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In Pictures: Kansas City frustrates Philadelphia

Posted on 06 September 2010 by Breton Bonnette

ASN Philly’s photographer Lee Pease captured the excitement and frustration of a late Kansas City Wizards equalizer and 1-1 Union tie.

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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)




Le Toux——————————————————Fred


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)





———-Bunbury————Diop———-R. Smith————

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

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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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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Fifteen

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Week 15’s Best XI has several new inclusions as we hit the halfway point of what has proven to be a very interesting season. Kansas City, however, looking lost for the past several weeks, rode the quality play of their shotstopper to a much-needed week of results. The Union found more late game dramatics to secure three points at PPL Park, led by a fan favorite who just celebrated an impressive milestone. The battle for Player of the Week in the end went against the grain and to someone that has kept his squad in a match more times than any of us could count. Read on here.

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Saturday MLS Wrap: Philly edge TFC, Crew take control of East

Posted on 18 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Coach and player celebrate the Union's win ©TMcLaughlin 2010

Sebastien Le Toux strengthened his bid for an All-Star spot with a goal and an assist as the Union got back to their winning ways in front of 17,251 at PPL Park. Breton Bonnette reports from Chester, Pa., with photo gallery supplied by Terry McLaughlin.

The New York Red Bulls played another listless performance Saturday night and this time were punished by an efficient Columbus Crew squad. By taking all three points from the match, the Crew move five points clear of the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings. John Zidar reports from Crew Stadium. The RBNY reaction.

The Colorado Rapids found themselves down by a goal 20 minutes into the match against the Kansas City Wizards at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night, but hometown striker Conor Casey scored the equalizer in the 74th minute and almost earned three points for his team with another shot in the 89th minute. Pat Shea reports from Commerce City, Colo., complete with player ratings from both teams so be sure to check it out!

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Saturday MLS preview: Union return to Chester, Atlantic Cup decider…

Posted on 10 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Philadelphia Union return to Chester for a second game in their new digs as the season really starts to heat up. Games vs. San Jose, Celtic FC, Toronto FC, and English giants Manchester United highlight a homestand that will help Union fans get over their World Cup withdrawal. First up, however, will be to solve a hardworking San Jose squad that sees itself above .500 for the first time since returning to the league several years ago. Seb Le Toux and Danny Mwanga hope to continue their impressive form as the Union’s quest to get back to breakeven starts in earnest. Breton Bonnette reports from the City of Brotherly Love.

The New York Red Bulls return home after a lengthy absence themselves. Red Bull Arena is old hat for the team by now, but not for the visiting DC United. The team from the nation’s capital are no longer playing like a last place club and have a number of new signings to integrate into the squad. Chris Snear updates us on that situation. Meanwhile, Red Bulls rookie sensation Tim Ream was the featured guest on a podcast co-hosted by ASN’s New York correspondent. Listen to that here.

The Kansas City Wizards (3-7-3) will host Chivas USA (3-9-2) at CommunityAmerica Ballpark with both teams hoping to turn around their disappointing seasons. The Wizards, currently in 5th place in the Eastern Conference, have won only once (a 2-0 home win over Philadelphia on June 10) since back to back victories in the opening two weeks of the season. Chivas USA just snapped a six game losing streak in league play last weak with a 1-1 draw at home to Philadelphia. Nate Brinson reports from Kansas City.

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Back in the saddle, RBNY trounce Wizards, 3-0

Posted on 27 June 2010 by ASN Staff

Salou Ibrahim and Juan Pablo Angel combined to score three second half goals to give the New York Red Bulls an easy 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Wizards at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday night.
In their first game back after league-mandated FIFA World Cup break, the Red Bulls got their third straight victory in MLS play.

Bouna Coundoul turned in a strong performance for the visitors, recording seven saves and becoming the first goalkeeper in MLS history to record two assists in a league game.

The Red Bulls (8-5-0), whose last MLS match was a 1-0 win over Chivas USA June 5 at Red Bull Arena, stayed in a tie with Columbus for first-place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points after the Crew defeated D.C. United, 2-0, earlier in the evening. It was New York’s first victory in Kansas City since Sept. 10, 2005.

Solid defensive play dominated the first half with both teams having few chances to score. In the 21st minute, Wizards midfielder Davy Arnaud had a go from long range, but his shot was caught by Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Five minutes earlier, Ibrahim headed a Sinisa Ubiparipovic delivery wide.

In the 25th minute, Kansas City’s Kei Kamara nearly gave the hosts the lead when he created space at the top of the penalty box and lashed an attempt just past the left post. Soon after, Ibrahim got hold of the ball near the penalty spot and rolled his shot at goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

Ibrahim almost gave the Red Bulls the lead in the 30th minute with the team’s best chance of the half. Danleigh Borman had space on the left wing and whipped in a cross that Ibrahim deflected just past the right post from six yards out.

The Wizards looked to get on the board two minutes into the second half, with Josh Wolff putting Arnaud through into the box. However, the Kansas City midfielder could not put his strike on net. Later, Jack Jewsbury deflected in a Ryan Smith attempt that just missed the goal mouth.

