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Kansas City Wizards Roll Past New England Revolution 4-2 Behind Fantastic Effort From Striker Josh Wolff
Wolff Scores 2, Creates 2 More as Wizards Snap Skid; Wizards 600th MLS Goal Comes From Wolff in Second-Half Stoppage Time
MLS Game #22
Saturday, September 5, 2009 – 6:30 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Metro Sports
Spanish TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 5
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Massachusetts
Weather: 76 and clear
Score: 1 2 F
New England Revolution (9-7-6, 33 pts) 0 2 2
Kansas City Wizards (6-10-6, 24 pts) 2 2 4
KC — Claudio Lopez 6 (unassisted) 3
KC — Own Goal (Jay Heaps) 29
NE — Edgaras Jankauskas 2 (unassisted) 64
KC — Josh Wolff 7 (Claudio Lopez 5) 73
NE — Kheli Dube 7 (Sainey Nyassi 1) 81
KC — Josh Wolff 8 (Chance Myers 1, Jack Jewsbury 5) 91+
(September 5, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards (6-10-6, 24 pts) topped the New England Revolution (9-7-6, 33 pts) Saturday in a budding rivalry between the two clubs. Kansas City Striker Josh Wolff was the star of the game, scoring a pair of second-half goals and creating both goals in the first half during an outstanding performance. Kansas City opened the scoring in just the 3rd minute, avoiding tying the club record for longest scoreless streak in a single season. The Wizards are now 7-1-5 all-time at Gillette Stadium in MLS play. Kansas City had not scored four goals in an MLS game since May 26, 2007 in a 4-3 win at Gillette.
Kansas City opened the scoring in just the 3rd minute through former Argentina international Claudio Lopez. Wolff started the play, getting onto a loose ball behind the New England defense and playing a pass toward the center of the field. Wolff’s pass deflected perfectly into the path of Lopez in the center of the area, and the veteran striker buried the ball underneath New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton for his 6th goal of the season and an early 1-0 lead. The goal came just in time for the Wizards to avoid matching the team record for the longest scoreless streak in a single season. The former mark of 427 minutes was set during the 2000 MLS season. Lopez’s early strike stopped the 2009 streak at 426 minutes.
Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman then made the first of his three saves to keep the Wizards ahead early. Hartman came quickly off his line in the 17th minute to stone Revs striker Edgaras Jankauskas from the top of the six-yard area after a second ball fell nicely to the Lithuanian forward. New England was reduced to 10 men shortly thereafter when Shalrie Joseph was shown a straight red card for a challenge against Jack Jewsbury.
Wolff again created a goal in the 29th minute to put the Wizards ahead 2-0, a lead they would take into halftime. Wolff took a ball in space at the top of the penalty area, then promptly split the New England defense to win the end line. His cross back toward Davy Arnaud making a near-post run was deflected into the net by New England defender Jay Heaps.
Jankauskas converted a beautifully taken chance in the 64th minute to bring the Revs back within a goal. After a second ball fell to him 25 yards from goal, he struck a first-time lazer inside the back post for his 2nd goal of the season.
The Wizards restored a two-goal advantage in the 73rd minute on a perfect counter attack orchestrated by Claudio Lopez. Lopez received an outlet pass at full speed up the right wing, carry the ball to the top of the 18 yard area. Lopez had Arnaud and Wolff with him as Lopez pulled the ball back onto his left foot to change the pace. As Lopez slowed up, Wolff completed a long diagonal run across the face of goal near the penalty spot. Lopez deftly slid the ball into Wolff’s path as Wolff got position on his defender. Wolff then dragged the ball past the Knighton, though the young goalkeeper got a touch to the ball, and fired into the open net from a sharp angle for his 7th strike of the season.
New England again pulled within a goal in the 81st minute, when substitute striker Kheli Dube did well to head home a pass from substitute winger Sainey Nyassi. Kansas City sealed victory in the 91st minute when Wolff completed the brace off passes from Chance Myers and Jack Jewsbury. The goal was the 600th for Kansas City in regular-season MLS play. Myers’ helper marked his first career assist in his 12th game, while Jewsbury assist moved him into the team lead with five on the season. Jewsbury now has 20 career assists, breaking a tie to move alone into 8th place on the team’s all-time list. Wizards assistant Kerry Zavagnin is next in Jewsbury’s sights after he retired prior to the 2009 season with 22 assists in Wizards colors.
