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Monday audio news update

Posted on 12 April 2010 by ASN Staff

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ASN Twitter follower standings, round six

Posted on 09 April 2010 by ASN Staff

It’s been over a month since round five and a full quarter year since we rolled out this feature, which tracks the number of followers each Major League Soccer team has through its ASN Twitter account. Time to revisit!

1. (1). LA Galaxy: 833 followers (18 more than on March 1)
2. (2). Seattle Sounders FC: 617 (+34)
3. (3). New York Red Bulls: 580 (+60)
4. (4). Toronto FC: 464 (+48)
5. (5). Chicago Fire: 398 (+12)
6. (6). Houston Dynamo : 386 (+20)
7. (7). Chivas USA: 334 (+9)
8. (9). Columbus Crew: 316 (+19)
9. (8). DC United: 311 (+2)
10. (10). New England Revolution: 294 (+10)
11. (12). Philadelphia Union: 282 (+28)
12 (11). Real Salt Lake: 265 (+7)
13. (14). San Jose Earthquakes: 246 (+12)
14. (13). FC Dallas: 245 (+9)
15. (15). Kansas City Wizards: 237 (+32)
16. (16). Colorado Rapids: 184 (+14)

The surge of good press and good vibes (not to mention the launch of an independent podcast) associated with the New York Red Bulls and their new ground have also played out in the Twitter world. The @rbnyASN account added a net of 60 followers the last month, or an average of two per day. Despite this surge, the Red Bulls remain in third place, thanks in no small part to continued strong growth from @SoundersASN. But the gap between second and third place has narrowed, from 63 last month to just 37. Both Red Bulls and Sounders accounts gained ground on first place @LAgalaxyASN, which had a poor month but remains far ahead, a likely repercussion of the Beckham years. @TorontoFCasn had another strong month, adding more followers than anybody but the Red Bulls. Who added the third-most? How about the small-market @KCwizardsASN, who are rapidly gaining on places 13 (@QuakesASN) and 14 (@FCdallasASN)!

On the other end of the scale, DC United’s slow start appears to have affected @dcuASN, which grew by a minuscule two followers last month. Come to think of it, weren’t DC the team Kansas City drubbed 4-0 in the season opener? Maybe results on the field do have an effect? @ChivasASN, which grew by just nine followers, has also started very slowly. Then again, so too has Toronto FC.

There are obvious many factors affecting the number of followers each team has. What are the biggest ones, in your opinion?

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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 1,238 followers at the time of this writing. Our Women’s Professional Soccer account, @wpsASN, was followed by an even 700 people.

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Wizards Set To Host Colorado

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Nate Brinson

After a break last week from league play, the Kansas City Wizards face the Colorado Rapids twice in four days as they host Colorado in league play on Saturday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark and then on Tuesday on the campus of UMKC.

Following their 4-0 romp over DC in the first week of the season, the Wizards traveled to the St. Louis Soccer Park last Saturday for a friendly against AC St. Louis. Davy Arnaud, Josh Wolff, Ryan Smith, and Stephane Auvray sat out the game, giving players like David Rocastle, Santiago Hirsig, and Zoltan Hercegfalvi a chance to shine. The Wizards won the game 2-1 against the USSF-2 side, but the big news from the match was Hercegfalvi’s ACL tear in the game’s second half, which will could keep the Hungarian out for the entire season.

Last week, Colorado hoped to build on their opening week victory over Chivas USA as they hosted the Chicago Fire. Omar Cummings opened the scoring early in the game, but Chicago soon equalized through Collins John’s first MLS goal. The home side regained the league shortly before halftime with a penalty kick from Conor Casey, but just six minutes into the second half, Brian McBride canceled Casey’s goal with a penalty kick of his own.

Both Kansas City and Colorado have added attacking talent to their rosters since their last league game. The Wizards completed the signing of forward Sunil Chhetri, who will likely now take Hercegfalvi’s spot in the 24 man roster. Chhetri started for the Wizards reserves last Saturday in St. Louis against the University of Evansville, and the Indian marked his debut with a hat trick.

Meanwhile, Colorado signed a face very familiar to Wizards fans – Argentine forward Claudio Lopez, who was let go by Kansas City in the offseason after featuring for the team in 2008 and 2009. However, El Piojo will likely miss the game on Saturday as he awaits the final approval of a work visa. The Rapids also picked up former Earthquake Quincy Amarikawa.

The Wizards received some mixed news on the injury front this week. Kei Kamara and Hirsig both picked up injuries against St. Louis and may miss the game on Saturday. However, Smith, who left the game in the 81st minute against DC, and Chance Myers, who suffered a hamstring injury shortly before the game against United, have both been training this week. Smith will likely assume his role on the left wing, and Myers may be available to play on the right flank.

