Wizards top Carmelita 1-0 in Costa Rican exhibition
ALAJUELA, Costa Rica - The Kansas City Wizards
topped Costa Rica club Carmelita 1-0 in Alajuela, Costa Rica Monday morning.
Forward Scott Sealy scored the game's only goal in his first match since
joining the Wizards. Sealy, the 11th overall pick in the 2005 MLS
SuperDraft, joined the team in Costa Rica on Friday following the receipt of
his P-1 visa. He had taken part in just two training sessions with the team
before starting and playing the full 90 minutes on Monday.
The Wizards got on the board early when Sealy scored in the 30th
minute. Midfielder Jack Jewsbury crossed a ball in from the left side that
was miss-cleared by a Carmelita defender. Wizards forward Omar Gomez, on
trial with the team, collected the loose ball on the right side of the box
and knocked it to Sealy, who was positioned near the penalty spot. With his
back to the goal, Sealy let the ball play in front of him while he turned
and faced the goal. He then stuck a shot hard and low to the back post,
beating the outstretched goalkeeper.
The Wizards were content with the one goal as they sat back and
defended the ball well considering the blistering heat of the Costa Rican
morning. Making a series of substitutions at the second half, the Wizards
would grind out the final 45 minutes and earn the 1-0 win.
Kansas City will face Costa Rican side Alajuelense on Tuesday
evening in their final exhibition in Costa Rica. The match is scheduled to
kickoff at 8:00 p.m. CT. The team will depart Costa Rica on Wednesday, March
23rd and return to Kansas City.
KC- Scott Sealy (Omar Gomez) 30'
Kansas City Wizards Lineup: Will Hesmer-GK; Brian Roberts, Danny Jackson,
Dustin Branan, Shavar Thomas (Brian Bliss-70'); Preki (Khari
Stephenson-46'), Doug Lascody, Alex Zotinca (Jay Alberts-60'), Jack Jewsbury
(Diego Walsh-46'); Omar Gomez (Ryan Pore-46'), Scott Sealy