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 went on sale to the general public Thursday. 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.
Saturday’s win comes at the start of a 3-game East-coast road trip that includes a match at D.C. United (September 9) and a trip to the New York Red Bulls (September 12). Both upcoming matches 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 email@example.com.
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson, Jimmy Conrad©, Matt Besler, Michael Harrington; Herculez Gomez (Chance Myers 63), Santiago Hirsig, Jack Jewsbury, Claudio Lopez (Graham Zusi 89); Josh Wolff (Zoltan 93+), Davy Arnaud
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Kurt Morsink, Aaron Hohlbein, Abe Thompson
New England Revolution Line-Up: Brad Knighton; Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Emmanuel Osei (Sainey Nyassi 63), Jay Heaps; Wells Thompson, Shalrie Joseph (ejection 23), Jeff Larentowicz, Mauricio Castro (Pat Phelan 32); Steve Ralston, Edgaras Jankauskas (Kheli Dube 74)
Substitutes not used: Bobby Shuttlesworth (GK), Kenny Mansally, Chris Tierney, Michael Videira
NE — Shalrie Joseph (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 23
NE — Wells Thompson (caution; Fails to Respect Distance) 50
KC — Lance Watson (caution; Persistent Infringement) 63
Total Shots: 8 12
Shots on Goal: 5 7
Saves: 4 3
Fouls Committed: 8 8
Offside: 2 3
Corner Kicks: 2 4
Referee: Jasen Anno
Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Peter Balciunas
4th official: Lee Suckle
· Kansas City is now 19-11-8 all-time against New England, including a 10-5-5 record on the road.
· The game marked the first win as a Head Coach for Technical Director/Interim Head Coach Peter Vermes.
· The Wizards are an impressive 7-1-5 all-time at Gillette Stadium.
· Kansas City’s four goals give the team 600 goals in MLS play.
· Kansas City scored four goals in a game for the first time since May 26, 2007 in a 4-3 win at Gillette.
· Striker Claudio Lopez scored his 6th goal of the season and his 12th in a Wizards uniform.
· Josh Wolff scored two goals for his 3rd multi-goal game of the season.
· He is tied with Colorado’s Conor Casey for the MLS lead with three multi-goal games this season.
· He now has eight goals on the season and 70 in his MLS career.
· His eight goals put him in a tie for 9th place in MLS this season.
· His 70 career goals tie him for 15th in MLS history with Cobi Jones.
· Wolff is 9th among active MLS players, one behind LA’s Edson Buddle.
· Wolff has scored 38 goals in a Wizards uniform, good for 3rd place behind Preki (71) and Chris Klein (39) and one ahead of current teammate Davy Arnaud (37).
· Wolff has five multi-goal games for Kansas City, tied for 3rd on the all-time list.
· His nine game-winning goals for KC put him alone in 3rd place on the club list, breaking a tie with Arnaud and Takawira.
· Wolff leads the team in game-winners this season with two.
· The Wizards goalless streak reached 426 minutes, the second longest such streak in club history.
· Kansas City last scored July 25 against the Los Angeles Galaxy through Claudio Lopez.
· Lopez scored both goals surrounding the streak.
· The longest goalless streak (427 consecutive minutes) was set between 6/24/2000 and 7/22/2000.
· Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has now started 104 straight games and hasn’t missed any action in the last 9360 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 saves Saturday, increasing his career MLS record in saves to 1204.
· Hartman is the first goalkeeper in MLS history to reach the 1200-save plateau.
· Hartman is the only player to start all 22 games this season for the Wizards and the only player to play every minute of every game this year.
· Hartman played in his 325th career game Saturday.
· He ranks 2nd in League history, trailing only New England’s Steve Ralston (375).
· Midfielder Chance Myers recorded his first career assist on the night, setting up the final goal with a perfectly placed pass to Josh Wolff.
· 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 WIZARDS HEAD COACH PETER VERMES
On tonight’s win:
“We’ve been due for quite some time now and I think it’s sort of a monkey off the team’s back. More importantly, I think the guys got rewarded for some good play today and making the commitment to get forward.”
