Saturday, September 4, 2010

Jimmy Conrad interview - 8/31/2010

I missed getting this interview out earlier this week but Jimmy is always entertaining so I had to post anyway...

Jimmy talks about his goal against LA, playing forward, wanting to end his career as a Super Sub and the team's resurgence due to believing in itself...


Jimmy Conrad - Super Sub Forward?

Jimmy Nielsen interview 9/2/2010 (5th Save of the week edition)

Talked with Jimmy Nielsen after practice this week. He finds out that he won his 5th Save of the Week. We find out which save he thought was best, thoughts on the style of play in MLS, delay of game tactics and his plans for next year.


Jimmy Nielsen making a save in practice...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Podcast: Byline 2 Backpost - 8/31/2010

The latest podcast:

We discuss National team coaching, the Adidas contract, reserve league, Home Grown player signings, DUI's and still get in some actual game discussion...

Get it from iTunes

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Posterous

This photo has nothing to do with what we discuss but I always want to include a photo. And I really wanted to find a way to use this one...

Jimmy Nielsen ---->>> Rob Thomson

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Kempin signing reaction - interviews

Some interviews to get reaction and thoughts about the Kempin signing...


Starting with Kempin himself...


Coach Parry...


Coach Pascarella is happy to have another keeper to train...


Jimmy Nielsen...

Kempin signs as Wizards first homegrown player

Jon Kempin training with the senior team


The Kansas City Wizards are the latest team to take advantage of the new Homegrown Player Rule in MLS. Jon Kempin made Wizards history when he signed his contract yesterday. Kempin plays for the Wizards Junior U18 team and would have played for Blue Valley North as a Senior. Kempin has also been part of the U18 National team.

As part of the Homegrown Player program, Kempin is considered a Generation Adidas player. Generation Adidas players are players who leave college early or skip college completely. Money is set aside for the player to attend college for up to ten years. Salary also does not count against the team salary cap.

This is a good signing for both Kansas City and Kempin. Kansas City locks in a keeper who could grow into the franchise keeper over time and adds another local face to promote the team. Kempin gets to train with the senior team, gaining experience from Jimmy Nielsen, Eric Kronberg and Coach Pascarella while facing MLS caliber players daily. He is already a mature and knowledgeable player for his age but training with the senior team will just escalate the speed of his development.

Kempin has a lot of talent but it also shows that the Wizards Juniors program is paying dividends. Credit to Coach Parry and Coach Pardo for helping to develop Kempin.

Kempin and his family happily posing with his jersey...


Kempin and some of his (now) former team mates...


Kempin and one of his new team mates (Jimmy Nielsen)