Conrad Chat

For those of you who missed the ESPN.com chat today – it only lasted about 20 minutes — here is the  transcript of Jimmy’s Q&A.  He touches on a bit of everything, music to food, cards to video games, even which superhero he would be.  Rest assured, there’s some soccer stuff in there too ahead of his All Star appearance.  Enjoy.

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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…  

Wizards on the Worldwide Web

It’s always fun for me to see what’s being said, shown, shared, etc. about our team online and today is no exception…

Check back for more news and notes tomorrow, lots more information to share.

National Spotlight, Locally Less So

With the weekly MLS Primetime Thursday match bumped to ESPN, the stage was set for another classic KC-Columbus thriller last night.  The two teams didn’t disappoint, scoring 5 goals in a 16 minute span and 6 goals total, though the local media coverage of the 3-3 draw did leave me more than a little disappointed.

The Kansas City Star story, written by the Columbus Dispatch’s Shawn Mitchell, once again gets buried (page D7), but why?  The Royals didn’t play Thursday, yet still got the top story.  The Chiefs and a local swimmer got stories on the side and the centerpiece package goes to a NASCAR feature on Kyle Busch.  So despite being the only local team to play — and at a deadline-friendly 7 pm kickoff time — in a game that turns out to be of presumable interest to even the casual sports fan, the most space it merited was the inside of the back page???

By contrast, let’s take a look at what could have been.  Exhibit A: The Columbus Dispatch. Continue reading

Column on Coach (Updated)

Kansas City Wizards Coach Curt Onalfo

Tremendous read today from ESPN.com’s Kristian Dyer: Wizards’ Onalfo a true survivor.

“He is the same person that he was before all this, which is to say that he is a terrific person,” said Arena. “He’s a fighter, on and off the field. He always was, and he still is.”

UPDATED: Posted some video footage below of Curt following the season opening victory against his former team, DC United.  Curt shares the moment with fans, his family, and the local media.  

 

KC ends road trip with draw (KC Star, Page C6)

By JASON FRANCHUK
The Kansas City Star
08 Jun 2008

Unable to score, the Wizards won’t bother to nitpick. At least Real Salt Lake also didn’t find the net, as the teams battled to a 90-minute 0-0 draw Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Finishing a six-game Major League Soccer road trip, the Wizards,…read more…

News and Notes

Not much to report on ahead of tomorrow’s fixture at RSL, but here’s what I can offer:

The Wizards are affiliated with the MLS’s Kansas City Wizards and serve as a farm system of sorts for the professional club. “Our older teams get the opportunity to scrimmage against the pro-club throughout the year,” Darling said. “It gives the kids the opportunity to show what they can do against professional competition which can open the door to a career in soccer.”

  • Wizards’ 2008 4th round supplemental draft pick Andrew Kartunen has been added to the team’s roster on kcwizards.com.  He was previously regarded as a league pool goalkeeper.
  • On the eve of Euro 2008, Scotland’s Glasgow Evening Times has a Where Are They Now for the 1992 squad, among which former Wizard Richard Gough is featured.
  • Former Wizard Edson Elcock, now with USL-1’s Puerto Rico Islanders, will be on FSC tonight at 7 pm as they take on the Atlanta Silverbacks.  Edson was selected in the third round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft but was waived following his rookie season.
  • Despite being a rookie, the Wizards 2008 US Open Cup campaign won’t be Roger Espinoza’s first.  While playing at Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona, he participated in the 2006 tourney with the Arizona Sahuaros who qualified again this year.

Finally, a couple non-Wizards but KC-centric soccer stories:

So, here’s what I’ve been thinking: I need a soccer team. A football club. Whatever you call it. You can teach me that stuff later. For a while I thought about becoming a fan of Arsenal because of Nick Hornby, but I never really followed up on that. I’m more committed now — thanks in large part to the upcoming soccer book Bloody Confused by my dear friend Chuck Culpepper.  Yes, I want a club. I want to buy soccer jerseys. I want to feel international (Sorry: American soccer teams are not eligible). I want to be able to use all those cool soccer words like … well, I don’t know, I’ll learn them. So, here’s the deal: My fan services are for hire. All you have to do is send along an email telling me why I should support your team. The best email wins my enduring soccer love and maybe even an occasional soccer post.