On the rivalry with New England:
“I think – and you know, I hate to use it this way – but last year, the tackle that happened between (Steve) Ralston and (Herculez) Gomez. I think and rightfully so, I understand, players on the Revs got to protect their guy and that turned into something. I think that everybody didn’t want to get into that situation. But the good thing is that tonight was a hard-fought match between both teams, and there wasn’t really any dirty play; I think it was just a hard fought battle, so it’s good for this league to have rivalries. It’s a great thing.”
The importance of getting a win on the start of a three-game road trip:
“It definitely gives us a little breathing room in regards to the next game. The guys can enjoy it for a little while. We talked about this being a three-game road swing. It wasn’t just the fact that it would be nice to get off to a good start, but I think the other piece of it is, when you have three games where you play Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday, the nice thing about it is you don’t have too much to think about in your past performance. If you’ve done well, you have a good chance to build off of it pretty quickly. If you haven’t done well, you can get on with it at the next game pretty quickly, as well. So there is a benefit to both sides of it, and for us right now, it gives us a little confidence going into it next game.
On Wednesday’s game against D.C. United:
“They’re a very good team. They have a great history in a very short time in our league. Obviously it’s an opponent we respect very, very much and for us, we just have to go into it with the same mindset: defend well and take our opportunities when we can.”
On the importance of the early goal…
“I think the big thing in that regard is that we’ve worked hard, and out of the four games that we’ve been a part of so far – excluding our first game against Chicago when the guys were really tired and fatigued. Based on the fact that it was from the training that we did for two weeks. We had to create a foundation, getting the early goal put us into a position today where we sort of could be out in front and then take a little bit of the pressure off and allow the other team to have to come and then maybe we can get the second one. That’s sort of what happened throughout the course of the game which was pretty fortunate. We look at it a little bit of giving up two, that was getting them back in the game and that’s something that we need to continue to work on as well.”
On the impact of the red card:
“Whenever you get a guy thrown out, it always puts a lot of pressure on your team to play. And the other side of it was that we had already been up a by a goal at that point, and now what are they going to do? They’re going to really have to string themselves out. I thought the one thing that we did really well today was up front we had really great runs into space by our forwards and especially Josh (Wolff). There were just some great balls being played from the outside so I think it put the team under pressure.”
On finally getting a win:
“We played in San Jose and we had a very good performance there. We talked to the guys about that. It was a 94-minute game, with four minutes of extra time, and in the 92nd-and-a-half minute, they scored on us. We as a staff felt extremely disappointed for the guys because they worked so hard. But it was a really good lesson to learn, as well. And now to be rewarded for all the work they’ve put in is a great thing.”
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS FORWARD JOSH WOLFF
On importance of getting an early goal after such a long scoring drought:
“It’s disturbing when you go 420-some minutes (without a goal). We haven’t played well in the last six or eight weeks, and haven’t created many chances. And when we have, we didn’t finish them. So it’s good to get the early one; it’s important for us. These are the things we talked about coming in here. We’ve had a lot of success in New England – for whatever reason, we’ve come here and got points. Albeit tonight they had a red card and that helped our cause, but we worked hard for it and deservedly got the three points.”
On spacing that the Revolution allowed the Wizards:
“They’re a committed group. New England works hard, they work toward the ball a lot and sometimes that pulls them out of position and allows a little more space. Again, I think our connection and passing was a little bit better, our coordination off the ball with the runs was a bit better. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s satisfying but obviously it’s just one game, and hopefully we can build on it.”
On the great runs made by the Wizards all night:
“For me that’s a big part of my game obviously. I’m not getting younger; I’m getting older, and the speed will go a little bit. But I think it’s always been one of my strengths. You’ve got to have guys like Jack (Jewsbury) and Claudio (Lopez) and Davy (Arnaud). It’s a big part of the game, and obviously you’ve got to make the proper runs, but also get the proper delivery. I think we had that in sync tonight better than we have in the past.”
On carrying forward after the win:
“It’s a long week, but if you get off with a win it propels you a bit more. We all looked at these nine days as a chance to have fun and get some points, obviously. We’ve been dismal. We’ve been miserable for the last two months and we can only go up. So this is a good start to the trip, and we’ll come out against DC and see what we can do.”
