Bob Gansler named a finalist for MLS Coach of the Year

KANSAS CITY, MO - Kansas City Wizards Head Coach Bob Gansler was named one of three finalists for MLS Coach of the Year by Major League Soccer today. Gansler has a chance to become the first ever two-time winner of the award after capturing the honor in 2000 when he led the Wizards to the 2000 MLS Cup Title.

Gansler is joined by Columbus Crew Head Coach Greg Andrulis, whose team tied the Wizards for the best record in MLS this season, along with Eastern Conference Champion Peter Nowak of D.C. United on the ballot for the 2004 MLS Coach of the Year.

The 2004 MLS Honda Most Valuable Player will be announced live on ESPNews from the ESPNZone in Anaheim, California on Thursday, November 11th at 3:00 p.m. CT. The winners of every other year-end honor, including MLS Coach of the Year, will be unveiled at the MLS Cup Media Luncheon on Friday, November 12th, while the 2004 MLS Best XI will be announced at the MLS Awards Gala on Saturday, November 13th. Online voting for the Sierra Mist Goal of the Year has ended and the winner will be announced with all others on Friday, November 12th.

The Wizards will take on D.C. United this Sunday, November 14th in MLS Cup 2004 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. The match will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ABC. Wizards fans can purchase tickets to MLS Cup in the special Kansas City section by calling the Wizards office at 816-920-9300.

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