Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The bottom of the article has a quick bit on the signings of Pizarro (left) and Souter (right), with a couple of quotes from Souter. Here's a picture of the pair yesterday after practice.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Check out the main page at kcwizards.com for a clip from Pizarro on his signing. Press release is coming shortly.
Also, look below for some words from Robb Heineman regarding the stadium. GOOD STUFF.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Also, The Offside Rules featured some recipes that have been available at kcwizards.com for a while. See the always funny post from SF here. Also, after you read there, head back to the home page for a great picture of a fan at La Bombonera climbing a fence in a Columbus Crew Schelotto jersey. MLS is coming. World beware.
Many of you already know, but for those of you who don't, here's a heads up. Mike over at Down the Byline and two of his cronies have had a fantasy draft of all-time Wizards players and are having fans vote on who has compiled the best team. Head over to www.downthebyline.com now to vote!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Since I didn't see the goals, I can't give exact details. McMahen's was a "rocket of a free kick from 24 yards out." Marquess banged his home off several deflections from close range after an excellent pass from Pizarro and flick from Leathers. Pizarro freed Leathers on a breakaway for the winner. That's all I've got. Lineups/minutes of goals below:
Toronto FC Reserves (0-1-0) – Brian Edwards, Todd Dunivant (Joey Melo 78), Julius James, Olivier Tebily, Pat Phelan, Gabe Gala, Kevin Harmse, Tyler Rosenlund, Jarrod Smith, Andrea Lombardo, Jeff Cunningham (Nana Attakora-Gyan 46)
Subs Not Used: Kilian Elkinson
KCW Reserves (2-0-1) – Eric Kronberg, Jonathan Leathers, Rauwshan McKenzie, Aaron Hohlbein, Matt Marquess, Nelson Pizarro, Ryan McMahen, Carlos Marinelli (Michael Kraus 33), Sasha Victorine (Yomby William 46), Eloy Colombano, Scott Sealy
Subs Not Used: Boris Pardo, Geoff Miles, Josh Howard
TFC: Jarrod Smith (Jeff Cunningham) 6’
TFC: Jeff Cunnningham (Andrea Lombardo) 26’
KC: Ryan McMahen 43’
KC: Matt Marquess (Jonathan Leathers, Nelson Pizarro) 71’
KC: Jonathan Leathers (Nelson Pizarro) 77’
Misconduct Summary :
Caution – KC - Scott Sealy 10’
Caution – TFC – Kevin Harmse 12’
Caution – KC – Michael Kraus 58’
Caution – KC – Ryan McMahen 90+’
BTW- Columbus didn't cooperate and got a 1-0 victory today, meaning we are now tied for 2nd place. We travel to CLB next weekend for a second first-place showdown in two weeks. Winning will move us back to the top of the table. The game will be on FSC, so check it out.
The KCW Reserves are playing TFC's reserve team currently on the game field at BMO.
KCW lineup-Kronberg, Leathers, McKenzie, Hohlbein, Marquess, Pizarro, McMahen, Marinelli, Victorine, Colombano, Sealy
subs- Pardo, William, Kraus, Miles*, Howard*
Toronto scored an early goal through New Zealand native Jarrod Smith. More details later
Post your thoughts on the game below. If you made it to a watch party, how was the experience?
Friday, April 25, 2008
Fans in Kansas City will have two great places to see the match, as Barley’s Brewhaus in Shawnee and O’Dowd’s Little Dublin at Zona Rosa. Each location will feature drink special, and Wizards staff will be on hand at each location with giveaway items that include: one jersey, one autographed team ball, mini soccer balls, posters and tickets. The Wizards next play a home match Saturday, June 14 against the Columbus Crew at 7 p.m. CT.
