Thursday, September 11, 2008

Kansas City Wizards practice 09-11-2008 and Press conference

Another lineup in practice today. Same as yesterday with one interesting change.

When I got there, the team was playing a small side/small goal game. One team was the players I would expect to be starters. Claudio was not playing on the starters team today. I noticed Espinoza at left mid and at first I thought that Claudio was taking the day off. Coach has mentioned before that they rest certain veterans throughout the week to keep them fresh and my observations have confirmed that. This is a shot of the starter team right after that game.

But then all of sudden I saw Claudio, he was playing on the non-starters team.

When Coach was asked about the unusual lineup in practice he replied that he is not sure who would be playing on Saturday yet. He would make that decision on Friday or maybe even on Saturday.

After that game, the starters went over and practiced corners and set pieces. Hercules Gomez was swinging some wicked corners into the box. His were looking as good as Marinelli's did early in the year.

Speaking of Carlos, all the rest of the players were having a little tournament. Claudio played in that game as well. The goal of the day, really both goals of the day belonged to Carlos. In one of them, Boris came out to pressure Marinelli and Carlos just flipped it back over his head and the ball slowly trickled into the goal. Nothing anyone could do about it.

Here Boris is still laughing at the goal he gave up....

And here Carlos is still smiling as well.

Carlos had another goal that he just flicked over the goalie, (Kronberg this time). When he plays like that you can see why the Wizards wanted him.

Interviews with both Arnaud and Hartman, will have those up later tonight.


  1. i wish carlos could do that in a game. his talents are great, it's just a shame.

  2. So do I. He even had the real (old)media going wow with those shots.