A beautiful day for the beautiful game.
~ MLSnet.com: KC host Rapids after strong debut
~ MLSnet.com: Game guide
~ MLSnet.com video: Sean Kosednar
~ MLSnet.com video: Rapids All-Access (2:10 mark)
~ Goal.com: Pat Walsh’s analysis and prediction
~ Associated Press: Wizards-Rapids Preview
~ From the Pitch with Marcelo Balboa: Curt Onalfo interview (1:37:35 mark)
Articles of interest:
~ Kansas City Star: “Burciaga’s return to Kansas City has one special fan excited”
~ Kansas City Star: Game preview
~ Denver Post: “Regis grad (Espinoza) eyes Rapids’ duel”
Last year’s meetings:
~ 7/22: KC 2, Colorado 2
~ Video: Eddie Johnson brace
~ Video: Mehdi Ballouchy cheap shot
~ Video: Jose Burciaga red card
~ Video: “We got robbed…I’m furious…Absolute disgrace.” (C. Onalfo)
~ 5/19: KC 1, Colorado 1
~ Video: MetroSports highlights
Notes on the opposition:
~ Rookie and No. 5 SuperDraft pick Ciaran O’Brien (UCSB) is serving the first of a two-game suspension for a red card received last week.
~ Scottish striker Tam McManus joined their squad this week.
~ English midfielder Terry Cooke was named MLS Player of the Week for his goal and 2 assists in their 4-0 win over LA.
~ Former MLS MVP Christian Gomez was acquired in the offseason from DC and will face fellow Argentines Claudio Lopez, Carlos Marinelli, and Eloy Colombano.
~ Earlier this week Martin Rogers called Senegalese goalie Bouna Coundoul the best shot stopper in the league, citing his reflexes and athleticism.
~ After spending his first six seasons in KC, left back Jose Burciaga Jr. was traded to Colorado in the offseason for a 2nd-round pick in next year’s SuperDraft.
~ Wizards Technical Director Peter Vermes played three seasons in Colorado (98 appearances). Ironically, he was acquired by the Rapids in 1997 via a trade with NY for current Wizard Kerry Zavagnin.
~ Supporters from C-Firm and Class VI will be taking a 32-passenger bus here for the game and will be in the Corner Kick Deck next to the right-field berm.
~ TV: Live on Direct Kick and MLSlive.tv; Delayed on MetroSports (7 pm)
~ Radio: Live on 1480 AM (English) and 1340 AM (Espanol)
~ MetroSports viewers and 1480 AM simulcast listeners will have the pleasure of hearing former US Men’s National Team Coach Bruce Arena in the broadcast booth with Sean Wheelock. Wizards coach Curt Onalfo was a player and assistant under Arena.
~ Also, the main camera for television coverage has been adjusted after last week’s negative feedback and will be shooting from a higher angle.
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