If this one goes poorly, I will stop pumping them up here at Hillcrest Road.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
**Hmm, so we're not as smart as we thought. If you're experiencing difficulties, go to www.kcwizards.com for these clips**
Some of you have probably seen the 30-second commercials on Time Warner Cable channels that feature highlights from last year with some cool freeze-frame effects. Our friends at Liquid 9 produced those for us and got a little love on the web in a story published here at broadcastnewsroom.com. Good stuff. Thanks to the people of Liquid 9. They are great partners to deal with. Check them out at www.iloveliquid9.com.
Many of you saw the Barry Manilow contest promoted on our website and by Star102. The lucky winner was Penny Johnson of Merriam. Penny and one guest will receive a limo ride to Phillips Chophouse inside Hotel Phillips then on to Sprint Center for Manilow: An Evening of Music and Passion and then returned home again via limo after the show. Penny also received a Wizards jersey autographed by Manilow and tickets to a match. Congrats Penny. Enjoy!
Also, a former Wizards employee Gregg Hibbeler won an award for his youth coaching this week. Hibbeler, a coach at QWEST Soccer Club, will receive a Responsible Coaching Award and $500 grant for his focus on creating a positive, character-building experience for young athletes. Liberty Mutual will present Hibbeler with the grant tonight at one of his team's practices. Congrats Gregg, and good work.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Our own superstar, however, will have a good night tonight. Captain Kansas City Jimmy Conrad will again host his weekly show, aptly named The Jimmy Conrad Show, live from McFadden's in downtown's Power & Light District from 8-9 p.m. this evening. Starting 11 Girls will be present, so head on out and watch/listen as Jimmy and voice of the Wizards Sean Wheelock grill our own midfielder Jack Jewsbury and TFC defender Todd Dunivant.
The show will be aired live in Kansas City on 810 WHB or online at kcwizards.com and MLSnet.com. If you can't make it to McFadden's, please listen in.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
In other news, Coach Onalfo did a great segment on 810 WHB today, hopefully some of you heard it. We're working on getting the audio from that to share with everyone either here or at kcwizards.com. Also, the Wizards sit atop the power rankings by both ESPN Soccernet and Soccer by Ives. Good stuff lads.
Also, congrats to former Wizards forward Chris Brown, who was named first team all-USL1 after scoring the game-winning goal last weekend for Portland Timers. Well done, Brownie.
Who is everyone betting on to win UEFA CL? I know we have a small sect of Liverpeople among Wizards supporters, but who else has a vested interest? Post in the comments below.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Now back to the present. This weekend, the U-15s went 2-0-0 in Midwest Regional League play, earning a 3-0 victory over the 2007 Wisconsin State Champions and a 7-0 victory. The U-16s went 1-1-1, also in Midwest Regional League play.
For U-15 league info and standings, click here.
For U-16 league info and standings, click here.
The U-17s were off this weekend.
Fire Lineup: GK-Nick Noble, D-Austin Washington, D-Dasan Robinson, D-Wilman Conde (Bruno Menezes 66), D-Daniel Woolard, M-Calen Carr, M-Mike Banner, M-Peter Lowry, M-Stephen King, F-Andy Herron (Kai Kasiguran 61), F-Patrick Nyarko.
Wizards Lineup: GK-Eric Kronberg, D-Yomby Willam, D-Rauwshan McKenzie, D-Aaron Hohlbein, D-Matt Marquess (Geoff Miles 46), M-Jonathan Leathers, M-Ryan McMahen, M-Michael Kraus, M-Sasha Victorine (Amir Lowery 46), F-Eloy Colombano, F-Ivan Trujillo (Nelson Pizarro 64).
CHI - Patrick Nyarko (UA) 31’
KC - Ivan Trujillo (UA) 49’
KC - Eloy Colombano (Ivan Trujillo) 63’
KC - Nelson Pizarro (Ryan McMahen) 73’
CHI - Dasan Robinson (caution) 78’
KC - Ryan McMahen (caution) 82’
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Will be back with more later, but I wanted to give everyone the KCW Reserves lineup in the reserve match currently taking place. Will be back with Chicago's lineup and other info later.
