KANSAS CITY, Mo.
7:30 pm CT (MSG)
Once again the Kansas City Wizards and MetroStars meet in a top-of-the-table clash at the Meadowlands, but both teams come into the contest grimly holding on to those positions. The Wizards fell 3-1 to then-last place Chicago Fire at midweek, their fourth loss in their last five league contests. But after three consecutive wins, the MetroStars haven't won in three matches, shutout twice before hanging on for a 1-1 draw last weekend with the Columbus Crew.
REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. SAR (bench): Greg Barkey; JAR (opposite): Jose Corro; 4th: Abbey Okulaja
MLS Career: 27 games; FC/gm: 32.6; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 7; pens: 10
Games involving Wizards: P4 W0 L3 T1; FC/gm: 34.0; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 3; pens: 3
Games involving MetroStars: P6 W3 L3 T0; FC/gm: 31.8; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 2; pens: 1
INJURY REPORT: METROSTARS - OUT: MD Michael Bradley (R foot stress fracture); MD Gilberto Flores (L ankle ruptured tendon); MD Mark Lisi (R ankle sprain); MF Joselito Vaca (R MCL sprain) ... KANSAS CITY WIZARDS - OUT: MD Chris Klein (L knee torn ACL); GK Tony Meola (R Achilles tendon strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Jimmy Conrad (R ankle sprain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: KC: Kerry Zavagnin (USA, Sept. 4 v El Salvador) ... MET: Jonny Walker, Eddie Gaven, Eddie Pope (USA, Sept. 4 v El Salvador); Amado Guevara (Honduras, v Sept. 4); Craig Ziadie (Jamaica); Cornell Glen (Trinidad & Tobago)
SUSPENDED: MET: Amado Guevara (through Sept. 11); Mike Magee (through Sept. 4; 11 CP in 3 gms)
YELLOW PERIL: MET: Tenwya Bonseu (20 CP); Ricardo Clark (18 CP)
ALL-TIME (22 meetings): Wizards 10 wins (2 shootout), 30 goals ... MetroStars 9 wins (2 shootout), 26 goals ... 3 draws
AT ARROWHEAD STADIUM (12 meetings): Wizards 8 wins (2 shootout), 22 goals ... MetroStars 4 wins (1 shootout), 13 goals ... 0 draws
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS
Again presented with an opportunity to take over sole possession of the top spot in the Western Conference, the Kansas City Wizards again fell short, falling 3-1 to the Chicago Fire on Wednesday evening at Soldier Field. The Wizards are still tied atop the division and the MLS overall table, both teams now with 35 points from 23 matches - just two ahead of third-place Colorado and just four out of last place.
The MetroStars ended their two-game losing streak and maintained their hold on first place in the Eastern Conference, yet were still forced to settle for a frustrating 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew at Giants Stadium on Sunday evening. The Metros are still two points ahead of the Crew in the division with 33 points from 23 matches, though Columbus has a match in hand.