Saturday, November 20, 2010

Comets notes 11/20

The Missouri Comets have signed Jose Luiz Birche De Souza. I heard about this at the last game and was told he would be active as soon as possible. Apparently Coach wanted him active quickly after the defensive issues in the last game. He is supposed to be a big strong defender with experience in the league. I was also told his name was Luis Birche so he may not use the De Souza name.

Brazilian forward Tiguinho was at the last game but was not on the bench. His visa was approved and he is ready to go. Originally plans were to not use him in either game against Omaha but they plan may have changed as well.

Comets veteran Hate Houser was not at the game again. His Baker women were defeating McKendree University by a score of 2-1 to advance to the NAIA round of 16. Coach Roentved had disclosed in the interview in a previous post that Houser had also suffered a hamstring pull and the combination of his college team playing and the injury kept him out of the last game. He will be a game day decision for the rematch with Omaha Sunday.

Comets: post game interviews 11/19

Geison Moura was the Comets player of the game...


Coach Roentved talks about the teams performance (disappointing)


Required photo...

Comets 10 - 14 Vipers

The Comets got off to a good start in the first half. A 3 pointer by Gibson in the first quarter started the scoring for the Comets. In the 2nd, a 3 pointer from Moura followed by 2 pointers from Assadpour and Alvarez staked the Comets to a 10-4 lead at half. Other than the first goal, Walton played really well in the first three quarters.

Vipers forward Chile Farias edged Omaha closer in the 3rd but the Comets maintained a 10-6 lead at the end of the third. The 4th was just all downhill for the Comets. The Vipers scored 4 times to take the lead and a couple of those goals were a bit soft. Farias scored a bicycle that was anything but soft though. It was a fantastic shot from outside the box that left even Missouri fans applauding the skill.

The Comets travel to Omaha Sunday to take the Vipers on again at 3:10.

More photos

Waltman making a great kick save...


Moura's 3 point goal beating Viper's keeper Bontti...


Moura celebrating with the fans...


Alvarez's goal bouncing in...


Alvarez celebrating his goal in the stands...


Wonder what the kids in the front row are thinking...


Vipers' goal...


Bontti taunting fans when the Vipers scored their last goal...

Friday, November 19, 2010

MLS Cup in the star?

I was looking to see if I could clean the image up of Sporting Kansas City's away jersey when I noticed a little detail. The Star contained a little MLS Cup. I checked the authentic jerseys I have from other years and they did not have something like this.

Was this or something like it on previous stars?

Update: So apparently the Cup was in the star on the 2010 jerseys. Interestingly most of the people I asked did not know it was.

William Jewell - NAIA National Tournament

Both of the William Jewell Soccer teams qualified for the NAIA National Tournament and are seeded high enough to host the first round. The women (14-2-2) ranked 13th take on Ashford University, Iowa at 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 20th. The men (17-2) ranked 7th take on Concordia University, Oregon at 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 20th.

Both of these teams are good and play quality soccer. If you have a chance, go watch them Saturday.


Coach Chris Cissell has lead his teams to the NAIA National Tournament...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sporting Kansas City introduction

Wednesday evening, the Kansas City Wizards became Sporting Kansas City in an announcement at Power and Light District.

A few people showed up...


A wall of balls...


Robb talked about the history of the Wizards and the decisions about re-branding...


The ball wall collapses to unveil the new logo of Sporting Kansas City...


Omar Bravo in the home jersey...


Omar Bravo and Coach Octavio Zambrano...


The coaches in their new Sporting Kansas City gear...


Jimmy Conrad in the away jersey...


I really like the detail in the away jersey...

Omar Bravo interview 11/17/2010

Omar Bravo, Sporting Kansas City's first DP




Omar Bravo in front of the Sporting Kansas City logo...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Goodbye Wizards, hello Sporting

Today is the last day of the Kansas City Wizards. By all indications the team will be renamed Sporting Kansas City (or some variation) this evening at Power and Light District. While this is not a decision I would have probably made, I do not hate it. At least not anymore.

In fact it is growing on me. I have heard some of the reasons behind the change and I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the logic. Interestingly, listening to fans complain about the change has actually made me lean more towards acceptance. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, hearing the depth of angst and hatred about the change made me realize something. The team name does not matter quite so much.

There is an old saying, "the name on the front of the jersey is what really matters, not the name on the back." In this case we are not sure what name (sponsor) will eventually be there but we do know the name of the team will contain Kansas City and that is what matters.

Kansas City. One of the few things that pulls people together in this city is sports.

Kansas City Wiz, Wizards, Sporting...

Kansas City...

For me personally, the Wiz/Wizards/Sporting is one of the few teams I root for in Kansas City. I was not born here and already rooted for non Kansas City teams in other sports when I moved here a long time ago.

A few years after I moved here I chose the Wiz (now that was a bad name) when they were born. On a cold day in late 1995 or early 1996 I went to Arrowhead and picked out my seats over my lunch hour. I brought along two friends from work, one later became my wife (score). The poor ticket sales guy patiently stood there while we chatted and I picked exactly the right seats. I sat in those cold hard plastic seats for several minutes day dreaming of the team to be formed.

I did not know that I would someday watch Preki work his magic on the home field. I did not know that I would watch Mo use his stubborn Scottish nature to win games. I did not know that I would see spectacular saves from Meola and Hartman in that stadium. I did not know the countless other fantastic plays and players that would become rich memories for me.

I did know that those memories would happen though.

The Wiz became the Wizards in a forced but good move rather quickly.

