Wizards to honor Preki prior to Saturday's final regular season home game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Wizards have
announced plans to honor soccer legend Preki prior to the team's final
regular season home game on October 8th against the Eastern Conference
leading New England Revolution. A presentation will take place on the field
just prior to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. CT.
"It is fitting that Preki will end his 26-year playing career in Wizards
blue, contributing to a team looking to make its way to the 2005 MLS Cup",
said Wizards General Manager Curt Johnson. "I am thrilled that we will be
able to honor him Saturday in front of the wonderful fans he has entertained
for much of the last decade. I encourage all Wizards fans to be in
attendance for this special event."
During the pregame festivities, the Wizards will present Preki with
a framed Kansas City Wizards jersey to commemorate his accomplishments with
the team. Peter Gansler from adidas® will also be on hand to present Preki
with a special gift. Preki's family and youth team, FC Rangers will
accompany him on the field prior to the game.
Following the presentations, the Wizards will show a highlight video
of Preki's incredible MLS career and will also have a very limited number of
commemorative Preki t-shirts, signed by the soccer legend that will be
tossed into the crowd throughout the game.
A two-time MLS Most Valuable Player and eight-time MLS All-Star,
Preki announced that he will retire at the end of the 2005 season. He will
end his 26-year professional career as arguably the best player in Major
League Soccer history.
The 42-year-old Preki spent nine of his ten seasons in MLS with the
Wizards, playing the 2001 season with the Miami Fusion before returning to
Kansas City prior to the 2002 season. Entering the final home game of the
season against New England, he has scored 78 career goals (6th all-time) and
added 112 assists, just two shy of the MLS record of 114 held by Carlos
Kansas City's regular season home finale against the Revolution will
have huge playoff implications for the home team. The Wizards control their
own playoff fate, currently holding down the fourth and final playoff spot
in the Eastern Conference, leading the 5th place MetroStars by three points.
Saturday is also Team Poster Night. Fans entering the stadium will receive a
team poster, compliments of Pittcraft Printing. The Wizards will host a
postgame autograph session with all players and coaches in the Pavilion at
Arrowhead following the game.
Tickets for Preki's final regular season home game at Arrowhead Stadium on
October 8th are available by calling Ticketmaster at 816-931-3330 or online
at www.kcwizards.com and clicking on "Tickets".
Tickets can also be purchased at the Arrowhead Box Office, located at Gate
D1 of the stadium, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:0o p.m. and
from 9:00 a.m. to halftime on the day of the game.