The Wizards may have a great opportunity to test Colorado’s defense. The Rapids’ back line looked stout in the 1-0 victory against Chivas but appeared much more suspect against Chicago. The play of newly acquired Marvel Wynne seems to epitomize Colorado’s play in the back. A fullback for much of his career, the athletic Wynne was moved to center back by coach Gary Smith, and he played very well against Chivas. However, Wynne was beaten to the ball by John on the opening goal last week, and Wynne set up McBride’s penalty when he brought down Nyarko in the area.

Wynne and central defense partner Drew Moor will have much to deal with against the Wizards fluid attack. The constant movement of Kansas City players may prove to be too much for on Saturday for an inexperienced Colorado defense that is still looking to develop a solid chemistry.

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Quote of the week

Posted on 29 March 2010 by ASN Staff

“A lot of things went wrong in one evening.”–DC United head coach Curt Onalfo‘s reaction to his team’s 4-0 opening night loss at the Kansas City Wizards.

DC United got some more bad news Monday, when it was revealed that defensive midfielder Clyde Simms, who had been moonlighting at right back in Bryan Namoff’s absence, would miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring strain. Simms underwent knee surgery in the offseason.

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Introducing the ASN best 11 MLS team of the week

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

ASN Philly has taken the liberty of assembling a Best XI for Week One of the 2010 Major League Soccer season. The selections without player ratings were taken from match recaps and an astute viewing of all of the highlights. Still, fans are sure to take offense with some of the inclusions–and omissions. After all, it wouldn’t be a “best 11” otherwise. Check it out!

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(Still) Hoping for better days in K.C.

Posted on 24 March 2010 by Nate Brinson

Peter Vermes

After an abysmal 2009 season, the Kansas City Wizards will look to several new faces to change their fortunes in 2010. Technical Director and now full time Manager Peter Vermes does have a major task on his hands after witnessing his club’s performance last season. Vermes became the full time manager in the offseason, and as is expected of a team that finished third from last in the league, he has made a major overhaul of his roster. Amongst the many players that were traded, waived, or left unsigned were Lopez, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, forward Adam Christman, midfielder Kurt Morsink, and defender Lance Watson.

ASN’s Nate Brinson reports from Kansas City.

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Tuesday audio news update

Posted on 09 March 2010 by ASN Staff

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ASN Twitter account standings, round five

Posted on 28 February 2010 by ASN Staff

It’s been one month since round four and almost exactly two months since first look at the number of followers each Major League Soccer team has through its ASN Twitter account. Time to revisit!

1. (1). LA Galaxy: 815 followers (17 more than on Feb. 1)
2. (2). Seattle Sounders FC: 583 (+27)
3. (3). New York Red Bulls: 520 (+51)
4. (5). Toronto FC: 416 (+65)
5. (4). Chicago Fire: 386 (+21)
6. (6). Houston Dynamo : 366 (+17)
7. (7). Chivas USA: 323 (+14)
8. (8). DC United: 309 (+18)
9. (10). Columbus Crew: 297 (+41)
10. (9). New England Revolution: 284 (+10)
11 (11). Real Salt Lake: 258 (+6)
12. (13). Philadelphia Union: 254 (+30)
13. (12). FC Dallas: 236 (+7)
14. (14). San Jose Earthquakes: 234 (+12)
15. (15). Kansas City Wizards: 205 (+25)
16. (16). Colorado Rapids: 170 (+26)

There was a clear winner this month and it was Toronto FC, where ASN’s designated twitterer has been anything but passive. TFC booked the most number of new followers (65) of anybody and leaped into fourth place at the expense of the Chicago Fire. That’s the good news. The bad news for them is the team they trail for third place, the New York Red Bulls, added the second-most number of followers, 51. If New York keeps it up, it may close to the Seattle Sounders, whose growth has slowed somewhat in recent months. The Columbus Crew also had a very productive period, adding 41 followers to leapfrog the anemic New England Revolution into ninth place. Lower down on the table, we were glad to see strong growth in Colorado and Kansas City, while Philadelphia continues its upward march, albeit with just a little more than half the new followers of last time.

There are obvious many factors affecting the number of followers each team has. What are the biggest ones, in your opinion?

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Wednesday audio news update

Posted on 24 February 2010 by ASN Staff

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A Wizard no moreKC parts ways with ‘El Piojo’

Posted on 23 February 2010 by ASN Staff

El Piojo has played his last game for the Wizards

The Kansas City Wizards have parted ways with Claudio Lopez after failing to negotiate a contract extension with the 35-year old Argentine. The news was first reported through ThreeFourThree.com‘s Twitter feed a week ago and today announced by the Wizards.

The team claims it had been in negotiations with Lopez throughout the preseason. The former Argentine international spent two seasons with the Wizards, the first as a designated player before agreeing to have his contract restructured for the 2009 campaign.

Will another Major League Soccer team pick up Lopez? The matter is already up for debate on ASN’s New York Red Bulls page. Wizards fans can commiserate on their page.

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