KCW- Kronberg, William, McKenzie, Hohlbein, Marquess, Leathers, McMahen, Victorine, Kraus, Colombano, Trujillo
Subs- Pardo, Lowery, Pizarro*, Miles*
Saturday, April 19, 2008
As always, Mr. Garber is a pleasure to listen to or read. Enjoy. See everyone at one of the watch party locales tomorrow. Go you Wiz!
Friday, April 18, 2008
We put out a release about them yesterday and have a page dedicated to them at kcwizards.com here. Sunday there will be Starting 11 Girls at Barley's and the O'Dowd's at Zona Rosa giving away some items. Head out to any of the three locations to catch some footie with friends.
If you're still undecided about attending, here are a few more reasons to go:
For the practical- "It's a great way for you to get together with fellow fans to root on your team at a popular watering hole." Adam Meloan, Experience Development
For the domineering- "There's power in numbers." Martie Harter, the Godmother (Human Resources)
For the drinker- "There's nothing better than watching soccer with some fun, drunken fans." Margot the intern
For the Cauldronite- "Because I will be at the Zona Rosa up north." Chad Reynolds, Graphic Design
For the hungry- "Because the Monte Cristo sandwhich at O'Dowd's is Heaven on earth!" Amber, Starting 11 Girl
For the Fire hater- "So you can high-five other fans when Blanco gets his a** handed to him" also Amber, Starting 11 Girl
For the nostalgic- "To remember with a crowd the jubilation you felt watching the Wizards beat the Fire for both of our pieces of silverware." Kyle Rogers, Hillcrest Road
And finally- "What else is there to do at 2 p.m. on the Sabbath?" Shawn Quesnell, VP of Finance
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Pretty sight, isn't it? Kudos to George Shook for throwing out the name originally. Well done, friend.
BTW, reason number five is FREAKING HILARIOUS, especially for a Chicago publication.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Also, don't forget to stop by McFadden's from 7-8 tonight for The Jimmy Conrad Show. The show will also air live on 810 WHB and at kcwizards.com.
See the play here:
Too bad no one saw the play until afterward. Playing a man up the rest of the second half couldn't have hurt.
Yesterday after practice, Hillcrest Road/kcwizards.com caught up with Colombian forward Ivan Trujillo for some quick comments. He discussed his favorite movies, quality of play in MLS and more. Check it out here.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Just got word from England that our friends the Unicorn Wizards got a big 1-0 win this weekend and, with four games left, trail the league leaders by a single point. It seems the Kansas City Wizards aren't the only ones with a first-place match-up this Sunday. Unicorn Wizards play first place Stretford Vics earlier that day with some silverware on the line. Go Wizards! Twice!
Also, go check out Brad Porter's latest Wizards blog here. Brad always seems to have the inside scoop. And, no, "Wizards officials" does not mean Hillcrest Road.
Working with our concessions partner, CenterPlate, the Wizards are pleased to announce that for all Wizards home games this season, we will vend allergy-sensitive food items at the British Isles concession stand. As with any allergy sensitivity, be sure to review the ingredients in detail before you order. The staff at the British Isles will be able to produce a menu for you, and answer any questions you may have about ingredients. The menu is as follows:
Turkey Corndogs – No Wheat, No Gluten, No Casein, No Milk, No Eggs, No Nuts, No Soy
Ice Cream Sandwich (Vanilla or Chocolate) – Lactose Free
French Toast Stick – No Wheat, No Gluten, No Casein, No Milk, No Eggs, No Nuts, No Soy
Popcorn Chicken Nuggets – No Wheat, No Gluten, No Casein, No Milk, No Eggs, No Nuts, No Soy
Ice Cream Bars – Lactose Free
Cinnamon Apple Doughnut – Gluten Free
Apple Cookies, Lemon Cookies, Chocolate Chip – Nut and Gluten Free
Crispy Rice Bars (Berry, Peanut Butter and Chocolate) – Gluten Free
Chocolate Banana Organic Bars – Gluten Free
Nanas Cookies (Chocolate / Banana) – No Gluten, No Eggs, No Dairy, No Refined Sugar
Chocolate Brownies – Gluten Free
Pretzels Salted – Wheat Free, Gluten Free
Pretzels Unsalted – Wheat Free, Dairy Free
Chocolate Syrup – Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Dairy Free, Sodium Free
For the record, my daughter loved the popcorn chicken nuggets.... Please let us know what you think. All comments are appreciated!
