2008 Kansas City Wizards season

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Kansas City Wizards
2008 season
Manager Curt Onalfo
Major League Soccer East: 4th
Overall: 6th
USOC Quarterfinals
Playoffs Conference Semifinals
Top goalscorer League: Davy Arnaud (7)
All: Davy Arnaud (8)
Highest home attendance 26,113
Average home league attendance 10,686
Home colors
Away colors

The 2008 Kansas City Wizards season was the first season played at the temporary home Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas.

Team News[edit]

The Wizards have been seeking sites for a soccer-specific stadium, initially targeting possible locations in Johnson County, Kansas. The Wizards' new ownership identified a site at 159th Street and U.S. Route 69 in south Overland Park, Kansas as its preferred location for a stadium, but this plan was met with numerous difficulties, namely the decision of the town's mayor to pull his support for the financing of the stadium after a vote had failed to secure money for the building of youth fields at the same site.[1]

Due to renovations of Arrowhead Stadium, the Wizards were expected to play at a temporary stadium beginning in 2007, while planning and awaiting the construction of a new facility. Yet on January 31, 2007, it was announced the Wizards would continue to play in Arrowhead in the 2007 season.[2]

The reasons given for the return to Arrowhead were the difficulties in expanding other facilities in the area (the KC Wizards played an exhibition in the beginning of the 2007 season at the District Activities Center owned and operated by the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas) and the delay in the Arrowhead renovation plan.

On July 27, 2007, the Kansas City Star reported that Lane4 Property Group, a developer hired by the Wizards, was moving closer to making plans final for a massive redevelopment of now-vacant Bannister Mall that will probably include a new 18,500-seat stadium for the Wizards and 12 to 18 tournament soccer fields. Under Lane4’s plan, the Bannister Mall and Benjamin Plaza shopping centers and the adjoining Benjamin Ranch property would be demolished and replaced with a mixed-use project with retail, office and residential components in addition to a possible Wizards stadium. According to MLS.net on December 14, 2007, the Wizards plans for a new stadium were approved by the Kansas City council. The current target date for completion of construction for a new facility has been stated as the beginning of the 2010 MLS season. Team owners are currently collaborating with architecture firm 360 Architecture on the design of the new stadium.

Matches[edit]

Pre-Season[edit]

Saturn Cup[edit]

The senior team played its first competitive match of the 2008 campaign in Norman, Oklahoma at John Crain Field on the campus of the University of Oklahoma on March 22, 2008 as part of the Saturn Cup against Real Salt Lake. The Wizards took home the hardware with the only goal of the contest coming from the head of defender Jimmy Conrad off a Carlos Marinelli free kick. This marked the second time in club history that it won the Saturn Cup.


New Mexico Cup[edit]

2008 Colombian newcomer Iván Trujillo scored twice against CSD Municipal the defending Liga Nacional de Guatemala champions in Albuquerque, New Mexico while the Wizards defense held the Reds scoreless, 2-0. The New Mexico Cup was played at the University of New Mexico.


Major League Soccer[edit]

Notes[edit]

• Kansas City has now qualified for the playoffs in nine of their 13 seasons, both seasons since OnGoal bought the team in 2006.
• Kansas City finished the season 5-1-1 in their final seven matches, including a 3-0-0 record in their last three.
Claudio López finished his first MLS season tied for second on the team in league goals (6) and tied for the team lead in assists (7).
Davy Arnaud clinched the team Golden Boot after scoring two goals in his final two games.
• Five times throughout the season Kansas City scored three or more goals.
• Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and defender Jimmy Conrad are the only Wizards to play all 2700 minutes this season.
• Hartman, Conrad and defender Michael Harrington are the only three players to start in all 30 MLS games.
• Hartman now has 138 career wins, an MLS all-time record.
Kerry Zavagnin's final MLS appearance came away to the Revs in the season finale and was his 237th appearance for the Wizards, a club record. He finished with 20,516 minutes played in league play, also a club record.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 42 11 10 9 37 39 −2 9 2 4 22 15 +7 2 8 5 15 24 −9