On the players only meeting held Thursday:
“I think we’ve said everything we could say over the last two months. We’ve exhausted the words, and different people spoke up. It’s an unusual league; it’s an unusual season so there’s a lot of ups and downs. But we were on a real low and hopefully this gets us on our way up.”
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Wizards Score 3 First-Half Goals to Enter SuperLiga Break on Positive Note; Wizards Begin USA-Mexico Club Competition Next Sunday Against FC Atlas in St. Louis
Major League Soccer Game 14
Saturday, June 13, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Metro Sports
Español TV: Time Warner Cable Channel 5
Español Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
CommunityAmerica Ballpark – Kansas City, Kansas
Weather: 71 and partly cloudy
Attendance: 10,385 – Sold Out
Score: 1 2 F
Kansas City Wizards (5-5-4, 19 pts) 3 0 3
New England Revolution (4-4-4, 16 pts) 1 0 1
KC – Davy Arnaud 5 (Claudio Lopez 4) 19
NE – Shalrie Joseph 5 (Steve Ralston 4) 28
KC – Own Goal (Jeff Larentowicz) 36
KC – Aaron Hohlbein 2 (Jimmy Conrad 1) 39
(June 13, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards (5-5-4, 19 pts) defeated the New England Revolution (4-4-4, 16 pts) by a 3-1 score line Saturday night in front of a loud sellout crowd at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Kansas City went into halftime leading 3-1, with New England down a man due to a red card by defender Emmanuel Osei in the 31st minute. Midfielder Davy Arnaud scored his 5th goal of the season. Defender Aaron Hohlbein added his 2nd goal, and a New England own goal provided the other tally for the Wizards. Kansas City is now 5-0-2 on the season when scoring first.
The Wizards opened the scoring in the 19th minute through a quick combination play that started with midfielder Herculez Gomez on the left. Gomez played Davy Arnaud through between two defenders near the top of the penalty area. Arnaud slid the ball wide to Claudio Lopez, then broke toward goal from the penalty spot. Lopez returned the pass to Arnaud immediately, allowing Arnaud to tap the ball home from close range for an early 1-0 lead.
New England answered back in the 28th minute through forwards Steve Ralston and Shalrie Joseph. Ralston’s initial corner kick was cleared, but he gathered the ball and sent a bending cross toward the back post. Joseph out-jumped his defender to tuck the ball home inside the post, with Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman arriving just a second late and pushing the ball into the side netting once it already crossed the goal line. New England went down to ten men in the 31st minute when Osei was shown a red card for retaliation against Kansas City forward Claudio Lopez, who had fouled Osei during the run of play.
The Wizards regained a one-goal lead right away, going ahead on a Jeff Larentowicz own goal in the 36th minute. Gomez again created the opportunity, taking a feed from left back Matt Besler and firing a hard shot on goal from 10 yards out. Reis made the initial save, but the ball caromed off backtracking Larentowicz and into the net for a 2-1 Wizards advantage.
Just three minutes later, Kansas City added an insurance goal after a corner kick from Claudio Lopez. Lopez played the ball toward the near post, and team-leading scorer Josh Wolff flicked the ball on frame with his head. Reis made the initial save, but Conrad was there to nod the ball into the path of Hohlbein for a close-range goal. Hohlbein now has two career goals, both during the 2009 season.
The Wizards continued to press in the second half, generating 10 shots for a season-high total of 21 on the game. Goalkeeper Hartman made his 4th and final save of the match in the 85th minute, stopping a shot off the foot of substitute forward Kheli Dube from 20 yards out. Hartman increased his MLS records for career wins (143) and saves (1177) on the night.
Kansas City kicks off SuperLiga against FC Atlas of Mexico’s first division next 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 New England in a SuperLiga match Wednesday, June 24 at Gillette Stadium before hosting Mexican team Santos Laguna Sunday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. CT at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City.
