Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kansas City Wizards 2 - 0 Philadelphia Union

This post is a little late but I have been a bit distracted by the World Cup. Sorry about that...

The Wizards came out strong initially with Kei Kamara putting a screamer past Chris Seitz in the 9th minute to give the Wizards their first lead in weeks. After that goal Kansas City seemed to sit back and let the Union come at them and then counter attack. That strategy paid off in the 35th minute when Zusi received a pass from Smith and slotted one past Seitz for Zusi's first MLS goal.

The Union kept up their reputation for "physical" play when Michael Orozco received his second yellow and the resulting red in the the 42nd. Despite having the man advantage the Wizards allowed Philadelphia to push most of the second half. Kansas City continued to sit back and counter with some brief periods of domination that generated a few more chances but no more goals.

Overall it was a solid win that Coach Vermes will try to use to build confidence for after the the World Cup break.

Man of the match: Kei Kamara - scored the game winning goal and was the only Wizards that kept wanting to go attack all game

Runner-ups:

Ryan Smith - two assists, looked dangerous while he was in the game

Graham Zusi - his hard work has paid off scoring his first MLS goal and becoming a top option for when starters are not playing. Zusi may be the midfield future of this team

Jimmy Nielsen - save after save he keeps the Wizards in the game

Now some photos, more can be found here.

Kei after scoring his goal...


Kei dancing with the team in celebration...


Everyone is amazed with Kei's moves...


And finally Davy hugs (kisses?) Kei...


After Graham Zusi scored his first MLS goal he crashed the Cauldron and nearly disappeared. Davy jumped in as well...


Several more players joined in the celebration with the Cauldron including Josh...


Kei was everywhere in that game, in the air...


Being tackled by the Union...


Daring a defender to come get the ball...


And giving it his all...


Jimmy Nielsen deserves mention for several good stops and the willingness to sacrifice his body...


Smothering chances...


Tipping balls over the top...


Diving through the crowd and deflecting the ball away from danger...


Cauldron flags celebrating after the game...

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