See the attendances here:
Country Avg. Att.
Bundesliga (Germany) 37,644
English Premier League 34,459
La Liga (Spain) 28,838
Clausura (Mexico) 25,379
Ligue 1 (France) 21,817
Serie A (Italy) 19,711
J.League (Japan) 19,081
Eredivisie (Holland) 18,052
Campeonato (Brazil) 17,461
Primera (Argentina) 17,363
Major League Soccer 16,770
Scottish Premier League 16,194
Turkish Premier Super 14,058
A-League (Australia) 14,042
As many of you have seen, the Reserves beat Memphis 5-0 Sunday at Swope. It was a great match that we utterly dominated. The first four goals came in the opening 27 minutes and we tacked one on after halftime. Colombano had 2, and Trujill0, McMahen and Pore added one each. The boys from Memphis got a quick tour of the training facility. They were pretty impressed, taking pictures and asking questions of the players.
We face Chicago this Sunday in another nationally televised game on TelaFutura. The match-up features former Club America stars Claudio Lopez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Those two had some pretty good days with America while Piojo played there from 2004-2006. Together they won the Clausura in 2005 and the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2006. Check out an incredible goal scored by Lopez and assisted by Blanco here:
At the 33 second mark, you can actually see all three former Club America players currently in MLS. Lopez and Blanco embrace, then Duilio Davino (FC Dallas) joins in the celebration. Good stuff.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Both Chance Myers and Roger Espinoza acquitted themselves very well in their first MLS starts. Myers dealt like a veteran with Ching, Caraccio and Houston's dangerous wingers. Espinoza was all over the place and played some very dangerous balls into Claudio Lopez and company.
Kerry Zavagnin tied Nick Garcia's mark for all-time appearances for the Wizards with his 224th appearance. Zavagnin entered for Marinelli at the 26-minute mark after Marinelli appeared to tweak a groin in the early going.
Hartman did very well on a couple of saves. Punching De-Ro's shot over the bar and pushing Davis' shot off the bar were a couple of very classy plays. He almost created a couple of goals also with his early long balls.
Reserves play tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. against University of Memphis at Swope. See some of you there?
KCW-Hartman, Myers, Conrad, Wahl, Harrington, Jewsbury, Morsink, Marinelli, Espinoza, Lopez, Sealy
subs-Kronberg, Arnaud, Colombano, Hohlbein, Leathers, Trujillo, Zavagnin
HOU-Caig, Mulrooney, Boswell, Robinson, Barrett, Mullan, Clark, De Rosario, Davis, Caraccio, Ching
subs-Waller, Ashe, Brown, Cameron, Holden, Ianni, Wondolowski
Match-ups of note: Kansas City's right midfielder Jack Jewsbury and Houston's left midfielder Brad Davis each attended St. Louis University. In fact, the pair were roommates for two years. Should make for some interesting idle chatter on the wings.
Houston defender Eddie Robinson was listed as doubtful on the injury report, but is slated to start.
Houston is without Craig Waibel and Pat Onstad due to injuries.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Salsa in the Streets has now become Salsa in Corona Cantina. #1 The event will move inside the bar/restaurant so that everyone can stay toasty warm. Our players/mascot/Starting 11 Girls will still be present from 3:30-5 p.m., but don't look for them outside. It's going to be a cold one.
