Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cristman hurt...

So it sounds like Cristman is injured again. The story is that he hurt his foot in practice and could be out for up to a couple months. After seeing him today, I am not sure if it is his foot. I think they are hiding something. While he did look like he might be walking slowly, I think the real reason he was not practicing was that there is an animal attached to his head. He tried to cover it up with a cap but you can see in the photo below that he could not quite hide this strange creature. The ears and other furry parts could not be contained under a normal hat.

Sorry Adam, I had too...

Kansas City Wizards Practice 03-12-2009

Pretty normal practice, after warm-ups and drills the team played 10v10 with small goals. Some good play, a few sweet passes/flicks by Lopez but to me Gomez stood out again today. Great runs, passes and shots, he has looked really good lately in the practices I have attended. There were some fantastic play by Harrington and Jewsbury as well today. It might be nothing but it also seems to me that Claudio is taking a more vocal leadership role this year.

They then ran some drills that involved the outside backs, the midfielders and the forwards. Great work between Lopez and Harrington, they looked very much on the same page. One bad thing for these types of drills, it leaves the goalies hung out to dry.

Hope we do not see this much this year...


There were a few other drills and set piece practices as well.
Coach KZ ducking behind the wall...


Looks like a couple of players from the Open tryouts stuck around. I believe this is Rockhurst Goalie Chad Becker…


Not sure who this guy is or if he is even from the tryouts, I will try to find out more later...



Here is the rest of the photos from today...

Mayor’s Night Kicks/Hoops

Mayor Funkhouser held a press conference/pep rally yesterday to generate support for the Mayor’s Night Kicks and Night Hoops programs. He is asking for the $125,000 of city funds to be put back in the budget for this year. The Night Kicks program is supported by the Kansas City Wizards and they were able to get State Farm to chip in as well. The Wizards host the games at their practice facility in Swope Park, back the program financially and lend other support as well. Last year, the program even got some TV time on Metro Sports.

Kids that were possible gang rivals ended up playing together on the same teams and working out their differences in a peaceful manner. The program has brought some of the most diverse neighborhoods together in the one language they all understand, soccer. Hundreds of kids and thousands of family members were playing or watching soccer, staying out of trouble and doing something positive.

Please ask the city council to support these programs.

Wizards VP Greg Cotton and Mayor Funkhouser listening to Parks Commisioner Aggie Stackhaus explain her support.


Trophy and medals for the Night Kicks program...


The Mayor, supporters of Night Kicks and kids that were in the program pose together...