Sorry folks for the late post, it's been a long day here at Gillette--in a great way. Though we only earned a single road point against the Revs, the U.S. came from behind to tie Haiti and win the group with Davy Arnaud scoring his first international goal. Then, Honduras won 4-0 over Grenada to advance to face Canada with Roger Espinoza scoring the 2nd goal and winning the Miller Lite Man of the Match award by media vote. More on those things later. Now for the notables and quotes from the MLS match:
· Kansas City is now 18-11-8 all-time against the Revolution.
· The Wizards are 9-5-5 all-time on the road against the Revs, including a 6-1-5 record at Gillette Stadium.
· Kansas City tied a season high with 11 shots on goal.
· The Wizards first reach 11 SOG in a 3-1 win over the Revs June 13 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
· Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made three saves on the night to record his 5th shutout of the season.
· After the match, Hartman was tied for 3rd in MLS with five shutouts on the season.
· He increased his career MLS records in both saves (1184) and shutouts (82).
· Midfielder Michael Kraus played the most minutes in one game in his MLS career.
· Kraus entered in the 56th minute for Michael Harrington and played the final 34 minutes.
· Kraus has played in 11 games this season, all as a second-half substitute.
· Kansas City was without goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, defender Chance Myers, midfielder Kevin Souter and striker Adam Cristman through injury.
· The Wizards were also without defender Jimmy Conrad (USA), midfielder Roger Espinoza (Honduras) and midfielder/forward Davy Arnaud (USA) to CONCACAF Gold Cup duty.
· Conrad and Arnaud started for the United States.
· Arnaud scored his 1st international goal in just the 6th minute of play.
· It was Arnaud’s 4th cap, while Conrad was making his 25th appearance for the USA.
· Conrad wore the captain’s arm band for Bob Bradley’s squad.
· Kansas City’s next match comes Saturday, July 25 when the Los Angeles Galaxy visit CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
· The match will kick-off at 8 p.m. CT, broadcast live nationally on ESPN2.
· The match is scheduled to be David Beckham’s 2nd MLS appearance of the 2009 season after returning to Galaxy after a loan to Italian powerhouse AC Milan.
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS HEAD COACH CURT ONALFO
On his team’s performance…
“We were away from home and just played seven games in 20 days, five of which have been on the road. We played as far west as you possible can and pretty much as far east as you possibly can. It’s been a long stretch and the fact that our guys were able to be as strong as they were in the second half is a real positive sign. We got through the stretch without any injuries, which is not an easy task. Unfortunately, we walk away here with one point when we thought we could have had more today. We had enough chances to win the game and we thought we fell short in that category. We’ve been having problems putting the ball in the back of the net in the last couple of weeks…”
On Matt Reis…
“He had an excellent game. There is no two ways about it. He has obviously found his form. He had some injuries early on, but he’s one of the best goalkeepers the league has seen as far as I’m concerned. He never makes poor decisions. He is just an excellent keeper and I think you saw that today.”
On Lance Watson’s ejection…
“I was disappointed. I think it was a late challenge, but not one that warranted an ejection. Whenever you have those situations, you put the referee in a position where he has to make a decision. I think it was unfortunate. We’ve been on the receiving end of it an awful lot of it this year, where we’ve played with an extra player, so we had to buckle down and not let them score. I think we did a good job of managing that part of it and actually got ourselves a chance or two.”
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS MIDFIELDER JACK JEWSBURY
On the result…
“It seems like we had a couple chances coming off their mistakes in the first half, and in the second half I thought we were good enough to get one. Obviously he (Matt Reis) had some good saves. At the end of the day we have to be a little bit better in front of goal. It was a tough one, we wanted to come in here and really pick up some points, especially with how tight it is in the Eastern Conference. It’s not the end of the world with one point, but we would have obviously liked to get three.”
On Kansas City’s success at Gillette Stadium…
“We’ve been very successful here. In the last six or seven years, I think we’ve done fairly well … it’s just unfortunate we weren’t able to get another one here. I think we could’ve held them off … we were pretty solid defensively all night so they didn’t get too many chances. Any time you can get a point on the road it’s okay, but I really think tonight maybe we got the better of things.”
On the performance of goalkeeper Matt Reis…
“He made a number of saves, and quite a few of them, they weren’t just in his chest. He was all over the place, and kudos for a great game. I wish we could have slipped one past him.”