Friday, May 14, 2010

Jamar Beasley signing not official yet

It has been reported that Jamar Beasley is signing today with the Kansas City Wizards. According to sources within the team those reports are a little premature. The team and Beasley are talking but no deal has been finalized at this time. He is still officially trialing with the team.

If the Wizards decide to make Beasley an offer, they will need to find roster room somewhere. That could include waiving a player or putting another player on the IR for the time being. 

Jamar in the scrimmage with the Kansas City Brass. He had a couple good opportunities and played well with the time he had.

Byline 2 Backpost podcast - 5/13/2010

The latest podcast is now online. Mike and I talk about the World Cup rosters, Wizards players and the upcoming games with Chicago.

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Just because every post needs a photo (or 2)

Jamar Beasley in the scrimmage with the Brass...

Korede Aiyegbusi hustling in the scrimmage with the Brass...

Sunil Chhetri interview - 5/13/2010

I talked with Sunil about the Asian Football Cup, his progress since joining Kansas City and his adapting to the new team and country.

When Sunil arrived in Kansas City, he looked a bit lost in practice. He was completely out of sync with his teammates and was clearly not used to the speed of the play in MLS. His skill with the ball, finishing touch and nose for the goal were undeniable though.

The first couple weeks were pretty tough on Sunil. He was trying to adjust to a new country, a new team, a new sleep schedule and a much faster and more physical style of play. His coaches and teammates welcomed him and helped ease the transition.

Each practice I attended Sunil improved. His passes became crisper, more on target. He was learning where his teammates were and where they would be. He was adapting his runs and learning how to play with bigger opponents.

Interestingly though, for being one of the shorter players on the field he does not have any issue with going up and routinely winning headers against much taller players. In fact he is one of the best on the team in the air.

So good in fact, that he helps others. After practice on Thursday, a coach had pulled one of the younger players to the side to work on snapping headers down and to the side. After a couple minutes of unsuccessful teaching, he pulled Chhetri over to demonstrate. Sunil and the other player alternated jumping up, heading a ball down over an obstacle and into a small practice goal. When Chhetri would miss or bounce one off the goal post he would demand another try, unwilling to fail.

This accurately demonstrates Sunil.

Willing to try over and over.

Unwilling to fail.

While I still think Chhetri is not ready to start in MLS, I would not be surprised if he makes it onto the bench in the near future.
Sunil Chhetri during the Brass game...
Sunil during the game against the Brass

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Notes from Wizards practice: 5/11/2010

Jamar Beasley was in camp and practiced...

Mateus Manoel, the new Fitness Coach. He has previously worked with the Mexican National Team among others.

Flying elbow drop?

Graham Zusi scored a pair of beautiful goals...

Chhetri slotted a nice goal home after receiving the ball from Kostrov in traffic and creating space for himself...

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Roger Espinoza named to the Honduran World Cup squad

Roger was named to the Honduran World Cup team. He is on the 23 man roster and will be leaving in the next few days to join the team in preparation for the World Cup.

The Hondurans do not have an easy group at the World Cup. They will face Spain, Chile and Switzerland in group play and if they make it out of group play will play the Winner or runner-up of the group G (the group of death).

Congratulations Roger and we wish you much luck (as long as you are not playing the US).

Roger talks to the press about being selected to the World Cup team...

Roger at practice today...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Podcast 5/8/2010

Mike and I invited special guests Charles Gooch of the KC Star and Full 90 blog and James Starritt of to join us for this podcast. We originally wanted them to come in and talk about progress through the first 1/5 of the Wizards season. Fortunately their was an announcement of a friendly with Manchester United so we were able to talk about that as well.

Podcast 5/8/2010  part 1 - We discuss league news and the Manchester United friendly

Podcast 5/8/2010  part 2 - We talk about the DC United game and the season

Photo of Jimmy Nielsen stopping Rocastle because every post needs a photo...