The Kansas City Wizards clinched home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy this past weekend and will host the second game of the two-leg, first round playoff series. The Wizards will host their home playoff game on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. CT at Arrowhead Stadium, with the opponent still to be determined. Individual tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster and can be purchased by calling 816-931-3330 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Ticket prices for the Wizards home playoff game on Oct. 30 are $22 adult/$16 youth (15 and under) for Club Level, $18 adult/$13 youth for Lower Level Sideline Reserved and $13 adult/$9 youth for General Admission to "The Yard". As always, Zard Card holders can purchase $5 general admission seats at the Wizards Box Office for themselves and each accompanying family member in "The Yard". All unused Season Tickets and Ticket Vouchers can be exchanged at the Wizards Box Office for best available seating.
The Wizards will also offer the Wendy's Family Pack for their home playoff game. Fans can purchase a package of four tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks, four coupons for Wendy's Frostys and a soccer ball. The package is available for $54 for Sideline Reserved seats and $44 for Endline General Admission. Group tickets are available for groups of 20 or more for the discounted rate of $13 adult/$8 youth for Sideline Reserved and $11 adult/ $7 youth for General Admission. Wendy's Family Packs and Group tickets can be purchased through the Wizards Box Office at the Stadium or by calling 816-920-9300.
Wizards can wrap up #1 seed in West with win at San Jose on October 9
The Kansas City Wizards will play their final road game of the regular season this weekend when they face the San Jose Earthquakes at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 9. The match will kickoff at 9 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on Metro Sports. Kansas City needs only a win on Saturday to lock up the #1 seed in the West and clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
San Jose will be without three of their top players due to national team duty. Forward Landon Donovan will be with the U.S. national team, while goalkeeper Pat Onstad and forward Dewayne DeRosario will both be with the Canadian national team for their upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches. Kansas City will be missing midfielder Kerry Zavagnin and forward Josh Wolff who will join Donovan with the U.S. team.
Despite the missing personnel, the defending MLS Cup Champions Earthquakes will be fighting for the final playoff spot in the West, needing a win combined with a Dallas loss (at LA) to clinch a berth in the postseason. The 'Quakes are winless in their last five matches, posting three consecutive losses followed by two ties. Their last win came in a 1-0 decision at New England on Sept. 4. Their last win at home came back on Aug. 21 in a 3-0 shutout of the Dallas Burn.
Kansas City takes one of the league's best road records into Spartan Stadium on Saturday, having posted a 5-6-3 record (18 points) away from Arrowhead this season. The Wizards five road victories so far this year are the most since 2000 when the team went 5-3-8 on the road.
Wizards playoff scenario
The Wizards have already clinched a berth in the postseason, but there is still a lot to play for in the final two weeks of the season, including the #1 seed in the West and the Supporters Shield. If the Wizards win at San Jose this weekend or Los Angeles ties or loses to Dallas, Kansas City would secure the top seed in the Western Conference and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Wizards playoff scenario for clinching the #1 seed in the West is as follows:
Kansas City Wizards clinch No. 1 seed in Western Conference with:
(a) win vs. San Jose Earthquakes
(b) Los Angeles Galaxy loss or tie vs. Dallas Burn
International soccer doubleheader just over one week away
The Wizards and U.S. women's national neam soccer doubleheader at Arrowhead is now just over one week away. On Saturday, October 16th the Olympic Gold Medal-winning U.S. women's national team will take on Mexico at Arrowhead Stadium and will be followed by the Wizards MLS regular season finale against the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Women's game will kickoff at 5 p.m. CT and followed immediately by the Wizards vs. Galaxy at approximately 7:30 p.m. CT.
The U.S. women, coming off an impressive Gold Medal performance at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, will visit Kansas City as part of their 10-city "Fan Celebration Tour" that also marks the farewell appearances of national team stars Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett.
Ticket prices for the Arrowhead Soccer Doubleheader will be Club Level: $32; Lower Level Sideline: $27 and Lower Level Endline: $17. Groups of 20 or more may purchase tickets in any seating area and receive a $2 per ticket discount by calling the Kansas City Wizards office at 816-920-9300.
Wizards season ticket holders and other individual ticket buyers who already have purchased tickets to the Wizards game on Oct. 16 will need to upgrade their tickets through the mail or at the Wizards Box Office in order to attend the U.S. women's game. Wizards Season Tickets holders can purchase tickets to the doubleheader at the discounted rate of $30 Club Level / $25 lower level sideline / and $15 lower level endline general admission.
Individual tickets for the U.S. women's and Wizards doubleheader are on sale now through Ticketmaster and can be purchased by calling 816-931-3330 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Wizards injury/absence report
M - Chris Klein - Out - Torn ACL (L)
M - Preki - Out - Ankle Surgery (L)
GK - Tony Meola - Out - Strained Achilles (R)
F - Davy Arnaud - Questionable - MCL Sprain (L)