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KC Fights Back to Draw Chicago

Posted on 17 May 2010 by Nate Brinson

Kamara Double Rescues Wizards

Never has a wide open sitter caused so much consternation for so many. With the home side Kansas City Wizards trailing 2-1 in the 89th minute, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra failed to control Teal Bunbury’s tight angle shot, and Kei Kamara found himself all alone in front of a gaping goal.

Less than a month ago in similar circumstances, the Wizards striker garnered worldwide attention when he slipped, missed the ball, and handled on his way to the ground. This time, Kamara remained on his feet and easily tapped it in to complete a two goal, second-half comeback for the Wizards.

“This time I was wearing blue shoes,” joked Kamara after the match. “It’s kind of a blessing to have kind of a do-over less than a month apart.”

“I hope this gets as much attention as the other goal he missed, and people will say that ‘look, the guy came back and made it in the same situation,'” added head coach Peter Vermes.

The tap in was a great relief not only to Kamara, but to his teammates, coaches and fans after nearly 90 minutes of near misses and bad luck for the home side.

Both the Wizards and the Fire entered the game coming off bad losses in their previous games, and it was the visitors who had the better start. Collins John was denied a penalty in the 12th minute, but two minutes later when Logan Pause played in Marco Pappa as defender Pablo Escobar failed to step up with the rest of his teammates. Pappa found Julio Martinez at the far post, and the Salvadoran beat both Roger Espinoza and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen to the ball to give the Fire the lead.

Kansas City seemed destined to draw level in the 26th minute when Dykstra fumbled a Ryan Smith corner kick. Escobar’s shot was cleared off the line by Pappa. Escobar tapped the rebound to Jimmy Conrad, but his shot was blocked. The ball came to Jack Jewsbury, but his shot was also blocked before Dykstra made a key save on Jewsbury’s rebound attempt before John finally cleared the danger.

The Wizards thought they had an equalizer before halftime when Davy Arnaud’s shot from 25 yards out beat Dykstra, but referee Michael Kennedy disallowed the goal as he had just blown the play dead to tend to injured Fire forward Wilman Conde. Arnaud and his teammate’s were furious with the decision as Conde had been on the ground for some time, but Kennedy waved away the protests.

“It was definitely frustrating,” said Arnaud. “It would have come at a good time for us.”

The frustration grew less than three minutes after the opening of the second half. Patrick Nyarko found space on the right wing and slipped a clever pass into substitute Brian McBride. The veteran striker made no mistake as his first time shot beat Nielsen to the far post to give the visitors a two goal lead.

However, instead of sulking over a two goal deficit as well as the dreadful conditions, the home side gained a vital lifeline two minutes later as Smith cut inside and played a pass to Kamara. Kamara turned away from CJ Brown and beat Dykstra from just outside the area to cut Chicago’s lead in half.

Smith then had two chances to equalizein the next 20 minutes only to be denied by Dykstra. Just after the hour mark, he out-foxed both Nyarko and Baggio Husidic, but Dykstra turned Smith’s right-footed shot around the post. In the 71st minute, Jimmy Conrad played an excellent ball through to Smith, but the Englishman’s half-volley was stopped by the Fire’s rookie goalkeeper.

The Wizards found their moment in the 89th minute when Bunbury turned away from Husidic and drove past Krzysztof Krol towards the byline before firing a shot. The ball slipped under Dykstra, and Kamara delicately placed in the equalizer for his second of the game.

Kansas City did not seem content with a two goal comeback and in stoppage time, the home side came close to getting a winner. Jewsbury forced a turnover just outside the Chicago penalty area, but Josh Wolff’s turnaround half-volley just missed finding the top corner.

It was a terrific comeback, but the Wizards were also disappointed in only getting a draw. Kansas City let in to soft goals in their 2-1 loss to DC United last Thursday, and Vermes was upset with his defense again against the Fire.

“We gave up two soft goals. I can tell you right now that will not become a theme,” said a frustrated Vermes. “We have to be able to keep the ball out of the back of the net.”

“We got to get better about the mistakes in the back as a team,” added Espinoza, who played his last match with the Wizards before joining the Honduran national team for their World Cup preparations.

Still, Kansas City can take satisfaction at being able to storm back after trailing by two goals, and perhaps the club has figured a way to end their goal scoring problems.

“One of the things we wanted to see with this team was how we would react when we went down by a couple of goals,” said Vermes. “Obviously, the resiliency of the group to get back in the game was excellent.”

