Jimmy Conrad and the Wizards will try to stop United's potent attack.
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Weekly update: One win away

This Week with the Wizards - Headlines for Week of November 8th:
Wizards Headed to MLS Cup 2004 to Face D.C. United Sunday, November 14th
MLS Cup 2004 Conference Call Set for Tuesday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m. CT
Join the Wizards for a "Welcome Home Party" on Monday, November 15th
Tickets and Travel Packages Available to Wizards Fans for MLS Cup 2004
Kansas City Sports Fans - If You Can't Travel to MLS Cup, Tune in on Sunday
MLS Postseason Results and Schedule
This Week with the Wizards

Wizards Headed to MLS Cup 2004 to Face D.C. United Sunday, November 14th
The Kansas City Wizards captured the Western Conference Championship with a convincing 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy last Friday and are now headed to Los Angeles for MLS Cup 2004. The Wizards will face D.C. United on Sunday, November 14th at The Home Depot Center. The match will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ABC.

Sunday's showdown will feature the League's best defense in MLS against the second highest scoring offense in MLS during the 2004 season. The Wizards allowed just 30 goals on the year, the fewest in MLS, while posting a League-high 12 shutouts. D.C. United scored 43 goals, the second most in the League, led by second-year forward Alecko Eskandarian's 10 goals.

The Wizards will try to become just the third team in MLS history to win the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup titles in the same season. Only D.C. United (1996) and the Chicago Fire (1998) have won the "double" before. Kansas City is also looking for it's second MLS Cup trophy in franchise history after winning the title in 2000, their only other appearance in the final.

D.C. United is making its first appearance in the MLS Cup Final since 1999 after playing in the Championship match in each of the League's first four seasons. United won MLS Cup in 1996, 1997 and 1999, and lost in the 1998 Final. Kansas City and D.C. United have never met in postseason play prior to Sunday's match.

Kansas City features seven players on their roster that played on the Wizards 2000 Championship team that defeated the Chicago Fire 1-0 - Nick Garcia, Francisco Gomez, Chris Klein, Tony Meola, Bo Oshoniyi, Preki and Kerry Zavagnin. Diego Gutierrez and Josh Wolff both played for Chicago in 2000. On the other side of the bench, D.C. United Head Coach Peter Nowak was a member of that same Chicago squad as was midfielder Dema Kovalenko while United defender Brandon Prideaux was the starting left back for the Wizards at MLS Cup 2000.

MLS Cup 2004 Conference Call Set for Tuesday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m. CT
Coaches and players from the Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United, who will battle for MLS Cup 2004 on Sunday, November 14 (televised live at 2:30 p.m. CT on ABC Sports), will be available in a media teleconference call on Tuesday, November 9 beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT. Media can participate by calling toll-free 1-800-268-8047.


WHAT: MLS Cup Media Teleconference Call
WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2004 - 1:00 p.m. CT

WHO: Bob Gansler - Kansas City Wizards Head Coach
Diego Gutierrez - Kansas City Wizards Midfielder and Captain
Josh Wolff - Kansas City Wizards Forward
Peter Nowak - D.C. United Head Coach
Ryan Nelsen - D.C. United Defender and Captain
Freddy Adu - D.C. United Midfielder / Forward

Join the Wizards for a "Welcome Home Party" on Monday, November 15th
The Kansas City Wizards invite all fans to a Welcome Home Party on the evening of their return from MLS Cup, Monday, November 15th beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT. The site of the Welcome Home Party is being finalize and will be announced later this week. Regardless of the outcome of Sunday's MLS Cup Final, the Wizards will be celebrating a tremendous season in which the team won the 2004 U.S. Open Cup Title and captured the 2004 Western Conference Championship.

All Wizards players and coaches will be in attendance at the event as well as the U.S. Open Cup trophy and the Western Conference Championship trophy. More information will be available this week on the Wizards website, www.kcwizards.com.

Tickets and Travel Packages Available to Wizards Fans for MLS Cup 2004
The Kansas City Wizards and New Haven Travel are teaming up to offer Wizards fans various travel packages to MLS Cup 2004 to join the team in Los Angeles next weekend. Travel packages can include airfare, hotel, ground transportation and tickets to MLS Cup 2004. Wizards fans can book their travel to MLS Cup by calling New Haven Travel at 1-800-243-1806.

The Wizards will have a special section reserved at the Home Depot Center exclusively for Kansas City Wizards fans. Tickets to this section will be available in packages through New Haven Travel as well as through the Wizards office. Fans who wish to purchase individual tickets in the Wizards section for MLS Cup should call the Wizards offices at 816-920-9300.

The Wizards advanced to MLS Cup 2004 with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference Championship last Friday night at Arrowhead. The Wizards will take on either D.C. United or the New England Revolution on Sunday, November 14th at 2:30 p.m. CT at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

For updated information on the Wizards travel schedule and appearance information leading up to MLS Cup 2004, log on to the Wizards official website at www.kcwizards.com.

Kansas City Sports Fans - If You Can't Travel to MLS Cup, Tune in on Sunday, November 14th
Kansas City fans who cannot travel to MLS Cup in Los Angeles, can stay at home and enjoy an exciting day of Kansas City sports on television. First, tune in to CBS at Noon CT to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the New Orleans Saints from the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Then, switch over to ABC to watch the Wizards take on D.C. United in MLS Cup 2004. The MLS Cup broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. CT from the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

MLS Postseason Results and Schedule


Game 1: Kansas City Wizards 0 at San Jose Earthquakes 2
Game 2: San Jose Earthquakes 0 at Kansas City Wizards 3
Kansas City wins series 3-2 on aggregate goals

Game 1: Los Angeles Galaxy 0 at Colorado Rapids 1
Game 2: Colorado Rapids 0 at Los Angeles Galaxy 2
Los Angeles wins series 2-1 on aggregate goals


Game 1: Columbus Crew 0 at New England Revolution 1
Game 2: New England Revolution 1 at Columbus Crew 1
New England wins series 2-1 on aggregate goals

D.C. UNITED (No. 2) vs. METROSTARS (No. 3)
Game 1: D.C. United 2 at MetroStars 0
Game 2: MetroStars 0 at D.C. United 2
D.C. United wins series 4-0 on aggregate goals


Kansas City wins 2-0, advances to MLS Cup 2004


D.C. UNITED (No. 2) 3 vs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (No. 4) 3 (DC wins 4-3 on PKs)
D.C. United wins 3-3 (4-3 on PKs)


Sunday, November 14th, 2:30 p.m. CT - The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA, Live on ABC

This Week with the Wizards

Conrad and Graham Attend Children's Mercy Healthy Kids University Event
Wizards defenders Jimmy Conrad and Taylor Graham will make a special guest appearance at a kickoff event for Children's Mercy Healthy Kids University. The event educates parents and children on the importance of staying active and eating healthy to fight childhood obesity. Both players will be on hand to meet, greet and sign autographs. The event will take place on Monday evening at Union Station. For more information please call the Wizards office at 816-920-4739.

Wizards Injury/Absence Report
M - Chris Klein, Torn ACL (L)
M - Preki, Ankle Surgery (L)

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