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September 22, 2009

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Wizards Press

Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update

* Weekly Schedule – Wizards Close Gap on Pack for MLS Cup Playoffs
* Wolff Continues Torrid September with Goal of the Week Nomination
* Colorado Rapids Visit Wizards September 26 on School Night
* Wizards Kick Off Greener Goals Event Tuesday With Player Reading, Book Donation
* 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 Runs Wednesday at New Time
* Spanish-Language Coach’s Show Airs Thursday

WEEKLY SCHEDULE:
The Kansas City Wizards play their second straight match at home after posting a dramatic 3-2 win over FC Dallas last Saturday to move closer to the pack in the race for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Wizards fought back from a 2-1 deficit with a pair of late goals to earn three vital points. The Wizards are currently six points back of the final playoff team (D.C. United) with five games to play. The Wizards will train at 10 a.m. CT each day Tuesday-Friday this week, with the team’s weekly press conference held at 12 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Date                                                       Time                                       Location
Tuesday, September 22                    10 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center
Wednesday, September 23              10 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center
Thursday, September 24                   10 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center (Weekly Press Conference)
Friday, September 25                         10 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center
Saturday, September 26                 7:30 p.m. CT                        CommunityAmerica Ballpark vs Colorado Rapids

Eight teams qualify for the playoffs. Playoff berths will be determined by points in the standings upon the completion of the regular season. All 15 teams will have played 30 games. The top two teams in each conference qualify and are seeded 1 & 2 in their respective four-team playoff conference brackets. The four MLS teams with the next most points, regardless of conference, receive “wildcard” berths:

The four wildcard teams will be seeded according to conference first.
If more than four teams qualify from one conference, the team(s) finishing lower than fourth in its conference will shift over to the other conference bracket.
A team switching conference brackets will be seeded below all other teams in its new conference playoff bracket.

As of today, the top two teams in each conference and four wild card teams that would qualify for the playoffs (bold print), the order in which they would be seeded, and their total Points (in parentheses), and Games Remaining [in brackets] is as follows:

Eastern Conference:                                          Western Conference:
Rk   Team                     Pts       GR                   Rk  Team          Pts                   GR
1.       Columbus             (43)      [5]                    1.   Houston     (43)                   [3]
2.       Chicago                (40)   [4]                       2.   LA              (41)                    [4]
3.       D.C. United           (36)       [4]                    3.   Seattle        (38)                  [4]
4.       Toronto                 (34)       [4]                    4.   Colorado    (37)                   [5]
5.       New England         (34)       [6]                    5.   Chivas        (37)                  [6]*
6.       Kansas City           (30)      [5]                    6.   RSL            (34)                   [4]
7.       New York             (17)      [4]                    7.   FC Dallas    (27)                  [5]
8.   San Jose    (21)                   [7]

* As the fifth qualifier from the West, Chivas USA would move over to the Eastern Conference bracket for the playoffs.

WOLFF CONTINUES TORRID SEPTEMBER WITH GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATION:
Striker Josh Wolff continued his excellent September form Saturday with his 4th goal of the month in a come-from-behind win over FC Dallas. Wolff started the month by winning MLS Player of the Week honors after scoring two goals and creating two more in a 4-2 win at the New England Revolution. He has since scored in a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls and Saturday’s 3-2 win over FCD to help the Wizards climb back into the MLS Cup Playoff picture. Wolff’s strike Saturday is up for the MLS Goal of the Week award. Fans can watch the goal here and vote for Wolff at: http://web.mlsnet.com/sights/goal_of_the_week/.

Wolff is closing in on 200 MLS games after playing in his 198th career contest Saturday against FC Dallas. Should Wolff play Saturday night against Colorado, he would be on track to reach the 200-games milestone Sunday, October 4 at Houston.

WIZARDS HOST COLORADO RAPIDS SEPTEMBER 26 ON SCHOOL NIGHT:
The Colorado Rapids come to town Saturday 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. For more information about purchasing tickets through this package, call the Wizards at 913-387-3400. School groups of 50 or more will receive free bus transportation to and from the game.

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 KICK OFF GREENER GOALS EVENT TUESDAY WITH PLAYER READING, BOOK DONATION:
The Kansas City Wizards will kick off their “Greener Goals” program Tuesday with a book reading by defender Matt Besler at New Stanley Elementary in the KCK School District. Following Besler’s reading Tuesday, the Wizards will donate copies of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss to students of New Stanley Elementary. Next Tuesday, Besler, his teammates and Wizards staff members will visit Ruby Park in KCK along with students from New Stanley Elementary to conclude the two-part “Greener Goals” event.

Who: D Matt Besler
When: Tuesday, September 22; 1:15-2:15pm
Where: New Stanley Elementary, 3604 Metropolitan, Kansas City, KS
What: Matt Besler will be visiting Stanley Elementary to talk to the students about “greener goals” in the community. He will be reading the Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax, and then working with the students to make individual “green” pledges on how they can help the environment. Following, Matt and the Kansas City Wizards will be making a donation of The Lorax to almost 100 students, and the Kansas City Soccer Foundation will be donating 100 Kansas City Wizards tickets to the students for that Saturday.

