Weekly update: Down the stretch they come
This Week with the Wizards - Headlines for Week of October 10, 2005:
Regular Season Finale
Year, Rookie Scoring Record
Wizards Take on FC Dallas Saturday, October 15th in Regular Season Finale
The Kansas City Wizards (11-9-11, 44 points) will make their first ever trip
to the new Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, October 15th to take
on FC Dallas (13-10-8, 47 points) in the 2005 regular season finale. The
match will be an important one for FC Dallas as they try to position
themselves for the postseason, but even more so for the Wizards who need a
win to clinch the final playoff spot.
FC Dallas enters Saturday's match in second place in the West with a
two-point lead over the Los Angeles Galaxy. A tie against the Wizards would
nearly assure them of the #2 seed and home field advantage in the first
round of the playoffs.
Kansas City still controls their own postseason fate, needing a win to
virtually assure them a spot in the playoffs. They will also look to break
out of their recent slump, having not posted a victory since August 19th, a
stretch of seven games. The Wizards will welcome back forwards Scott Sealy
(Trinidad & Tobago National Team) and Davy Arnaud (suspension) this weekend,
both of whom missed last Saturday's match vs. New England.
Wizards Postseason Hopes Come Down to Final Game
For weeks, the Wizards have crunched numbers, calculated various scenarios,
scoreboard watched and figured every way necessary to reach the postseason.
But now it comes down to the final game of the MLS regular season. The
Wizards control their own playoff destiny and need a win at Dallas this
weekend to virtually assure themselves of punching their ticket to the
Kansas City and the MetroStars are currently tied for fourth place in the
East with 44 points and one game remaining. If the Wizards win Saturday they
could finish no worse than a tie with the Metros in the standings and force
a tiebreaker to determine who will own the 4th seed in the playoffs.
The Wizards are in good shape if it comes down to tiebreakers with the
MetroStars. The first tiebreaker, series head-to-head, is tied at 1-1-2. The
second tiebreaker is overall goal differential, and that is where the
Wizards own the advantage. Entering the final weekend of the season, the
Wizards own a +8 goal differential while the MetroStars are +2. Assuming
Kansas City wins, then the MetroStars would need to win by more than seven
goals in their final match at Chivas USA on Sunday, October 16th.
Kansas City could also clinch the final playoff berth with a tie this
weekend, but would need the MetroStars to then tie or lose. As long as the
Wizards out-gain, or remain even in points with the MetroStars, then a
first-round playoff meeting with the top seeded New England Revolution would
await Kansas City.
Did You Know: MLS Cup Foreshadowing?
Last season the Kansas City Wizards played their final regular
season game of the year on the road at the Home Depot Center on Saturday,
October 16, 2004. One month later, the Wizards returned to the very same
stadium, the Home Depot Center, to play in the 2004 MLS Cup Final on
November 14, 2004.
This Saturday, October 15th, the Wizards travel to Frisco, Texas to play at
Pizza Hut Park in their final regular season game of the year. Next month,
Pizza Hut Park will host the 2005 MLS Cup Final.
Preki Closing In On MLS Assist Record as Career Nears End
Wizards midfielder Preki sits just two assists shy of Carlos
Valderrama's MLS record 114 assists entering the final weekend of the season
and the final regular season match of his career. After making official his
plans for retirement last week, Preki will end his 26-year professional
career at the end of the 2005 season.
Sealy Returns to Make Final Bid at MLS Rookie of the Year, Rookie Scoring
Wizards forward Scott Sealy will return to the Kansas City lineup this
weekend against FC Dallas after missing last weekend's match while with the
Trinidad & Tobago National Team for World Cup Qualifying. He will have one
final regular season match to wrap up the MLS Rookie of the Year award. He
currently leads all rookies in scoring with nine goals and is just two goals
shy of the MLS rookie scoring record of 11, set by Chicago's Damani Ralph in
He has had a remarkable rookie campaign, appearing in 27 of the team's 31
matches, including 20 starts. He is second on the team in scoring with nine
goals and has added a pair of assists. Three of his nine goals have been
game-winners, the most by any Wizards player this year.
Wizards Reserves in Chase for Reserve League Championship
The Kansas City Wizards Reserves will close out their inaugural
season this Sunday, October 16th against FC Dallas at 10:00 a.m. CT in
Frisco, TX. They are currently riding a five-game winning streak and have
their sights set on the first ever Reserve League Championship.
With 18 points and one game remaining, the Wizards reserves trial
first place D.C. United by three points. D.C. wraps up their Reserve
schedule at home against Columbus on Sunday.