** Wizards Travel to Costa Rica to Face Saprissa in Second
Leg of Champions Cup on Thursday, March 17
** 2005 Champions' Cup Guidelines
** Champions Cup' Winner Earns Berth in 2005 FIFA World Club Championship
** 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup Schedule
** Wizards Single Game Tickets on Sale Now for 2005 MLS Regular Season
** Wizards Training Schedule
Wizards Travel to Costa Rica to Face Saprissa in Second Leg of Champions' Cup on Thursday, March 17
The Kansas City Wizards will travel to San Jose, Costa Rica this week when they take on Saprissa in the second leg of their Champions' Cup series on Thursday, March 17. The match will kickoff at 8 p.m. CT from Estadio Ricardo Saprissa and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports en Español.
Following a scoreless draw in Game One of the first round series in Kansas City last week, the Wizards Champions' Cup future comes down to a single game on foreign soil with an invitation to the semifinals on the line. Despite not scoring in the home leg of the series, the Wizards were encouraged by their performance considering they are in the second month of preseason training while the opposition is nine games into their League season.
Kansas City will arrive in Costa Rica on Tuesday, March 15th and begin preparations for Thursday's match. Following the Champions Cup match, the team will remain in San Jose for another week taking part in training sessions and exhibition matches as they continue to prepare for the 2005 MLS regular season opener on Saturday, April 2nd. The team's complete training schedule while in Costa Rica can be found below.
2005 Champions' Cup Guidelines
The 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup will be played in a two-leg, home-and-home, knockout format with each team hosting one game in each round. The winner of each series will be determined by aggregate goals. The away goals rule will not apply in the Champions Cup.
If after the second leg, the teams are tied on total goals, then 30 minutes of extra time will be played - two fifteen minute periods with a five minute break at the end of regulation, but not between periods of extra time. The extra time period will be played in accordance with FIFA regulations whereas the entire 30 minutes will be played regardless of whether a team scores or not. The team that scores the most goals in the extra time period will be declared the winner. If the score is still tied following the 30 extra time period, then penalty kicks will be taken to determine a winner.
Champions' Cup Winner Earns Berth in 2005 FIFA World Club Championship
The 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup winner will earn a berth in the 2005 FIFA World Club Championship, a six-team tournament to be held in Japan in December 2005. The champion of each of the six Confederations - CONCACAF (North & Central America & Caribbean), CONMEBOL (South America), UEFA (Europe), AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa) and OFC (Oceania) - will take part in the World Club Championship.
The six teams in the FIFA World Club Championship will split a prize pool of $15 million with the pool ranging from $1 million for the sixth place team to $5 million for the winner.
Wizards Single Game Tickets on Sale Now for 2005 MLS Regular Season
Kansas City Wizards Single Game Tickets for the 2005 season are on sale now through Ticketmaster and can be purchased through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 816-931-3330 or in person at any Ticketmaster Outlet throughout the Kansas City area. The Wizards will open the 2005 regular season on Saturday, April 2nd when they host the Colorado Rapids at Arrowhead Stadium with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. CT.
Tickets for all 16 Wizards regular season home games are available in seating locations with pricing available for adults and youth (15 and younger). Club Level seating is $23 for adults and $17 for youth, Midfield Sideline Reserved is $19 for adults/$14 for youth, Outer Sideline Reserved is $17 for adults/$12 for youth and Endline General Admission is just $14 for adults and $10 for youth.
Zard Card holders (15 years and under) can present their Zard Card at any Ticketmaster Outlet to purchase tickets to "The Yard", the endline general admission section, for just $6 for themselves and each accompanying adults. The Zard Card can be used for any Wizards home game at Arrowhead Stadium.