Wizards down Nürnberg in Germany

Jose Burciaga had a stellar performance.

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NURNBERG, Germany - Playing their first preseason
match at full-strength, the Kansas City Wizards topped 1st FC Nürnberg
Amateurs 3-1 in frigid conditions. Fourth-year player Jose Luis Burciaga
Jr. earned the Wizards' man of the match honors, assisting on all three of
Kansas City's goals.

All-Star striker Josh Wolff got the visitors on board early, deftly slotting
a shot past the Nürnberg keeper one-on-one in the 8th minute. Second-year
player Scott Sealy got the ball out wide on the left-hand side on a through
ball from Burciaga and beat his defender to the inside. Nearing the corner
of the penalty box, Sealy played the ball off to Wolff in front of the net
for the finish and a 1-0 Kansas City lead.

The Wizards' second goal was a beauty that midfielder Sasha Victorine
vollied out of mid-air to put KC up 2-0 in the 20th minute. Once again in
the mix, Burciaga carried the ball out wide to the left side and whipped in
a cross onto the back post where it found new Wizards striker Eddie Johnson.
Johnson one-timed the Burciaga cross, volleying it to the onrushing
Victorine who placed it in the upper corner.

1FCN closed the gap to 2-1 before halftime, scoring its only goal of the
match, converting a penalty kick after defender Jimmy Conrad was whistled
for a foul in the box.

Kansas City added its third and final goal just before the final whistle
blew, and just like the first two, it was Burciaga who got the ball rolling.
The Duncanville, TX native picked off an attempted clearance by the Nürnberg
defense and quickly played the ball up high to Johnson. With a head of
steam, Johnson blew by a pair of defenders and lifted the ball over the
outstretched arms of the Nürnberg keeper to make it 3-1 Wizards in the 85th

Next up for Kansas City is Second Division Regensberg tomorrow, Wednesday,
March 15th at 3:00 p.m. local time following an early morning training
session at 9:00 a.m.


8' - Wolff (Sealy)

20' - Victorine (Johnson)

36' - 1FCN (penalty kick)

85' - Johnson (Burciaga)


GK: Oshoniyi (45-Hesmer), Burciaga (85-Shirley), Garcia (69-Raybould),
Conrad, Groenwald (45-Thomas), Zavagnin (80-Hue), Victorine (45-Zotinca),
Jewsbury (45-Watson), Sealy (45-Arnaud), Johnson, Wolff.

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