Game #22 Preview: Kansas City at Philadelphia

Posted on 04 September 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Even without their starting striker, the Wizards will be coming into the Union’s PPL Park confident of getting a result to head back home with. Kansas City is fresh off of an offensive revival, scoring 6 goals in the last two games (one of which was a win over league-leading Los Angeles) after only scoring 6 in the 10 games before that. The Union are without a vital cog in the middle, Eduardo Coudet, but have some momentum of their own coming into this match. Will the Zolos continue their slow ascent in the Eastern Conference or will the Wizards sweep the season’s home-away series?

Philadelphia Union Projected Starters (5-11-5)

——————————–Seitz——————————-

Orozco————-Califf————Gonzalez———Harvey

———————Coudet———-Miglioranzi—————

Le Toux——————————————————Fred

———————-Mwanga———Moreno——————

QUESTIONABLE: FW Alejandro Moreno (R hamstring strain); FW Sebastien Le Toux (L knee contusion); MF Shea Salinas (L fibula fracture); PROBABLE: MF Eduardo Coudet (R foot contusion)

Kansas City Wizards Projected Starters (7-9-5)

——————————-Nielsen—————————–

Harrington——-Thomas————Conrad——–Espinoza

———————Auvray———–Rocastle——————-

——————————-Arnaud——————————-

———-Bunbury————Diop———-R. Smith————

OUT: MF Zoltan Hercegfalvi (R knee sprain/torn ACL)

Did you know?

Former Union defender Shavar Thomas will most likely start in central defense for the Wizards. The MLS vet has formed a nice partnership with Jimmy Conrad and yearns, we’re sure, to get a win against the team that wouldn’t play him.

Shavar Thomas will catch a flight right after the match to play in an international friendly for Jamaica. Roger Espinoza will do the same for Honduras. Kei Kamara, however, has a bit further of a distance to travel for Sierra Leone’s African Nations Cup qualifier. The Wizards’ leading scorer will miss the match altogether.

The Wizards head coach and Delran, NJ native Peter Vermes was unfortunately recently arrested for driving under the influence. Not a good development in an otherwise promising time for the Wizards.

The Wizards sit at 4-1-2 over their last 7 matches and have catapulted to fourth in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Neilsen, their Danish goalkeeper, has done everything he can to make Wizards fan forget Kansas City favorite Kevin Hartman (now playing for FC Dallas). It has worked. Alongside former Arsenal trainee Ryan Smith and 8-goal Kei Kamara, Nielsen is probably the most important player in their squad.

Excuse the laziness today Union fans but we want you to come up with the Keys to the Win. What’s it going to take to cancel out the Wizards’ momentum?

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