Friday, March 6, 2009

Conrad and Zusi interviews from Thursday

Jimmy Conrad...


Jimmy talks about the trip to Mexico, the last game on the trip, team bonding, rookie initiation and how Hirsig will fit in.


Graham Zusi...


Graham talks about being with the Wizards, the trip to Mexico, getting some preseason opportunities and his rookie initiation.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kansas City Wizards Practice 03-05-2009

Stopped by practice Thursday afternoon and there was no Hirsig, he is still waiting on his visa. After warm-ups, they played a few variations of 7v7 possession drills. The three 7 man teams then scrimmaged with full size goals. Hartman and Pardo played keeper for all of the teams. With Kronberg recovering and Chris Brown no longer trialing with the team, Hartman and Pardo are the only healthy keepers in camp. Beres, the other trialist that went to Mexico with the Wizards is also no longer with the team.

Warmups...


The scrimmages were very entertaining. I can not say many players stood out individually with their play, but there was numerous great plays made. Davy had a goal that was the equal of his goal in the LA game last year. It was a rocket from 25 (or so) yards out that was unstoppable and had the whole team yelling. Cristman scored a nice goal from close range, Hartman and Pardo made some great saves, Watson ran onto a pass and slid one inside the post. There were more great plays but what I am trying to say was that it was pretty well spread around.

Boris Pardo dives for a save...


Pizzaro with a nice header...


One player did standout, at least for a little while. When they scrimmage like that, two teams are playing and the third team is around the edge of the field and is used by both teams for passing. A player could end up passing to both teams going two different ways in the span of a couple seconds. Gomez had two excellent passes to setup two scoring opportunities, one for each scrimmaging team back to back.

Gomez scrimmaging...


I got to talk to Peter for just a couple minutes before he got pulled away by a phone call, real shocker there. I will try to catch him again soon to get another update on players. He did talk about a player he is working on acquiring but would not elaborate much.

Speaking of Peter, catch the second part of his interview with Ives.

Check out this gallery for the rest of the photos from practice.

More Demo - Less Mall 03/05/2009

From this angle, it looked liked there was not much progress into the old JC Penney but progress had been made into the mall itself.


From this angle though, you can see the Penney's is just a shell now...


You can see Penney's has been pretty well stripped and looks about ready to be dismantled.


Other side of the mall is pretty close to gone as well...

More demo images...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Random shots 03/04/2009

SBI questions for Peter Vermes – Ives readers questions for Vermes. Peter is always a good interview.

Ives story on Hirsig – Nothing new, but still good.

MLS 2009 Team Preview: Kansas City Wizards – one of the better and more informed previews so far.

The 24th Minute is reporting Vancouver and Portland will be the next two expansion teams. Not doubting your source Duane, but I really hope you are wrong. I am hoping for St. Louis and Portland this round.

17 days...

Continuing my countdown to opening day, a few shots from the first practices I went to last year.
Somebody beats Pardo for the goal…


A couple days later, Sealy nailing a PK hard…


Morsink hitting it a little higher…


And one of our young defenders getting a little wound up…

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

18 days to go...

Just for the fun of it, I am going back through images from games and practices last year. As part of the countdown to opening day I am going to post a shot or two each day. Might be related to recent news, might not be.

So first up today is David from Los Angeles, no Milan, uhh…maybe LA, maybe Milan, wherever…

He was here last year and the game was played at Arrowhead. The current story is that he will remain at AC Milan through the end of the Serie A season and then return to LA. His first or second game back would be at Kansas City on July 25th (if he’s not too tired).

That is one of my most viewed/popular images.

But that is not really my favorite from that game. This one is:

It is not the best shot in the world but I caught Souter shaking hands with Beckham, his hero. It was Kevin’s first game; he got on the field with his hero, promptly stole the ball from him and got to meet him after the game. Great thrill for Kevin.

This game meant a lot for the Wizards as well, it was the turning point in the season. With that win, the Wizards finished 5-1-1 to move up into the playoffs.
I think Robb approved...