Kansas City will then play a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match Tuesday, June 30 either at the Minnesota Thunder or home to the Chicago Fire PDL team. If the Wizards host, the game will be played at Shawnee Mission North High School. The Wizards return to MLS League play Saturday, July 4 against the red-hot Houston Dynamo at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 8 p.m. CT. Fans are encouraged to stay for a fireworks spectacular after the game.
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson, Jimmy Conrad©, Aaron Hohlbein, Matt Besler; Jack Jewsbury (Graham Zusi 79), Santiago Hirsig, Davy Arnaud (Kurt Morsink 89), Herculez Gomez (Michael Harrington 68); Josh Wolff, Claudio Lopez
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Rauwshan McKenzie, Roger Espinoza, Abe Thompson
New England Revolution Line-Up: Matt Reis; Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Emmanuel Osei (ejection 31), Jay Heaps; Sainey Nyassi, Jeff Larentowicz, Pat Phelan (Kheli Dube 71), Kenny Mansally, Steve Ralston, Shalrie Joseph
Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton (GK), Stephane Assengue, Amaechi Igwe, Wells Thompson, Chris Tierney, Michael Videira
Misconduct:NE – Pat Phelan (caution; Reckless Foul) 13
NE – Emmanuel Osei (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 31
KC – Claudio Lopez (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 31
NE – Kevin Alston (caution; Reckless Foul) 38
NE – Darrius Barnes (caution; Reckless Tackle) 83
Total Shots: 21 10
Shots on Goal: 11 5
Saves: 4 8
Fouls Committed: 7 7
Offside: 5 4Corner Kicks: 5 3
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistants: Jeff Muschik, Cyril Madukanya
4th official: Mark Kadlecik
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH CURT ONALFO
On the game“I thought we moved the ball very well. We played good soccer tonight. We had good movement off the ball and precision on our passing. I thought we played well for 90 minutes. We have to have a better record at home, and I think that’s starting to come together. We’re happy to get the three points. We needed three points.
On the high number of shots (38) in the last two games“We’ve strived to get some consistency. I think our movement is much better. We’ve been moving off the ball extremely well over the last four or five games. The result didn’t come last weekend, but we didn’t make any lineup changes and the guys responded tonight.” On Davy Arnaud’s goal
“It was pretty. It was good soccer. Those guys all have the ability to do that. Davy’s played his best soccer in the middle of the field. That’s forced Jack to play wide and Jack’s done a good job there too.”
On the sellout crowd at CommunityAmerica Ballpark “Our fans have been great all year at home. They really got behind the team tonight and helped us to a 3-1 win. Every game, the stands are full and they’re loud all match long. That’s why we love to play here. Our fans really push us to do well.” KANSAS CITY WIZARDS DEFENDER JIMMY CONRADOn the game“We came out well tonight. We put an emphasis prior to the game on trying to get after them. The first goal was a great goal. We let them back into the game with the goal to make it 1-1. That was disappointing. We take a lot of pride in defending set pieces. After they got the red card, we took advantage of being up a man and we put them away by halftime.”
On the importance of this win “We talked before the game that if we put the work in now it’s going to make our life easier down the line, as opposed to the last few years waiting until the last few games trying to make the playoffs. We put a big emphasis on that, plus we knew we weren’t going to have any league play for about two weeks and teams are going to have 2-3 games to try and catch us. We wanted to create some cushion between us and some of the other teams, and I thought we did a good job of doing that tonight.”
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS DEFENDER AARON HOHLBEIN
On his goal“It was a good corner by Claudio. Josh popped it do the near post and after the deflection Jimmy was there. He put himself and headed it back across. I was in the right place at the right time and I was able to capitalize.”
On the game “We knew we had to come in and fight tonight. We really needed the three points. It was going to take a strong effort both defensively and offensively. Everyone chipped in and worked hard on the defensive side of the ball. New England has some good attacking guys, and I thought our shape was pretty good and we worked hard for each other.”
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MIDFIELDER DAVY ARNAUD
On his goal“Herculez slipped me a nice ball. I saw Claudio pull out wide, and I slipped to him and I tried to get myself into the box and get into a good spot, and Claudio played a great ball for me to finish.” On the crowd
“We love playing here at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in front of the Cauldron and the rest of our fans. They are behind us every game and are always loud. We love winning here and sending them home happy.”