My coworker and friend became my girlfriend and later my wife and eventually the mother of my daughter. Her name and appearance changed over time, I did not stop loving her.

Kansas City...

My life is here now, my family is here. My daughter went to her first Wizards game on the outside when she was a month old. My wife was nervous that the noise would bother her but she happily sat in our arms, seemingly loving the noise, the cheers. She would dance and bounce to the drums as she got older. We became friends with others around us and around the stadium.

My daughter now knows the players by name and number and is starting to get an understanding of how the game actually works. She learned at an early age that favorite players do not always stay. In fact for a while it was not a good idea to be picked as her favorite player if you wanted to be in Kansas City.

She is now learning that teams sometimes change names. In fact she was more accepting of the name change for the team that existed her entire life than I was. I explained to her that the name was changing and it was still our team, our players, our family and friends at the game. I explained all of that because I was afraid she would be devastated at her favorite team changing names.

I told her all this. She asked if she could still call them the Wizards sometimes. I said yes and she seemed okay with that. She then took lunch to school in her Wizards lunch box the next day.

Kansas City

Wiz/Wizards/Sporting

They are still my team. I've survived horrible weather to watch this team. I persevered through horrendous play, refereeing, shoot out clocks, zardmeisters, closed concession stands and countless other irritations. I will survive through the name change.

Stadium, players, uniforms, logo, shirt sponsor (?) and name. All new next year.

Still Kansas City...

Still my team...


Go Wiz/Wizards/Sporting/ Blue !!



Trivia question: Can anyone guess who the ticket sales person was that I made stand in the cold?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Podcast: Byline 2 Backpost - 11/15/2010

The latest podcast is now available.

We discuss the latest news, player call ups especially Teal Bunbury and how mad Canada is, the Missouri Comets, re-branding (again) and the name Sporting Kansas City!!!

Get it from iTunes

or

Posterous

Teal Bunbury, called up to the US National team for friendly with South Africa

Major Kansas City Soccer Announcement

There is a "Major Kansas City Soccer Announcement" tomorrow at the Power and Light district at 5:30 PM.

I think most fans and certainly most of the die hard fans have heard the rumors that the team will be renamed soon. Plenty of rumors swirling around and we have discussed them on the podcast numerous times.

Sporting Kansas City will certainly be introduced as the new official team name. This leaves room for the fans to call the team by unofficial nicknames like teams in other countries do now. Should they/will they still be called the Wizards by fans? With the team's current and historical colors, maybe the Blues? Other nicknames?

The teams newest and the first DP in Sporting Kansas City's history will be there. Omar Bravo will be introduced and I bet that he will be sporting the new jersey so fans can see what that looks like.

There is also false reporting from Fox 4 and 96.5 The Buzz that fans have been told to not wear Wizards gear to the announcement. This is not true. Nowhere in the emails or Facebook page did the team state that. I have also talked to multiple Front Office people and they all have said those reports are false (some more colorful language than that was used by a couple). Wear Wizards gear to the announcement, show your support for the team, past, present and future.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Robb Heineman interview - 11/10/2010

Talked with Robb last week. This was before the "Major Kansas City Soccer Announcement" was scheduled. It is pretty obvious that the Kansas City Wizards are evolving into Sporting Kansas City or Kansas City Sporting Club soon.

Part 1 - Robb talks about the past season, improvements under Vermes, the Juniors, Omar Bravo, the player the have targeted to sign and a little more...



Part 2 - Robb talks about the stadium progress, the first game targeted for June 9th, Robb's favorite parts of the stadium, the schedule for the long road trip to start season, the business side, re-branding, kit sponsorship, explaining the rebrand to fans when they announce the new name and 1 secret...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Comets postgame interviews...

Coach Roentved discusses the game...


Leo Gibson...


Gibson pressuring the Wave keeper...

Missouri Comets 9 - 20 Milwaukee Wave

Dzilic's shot trickles into the goal after Wave keeper Nick Vorberg was unable to hold onto the shot...




For the record and the trivia contests in the future, Mirsad Dzilic scored the first goal and Stefan Stokic got the first assist. Leo Gibson scored the first three point goal for the Comets. Jamar Beasley added the other two goals to be their first multiple goal scorer.

Nate Houser was not at the game because his Baker Women were playing William Jewell for the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship. Baker defeated Jewell 2-1. Congrats to Coach Houser but his leadership and experience was sorely missed.

Jamar Beasley scored two goals despite just signing with the team the day before. Beasley was released by the Wizards the same day he signed with the Comets but had not practiced with the Wizards for a couple weeks because of personal issues. He only had one practice with the team but it is obvious he is a good, experienced indoor player.

Beasley's second goal...


Goalkeeper Danny Waltman at times looked a little shaky with some of his passes and a little indecisive. I can not lay much blame on him though because his defense was inconsistent. Waltman did make some great saves. At times playing well but at other times it showed that none of the defenders had ever started a professional indoor game previously.

Leo Gibson was a bright spot playing well all game. The Comets should improve greatly over the next few weeks. When Tiguinho joins the team, Houser being with the Comets and not his college team and Beasely having a chance to practice with the team and more practice for everyone should all contribute to a higher level of play. I heard the Comets have signed another player that had been trialing with the Wizards but that has not been confirmed yet.

Overall is was a fun night. Fast indoor action, laser show, Midnight Express playing and enthusiastic crowd made for a good debut despite the score.

Next up is the Omaha Vipers which should be a much better test as they are both expansion teams this year.

More photos...

Post game laser show...