What's On Tap: Week Two Preview
Sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference, tied with New England after both teams picked up wins on opening day, the Kansas City Wizards (1-0-0) travel to Houston to face the Dynamo (1-0-0) for the "first" time this Saturday, April 8th. Formerly the Earthquakes, Major League Soccer relocated the organization to Houston from San Jose this past December. Houston is coming off a convincing 5-2 win over Colorado in its season-opener that saw forward Brian Ching net a franchise record four goals, earning him MLS Player of the Week honors. Over 25,000 fans packed the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium, the home of the Dynamo, for the first ever MLS regular season match played in the city of Houston. Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST and can be seen on MLS's Direct Kick package.
Four Wizards in the U.S. Mix...Again
Despite 2005 MLS Defender of the Year Jimmy Conrad not making U.S. National Team's roster for its upcoming friendly match against Jamaica because of injury, Kansas City still had four players make the U.S.'s list for next week. U.S. head coach Bruce Arena elected to make a straight Kansas City-swap, replacing Conrad, who has been a mainstay in the U.S. defense over the course of World Cup qualifying and warm-up matches, with his Wizards linemate, Nick Garcia. Owner of six full international caps, Garcia last appeared for the Red, White and Blue in a 1-1 draw against Denmark at the Home Depot Center on January 18, 2004. Garcia will join Kansas City forwards Eddie Johnson and Josh Wolff, along with midfielder Kerry Zavagnin, in representing the United States on April 11th against the Reggae Boyz. Next Tuesday's match is the U.S.'s last before Arena sets his final 23-man roster between May 2nd and 4th for this summer's FIFA World Cup in Germany. For more information on the U.S. National Team visit www.ussoccer.com.
A Team Effort: Week One Review
The Kansas City Wizards went undefeated for the seventh straight year in their season opener this past Saturday, posting a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew. The Wizards' win was as lopsided of a 3-1 win as 3-1 could be, controlling the game on both sides of the ball. Although the offensive numbers for both teams were fairly close, the Wizards' new high-potent offense kept the Crew defense on its heels all night long producing a number of quality scoring opportunities. The Wizards' offense rattled off six shots on goal, producing 11 total, scoring on three and forcing Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch to make a number of spectacular saves to keep the deficit to a minimum. On the flip side, with the exception of their goal, the Crew only really tested Wizards keeper Bo Oshoniyi once. Kansas City was dominant last Saturday thanks to a collective team effort that was highlighted by the fact that three different players scored: Davy Arnaud, Jack Jewsbury and Eddie Johnson. Also, three separate players, Matt Groenwald, Kerry Zavagnin and Scott Sealy, all registered assists.
World Cup Clinic
The 18,143 fans who got their first chance to see the 2006 Wizards on opening day will get their next chance to enjoy Wizards soccer in Arrowhead Stadium in less than two weeks when they host the defending Eastern Conference Champion New England Revolution on Saturday, April 15th at 7:30 p.m. CST. Prior to the Wizards-Revolution match the Wizards will be hosting a World Cup Clinic with Mike Burns, former Wizard and U.S. National Team member, between 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. A veteran of the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, Burns played for the Wizards in 2001 and 2002. Youth can participate in the camp, which takes place on the Arrowhead Stadium playing surface, for a $20 registration fee that includes participation in the camp and admission for both the camp participant and one accompanying member to the Wizards-Revolution match. For more information on the clinic please contact the Wizards' Youth Soccer Coordinator Zach Rieger at 816-920-4744.
Bo on Metro
Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi will be appearing on Metro Sports' Sports Talk on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:00 p.m.
This Week's Schedule
Monday: 4/3 - Off
Tuesday: 4/4 - Training 9:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday: 4/5 - Training 9:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m.
Thursday: 4/6 - Training 9:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m.
Friday: 4/7 - Training 9:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m.; Depart for Houston from Arrowhead Stadium 12:30 p.m.
Saturday: 4/8 - Wizards at Houston Dynamo 7:30 p.m. CST at UH's Robertson Stadium - Televised as part of the MLS Direct Kick package, check your local cable or satellite cable provider for local listings