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION HEAD COACH STEVE NICOL
On the game“There is not a lot of good coming out of tonight. There was a stupid red card. Darrius Barnes got booked for a great tackle. Well, that’s not why we lost the game. We lost because we weren’t very good. We have no excuses, we didn’t do well.”
On trying to come back down 3-1 “Being a man down and 3-1 down away from home. It doesn’t get any harder. But I’ll give the Wizards credit for the second half, we made them go outside us and didn’t let them go through us. In the first half, too many balls were getting through us.”
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION FORWARD STEVE RALSTON
On the game changing because of the red card“Yeah, obviously the game is going to change. I didn’t see the play. I don’t know if it was deserving of a red card or not. We need to do a better job. With 10-15 minutes left in the half, we’ve got to get to halftime. We just need to get back and defend. We didn’t do a good job. We gave up two goals and obviously at that point, it’s a big uphill fight in the second half.
On his assist to Shalrie Joseph “I just tried to put a dangerous ball to the back of the post. Luckily, Shalrie [Joseph] did a great job and was fortunate enough to put it in.”
On Shalrie Joseph’s play this year as a forward “He’s done really well for us this year. He’s been really dangerous and getting a lot of balls in the box.”
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Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update
* Weekly Schedule: Wizards Offer 2 for 1 Hot Dogs During Chivas USA Match Saturday
* Wolff Wins MLS Player of the Week, Contending for Budweiser Golden Boot
* Kansas City Hosts 2nd Dog’s Night at the Wizards Event May 23
* Boy Scouts to Attend Saturday’s Match
* Wizards to Show Goal! The Dream Begins After Saturday’s Match
* Wizards SuperLiga Schedule Announced, Credentials Now Available
* Spanish-Language Coach’s Show Airs Thursday
* Wizards Players Active in the Community
The Kansas City Wizards host 1st place Chivas USA Saturday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 7:30 p.m. CT, as fans will be able to take advantage of a 2 for 1 hot dog special. Kansas City enters the weekend just one point out of 1st place in the East on 14 points. D.C. United and the Chicago Fire are tied for 1st on 15 points, while Saturday’s opponent Chivas USA in 1st in the West. The Wizards will host their weekly press conference Thursday at the team’s Swope Park Training Center.
Date Time Location
Tuesday, May 19 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center Wednesday, May 20 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center
Thursday, May 21 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center (Weekly Press Conference)
Friday, May 22 10 a.m. CT Swope Park Training Center
Saturday, May 23 7:30 p.m. CT CommunityAmerica Ballpark vs. Chivas USA
WOLFF WINS MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK, CONTENDING FOR BUDWEISER GOLDEN BOOT:
Kansas City Wizards forward Josh Wolff has been named MLS Player of the Week for the 2nd time this season and the 7th time in his career. Wolff scored both Kansas City goals in a 2-0 win Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium. Thanks to his effort, the Wizards became the first club to defeat RSL in a regular-season game at their new venue. Wolff is now tied with Chicago’s Brian McBride for the MLS lead with six goals on the season. All six of his goals have come over the last six games.
With two strikes Saturday, Wolff moved into a tie with Los Angeles Galaxy’s Edson Buddle for 15th in MLS history and 8th among active players in goals scored. He is also nominated for the Goal of the Week Award. Fans can vote online at http://web.mlsnet.com/sights/goal_of_the_week.
2009 Budweiser Golden Boot Standings
PLAYER TEAM GP G A
Josh Wolff KC 9 6 0
Brian McBride CHI 9 6 0
Landon Donovan LA 9 5 3
Robbie Findley RSL 9 5 2
Guillermo Barros Schelotto CLB 9 5 1
Conor Casey COL 8 5 1
Luciano Emilio DC 10 5 0
Kenny Cooper DAL 9 4 0
Amado Guevara TOR 9 3 4
Claudio Lopez KC 10 3 3
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 73
12 Ronald Cerritos 71
Steve Ralston 71
13 Cobi Jones 70
15 Josh Wolff 68
Edson Buddle 68
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 73
7 Steve Ralston 71
8 Josh Wolff 68
Edson Buddle 68
10 Brian Ching 60
Clint Mathis 60
KANSAS CITY HOSTS 2ND DOG’S NIGHT AT THE WIZARDS EVENT:
The Kansas City Wizards host 1st place Chivas USA this Saturday, May 23 for 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 www.kcwizards.com/dogsnight. 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
BOY SCOUTS TO ATTEND SATURDAY’S GAME:
A large group of are Boy Scouts will attend Saturday night’s match. Defender Chance Myers and Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg will instruct the Scouts in a clinic. The instruction will be done on the field at CommunityAmerica prior to Saturday’s match, and the Scouts will be given a patch for their participation in the evening.