New York took the lead in the 55th minute off a defensive miscue. Coundoul kicked it long into the Wizards’ half and the defense did not clear, as Ibrahim ran onto it and headed past Nielsen for his third goal of the season.

The game picked up after Ibrahim’s tally with Coundoul being called upon to make two saves within three minutes, first blocking away a Kamara attempt before parrying Arnaud’s blast from 20 yards out. On the other end, Red Bulls midfielder Seth Stammler almost doubled New York’s lead in the 58th minute when his 30-yard right-footed piledriver beat Nielsen, but slammed off the crossbar. Stammler again tested Nielsen from distance seven minutes later and the goalkeeper was able to push the Red Bull’s shot to the side.

Angel recorded his seventh goal of the season eight minutes from full time, racing onto a Coundoul pass and ripping a shot under Nielsen. The Colombian wasn’t done for the evening, notching his franchise-leading 11th multi-goal game for New York when he muscled his way past his defender, dribbled around Nielsen and slid it into the empty net.

The Wizards were reduced to 10 men in second half stoppage time, as Arnaud was shown a red card for a late tackle on midfielder Joel Lindpere.

New York returns to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, taking on USL-2 side, the Harrisburg City Islanders, at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg, PA, on Tuesday, June 29 at 7:00 PM in the tournament’s third round. The Red Bulls then travel to face the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday, July 4.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 3, Kansas City Wizards 0
June 26, 2010 – CommunityAmerica Ballpark; Kansas City, KS
Attendance: 10,385

Scoring Summary:
NY: Salou Ibrahim 3 (Bouna Coundoul 1) 55’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 7 (Bouna Coundoul 2) 82’
NY: Juan Pablo Angel 8 (unassisted) 90’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Joel Lindpere (caution) 43’
KC: Jimmy Conrad (caution) 43’
KC: Graham Zusi (caution) 80’
KC: Davy Arnaud (ejection) 94’+

New York Red Bulls (8-5-0, 24 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Chris Albright, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Roy Miller 77’), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler, Tony Tchani (Mike Petke 89’), Salou Ibrahim (Conor Chinn 77’), Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton (GK), Luke Sassano, Irving Garcia, John Wolyniec

Kansas City Wizards (3-6-3, 12 pts.) –Jimmy Nielsen (GK), Michael Harrington, Aaron Hohlbein, Jimmy Conrad, Chance Myers, Craig Rocastle (Graham Zusi 66’), Jack Jewsbury (Teal Burnbury 71’), Davy Arnaud, Ryan Smith, Josh Wolff (Birahim Diop 84’), Kei Kamara

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Kronberg (GK), Matt Besler, Jonathan Leathers, Korede Aiyegbusi

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple, Peter Manikowski
4th Referee: Geoff Gamble

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Tuesday audio update

Posted on 01 June 2010 by ASN Staff

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Kansas City Faces a Tall Task In Salt Lake

Posted on 28 May 2010 by Nate Brinson

Two weeks ago, the Kansas City Wizards hoped that a two game home stand could reverse their fortunes. However, the Wizards could only take one point from both games, and after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Columbus, the club’s winless streak reached six games.

The loss to Columbus was a microcosm of Kansas City’s winless streak. The Wizards enjoyed more of the ball throughout the game and created far more opportunities than their opponents, but they simply could not find a way to score. Meanwhile, a huge defensive blunder led to Columbus’ only goal, an Emilio Renteria wide-open header in the six hard box.

Kansas City must now travel to the Wasatch Front and face a Salt Lake squad that has not lost at home all season. The defending champions enter Saturday’s game on the heels of a 2-1 road win over Chivas USA. Defender Chris Wingert scored in first half stoppage time, but Chivas appeared that they would at least take a point from the game when Justin Braun equalized in the 80th minute. However, the visitors stole all three points when Fabian Espindola received a clever pass from Alvaro Saborio and drove a shot past goalkeeper Zach Thornton.

Both teams will be missing key players due to injuries and World Cup call ups. For Kansas City, Roger Espinoza is with the Honduran World Cup squad, and Michael Harrington will once again slide over to the left side to cover Espinoza’s spot in the back line. Midfielder Stephane Auvray will miss his third consecutive game as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery. Jack Jewsbury will remain in the holding midfield position, where he will have to keep a close watch on Javier Morales as well as initiate Wizards attacks.

Real Salt Lake will not have Robbie Findley after the striker’s surprise selection in the American World Cup squad. However, Salt Lake has quality depth at the forward position, particularly with Saborio and Espindola scoring several goals already this season. The depth in midfield will be tested with Kyle Beckerman missing the game after suffering a foot injury last week against Chivas USA. Jean Alexandre came on for Beckerman after his injury, but Ned Grabavoy may also feature. Whether it is Alexandre or Grabavoy, it will be a major task for Salt Lake to replace their do-everything captain, and it could benefit the Wizards captain Davy Arnaud, who excels in making storming runs forward from central midfield.

