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Wizards Travel to Houston

Posted on 30 April 2010 by Nate Brinson

After a now infamous 0-0 draw against the LA Galaxy, the Kansas City Wizards travel to Robertson Stadium to face the Houston Dynamo.

Last week’s game at home against the Galaxy has drawn worldwide attention as the video of Kei Kamara’s spectacular miss has truly gone viral. Not only was the miss comical, but it also cost the Wizards a statement victory against a Galaxy team that started the season 4-0-0.

Aside from Kamara’s miss, coach Peter Vermes can take several positives from the game. Pablo Escobar filled in admirably for the injured Jimmy Conrad as he and Matt Besler helped contain Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan. With Conrad likely to miss this weekend’s game as well, Escobar and Besler will once again be tasked with defending the opposition forwards. Offensively, the Wizards had more possession and more scoring chances, forcing LA to rely on Donovan Ricketts (as well as Kei Kamara) to make several key saves.

Kansas City will play a Dynamo team that has experienced a difficult week. After a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Fire, the Dynamo learned that they will lose midfielder Geoff Cameron for the season with a torn PCL. Coach Dominic Kinnear hoped that Cameron would fill the hole in central midfield after the departures of both Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark, and now Kinnear must again retool his central midfield.

The likely solution will be to move Brad Davis inside and start Corey Ashe in Davis’ old spot in left midfield. Adrian Serioux could also step in as a direct replacement for Cameron. Davis is the more skillful of the two players, however, he is more effective in a slower paced game. The Wizards have excelled at applying high pressure all over the field all season, and they would most likely continue this tactic to avoid giving Davis the time to use his cultured left foot.

Offensively for Kansas City, the question is a simple one: can they convert their advantage in possession into goals. Vermes’ team have dramatically improved this season based on style points, but since the 4-0 drubbing of DC United in the season opener, the Wizards have scored only one goal in league play. Kansas City does not possess a true goalscoring machine, and therefore like the stifling defense that the team has displayed this year, goalscoring for this club will have to truly be a team effort.

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