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MLS Week 8 wrap-up

Posted on 16 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The LA Galaxy hoped to send Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle off to national team camp in style, with a win over Toronto FC Saturday night at the Home Depot Center. It didn’t happen thanks in no small part to the exploits of TFC keeper Stefan Frei. “A goalkeeper can always be a great equalizer in our sport and he was great tonight,” Donovan said of Frei’s effort after the match. Still, the 0-0 draw allows the Galaxy to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact. ASN’s Ivan Yeo reports from Carson, Calif.

Three thousand miles away, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., Fred Montero single-handedly put an end to the New York Red Bulls unbeaten run at their new ground. Montero slotted home the only goal of the match in the 85th minute. ASN has tons of coverage from that match.

Down the road in Philadelphia, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea scored his first ever MLS regular season goal, which stood up until the very last minute of stoppage time when Philadelphia’s Danny Mwanga got his first career goal. The Union rookie rocketed a shot from just inside the box for a 1-1 final at Lincoln Financial Field. Breton Bonnette wrote a match report while Sam Toma rated the Philadelphia players.

Philip Woodruff followed the proceedings from Dallas and supplied a match report and FC Dallas player ratings.

In the nation’s capital, the Colorado Rapids ended one of the longest streaks in MLS history, defeating DC United 1-0 at RFK Stadium for the first time in 11 years and sending the home side further into the abyss of the MLS table. Chris Snear has that report.

For just the second time this season and the first time in over a month, the New England Revolution were able to keep a clean sheet as they held their opponents the San Jose Earthquakes scoreless. Although the Revs were not able to find the back of the net themselves, they proved not only to have the defensive mettle necessary to earn a draw, but showed strength in the midfield for the second league game in a row. Hank Alexandre reports from Gillette Stadium.

Finally, in Kansas City, with the home side trailing 2-1 in the 89th minute, Kei Kamara found himself all alone in front of a gaping goal. Less than a month ago in similar circumstances, the Wizards striker garnered worldwide attention when he slipped, missed the ball, and handled on his way to the ground. This time, Kamara remained on his feet and easily tapped it in to complete a two goal, second-half comeback for the Wizards. “This time I was wearing blue shoes,” Kamara explained after the match, which was covered by Nate Brinson.

Goalscorer Montero takes on Tony Tchani as Hans Backe looks on ©Scott Marsh/ASN

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Thursday audio update

Posted on 06 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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ASN Twitter follower standings, round seven

Posted on 05 May 2010 by ASN Staff

It’s the start of a new month, which means it is time to revisit our Twitter account standings! This table tracks the number of followers each Major League Soccer team has through its ASN Twitter account. We launched this feature
about six months ago.

1. (1). LA Galaxy: 837 followers (4 more than on April 9)
2. (2). Seattle Sounders FC: 620 (+3)
3. (3). New York Red Bulls: 615 (+35)
4. (4). Toronto FC: 529 (+63)
5. (5). Chicago Fire: 401 (+3)
6. (6). Houston Dynamo : 385 (-1)
7. (7). Chivas USA: 340 (+6)
8. (8). Columbus Crew: 325 (+9)
9. (11). Philadelphia Union: 317 (+35)
10. (9). DC United: 311 (+0)
11. (10). New England Revolution: 294 (+0)
12 (12). Real Salt Lake: 267 (+2)
13. (14). FC Dallas: 255 (+10)
14. (13). San Jose Earthquakes: 245 (-1)
14. (15). Kansas City Wizards: 245 (+8)
16. (16). Colorado Rapids: 191 (+7)

A very interesting month. For the first time since we’ve been keeping this table teams actually lost followers. Granted it was just one follower in both instances; @DynamoASN and @QuakesASN. But it is still surprising, particularly in the latter’s case. The Quakes have been performing better on the field since, well, since they became the Houston Dynamo. And nearby Silicon Valley should surely result in more tech-savvy (and Twitter savvy?) fans than in a place like Salt Lake City or Columbus (to grossly over-generalize)?

But it wasn’t just these two accounts that suffered. Growth was anemic or inexistent (0 new followers by @dcuASN and @RevsASN–the first time that’s happened too) in all but three accounts: @TorontoFCasn (the biggest gainer by far), @RBNYasn and @PhillyUnionASN. The Union jumped two spots and the Red Bulls are within striking distance of @SoundersASN, whom they trail by five followers–something that can easily be made up in the month ahead. @LAgalaxyASN remains far ahead in the distance but a paltry four new followers at least means it didn’t expand this lead.

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Oh by the way: Just in case you were wondering, ASN’s “mothership” Twitter account, @amersocc, which covers broader (not always team-specific) issues affecting the American game, boasts 1,341 followers at the time of this writing. Our Women’s Professional Soccer account, @wpsASN, is followed by 703 people.