Everyone ready for tomorrow night's match? It's going to be chilly and windy, but the match-up should be an intriguing one. Again we face a team that could be shorthanded. Onstad, Robinson, Waibel and Holden come in with injuries. No word yet on who is available and who is not. We're actually getting healthy. Arnaud could be available after playing 45 minutes in the reserve match. Myers and Espinoza played Wednesday and looked pretty solid. They will be available. Zavagnin left early with a knee contusion, but he is probable on the injury report. If he plays, he'll tie Nick Garcia's mark for all-time MLS games played for the Wizards.
Tomorrow is team poster/autograph night. Stay after the match for autographs from the guys. The team poster looks great. You'll get to peep it tomorrow. Don't forget to head to Dave & Buster's afterward for food, drinks and games.
Starting 11 Girls, players and Dynamo will be present as The Legends holds a Salsa in the Streets event that is open to the general public. The event features live music, free salsa lessons. Head on out to The Legends (near the Smokestack Tower) between 3:30-5p.m. for some fun for all ages.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Read the article about our link-up here. We'll have more on this in the coming days/weeks/months.
The reserves tied New England 2-2 this morning on a soggy (but not rainy) field at Swope. Goals for our boys by Ryan Pore and Geoff Miles (guest player). Argenis Fernandez scored two for New England. From the press release:
Kansas City opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through midfielder Ryan Pore. Pore picked up a loose ball on the left flank and served a curling ball toward the back post from 30 yards out. The ball skipped through the penalty area and eluded several players from each team before bouncing off the right post and into the goal for a 1-0 Wizards lead.
New England answered back almost immediately, drawing level in the 30th minute through Costa Rican attacker Argenis Fernandez. Forward Kheli Dube played Fernandez behind the defense up the right channel. Wizards goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was quick off his line, but Fernandez lofted an early chip over Kronberg’s outstretched arms and into the open net to tie the score 1-1.
The Revs pushed ahead in the 69th minute again through Dube and Fernandez. This time, Dube collected a deflected ball in the penalty area and slid a pass square for Fernandez 10 yards from goal. Fernandez’s first-time shot from close range left Kronberg helpless, and New England had a 2-1 lead.
Kansas City tied the match in the 81st minute to earn a point in its first Reserve Division match of the season. Midfielder Michael Kraus worked up the right flank behind the Revolution defense and won the end line before sliding the ball across the face of the goal. Guest player Geoff Miles made a well-timed run to the back-post, meeting the ball ahead of a New England defender and tapping home from inside the six-yard area to tie the game 2-2.
New England is now 0-1-1 in Reserve Division play after a 3-0 loss last Friday at Chicago Fire. The Revs next Reserve Division match comes Sunday, April 20 at Red Bull New York. The KCW Reserves next play Sunday, April 20 against Chicago Fire.
KCW Reserves Line-Up: Eric Kronberg, Chance Myers (Yomby William 30), Rauwshan McKenzie, Aaron Hohlbein, Michael Kraus, Davy Arnaud (Amir Lowery 46), Ryan McMahen, Ryan Pore, Roger Espinoza (Geoff Miles* 30), Eloy Colombano (Josh Howard* 74), Ivan Trujillo (Andrew Wheeler* 60)
Substitutes not used: Boris Pardo (GK)
New England Reserves Line-Up: Doug Warren, Rob Valentino, Sam Brill, Matthew Britner, Joe Germanese*, Joe Franchino, Argenis Fernandez, Brandon Tyler, Chase Hilgenbrinck, Guy Kpene* (Spencer Wadsworth 61), Kheli Dube
Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton (GK)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
As I've said every match, the playing surface looks wonderful, and there is even more blue in the stadium that previously as more signage has come in. Come out early for "Experience the Legends" outside the stadium, where our neighbors to the north-east will show off their wares. Everyone in attendance gets buy $10, get $10 free game cards from Dave & Buster's.
Bruce Arena will again join Sean Wheelock on the broadcast, so if you're on your way to CAB, TiVo for Coach's commentary. Keep on voting on our celebration name, hopefully you guys are enjoying the input!
-Crashing the Cauldron
-Stirring the Caulrdon
-Into the Pot
-CAB Hop (Hillcrest Hop beginning in 2010)
Let your voices be heard please.
