ALAJUELA, Costa Rica - The Kansas City Wizards topped Costa Rica club Carmelita 1-0 in Alajuela, Costa Rica Monday morning. Forward Scott Sealy scored the game's only goal in his first match since joining the Wizards. Sealy, the 11th overall pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, joined the team in Costa Rica on Friday following the receipt of his P-1 visa. He had taken part in just two training sessions with the team before starting and playing the full 90 minutes on Monday.
The Wizards got on the board early when Sealy scored in the 30th minute. Midfielder Jack Jewsbury crossed a ball in from the left side that was miss-cleared by a Carmelita defender. Wizards forward Omar Gomez, on trial with the team, collected the loose ball on the right side of the box and knocked it to Sealy, who was positioned near the penalty spot. With his back to the goal, Sealy let the ball play in front of him while he turned and faced the goal. He then stuck a shot hard and low to the back post, beating the outstretched goalkeeper.
The Wizards were content with the one goal as they sat back and defended the ball well considering the blistering heat of the Costa Rican morning. Making a series of substitutions at the second half, the Wizards would grind out the final 45 minutes and earn the 1-0 win.
Kansas City will face Costa Rican side Alajuelense on Tuesday evening in their final exhibition in Costa Rica. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 8:00 p.m. CT. The team will depart Costa Rica on Wednesday, March 23rd and return to Kansas City.
KC- Scott Sealy (Omar Gomez) 30'
Kansas City Wizards Lineup: Will Hesmer-GK; Brian Roberts, Danny Jackson, Dustin Branan, Shavar Thomas (Brian Bliss-70'); Preki (Khari Stephenson-46'), Doug Lascody, Alex Zotinca (Jay Alberts-60'), Jack Jewsbury (Diego Walsh-46'); Omar Gomez (Ryan Pore-46'), Scott Sealy