Last updated: Oct 25, 2008
Source: Major League Soccer
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
March 29, 2008 DC United H 2–0 Trujillo
López
10,385
April 5, 2008 Colorado Rapids H 3–2 Conrad 2
Sealy
8,731
April 9, 2008 New England Revolution H 1–3 Jewsbury 8,096
April 12, 2008 Houston Dynamo H 0–0 9,627
April 20, 2008 Chicago Fire S.C. A 1–0 Jewsbury 17,121
April 26, 2008 Toronto FC A 0–2 20,045
May 3, 2008 Columbus Crew A 1–2 López 10,447
May 17, 2008 New York Red Bulls A 1–1 Conrad 15,755
May 24, 2008 Los Angeles Galaxy A 1–3 López 24,176
June 7, 2008 Real Salt Lake A 0–0 11,327
June 14, 2008 Columbus Crew H 0–3 10,385
June 21, 2008 Toronto FC A 0–0 20,293
June 28, 2008 Real Salt Lake H 1–0 Own Goal 10,385
July 4, 2008 FC Dallas A 1–1 Sealy 16,765
July 10, 2008 New York Red Bulls H 2–1 Conrad
Arnaud
8,773
July 17, 2008 Columbus Crew A 3–3 Own Goal
Espinoza
Wolff
16,117
July 27, 2008 Chicago Fire S.C. H 0–0 10,385
August 2, 2008 DC United A 0–2 18,731
August 9, 2008 Chivas USA H 3–2 Victorine
López
Arnaud
9,597
August 16, 2008 Colorado Rapids A 1–2 Harrington 10,609
August 23, 2008 FC Dallas H 1–1 Conrad 9,825
August 30, 2008 San Jose Earthquakes A 1–2 Arnaud 10,089
September 7, 2008 Houston Dynamo A 1–3 Arnaud 14,297
September 13, 2008 Los Angeles Galaxy H 2–0 Wolff
Arnaud
26,113
September 20, 2008 Toronto FC H 2–0 Jewsbury
Souter
8,270
September 27, 2008 Chivas USA A 1–2 Wolff 14,783
October 5, 2008 Chicago Fire S.C. H 1–1 Harrington 10,385
October 11, 2008 New England Revolution H 1–0 Conrad 9,488
October 18, 2008 San Jose Earthquakes H 3–2 López
Arnaud
Gomez
9,841
October 25, 2008 New England Revolution A 3–1 López
Arnaud
Own Goal
16,764

Detailed Summary[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

  • Thanks to the Wizards late season push they qualified as the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Columbus Crew, eventual MLS Cup 2008 Champions started their winning campaign in Kansas City. Despite creating very few chances the Wizards held a 1-0 lead over the Supporters' Shield holders late into the second half. The turning point in this first leg came in the 75th minute when Wizards midfielder Herculez Gomez was shown a straight red card reducing the club to 10 men and forcing them to protect their lead rather than extending it. Crew rookie Steven Lenhart found the equalizer in stoppage time sending the sold out crowd home disappointed.
  • The second leg held no drama as Brad Evans found the net for Columbus in the 7th minute and Robbie Rogers iced it in the 57th. The Wizards could only muster two shots on goal for the entire match, both of which were saved by former Wizard William Hesmer.

Results[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
November 1, 2008 Conference Semi-finals Columbus Crew H 1–1 Arnaud 10,385
November 8, 2008 Conference Semi-finals Columbus Crew A 0–2 11,153

