Wizards add three players in Supplemental Draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Wizards added
three more players to their roster today in today's MLS Supplemental Draft
that took place via conference call. Kansas City selected forward Edwin Ruiz
from Hartwick College, midfielder Doug Lascody from Southwest Missouri State
and defender Ryan Caugherty from Wake Forest.

"We are allocating more recourses than ever to developing players and that
will positively impact our on-field product," said Wizards General manager
Curt Johnson. "Edwin, Doug and Ryan are talented players who are directly
benefiting from the first supplemental draft and the expansion of our
rosters from 24 to 28 players. We look forward to getting them in camp."

With the 11th overall pick in the first round, the Wizards selected
Hartwick College forward Edwin Ruiz. Ruiz, 25, led Hartwick in scoring in
2004 with 13 goals and 9 assists (35 points) while leading the Hawks to a
13-3-3 record and earning NSCAA Second Team All-America honors. Ruiz, who
was born in Santa Barbara, Honduras and holds a green card, was a two-year
starter at Hartwick, scoring 18 goals and adding 16 assists in two seasons
after transferring from Bryant & Stratton Junior College.

Southwest Missouri State midfielder Doug Lascody was the Wizards
second selection of the draft, picked in the 3rd round with the 35th overall
selection. Lascody was a four-year starter at SMS, and was among the team's
leading scorers each of his four seasons. In 2004, he was among the Nation's
leaders in assists with 13 in just 19 games played.

The Wizards final pick was Wake Forest defender Ryan Caugherty,
taken with the 47th overall selection. Caugherty was college teammates with
current Wizards goalkeeper Will Hesmer and forward Ryan Sealy. The
22-year-old, Korean-born defender has been a key component of the Demon
Deacons 57-18-8 overall record over the last four seasons.

The trio of Wizards draft picks will join the squad in Kansas City
for training through Monday, February 14th. The team will then depart for a
two-week training camp that will be held in Tampa, Florida before returning
to Kansas City on March 1st. The team's first match of the year will take
place on Wednesday, March 9th as they host Costa Rican side Deportivo
Saprissa at Arrowhead Stadium in the first leg of the 2005 CONCACAF
Champions' Cup. They will play the return leg in San Jose, Costa Rica on
March 16th.

Kansas City will kickoff the 2005 MLS season on Saturday, April 2nd when
they host former Western Conference rivals the Colorado Rapids at Arrowhead
Stadium, with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. CT. The reigning Western
Conference Champion Wizards will begin their first season in the Eastern
Conference, as MLS welcomes two expansion teams, Real Salt Lake and CD
Chivas USA, to the Western Conference.

Wizards 2005 Season Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling
the Wizards office at 816-920-9300. Individual tickets for all MLS home
games will go on sale in March 7th. For more information, log on to
www.kcwizards.com or call 816-920-9300.


Position: Forward

Height: 5-8

Weight: 160

Born: October 19, 1979

Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, Honduras

Hometown: Miami, FL

College: Hartwick College

Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 2005 MLS
Supplemental Draft


Position: Midfielder

Height: 6-0

Weight: 170

Born: March 8, 1983

Place of Birth: Springfield, IL

Hometown: Springfield, IL

College: Southwest Missouri State

Acquired: Drafted in the 3rd round (35th overall) of the 2005 MLS
Supplemental Draft


Position: Defender

Height: 6-0

Weight: 173

Born: September 23, 1982

Place of Birth: Korea

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

College: Wake Forrest

Acquired: Drafted in the 4th round (47th overall) of the 2005 MLS
Supplemental Draft

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