The form book would indicate an easy victory for Salt Lake, particularly due to their impressive record at home. However, the game may not prove to be so simple. Other than the 3-0 loss to Houston in which they played over half of the game with 10 men, Kansas City has not played played off the park during this losing streak. In fact, they have out shot opponents by more than a two to one margin in their last three games. Real would also be wise to remember when a Kansas City team struggling to find victories came to Rio Tinto Stadium and left 2-0 winners. It was Salt Lake’s last defeat and home, and it serves as a reminder that recent form is not the be-all and end-all.

Still, if the Wizards want to pull the upset, they must turn their possession into goals and avoid the defensive miscues that have plagued them for over a month. Head coach Peter Vermes feels that his team is significantly better than last year. However, they must start to find some victories, or 2010 could end just as 2009 did.

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Kansas City Fall 1-0 to Crew

Posted on 25 May 2010 by Nate Brinson

Wizards Unbeaten Run Extends to 7

For the Kansas City Wizards, Sunday’s game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark against the Columbus Crew seemed like a recurring nightmare. The home side had more of the play and created more scoring chances than their opponent and seemed the livelier of the two sides. Once again, however, lack of finishing and an error in the back gave the Wizards a disappointing result.

This time, it was a wide open Emilio Renteria header midway through the second half that gave the still unbeaten Crew the victory over Kansas City and left the Wizards looking for answers.

“I am very frustrated,” said head coach Peter Vermes. “There are a lot of games where have played well. We just haven’t gotten it.”

Vermes made three changes in his starting lineup from last Saturday against Chicago. Jonathan Leathers received his first start of the season in place of Roger Espinoza, who is currently with the Honduran National Team. Matt Besler regained his spot in the back line in favor of Pablo Escobar, who seemed particularly at fault for several opposition goals, and rookie Teal Bunbury, who set up the late equalizer against the Fire last week, started in place of veteran Josh Wolff.

Kansas City looked to apply pressure early and often against a Crew side that had played only three days prior against New York. Columbus was able to absorb most of the pressure thanks to a back line anchored by Andy Iro, and in the tenth minute, they nearly capitalized on the Wizards high defensive line. Guillermo Barros Schelotto played in Eddie Gaven behind the Kansas City defense, but Jimmy Nielsen denied the Crew winger and kept the game scoreless.

For the rest of a rather first half, Columbus seemed content to sit back and preserve their energy on a warm, humid afternoon, and the home side were relegated to hopeful shots from distance. In the last minute of the first half, the Wizards nearly had the breakthrough. Graham Zusi, getting his second consecutive start for the injured Stephane Auvray, stormed down the left side and played a ball to Kamara at the top of the penalty area. Kamara laid the ball back to an onrushing Davy Arnaud. Arnaud’s wicked drive beat goalkeeper Will Hesmer, but the ball glanced the goalpost and out for a goal kick.

Kansas City maintained their pressure after halftime, and they nearly broke through again in the 47th minute. Bunbury beat Danny O’Roarke to the byline, but his cross was just off the mark as Kamara could not direct his header on goal. Less than a minute later, Bunbury stormed forward through the middle of the field. Bunbury control, but was able to tap it back to Zusi, who blasted a shot just wide from 20 yards.

Poor defending, however, reared its ugly head once again for the Wizards in the 64th minute. From a Schelotto corner kick, substitute Emilio Renteria was left criminally unmarked in the six yard box, and the Venezuelan headed home his second goal in as many games.

The Wizards had two opportunities to equalize in the later stages of the game. In the 71st minute, Ryan Smith’s tempting cross looked like it would result in an easy Kamara goal, but Iro intervened with an excellent last ditch header. In stoppage time, substitute Birahim Diop played a ball into fellow substitute Wolff. Wolff controlled the ball well, but he could not direct his half-volley on target. The last chance came one minute later when Kamara’s low cross just missed a sliding Wolff as Hesmer secured the loose ball and the Crew victory.

In the end, it was a game that seems to separate the top teams from the rest of the league. The Crew had everything going against them in this game, but they found a way to steal three points. For all of the Wizards efforts, they simply could not get a postive result, which has become a rather disturbing pattern for the club.

“I think we are a better team than our record shows right now,” said Arnaud after the game. “But having said that, we have got to get results.”

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MLS Saturday preview: Shalrie Joseph returns to Revs and more

Posted on 22 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Shalrie Joseph ©Julie Harper/ASN

Shalrie Joseph has returned to the New England Revolution and will join the team for today’s match against Toronto FC. Joseph’s absence left the Revs in a difficult bind; without him they have been winless in their last six league matches. ASN’s Hank Alexandre has full coverage.

No rest for the productive. The Columbus Crew visit the Kansas City Wizards after a midweek victory at Red Bull Arena. The visitors bring a three game winning streak into CommunityAmerica Ballpark, while the home side is winless in their last five. One of those streaks will end. Which one will it be? Nate Brinson provides a preview of the affair.

Further west, Jason Kreis’ Real Salt Lake squad looks to keep the momentum going against Chivas USA. It was last week’s result — a 3-1 win over the Dynamo — that gave Real a surge of confidence. “It was huge – biggest game of the season for us so far,” said captain Kyle Beckerman. Kali Korbis reports from Salt Lake City.

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