Detailed Summary[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

  • As a result of their 2007 final standing position the Wizards were forced to play the Colorado Rapids in a qualification round. The host Wizards, playing in a high school football stadium, jumped ahead with Ryan Pore's 20th minute tally. The Rapids fought back and were leading late 2-1 thanks to goals from Herculez Gomez (traded later in the season to the Wizards), and Jacob Peterson when Iván Trujillo knotted the score at two and send the game into overtime. 30 scoreless minutes lead to a penalty shootout which saw Colorado's fourth shot clank off the crossbar and Kurt Morsink put the Wizards through to the third round.
  • The third round proved no easier as the Wizards went to Cary, North Carolina to face the USL-1 Carolina Railhawks. With the Wizards trailing 2-0 in the second half coach Curt Onalfo brought on Claudio López who netted the equalizer in the 82nd minute from the spot. Iván Trujillo provided the Wizards their first goal, and in extra time found the net again before Ryan Pore iced the tough fought game a minute before the final whistle. The Railhawks finished the match with nine men after Ryan Sole was shown his second yellow in the 89th minute and defender Chad Dombrowski was served a straight red in the 120th.
  • The Quarterfinals saw the Wizards visiting the Seattle Sounders (USL) at Qwest Field. Neither team could score in the first 90 minutes forcing the Wizards into their third straight AET. Following 30 more minutes of scoreless action the two clubs found themselves in the PSO- Each club missed their chance in the second round and the shooters remained perfect until round 7 when defender Tyson Wahl's (Future Seattle Sounder himself) shot was saved. Zach Scott put him the winner and Kansas City's USOC run would end.

Results[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
June 4, 2008 Qualification Final Colorado Rapids H 2–2
(AET/PSO) (5–3)
Pore
Trujillo
5,228
July 1, 2008 Third Round Carolina RailHawks A 4–2
(AET)
Trujillo 2
López
Pore
3,116
July 8, 2008 Quarterfinals Seattle Sounders (USL) A 0–0
(AET/PSO) (5–6)
4,674

Detailed Summary[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name MLS Playoffs USOC Total Minutes Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals League Total Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
2 DF United States Michael Harrington 30 2 2 0 3 0 35 2 2597 3029 4 0
12 DF United States Jimmy Conrad 30 6 2 0 2 0 34 6 2700 3075 4 0
1 GK United States Kevin Hartman 30 0 2 0 0 0 32 0 2700 2880 0 0
14 MF United States Jack Jewsbury 29 3 2 0 1 0 32 3 2548 2848 7 0
7 FW Argentina Claudio López 28 6 2 0 2 1 32 7 2265 2619 4 0
22 FW United States Davy Arnaud 24 7 2 1 1 0 27 8 2019 2289 8 1
17 MF Honduras Roger Espinoza 22 1 2 0 2 0 26 1 1169 1487 3 2
11 MF Costa Rica Kurt Morsink 21 0 0 0 2 0 23 0 1215 1313 6 0
20 DF United States Tyson Wahl 16 0 2 0 3 0 21 0 1327 1790 1 0
25 DF United States Jonathan Leathers 15 0 2 0 3 0 20 0 1093 1596 1 0
5 MF United States Kerry Zavagnin 17 0 0 0 3 0 20 0 1116 1378 4 0
23 FW Colombia Iván Trujillo 17 1 1 0 2 3 20 4 700 814 2 0
29 FW United States Ryan Pore 14 0 0 0 3 2 17 2 485 807 1 0
9 MF United States Sasha Victorine* 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1 1126 1126 3 0
10 MF Argentina Carlos Marinelli 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0 778 823 4 0
15 DF United States Aaron Hohlbein 14 0 0 0 1 0 15 0 1158 1278 1 0
16 FW United States Josh Wolff 12 3 2 0 0 0 14 3 949 992 1 0
19 FW Trinidad and Tobago Scott Sealy* 13 2 0 0 1 0 14 2 853 929 0 0
3 DF United States Chance Myers 10 0 0 0 3 0 13 0 681 890 0 0
4 FW United States Abe Thompson 8 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 545 673 1 0
21 MF United States Herculez Gomez 8 1 1 0 0 0 9 1 594 669 0 1
26 MF Scotland Kevin Souter 7 1 2 0 0 0 9 1 417 596 0 0
24 DF United States Matt Marquess 5 0 1 0 2 0 8 0 381 634 0 0
16 FW Argentina Eloy Colombano* 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0 131 186 0 0
6 MF United States Lance Watson 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 59 122 2 0
33 FW United States Nelson Pizarro 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 40 103 0 0
18 GK United States Eric Kronberg 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 360 0 0
8 MF United States Ryan McMahen* 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 102 0 0
30 MF United States Michael Kraus 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 88 0 0
13 DF United States Rauwshan McKenzie 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 45 0 0

