First, the good news:
- The Wizards win again in Argentina, this time 2-1 over River Plate. Goals by Jack Jewsbury and trialist Kevin Souter. HillcrestRoad with the goods.
- Claudio Lopez did not play in the match, but today is his day. The Argentine was officially unveiled in a press conference at the team hotel in Buenos Aires (video and pictures expected on KCwizards.com). Here’s to hoping paperwork doesn’t holdup his debut in blue — season opener is now only 19 days away.
And now for the bad news:
- No Wizards were elected to the 2008 US Soccer Hall of Fame class. Preki came the closest, finishing first in player voting (87) but falling short of the 75% criterion for inclusion on ballots. Also up for induction were players Peter Vermes (35), Brian Bliss (17), Mike Burns (17), Mark Chung (3), Frank Klopas (14), Roy Lassiter (11), and Mike Sorber (14), and builder Bob Gansler (23). A quick look through the list of inductees and the only Wizards Hall of Fame representatives are player Alexi Lalas (2006) and builders Lamar Hunt (1982) and Ron Newman (1992). Willy Roy represents the NASL’s Kansas City Spurs. Did I miss anyone?
- Lastly, Wizards 2007 Supplemental Draft Pick Eric Frimpong was denied his motion for a retrial on Friday and is set to be sentenced at 2 pm today. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison. There are lots of articles on the controversial rape case — which will in all likelihood be appealed — so I’ll only link the local newspaper’s take from Friday. Eric also has a website set up, the Eric Frimpong Freedom Fund, that has a letter from him posted last month.
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