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Midweek MLS mash-up: Four games in one night

Posted on 05 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Gary Smith ©ASN

Gone are the days of MLS exhibition games until late summer when all but the sorriest squads made the playoffs. A spread of nine points at this point of the season will add up over the coming months. Into this breach march the undefeated LA Galaxy, who visit Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Wednesday night in a pivotal game that could have wide-ranging effects on the Western Conference race. ASN’s Pat Shea spoke to Rapids coach Gary Smith and midfielder Wells Thompson on the eve of the match.

Ivan Yeo previews the match from the Galaxy viewpoint.

The Kansas City Wizards began the season in perhaps the best possible fashion in a 4-0 romp over DC United. But as it turns out, the game may have said less about the power of the new look Wizards, and more about the ineptitude of DC United. Kansas City has only scored one goal in league play since the season opener. However, another game against DC United may be just the tonic that the Wizards need. They get their chance tonight. Nate Brinson previews that match.

Back east, the New England Revolution conclude a three-game homestand with Chivas USA. The encounter is the start of a stretch of six games in 17 days for Steve Nicol’s men, who are already stretched thin by injuries and Shalrie Joseph’s leave-of-absence. Hank Alexandre previews the match from a Revs viewpoint.

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MLS weekend previews: A full slate awaits

Posted on 30 April 2010 by ASN Staff

A busy weekend awaits for Major League Soccer with all 16 teams in action in a span of 36 hours. Several intriguing matchups are on tap. In Seattle, Sigi Schmid’s current team faces his old one with whom he won an MLS Cup in 2008. Columbus has played fewer matches than any team in MLS but with a 2-0-1 record is the only Eastern Conference side without a loss on the young season.

Speaking of Eastern Conference, what would you think if we told you DC United and the New York Red Bulls (who face each other tomorrow) occupied first and last place in that table? That DC was first and New York last, right? Wrong. The situation is exactly reversed. Hans Backe’s men, though far from impressive when fielding their first team, have a five point lead in the East, which means they will maintain their hold on first regardless of what happens this weekend.

The only team to take points from the LA Galaxy this season, the Kansas City Wizards, are the Red Bulls’ nearest competitor in the standings. With its 2-1-1 record the team formerly known as the Wiz visit the Houston Dynamo, who are off to a better-than-usual (for them) 2-2-1 start.

Further west, the best team in MLS hosts one of the worst. The Philadelphia Union, fresh off some draconian punishment from their coach, visit the Home Depot Center late Sunday. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, the newest MLS side respond to Peter Nowak’s motivational methods. ASN Philly has a full preview of that match.

Another surprising team, the Colorado Rapids, also play on the west coast, at San Jose. The Earthquakes finally appear to be gelling into something more reminiscent of the team they became, the Houston Dynamo, than the one they were the last two seasons.

The defending MLS Cup champions Real Salt Lake return home after a tough three game swing. They host Toronto FC on Saturday night. Read that preview here.

FC Dallas try again for their first win at New England Revolution, who face a difficult challenge without captain Shalrie Joseph.

Lastly, Chivas USA visit the Chicago Fire in a battle of teams in mid table in their respective conferences.

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Kamara blunder costs K.C. three points against Galaxy

Posted on 26 April 2010 by Nate Brinson

Kamara miss and Rickett’s goalkeeping keep KC at bay

On a chilly and rainy night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, the Kansas City Wizards fought the LA Galaxy to a 0-0 draw.

Kamara himself couldn't explain what happened ©David Lindsay/ASN

The game will not be remembered for the home side’s breakneck pace that put the 4-0-0 Galaxy on the back foot for most of the evening. It will not be remembered for several key saves made by LA goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. Nor will it be remembered as a game where the two opposing defenses showed why they are arguably the best in the league.

Instead, the game will be remembered for a play only 17 minutes into the game by this man, Kei Kamara. ASN’s Nate Brinson explains what happened and provides commentary from the man himself in this report.

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Photo gallery: Sounders 1, Wizards 0

Posted on 21 April 2010 by Kyle Alm

The Seattle Sounders defeated the Kansas City Wizards 1-0 on a stoppage time goal by Michael Fucito. Read about that in ASN’s preliminary match report and in our secondary story featuring player ratings.


Here is a photo gallery supplied by David Lindsay.

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Wednesday audio news update

Posted on 14 April 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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Tuesday audio news update

Posted on 13 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Subscribe to ASN's Audio Soccer News Daily for free! (Just this audio feed, no other ASN items!)

For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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