In other news, let's welcome another voice to the Kansas City Wizards blogging family. In addition to our already great roster of fan bloggers (I'm not naming you here in case I forget someone), Mike Cross will be checking in regularly at Soccer by Ives. Read his first installment here and keep on reading over at SBI in the coming weeks/months/years?.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
We've been getting some love in the Star the last couple days. Mike Hendricks, long-time season ticket holder and supporter, gave us and CAB some props in his article about sports' influence on our town yesterday (I should have posted it then!) found here.
Pete Grathoff also checked in today at kcstar.com with his MLS Notebook. It doesn't make the paper, so check out the good stuff here.
Don't forget about tomorrow's $3 beer and $3 toasted ravioli (yum!) at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. We take on the Revs at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 5. See you all there.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Submit names in the comments section please.
Watch the winner again here:
Also, Wednesday's match will feature $3 beer and $3 toasted ravioli thanks to our food partners Centerplate. That should make for a fun evening and hopefully a few more goals in the direction of the Cauldron! Tell your friends about the special and get them out for some good food, good beer and great soccer.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
The boys joined the Cauldron for some serious celebrating after the second and third goals as the fans went wild. Back with more in a bit. Enjoy these great pictures from Scott Pribyl:
Ran across a great post from Mr. Tony Felich from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park. Felich posts regularly on his blog, and had a great post this morning about his recent season ticket purchase and the team. Very cool read.
I'll be back in 30 minutes with starting lineups.
Oops...missed the return time. Lineups:
KCW-Hartman, Leathers, Conrad, Wahl, Harrington, Jewsbury, Zavagnin, Marinelli, Pore, Lopez, Trujillo
subs: Kronberg, Myers, Morsink, Hohlbein, Colombano, Espinoza, Sealy
COL-Condoul, Kimura, Erpen, Keel, Burciaga, Cooke, DiRaimondo, LaBrocca, Clark, C. Gomez, Cummings
subs: Sharpe, Peterson, Gomes, Gray, Harvey, H. Gomez, Mastroeni
Friday, April 4, 2008
As you can see, the event was a lot of fun. The guys really showed off some soccer skills, and the crowd was very into it. If you're interested in a similar event at your school, church or other group, visit kcwizards.com here for more details. Tell all your friends. This was very fun to attend, and the guys truly had a blast.
Today, Ives Galarcep wrote a great piece about the team at espnsoccernet.com. Read it here. Ives will try to post some other content from the Conrad and Onalfo interviews later at his site, www.soccerbyives.net. Check that out when you can.
Bob Luder wrote a nice piece today as well about the time switch and highlighted our six guys who have a real interest in this weekend's NCAA Final Four matches. See it here.
See everyone tomorrow! Game starts at 4 p.m. CT and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on Metro Sports in English and TWC 5 in Spanish. Join us at Dave & Buster's after the match to eat some food, drink some drink and watch some ball.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Onalfo played under Arena at the University of Virginia and later at D.C. United in 1998. The two then joined up again with the U.S. National Team, where Onalfo served as Arena's assistant from 2003 until the time of his hiring here at the Wizards in 2006. As you all know, Arena left Red Bull New York last year and was later replaced by Juan Carlos Osorio.
Arena was also the subject of a mighty fine April Fool's prank by the one and only Ives Galarcep on Soccer by Ives on Tuesday.
Yesterday after practice, Hillcrest Road/kcwizards.com caught up with rookie defender Chance Myers for one of our famous QnA sessions. Myers spoke a bit about NCAA basketball, movies, television and more. See his answers here.
Last night, we held the first of our soccer-volleyball fundraisers at St. Gabriel's Middle School up north. The event went very well, as the players used only legal soccer touches against students and staff from St. Gabriel's who were able to use their hands volleyball style. The players had a blast, as did the packed-house at St. Gabriel's. Check out the soccer-volleyball fundraiser page here at kcwizards.com for more information about the program.