Who: KCW Players, KCW Staff, and New Stanley Elementary Students
When: Tuesday, September 29; 1:15-4:15pm
Where: Ruby Park, Kansas City, KS
What: The entire Wizards family will be holding the 1st Annual “Greener Goals” clean-up event at Ruby Park in KCK and have invited children from New Stanley Elementary to participate as well. The group will be picking up trash, cleaning up the park, painting benches, fixing up the playground, and painting a soccer mural over graffiti on the bridge. This annual event will be held to improve local parks and create “green” awareness.

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 1-0 Sterling College (men’s)
Graceland University 0-2 Kansas Wesleyan University (men’s)
Kansas City Wizards 3-2 FC Dallas

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 WEDNESDAY AT NEW TIME:
The Jimmy Conrad Show, presented by Budweiser, will move to a new time this Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. CT. 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.

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September 1, 2009

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Kansas City Wizards Weekly Update

* Two-Week Schedule: Wizards Leave Friday for New England, D.C., New York
* Club America Faces Chivas in Clásico Bud Light Sept. 16 at Arrowhead Stadium
* Wizards Host FC Dallas September 19, Colorado Rapids September 26
* Wizards Host Scouts Campout September 19
* Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium Make Short List for USA Bid to Host FIFA World Cup™
* Wizards Support USA Bid to Host FIFA World Cup™
* Wizards Owner OnGoal Sponsors 2009 Tour of Missouri
* The Jimmy Conrad Show Airs Live From Fox and Hound in Overland Park in September
* Spanish-Language Coach’s Show Airs Thursday at New Time

TWO-WEEK SCHEDULE:
The Kansas City Wizards start a three-game road trip to the East coast Saturday night with a contest against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Media are encouraged to The Wizards will host their weekly press conference at 12 p.m. CT on Thursday at the team’s Swope Park Training Center. All media are encouraged to attend training and the weekly press conference this week in Kansas City, as the team will not return home until the week of September 14. All three contests during the trip will be broadcast live locally on Metro Sports (English) and Time Warner Cable Channel 5 (Spanish).

To arrange phone interviews or RSVP to training sessions in New England or Washington, D.C. during the team’s road trip, contact Kyle Rogers in the Kansas City Wizards Media Relations Department at (913) 568-2213 or krogers@kcwizards.com.

Date                                                       Time                                       Location
Tuesday, September 1                       10 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center
Wednesday, September 2                 10 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center
Thursday, September 3                     10 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center (Weekly Press Conference)
Friday, September 4                           10 a.m. CT                            Swope Park Training Center
Saturday, September 5                   6:30 p.m. CT                        at the New England Revolution on Metro Sports
Sunday, September 6                         Regeneration
Monday, September 7                        DAY OFF
Tuesday, September 8                       9 a.m. ET                               Gillette Stadium Training Session
Wednesday, September 9             6 p.m. CT                              at D.C. United on Metro Sports
Thursday, September 10                   Regeneration
Friday, September 11                         9 a.m. ET                               RFK Stadium Training Session
Saturday, September 12                 6:30 p.m. CT                        at New York Red Bulls on Metro Sports

CLUB AMERICA FACE CHIVAS IN CLASICO BUD LIGHT SEPT. 16 AT ARROWHEAD STADIUM:
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 last Thursday. Prices start at $25, and tickets 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 HOST FC DALLAS SEPTEMBER 19, COLORADO RAPIDS SEPTEMBER 26:
After the upcoming three-game road trip to the East coast, the Wizards will return home to CommunityAmerica Ballpark for matches in back-to-back weekends against FC Dallas (September 19) and the Colorado Rapids (September 26). 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 both 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 SEPTEMBER 19:
After the Wizards take on FC Dallas Saturday, September 19, 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.

KANSAS CITY, ARROWHEAD STADIUM MAKE SHORT LIST FOR USA BID:
The USA Bid Committee Inc. announced Thursday 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.

WIZARDS OWNER ONGOAL SPONSORS 2009 TOUR OF MISSOURI:
Kansas City Wizards ownership group OnGoal, LLC is a sponsor of the 2009 Tour of Missouri. The bicycle race, in its third year, will run from September 7-13 on roads across the State of Missouri. The Tour of Missouri is one of the two largest and highest-ranked races held in the United States. The Tour will end in Kansas City on September 13. For more information on the event, visit http://www.tourofmissouri.com.

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 Saturday’s match against Real Salt Lake and a look ahead to the upcoming road trip to the East coast.

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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





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Wizards Press

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
WEEKLY SCHEDULE:
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
 
HARTMAN CLAIMS CONSECUTIVE MINUTES PLAYED RECORD:
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)
WOLFF CONTENDING FOR BUDWEISER GOLDEN BOOT:
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 http://web.mlsnet.com/sights/goal_of_the_week.
 
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
KANSAS CITY HOSTS 2ND DOG’S NIGHT AT THE WIZARDS EVENT:
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 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
WIZARDS WELCOME COURAGEOUS MIGUEL JIMENEZ LAST WEDNESDAY:
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 RETURNS WEDNESDAY:
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 kcwizards.com. 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 kcwizards.com.
  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 games against D.C. United and Columbus Crew and a look ahead to Saturday’s tilt against Real Salt Lake.
 
DYNAMO VISITED FIESTA KC SUNDAY:
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.
 
WIZARDS PLAYERS, DYNAMO THE DRAGON ACTIVE THIS WEEK:
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.

WIZARDS, CAULDRON HOLD PASSBACK DRIVE THURSDAY:
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.

AG