Tuesday Newsday (Updated)

UPDATE: Wizards reserves move into first place and improve to 4-1-2 with a 3-0 win on goals by Wolff, Pizarro, and a New York own goal.  Official press release here.  Check the reserves page for updated stats and standings.

Reserves in action, Juniors preparing for action, and even some stadium news to share…

  • The Wizards reserves (3-1-2) host the NY Red Bulls reserves (1-3-0) this morning at the team’s Swope Park Training Facility — 10 am kickoff, weather permitting.  The game, rescheduled from a July 11th conflict with the Atlas friendly, is a big one for Kansas City.  A win would propel them into first place in the East and put them atop the single table.  Both sides will have their full rosters available for selection today, an oddity for Reserve League games, because neither team’s previous game falls inside the 60-hour restriction window.  Expect Josh Wolff to be among the KC squad as he returns to full fitness.  I updated the reserves page, and it looks like the Wizards are led in scoring by Ryan Pore (4 goals in 3 games) and Nelson Pizarro (2 goals, 2 assists in 5 games), with goalkeeper Eric Kronberg having allowed 10 goals in 6 games.  New York’s reserves, currently in last place, will be trying to avenge for a 2-1 loss to the KC reserves on May 18th and are coming off a 5-0 thrashing at New England.
  • The KC Wizards Juniors U-19 team is representing Region II at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas this week.  The Juniors play their first of three games at 7:30 tomorrow morning, facing Maryland’s Freestate United.  A quick look at Freestate’s roster shows a lot of college talent:  ’06 HS All-American and UNC-Greensboro sophomore Nirav Kadam, Maryland goalkeeper Will Swaim, Stanford University’s Kevin Huang, University of Pennsylvania sophomore forward Fernando Duran, Penn State redshirt freshman Marco Ciarla, Davidson’s Josh Zipin, Georgetown University’s Mostafa Ebrahimnejad, Catholic University’s Nick Sylvester and Adrian Davis, and George Washington University’s Marcus RanneyKyle Albrecht and Erick Perez.  A good writeup on the team was posted today on Potomac Soccerwire.  
  • As for the senior team, all I’ve got to offer is Sean Kosednar’s mlsnet.com video recapping the Columbus game and previewing Sunday’s Chicago fixture.  And don’t forget Jimmy Conrad’s ESPN.com chat at 2 pm today.
  • Finally, I hesitate to call this stadium news but when we’ve heard so little as of late I’ll take anything I can find.  Today is the deadline for bids on asbestos remediation!  Gotta start somewhere I suppose.  I’ll keep my eyes on The Trails website to see if anything stadium-specific is posted.  As always, stay tuned…  
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