Final Statistics
*left club in season


Squad[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of OCT 25, 2008 [3] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Kevin Hartman
2 United States DF Michael Harrington
3 United States DF Chance Myers
4 United States FW Abe Thompson
5 United States MF Kerry Zavagnin
6 United States MF Lance Watson
7 Argentina FW Claudio López
10 Argentina MF Carlos Marinelli
11 Costa Rica MF Kurt Morsink
12 United States DF Jimmy Conrad (Captain)
13 United States DF Rauwshan McKenzie
14 United States DF Jack Jewsbury
15 United States DF Aaron Hohlbein
16 United States FW Josh Wolff
No. Position Player
17 Honduras MF Roger Espinoza
18 United States GK Eric Kronberg
20 United States DF Tyson Wahl
21 United States FW Herculez Gomez
22 United States MF Davy Arnaud
23 Colombia FW Iván Trujillo
24 United States DF Matt Marquess
25 United States DF Jonathan Leathers
26 Scotland MF Kevin Souter
29 United States FW Ryan Pore
30 United States MF Michael Kraus
31 United States GK Boris Pardo
32 United States GK Andrew Kartunen
33 United States MF Nelson Pizarro

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 United States DF Chance Myers (2008 MLS SuperDraft, 1st Overall[4])
7 Argentina FW Claudio López (from Racing Club de Avellaneda, Signed Designated Player[5])
13 United States DF Rauwshan McKenzie (from 2008 MLS SuperDraft, 53rd Overall[4])
17 Honduras MF Roger Espinoza (from 2008 MLS SuperDraft, 11th Overall[5])
23 Colombia FW Iván Trujillo (from La Equidad, Signed[6])
No. Position Player
24 United States DF Matt Marquess (from 2008 MLS SuperDraft, 39th Overall[4])
25 United States DF Jonathan Leathers (from 2008 MLS SuperDraft, 25th Overall[4])
26 Scotland MF Kevin Souter (from Free[7])
33 United States MF Nelson Pizarro (from Free[7])
16 United States FW Josh Wolff (from 1860 Munich, Signed[8])
4 United States FW Abe Thompson (from FC Dallas, Trade[9])
21 United States FW Herculez Gomez (from Colorado Rapids, Trade[10])

Out[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
7 United States FW Eddie Johnson (to Fulham FC, Transfer[11])
3 United States DF Nick Garcia (to San Jose Earthquakes, Trade for 1st Overall 2008 MLS SuperDraft [12])
6 United States DF Jose Burciaga Jr. (to Colorado Rapids, Trade for 2nd Round 2008 MLS SuperDraft [13])
16 Argentina FW Eloy Colombano (Released[14])
19 Trinidad and Tobago FW Scott Sealy (to San Jose Earthquakes, Allocation Money[15])
8 United States MF Ryan McMahen (Released)
9 United States MF Sasha Victorine (to Chivas USA, Allocation Money)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bullers, Finn; Cooper, Brad. "OP mayor pulls his support of stadium", The Kansas City Star, November 12, 2006. Retrieved December 23, 2006.
  2. ^ Wizards set to face Beckham Sept. 27 Kansas City Star, 6 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Kansas City Wizards: Roster: Main". Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Kansas City Wizards News". MLSNET. 2008-01-18. Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Kansas City Wizards News". MLSNET. 2008-03-10. Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  6. ^ "Kansas City Wizards News". MLSNET. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  7. ^ a b "Transactions". Hillcrestroad. 2008-04-29. Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  8. ^ "Striker Josh Wolff rejoins Wizards". MLSNet. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  9. ^ "Wizards Acquire Thompson". MLSNet. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2008-09-05. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Wizards Acquire Gomez". MLSNet. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2008-09-03. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Johnson transfers to Fulham of EPL". MLSNET. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  12. ^ "Decision to move Garcia difficult one". MLSNET. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  13. ^ "DBurciaga heads west for the Rockies". MLSNET. 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  14. ^ "Wizards release midfielder Colombano". MLSNET. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  15. ^ "Wizards Swap Sealy for Allocation Money". MLSNET. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2008-07-14.