Who: D Chance Myers, GK Eric KronbergWhen: Saturday, May 23; 4:30-5:45 p.m.Where: CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, KS
WIZARDS TO SHOW GOAL! THE DREAM BEGINS AFTER SATURDAY’S GAME:
After the match Saturday against Chivas USA, the Boy Scouts and other fans will be encouraged to remain at the stadium to watch Disney’s Goal! The Dream Begins on the video board at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The showing is the first of two scheduled this season, as the Wizards will show Goal II: Living the Dream after the match September 19 against FC Dallas.
WIZARDS SUPERLIGA SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED, MEDIA CREDENTIALS AVAILABLE:
The Kansas City Wizards will participate in the 3rd edition of SuperLiga™, the competition that brings the USA-Mexico soccer rivalry to the club level. SuperLiga pits four MLS clubs and four clubs from the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Primera Division against one another. Kansas City has history with both of its opening-round opponents from Mexico’s top flight, Club Santos Laguna and FC Atlas. The Wizards will play one home SuperLiga game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark and one in St. Louis, Mo.
SPANISH-LANGUAGE COACH’S SHOW AIRS THURSDAY ON 1480 AM:
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 game against Real Salt Lake and a look ahead to Saturday’s match against Chivas USA.
WIZARDS PLAYERS ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY:
Who: D Jimmy ConradWhen: Sunday, May 17; 7:00-7:30 p.m.Where: Visitation Grad School, Kansas City, MO What: Jimmy Conrad spoke to children at Visitation’s end of the year Athletic Banquet. He will talk to them about how working hard and setting goals in school and with sports contributed to his success on the field. Who: M Davy Arnaud, M Jack Jewsbury, F Josh Wolff, F Adam CristmanWhen: Monday, May 18; 1:00 p.m.Where: Creekmore Golf Club, Raymore, MOWhat: Four Wizards players will be participating in Hope House’s Fundraising Golf Tournament. This game might not be on the soccer field, but they will be paired with various foursomes and their competitive nature will still drive some serious competition. Who: D Michael Harrington, D Aaron HohlbeinWhen: Tuesday, May 19; 6:00-7:30 p.m.Where: Polo Soccer Fields, Kansas City, MO What: KCFC soccer players will have the opportunity to get some pointers from the pros, as Michael Harrington and Aaron Hohlbein will “pop-in” to help with their practice and talk to the children about teamwork. Who: F Claudio Lopez, M Santiago Hirsig, F Herculez GomezWhen: Wednesday, May 20; 4:30-5:30 p.m.Where: Chestnut Traffic Way, Independence, MO What: NE Soccer League soccer players will have the opportunity to get some pointers from the pros, as Claudio Lopez, Santiago Hirsig, and Herculez Gomez will “pop-in” to help with their practice and talk to the children about teamwork
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Claudio Lopez, Josh Wolff Score Second-Half Goals for Kansas City; Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman has Played MLS-Record 8,190 Consecutive Minutes
Major League Soccer Game 9
Saturday, May 9, 2009 – 6:00 p.m. (CT)
English TV: Fox Soccer Channel
Español TV: Fox Sports en Español
Español Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, Ohio
Weather: 63 and cloudy
Score: 1 2 F
Columbus Crew (1-2-5, 8 pts) 1 2 3
Kansas City Wizards (3-4-2, 11 pts) 0 2 2
CLB – Emmanuel Ekpo 2 (unassisted) 38
KC – Claudio Lopez 3 (unassisted) 51
CLB – Guillermo Barros Schelotto 4 (Frankie Hejduk 1) 55
CLB – Eddie Gaven 1 (Robbie Rogers 1) 78
KC – Josh Wolff 4 (Jack Jewsbury 3, Herculez Gomez 2) 79
(May 9, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards fell to the 2008 MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew 3-2 Saturday night at Crew Stadium. Argentine striker Claudio Lopez scored his 3rd goal of the season for the Wizards after entering as a second-half substitute. Forward Josh Wolff scored in the second-straight match and now leads the Wizards with four goals on the year. Wolff’s 66 career goals rank 16th all-time in MLS and 9th among active players.
