History

Kansas City Wizards 2003

Record
11 W, 10 L, 9 T

Result
2nd, Western Conference

Honors
Most Valuable Player: Preki
Scoring Champion: Preki

Team Leaders
Preki, 12 G
Preki, 17 A
Tony Meola, 1.42 GAA
Tony Meola, 121 SVS

Complete 2003 stats

Coach
Bob Gansler

Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium

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The 2003 Kansas City Wizards were once again led by the goalkeeping of Tony Meola and the scoring of Preki. Forward Igor Simutenkov, an import from Russia via Spain, contributed to the attack. The team began the season with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory against D.C. United, and ended the regular season 1-1 draw against the same team.

The Wizards came within one game of MLS Cup, but lost a hard-fought match in overtime 3-2 in San Jose against the Earthquakes. While the team struggled to a 3-6-6 record on the road, they were successful at home at 8-4-3. Preki repeated his success from the 1997 season, and became the only player in MLS to win the MLS MVP Award and the MLS Golden Boot Award twice. The year's most memorable performance came on June 21st, as Preki celebrated his upcoming 40th birthday and "Preki Bobble-head Night" with a one-goal, three-assist master-class performance against the Chicago Fire.

2003 will be most remembered for Preki's remarkable season at age 40 that garnered him his second league MVP award.

REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 11-10-9

PLAYOFF FINISH: Lost in Western Conference finals

KEY ACQUISITIONS: Jimmy Conrad (trade), Igor Simutenkov (allocation), Josh Wolff (trade)

TEAM AWARDS

MVP: Preki. Golden Boot: Preki. Defender of the Year: Diego Gutierrez. Humanitarian of the Year: Chris Klein

LEAGUE AWARDS

League MVP: Preki. MLS Best XI: Preki. Golden Boot: Preki. MLS All-Stars: Preki