Thursday, January 14, 2010

Teal Bunbury interview - 1/14/2010

Teal Bunbury was drafted by the Wizards in todays MLS Draft. He was Kansas City's first round pick and 4th overall.

Teal was one of the top rated players coming into the draft. He played at Akron and has played for the Canadian National teams U-17 and U-20 teams.

Teal's father Alex played in 24 games for the Wizards making them the first father/son tandem in MLS history.

MLS Draft 2010 - Live

ESPN reported that teams are looking to get Conrad from Kansas City. How many fans in KC just went in to shock?

1st round
1st pick - Philadelphia Union take Mwanga number 1 - No surprise
2nd - NYRB take Tony Tchani from Virginia (Would have liked him in KC)
3rd - San Jose - Ike Opara from Wake Forest
4th - Kansas City - Teal Bunbury Hermann Trophy winner from Akron
5th - FC Dallas - Zach Loyd - North Carolina
6th - Philadelphia Union - Amobi Okugo - UCLA
7th - Philadelphia Union - Jack McInerney
8th - Columbus Crew - Dilly Duka - Rutgers
9th - New England - Zack Schilawski - Wake Forest University
10th - Chivas - Blair Gavin - Akron
11 - Seattle - David Estrada - UCLA
12 - Columbus - Bright Dike - Notre Dame
13 - Chicago - Corben Bone - Wake Forest
14 - NY Red Bulls - Austin da Luz - Wake Forest University
RSL swapped picks with LA - Mathis to LA?
15 - Real Salt Lake - Collen Warner - Portland
16 - LA Gals - Michael Stephens UCLA

Conrad trade rumors heat up? NY trying to acquire Jimmy. Tchani and money?

Round 2
17 - Philadelphia Union - Toni Stahl - UConn
18 - NYRB - Tim Ream - SLU
19 - San Jose - Michael Thomas - Notre Dame
20 - Kansas City - Korede Aiyegbusi - NC State
21 - FC Dallas - Andrew Wiedman - Cal
22 -

I will update in a few....

PRE-MLS Draft 2010

Who will the Wizards take in the draft today? Who should they take?

Will the Wizards trade up? Down?

Will Bunbury follow in his father's footsteps and play in Kansas City or will they get talented midfielder Tchani? Or will Vermes surprise us and pick someone else?

Will there be any blockbuster trades? We have already seen DC acquire the Perkins. The new Philly team received a draft pick for that and just bought a draft pick from Dallas to give the Union the 1st, 6th and 7th.

We will soon know the answers to these questions and many more. The draft starts at 1 PM Central. You can watch the first round on ESPN 2 and the rest on MLSInsider.

I will be posting live as I can. Downthebyline of course will be commenting live as well.

It look like Hillcrest will be streaming live and teasing with maybe knowing the picks before they are turned in.

Lots of sources for info this year!!!

Andrew Steinberg interview - 1/13/2010

After the Wizards on the Yellow Pages announcement this morning, I talked with Andrew Steinberg, the Wizards Executive Vice President of Revenue. I had not talked with Andrew before so we talk about who he is, what he does for the Wizards and the plans for this year. He talks a little about plans and hints around more.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wizards on the Yellow Pages

The 2010 AT&T Yellow Pages feature the Kansas City Wizards on the cover...

Jack Jewsbury was on hand to do the unveiling and pose for photos...

The Game is in KC (in lights!!!)

Yesterday afternoon Kansas City was announced as one of the 18 cities in the US bid to host the World Cup. The Downtown Marriott celebrated this great news by running the KC Bids slogan "The Game is in KC" all evening.

Bonus update:
Chad went out last night and took video for Hillcrest.

I like mine better...

2010 podcast #1

Mike from downthebyline and I wanted to do this last year but never got around to actually doing the recording. This year we hope to regularly do some podcasts covering the Wizards and anything else we fell like talking about. Please let us know if you like this, want us to continue or have any questions that we should cover.

Part 1 - We discuss the upcoming draft, needs and potential picks...

Part 2 - Kansas City made the 18 for the US bid to host the World Cup...

World Cup Bid party - KC is in the 18

Fans, the Kansas City bid team and even the media all cheered yesterday when Sunil Gulati announced that Kansas City was one of the 18 cities that are selected as part of the US bid.

While no guarantee, the US stands a very good chance of getting either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup and Kansas City is well poised to be one of the host cities.

Here is a slide show of a few photos from yesterday...