Kansas City Wizards 2002
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The 2002 season brought a few changes, as former MLS leading scorer Preki re-joined the Wizards' roster. The team took part in the CONCACAF Champions Cup for the first time, reaching the semifinal round, where they lost to Monarcas Morelia of Mexico.
The Wizards qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs for the third consecutive year before bowing out to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first round. The Wizards also advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time, where they were defeated by the Columbus Crew 3-2 in overtime after leading late in the game.
In his first season back with the Kansas City Wizards, Preki led the team with 10 assists, and tied with fellow midfielder Chris Klein at seven goals. Midfielder Kerry Zavagnin and defender Nick Garcia each started 27 games, solidifying their status as two of the better, durable regulars in MLS. Chris Klein returned from a broken leg suffered in 2001 to earn MLS Comeback Player of the Year.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 9-10-9
PLAYOFF FINISH: Lost in first round
KEY ACQUISITIONS: Preki (Dispersal Draft)
MVP: Preki. Golden Boot: Preki, Defender of the Year: Tony Meola. Humanitarian of the Year: Chris Klein
Comeback Player of the Year: Chris Klein
MLS All-Stars: Mike Burns, Chris Klein, Tony Meola, Preki