Friday, February 26, 2010

Kevin Souter picked up off waivers by Seattle

Kevin Souter was picked up off waivers by Seattle Sounders FC...

Chad Becker signed by AC St. Louis

Former Rockhurst keeper and Wizards trialist Chad Becker has been signed by AC St. Louis in the NASL. Becker is a local product for AC St. Louis since he is from nearby St. Charles.

Chad Becker training with Kansas City...

AC St. Louis also announced signing forward Gauchinho, Cassiano, Goalkeeper Alex Duffy who was with Red Bull NY and midfielders Gilbert Pogosyan and Jeff Cosgriff.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Claudio Lopez will not return

The Kansas City Wizards and Claudio Lopez have not agreed to a contract so he will not be returning. This is not a surprise, if he was returning he would have been in camp by now.

Good luck Claudio, thank you for you time here.

Luis Gil (rights) traded

The Kansas City Wizards won the weighted lottery for the rights to US U-17 National Team player Luis Gil yesterday but he was not around for long. Gil had signed a contract with MLS to play for either Real Salt Lake or Seattle Sounders FC. Wizards president Robb Heineman made an effort to talk to him about staying but ended up trading him to Real Salt Lake today for a 25 percent portion of future transfer fees, a 2nd rounder in 2011 and an international slot.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Souter, Morsink, Pizarro and Horwath released

Kevin Souter and Kurt Morsink have been waived, Nelson Pizarro and Alex Horwath were released from training camp roster.

Kevin "Soapy" Souter was the great "open tryout story" when he joined the team after the 2008 open tryouts. The Scottish International went on to start 5 games with 8 total appearances. He had one goal and would have competed for playing time last year if it was not for an injury that kept him out most of the year. The open tryouts was not Kevin's only good storyline. His first game at home was against LA at Arrowhead. David Beckham, Kevin's hero growing up was making his first appearance in Kansas City with all the hoopla that entailed. Souter was subbed in to the game in the second half and promptly went and stole the ball from his hero.

After the game, Kevin was spotted shaking hands and talking with Beckham. He was trying to get his jersey but Beckham had already promised it to a kid. Kevin was still as happy and as in awe as any kid in that stadium.

Kevin was also well known locally for how "in shape" he was. Any long runs, any beep tests, and feet of endurance was normally easily won by Kevin. The competition amongst the rest of the players was for second place.

Kurt Morsink was a 2007 4th round pick. Kurt made 47 appearances with 3 assists. As a defensive midfielder, Stink (Kurt) was well known for his mouth and being able to annoy the other team.

Nelson Pizarro was the other player that made the team from the 2008 open tryouts. "Nellie" made 3 appearances for Kansas City in 2008 but was unable to crack the bench in 2009 before being allowed to look for playing time with another team. Nelson joined a couple teams after leaving Kansas City.
Pizarro was invited back to invitee tryouts this year and had visibly improved. He was easily the best player at the tryouts and was invited to return for pre-season camp. Peter Vermes told me last week that Pizarro was being released so he could catch on with another team. Vermes was impressed with Nelson but knew that it would be near impossible to stick with the Wizards this year.

Alex Horwath from University of Wisconsin was also released from training camp roster. He looks to be a talented keeper and should catch on with another team at a lower level.

I wish all of these players luck and hope they catch on with other teams quickly.

Wizards practice - 2/19/10

Last Friday I stopped by Wizards practice despite the weather. I was a little busy over the last few days so I am a little late getting this posted but thought you would want to see some of your dedicated players practicing.

When I got there, they were doing an interval type run, sprinting the long sides and jogging the small end of the field...

Two groups of players...

Coach Pascarella enjoying the weather...

When the running was done, the players gathered to listen to Coach Pascarella. You can see the steam rising above the players...

Since Lance Watson and Jack Jewsbury are recovering from injuries they got in some begining ball work when the rest of the field players went inside...

The keepers in camp at that moment stayed out to keep working, here Kronberg is ready to cross the ball in...

Pardo punching a ball over the bar...

Equipment manager Mike Flaherty happy to be inside and warm...