Friday, January 26, 2007

Top Scores through the 2005 season

On to the 2005 season.

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The 2005 season was a major disappointment for the Wizards, after making MLS Cup the year before, the Wizards failed to make the playoffs in 2005. They also failed in their attempt to repeat as US Open Cup Champs, falling to the Minnesota Thunder. As the season was getting close to winding down, the Wizards looked poised to make a run at returning to MLS Cup. The Wizards though went on a long winless streak to close out the season, allowing the MetroStars a chance to top them. The Wizards held their own destiny though, a win in Dallas in the last game of the season would have put them in the playoffs. Unfortunately the Wizards were only able to manage a tie, thanks to Preki's last professional goal. This meant the Wizards needed Chivas to win at home against the MetroStars. The Wizards though were struck by karma as their former starting keeper Tony Meola came up big in the game, denying Chivas on numerous occasions to help the MetroStars get into the playoffs.

The number in parenthesis after the goal total is the players change in position from the year before. Pictures on this entry will only be of players who are making their first appearance on the list, for pictures of each player, check previous entries.

1. Preki - 71 (-)

2. Chris Klein - 39 (-)

3. Mo Johnston - 31 (-)

4. Vitalis "Digital" Takawira - 28 (-)

5. Josh Wolff - 22 (+3)

6. Mark Chung - 20 (-1)

7. Davy Arnaud - 17 (+1)

8. Chris Brown - 15 (-2)

9. Matt McKeon - 13 (-2)

10T. Igor Simutenkov - 12 (-2)

10T. Miklos Molnar - 12 (-2)

10T. Chris Henderson - 12 (-2)

13T. Francisco Gomez - 11 (-)

13T. Paul Wright - 11 (-)

15 Scott Sealy - 9 (N/A) - The second Wizards forward from TnT. The Wizards picked Sealy up in the first round of the draft after what many saw as a lack luster performance from last seasons first round pick at forward, Matt Taylor, was left unprotected in the expansion draft and was taken by Chivas USA. Sealy was second on the team in scoring his rookie season behind Josh Wolff.

16T. Jimmy Conrad - 7 (+2)

16T. Sasha Victorine - 7 (N/A) - Sasha came over in a draft day trade with the LA Galaxy. The move paid off for the Wizards, as Sasha has been a consistent utility man for the Wizards as well as a veteran leader for the team.

16T. Roy Lassister - 7 (-1)

16T. Frank Klopas - 7 (-1)

20T. Jack Jewsbury - 6 (N/A) - "Action Jackson" as he's called continued to earn time with the Wizards in his third season for the team. While he played less minutes then the 2004 season, Jack was able to score 4 more goals to bring his total up to 6.

20T. Dario Fabbro - 6 (-3)

Dropped Off
Stephen Armstrong
Kerry Zavagnin
Gary Glasgow

Kerry is the first player to drop off the list while still being on the Wizards roster the following season. The other 15 players to have dropped off the list were not on the team the season after they dropped off.

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