Saturday, April 3, 2010

Podcast - 4/2/2010

The latest podcast is now up for listening or downloading.

In part one, we discuss league news: The new DP rules and the incredibly bad MLSsoccer.com

Part two is dedicated to talking about the win over DC

Part three is all about everything else. Non league games, player moves and the infamous stalker update...

Kei Kamara interview - 4/1/2010

Talked with Kei after practice on Thursday. He talks about the April Fools joke on Harrington, scoring against DC United and about the team...



Kei scoring the first goal of the season against DC United...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Kansas City Wizards 5 - 1 University of Tulsa

Tulsa goalie unhappy after Teal scores through the 5 hole...


The almost famous Aiyegbusi goal...


Sunil Chhetri scoring his first goal in a friendly for Kansas City. Some observers thought he was offside but the ref did not...


Teal was active the whole time and showed why he was a great college player that will hopefully turn into a great MLS player...


Chhetri being tackled by a Tulsa defender...


Bunbury shooting...


Chhetri shooting...


Get Gooch's observations and Mike's write up for more info...

More photos...

Ryan Smith interview - 3/31/2010

I talked with Ryan after practice today. He talks about his first MLS game, the physical play, the US National team interest and why he came to the US.

Ryan talks quietly and the wind was kicking up for a portion of the interview so the sound is not great for a little while.


An example of the physical play Smith experienced in his first game...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stadium construction shots - 3/27/2010

I was able to sneak into the Stadium Summit that was held prior to the game with DC last Saturday. You can get Mike's and David Streeter's take but I wanted to share a couple photos and observations...

This is taken from the North/Cauldron end looking towards the South. That is where we will be watching the Wizards play in the future...


This is the area where the west stands and the North/Cauldron stands meet...


This is looking east(ish) down the cauldron stand. Can almost see a bunch of crazy supporters already...


David Ficklin (in center with arms spread) talking with the fans. He is the VP in charge of design. Rory O'Connor (on right with short sleeves) is the VP in charge of construction...


Prior to the tour we received a presentation that laid out the basics of the design and lot of the thought behind the design. While I can not say I would have made all the same decisions, it is extremely obvious that they put a ton of thought into the design. Hopefully they share that presentation with everyone in the near future.

The material in the roof and the orientation of the stadium is to facilitate growing grass. The roof is part metal and part a clear material to allow the light onto the pitch. The supports for the roof are actually above the roof instead of below so the fans will see a smooth roof above them. If the supports were on the bottom of the roof like other stadiums they would have disbursed or dampened the sound.

The orientation of the stadium also facilitated (required) the stands to be at a steep rake (angle). Each stand will be unique and will have different angles and even seats in some cases. It will not have a "cookie cutter" feel at all.

Since the stadium is oriented on the shorter axis, it allows them to have the pavilion on the west side of the stadium that can be used for watch parties or even standalone events.

The sound system will be designed so the sound will wash across the people instead of having some fans underneath an obnoxious loud speaker and other not be able to hear.

The lighting has been designed to HD quality and will allow the TV (and still photographers) to have the ball lit from all angles including the shot directly at goal. This will be done without having a bright light in the keepers eyes.

The layout of the various suites, clubs and the open areas all have been designed with thought and purpose.

The technical staff (coaches) have all had their input for the locker rooms and training areas. There will even be a shakology room?
I am impressed...

A few more photos...

Monday, March 29, 2010

Kansas City Wizards 4 - 0 DC United photos

Just wanted to share a few photos from the Wizards win over DC United.

Kei putting the rebound into the net...


Davy shooting...


And celebrating his goal...


Ryan Smith scoring his first MLS goal...


Jack Jewsbury took the PK against Perkins and easily put it past him...


And the team celebrates...


Coach Onalfo did not look like he enjoyed his return to Kansas City...


More photos...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunil Chhetri received his P1 visa

Sunil Chhetri has received his P1 visa making him eligible to play in the United States on Saturday. The Wizards will have to make a move to clear space on the roster for Chhetri and it is unclear when that will happen.