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Wizards get ready for busy week

The Wizards hope this week's games bring more celebrations.

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This Week with the Wizards - Headlines for Week of June 1st:

Kansas City Returns Home for Mid-Week Contest Against New England Wednesday, June 2nd

"Celebrate America" at Arrowhead on July 3rd

Freddy Adu is Coming to Arrowhead July 10th, Purchase a "Freddy Four Pack" Online

Chris Klein Closing in on Second Place on Wizards Scoring Charts

This Week with the Wizards

Wizards Training Schedule

Kansas City Returns Home for Mid-Week Contest Against New England Revolution

The Kansas City Wizards return home to Arrowhead Stadium to host the New England Revolution on Wednesday, June 2nd at 7:30 p.m. CT. The match marks the second of five games over a grueling 14-day stretch for the Wizards and will be their only home contest during the month of June. The Revolution enter Wednesday's match with a 1-4-3 mark and sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Wizards sit in third place in the West with 11 points. The first 10,000 fans at Arrowhead will receive a Blue Ribbon Restaurant Discount Card, compliments of Sysco.

New England has been injury riddled so far this season in all areas of the field. Forward Joe-Max Moore has been sidelined since late April with an MCL injury, defender Rusty Pierce is expected to be out through the end of June with a right quad injury and defender Carlos Llamosa has yet to appear in a game this season after suffering a right knee sprain. First choice goalkeeper Adin Brown has also missed the last three games with a groin strain. As if they were not already banged up enough, this past weekend, forward Taylor Twellman came off in the 70th minute against D.C. United after suffering a hamstring injury and his status for Wednesday's match is in doubt.

Twellman, the team's leading scorer the past two seasons with a combined 38 goals, has struggled this season scoring just one goal in eight games this season. Pat Noonan currently leads the team in scoring with just two goals and one assist for five points. One bright spot for the Revs has been the play of rookie Clint Dempsey. Dempsey has appeared in all eight games, including seven starts. He scored his first MLS goal against the MetroStars on April 25th and has played primarily in the midfield, but could see time as a forward if Taylor Twellman is not fit for Wednesday.

After a disappointing road loss this weekend, the Wizards return home where they are unbeaten in their last eight matches (6-0-2) dating back to September of 2003. In five home games this season, the Wizards have surrendered just two goals (both against Chicago on May 8th) and have picked up four shutouts. As the only MLS game on Wednesday, the Wizards will look to overtake San Jose (3-3-3, 12 points) in the Western Conference standings and gain ground on first place Los Angeles (5-2-3, 18 points).

"Celebrate America" at Arrowhead on July 3rd

Come "Celebrate America" with the Wizards as they host the Dallas Burn on Saturday, July 3rd at Arrowhead Stadium. The match will kickoff 7:30 p.m. CT and will be followed by Kansas City's largest Independence Day weekend fireworks display set to music. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 816-931-3330 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Check out Freddy Adu at Arrowhead on July 10th, Order the "Freddy Four Pack" Online

Fourteen-year-old soccer phenom Freddy Adu is coming to Arrowhead on Saturday July 10th when the Wizards take on D.C. United. The Wizards are offering a special "Freddy Four Pack" of tickets online. Fans can purchase four Field Level Reserved seats for just $60. Additional tickets can be purchased for $15 each. Log on to www.kcwizards.com and click on the Freddy Adu banner to purchase the "Freddy Four Pack" online.

Klein Closing in on Second Place on Wizards Scoring Charts

Wizards midfielder Chris Klein is closing in on second place on the Wizards all-time scoring charts after scoring his 30th career MLS goal on May 8th against the Chicago Fire. He now has 88 career points in a Wizards uniform, just two points shy of Mo Johnston with 90 points. Klein's 30 goals are also one shy of Johnston's total of 31 career goals, the second most in franchise history trailing Preki's 69 career goals and 234 career points in a Wizards jersey.

This Week with the Wizards:
Klein at Porter's of Elwood / Porter's Building Centers


Wizards midfielder Chris Klein will be at Porter's Building Center in Elwood, KS on Thursday, June 3rd from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to greet customers and sign autographs. Porter's of Elwood is located at 807 Roseport Road in Elwood, KS 66024. For more information call 913-365-1500.

Wizards ACE Injury/Absence Report
Out:

M - Preki, Fractured Fibula/Dislocated Ankle (L)

F - Igor Simutenkov, Torn Achilles Tendon (L)

Wizards Schedule for the Week of June 1, 2004 (All Times CT, subject to change):

Tuesday, June 1st: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Arrowhead Stadium Field
Wednesday, June 2nd: WIZARDS vs. New England Revolution, Arrowhead Stadium, 7:30 p.m. CT; First 10,000 Fans receive a Blue Ribbon Restaurant Discount Card, compliments of Sysco
Thursday, June 3rd: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Arrowhead Stadium Field
Friday, June 4th: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Arrowhead Stadium Field; Afternoon departure for Los Angeles
Saturday, June 5th WIZARDS at Los Angeles Galaxy, The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA, 9:30 p.m. CT


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