Friday, August 21, 2009

Photos from Thursday

Zoltán and his son who turned 1 on Thursday. I think they have the same eyes.

More shots from practice in a slideshow...

US World Cup Bid - Kansas City

From the press release: "The USA Bid Committee Inc. announced Thursday that Kansas City and Arrowhead Stadium are one of 27 cities and 32 venues, down from 70 initial stadia in 52 cities, on the short list to be included in the United States’ bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in either 2018 or 2022. The USA Bid Committee will submit their bid to world soccer’s governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), in May of 2010. FIFA will select host countries for the 2018 and 2022 events in December of 2010. The Kansas City / USA Host City Bid Committee is Co-Chaired by Kansas City Chiefs Chairman of the Board Clark Hunt and Cerner Corporation’s Chairman and CEO and Kansas City Wizards co-owner Neal Patterson."

Signboard at the last Wizards game promoting the World Cup Bid web site...

"Kansas City: the American City" signboard representing Kansas City's bid to be one of the host cities. Not sure if I really like that slogan but it has my full support to bring the World Cup to Kansas City.

Kansas City has a good chance at becoming one of those cities. Recent improvements around the city at and at Arrowhead have drastically improved Kansas City's odds.

Please go to the bid site and sign up. Make sure you put in your zip so the organizers can see the interest from this area.

Even if you are not a soccer fan, sign up. The amount of money that could be brought into this community is incredible. Do it for Kansas City if not for soccer.

Sign up at Go USA Bid.

Wizards practice interviews 8/20/09

Talked with Kevin after practice Thursday. The beginning is cut off because of a problem with my video camera.

Since the press conference was all about the World Cup Bid, I stopped Coach Vermes and talked with him for a few minutes.

Wizards Practice photos - 8/19

Some shots from practice. I am trying a slide show to see how that works. Let me know if you like it.

Practice Interviews 8/19/09

During the Chicago game, Abe Thompson stopped by the Cauldron in the second half.

So I had to ask about his experiences with the Wizards most rabid fans.

I also talked with Morsink and I got a little help from a guest interviewer...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Wizards - Chicago Fire pre-game

I will be heading out soon to go see the Wizards take on the Chicago Fire. The Fire are short handed (that does not seem to help the Wizards lately) but Kansas City is a team in transition. They have been learning how Coach Vermes want them to play. I think the Wizards will respond well to the Coach's more intense, play as a team attitude. It could lead to some broken plays as the team will be trying to keep everyone on the same page but overall should lead to a more consistent approach over time.

If you have not already, check out the practice report posted on Hillcrest Friday. About 45 seconds in is a good example how Coach Vermes is handling practice. Coach is letting the team know not to waste time with refs and explains to them what will happen if they get beat because they are jabbering with the ref or an opponent. He is clearly letting the team know what he expects. He wants them to play the way he did, smart, hard and no-nonsense. In some of the scrimmages he has been in the middle of the field coaching like it was U-6 team.

The players may make some mistakes because they are learning what he wants but they will not be able to say they did not know what is expected.

I will not give an expected lineup (I usually do not). I will predict a player or two will be in slightly different positions and I am guessing that Zoltan might be on the bench. See me at the tailgate and I will give my official prediction.

Just thought I would throw a couple shots up from one of the games last year.
Blanco's foot meets ball and Kevin's face...

The two captains discuss the above play.

Interviews from practice - 8/15/09

Talked with Lance after practice on Thursday...

Also managed to get a few minutes with Coach Vermes Friday.