over Chivas USA August 9. Proceeds from the sale will benefit five of the Wizards preferred charities and the Kansas City Soccer Foundation, the charitable arm of Wizards ownership group OnGoal. To visit the auction page directly, go here.
 
Jerseys start at $150 or $200, and the auction runs through September 15. Autographed jerseys are available from the following players: Claudio Lopez, Kevin Hartman, Jimmy Conrad, Josh Wolff, Kerry Zavagnin, Sasha Victorine, Davy Arnaud, Kurt Morsink, Jack Jewsbury, Roger Espinoza, Michael Harrington, Chance Myers, Tyson Wahl, Matt Marquess, Aaron Hohlbein, Ivan Trujillo, Nelson Pizarro and Eric Kronberg.
 
Proceeds will go to the five charities that participated in Community Night on August 9: Autism Speaks, Charlie’s Safe Haven, Child Protection Center, Gilda’s Club, and Spofford.
 
The Jimmy Conrad Show Live from McFadden’s Wednesday
 
The Jimmy Conrad Show is back on the air Wednesday for another dose of the latest in soccer news and notes. Conrad and voice of the Wizards Sean Wheelock will host the show live McFadden’s in Kansas City’s Power and Light District Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. CT. Each week, Conrad and Wheelock will chat with guests from the Wizards and other MLS clubs for the latest from around MLS.
 
Archives of The Jimmy Conrad Show are available online at the Wizards podcast page.
 
Wizards Weekly Press Conference Held Thursday at Swope Park
 
The Wizards weekly press conference will start at 12:00 p.m. CT at the pavilion adjacent to the team’s Swope Park Training Center. Head Coach Curt Onalfo and a player will discuss the final nine matches of the season and a push for the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs. Planet Sub sandwiches and cookies will be provided to all media members who attend. Each Kansas City Wizards practice will still be open to media, and outlets are encouraged to take advantage of the Wizards media policy.
 
Zona Wizards Airs Live Thursday on La Playa 1480 AM, Time Warner Cable Channel 5
 
Zona Wizards, the weekly Spanish-language radio and TV show, will air live this Thursday at 2 p.m. on La Playa 1480 AM and Time Warner Cable Channel 5. Hosted by Enrique Morales and Raul Villegas, Zona Wizards will feature a player each week.
 
Wizards Weekly to Air Thursday, Friday, Saturday
 
Wizards Weekly, Kansas City’s weekly magazine show covering the Wizards will feature Head Coach Curt Onalfo and a player each week. Metro Sports will air Wizards Weekly three times per week.
 
Wizards Weekly show times:
 
Thursday’s        9:30 p.m. CT
Friday’s             6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday’s         11:30 a.m. CT

 

AG


19 Aug. News and Blogs you might have Missed

August 19, 2008

 

Ten things to note from MLS Week 21 “If I’m Wizards manager Curt Onalfo, I might not be too happy with the level of commitment. I’m not sure there’s enough “want-to” around a club with just …”

MLS Week 21 Wrap

Former Bluejay Leads Wizards Over Men’s Soccer

Gibbs debut a success

Wizards can’t keep up with Rapids

Peter Vermes interview part 1

Peter Vermes interview part 2

 

–PRESS RELEASE–

Kansas City Wizards Weekly Schedule
 

The Kansas City Wizards train this week with FC Dallas in their sights. Kansas City will look to improve upon its strong run in its last nine games. The Wizards have lost only twice since June 14 and carry a 3-2-4 record over that span.
 
Tuesday, August 19 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
 
Wednesday, August 20 – Training at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
10:00 a.m. CT; CommunityAmerica Ballpark
 
Thursday, August 21 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
 
Friday, August 22 – Training
10:00 a.m. CT; Swope Park Training Center
 
Saturday, August 23 – MLS Match
7:00  p.m. CT Kansas City Wizards vs FC Dallas at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
 
Kansas City Wizards Swope Park Training Center
6310 Lewis Road
Kansas City, MO 64132
Google Maps here
 
Wizards Host FC Dallas Saturday Prepared for 10-Game Sprint Toward Playoffs
 
Kansas City enters its final 10-game push toward the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs Saturday at 7 p.m. CT against FC Dallas at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Wizards are 0-0-1 against Dallas this season after capturing a 1-1 tie July 4 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. The Wizards enter Saturday’s game just three points out of a playoff place and tied for 6th in the highly competitive Eastern Conference. With 25 points, the Wizards would be tied for 3rd in the West with FC Dallas.
 
Kansas City goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is poised to surpass a pair of milestones with a start on Saturday. Hartman currently has 1099 career saves and will become just the second goalkeeper in League history to surpass the 1100-save plateau with his first stop this weekend. Hartman currently trails former Wizards goalie Tony Meola for the all-time MLS record in saves and needs only 37 more stops over the final 10 matches to reach the record this season. With seven more minutes, Hartman will surpass former Wizards midfielder and assistant coach Chris Henderson for second-place on the League’s all-time minutes played list. Once he surpasses Henderson, Hartman will trail only New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston.
 
The Jimmy Conrad Show Live from McFadden’s Wednesday
 
The Jimmy Conrad Show is back on the air Wednesday for another dose of the latest in soccer news and notes. Conrad and voice of the Wizards Sean Wheelock will host the show live McFadden’s in Kansas City’s Power and Light District Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. CT. Each week, Conrad and Wheelock will chat with guests from the Wizards and other MLS clubs for the latest from around MLS.
 
Archives of The Jimmy Conrad Show are available online at the Wizards podcast page.
 
Wizards Weekly Press Conference Held Thursday at Swope Park
 
The Wizards weekly press conference will start at 12:00 p.m. CT at the pavilion adjacent to the team’s Swope Park Training Center. Head Coach Curt Onalfo and Technical Director Peter Vermes will be available to discuss the final 10 matches of the season and a push for the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs. Planet Sub sandwiches and cookies will be provided to all media members who attend. Each Kansas City Wizards practice will still be open to media, and outlets are encouraged to take advantage of the Wizards media policy.
 
Zona Wizards Airs Live Thursday on La Playa 1480 AM, Time Warner Cable Channel 5
 
Zona Wizards, the weekly Spanish-language radio and TV show, will air live this Thursday at 2 p.m. on La Playa 1480 AM and Time Warner Cable Channel 5. Hosted by Enrique Morales and Raul Villegas, Zona Wizards will feature a player each week.
 
Wizards Weekly to Air Thursday, Friday, Saturday
 
Wizards Weekly, Kansas City’s weekly magazine show covering the Wizards will feature Head Coach Curt Onalfo and a player each week. Metro Sports will air Wizards Weekly three times per week.
 
Wizards Weekly show times:
 
Thursday’s        9:30 p.m. CT
Friday’s             6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday’s        11:30 a.m. CT
 

AG