Columbus nearly opened the scoring in the 24th minute after midfielder Robbie Rogers put Eddie Gaven through behind the defense. Gaven fired on goal with his first touch, but Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman came quickly off his line to stop the shot for his 1st save of the match. Hartman has not missed a minute in his last 91 MLS matches, setting the League record for the most consecutive minutes played. Hartman has not been out of action for the last 8,190 minutes. He last sat out a game on May 31, 2006 while a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Crew took the lead in the 38th minute after a nifty passing sequence in the penalty area. The Wizards deflected the ball at the last minute, but Crew midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo was there to bury the rebound into the lower-left corner for his 2nd goal of the season and a 1-0 Columbus lead.
Kansas City answered back after halftime through substitute Claudio Lopez in the 51st minute. Davy Arnaud was fouled just to the right of the penalty area 18 yards from the end line. Lopez took the ensuing free kick, placing a dangerous ball into the six-yard area that eluded goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum and bounced into the back of the net to level the score 1-1.
Columbus then responded with a pair of goals to make the score 3-1 after 78 minutes. First, right back Frankie Hejduk found striker Guillermo Barros Schelotto for a diving-header goal from close range in the 55th minute. Then, midfielder Eddie Gaven converted a Robbie Rogers pass in the 78th minute to create a two-goal lead for the hosts.
The Wizards answered back immediately through Josh Wolff to pull within a goal one minute later. Substitute winger Herculez Gomez played a pass up the right flank from the center of midfield for Jack Jewsbury in space. Jewsbury immediately hit a bending ball toward Wolff making a run down the middle of the field. Wolff made no mistake, heading the ball on target for his team-leading 4th goal of the season. Wolff now has 66 career goals in MLS play and 34 strikes in a Wizards uniform. He scored goals off an assist from Jewsbury in both Kansas City games this week.
Kansas City returns to action next Saturday in the club’s first-ever trip to Real Salt Lake’s new home, Rio Tinto Stadium. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on Metro Sports (English) and Time Warner Cable Channel 5 (Spanish). The Wizards are 4-2-2 all-time against Real Salt Lake, including a 1-2-1 road record.
Kansas City Wizards Line-Up: Kevin Hartman; Lance Watson, Jimmy Conrad ©, Aaron Hohlbein (Claudio Lopez 46), Matt Besler; Michael Harrington (Michael Kraus 88), Santiago Hirsig, Jack Jewsbury, Roger Espinoza (Herculez Gomez 76); Josh Wolff, Davy Arnaud
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK), Rauwshan McKenzie, Kurt Morsink, Abe Thompson
Columbus Crew Line-Up: Andy Gruenebaum; Frankie Hejduk, Chad Marshall, Danny O’Rourke, Gino Padula; Eddie Gaven (Duncan Oughton 94+), Brian Carroll, Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers (Eric Brunner 91+); Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Alejandro Moreno
Substitutes not used: William Hesmer (GK), Pat Noonan, Kevin Burns, Jed Zayner, Steven Lenhart
KC – Lance Watson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 47
KC – Roger Espinoza (caution; Reckless Tackle) 67
CLB – Frankie Hejduk (caution; Dissent) 68
KC – Matt Besler (caution; Reckless Tackle) 73
CLB – Andy Gruenebaum (caution; Delaying a Restart) 91+
Total Shots: 12 15
Shots on Goal: 7 6
Saves: 4 4
Fouls Committed: 10 16
Offside: 7 2Corner Kicks: 5 3
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Assistants: Bill Dittmar, Cyril Madukanya
4th official: Chris Penso
· Kansas City is now 3-4-2, 11 pts.
· The Wizards are 16-17-5 all-time against Columbus, including a 7-11-3 record on the road.·
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