Sunday, March 30, 2008
Drake hung in the game in the first half, cutting off a lot of space for the Wizards attackers and limiting their chances. Finally the Wizards broke through late in the first half. Off of a corner, Eloy Colombano headed the ball on, and deflected off of a Drake players foot and into the net for the dreaded own goal.
The Wizards probably got a stern talking to at half time, as the reserves came out and were all over the Bulldogs in the second half, scoring two early goals. I missed who the first goal of the second half went in off of, but it was crossed in by Colombano, who looked to be really pushing to impress this today, as he was all over the field and involved in the first 3 goals. The third was when Colombano again played in a cross that Kurt Morsink headed into the net to make it 3-0 Wizards.
The Wizards finished off the scoring when Yomby William dribbled down the wing and put in a cross on the ground that Michael Kraus met and put into the net to make it 4-0. Overall it was a pretty good game for the Wizards, and Drake was able to hang tough for at least the first half. Colombano was the most impressive Wizard today, definitely wanting to push for more first team time.
Here's the Wizards lineup, including the three players still fighting for that last developmental roster spot, they made no subs today.
Kronberg - William, Hohlbein, McKenzie, Pizzaro - Souter, Lowery, Morsink, Kraus - Colombano, Sealy
The first half was back and forth, as both DC and KC had good chances to score. Kevin Hartman did the most of the two keepers to keep it scoreless though, punching away a free kick, and then knocking away a bullet of a shot from DC forward Luciano Emilio.
To start the second half, though, it was the Wizards that dictated the tempo, and only 2 minutes into the second half, Michael Harrington's cross was touched by Jack Jewsbury into the path of Trujillo who slotted the ball inside the near post of Zach Wells to make it 1-0 Wizards. DC tried to bring the game back to the Wizards, but had a goal called back due to offsides. Almost immediately after that, the Wizards put themselves up 2-0, as Ryan Pore lofted a ball over the top to Lopez, who calmly chipped Wells to make it 2-0.
Wizards Man of the Match - Kevin Hartman - Hartman is leaner and meaner this year, he had two big saves in the first half that kept the score at 0-0, and helped to organize the Wizards inexperienced back line.
Honorable Mention - Claudio Lopez, Ivan Trujillo
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Some bad news to report this morning, though. The latest injury report lists Chance Myers as being out with a foot strain for this game. So it looks like the rookie will not make his first start of the season. To update my lineup from yesterday then here you go.
Jewsbury - Wahl - Conrad - Harrington
Colombano - Marinelli - Pore
Trujillo - Lopez
Friday, March 28, 2008
The Wizards come off of a win against Real Salt Lake in their last preseason game of the season. Along with a very successful preseason down in Argentina. DC United comes into the game having already played two competitive matches, taking on Harbour View FC in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. KC comes into the game with an injury list that looks more like a mid-season list then for the first game of the season. The team has 8 players on the list, including 2 that would start if healthy.
There's been much talk this preseason about whether the team would play the 3-5-2 or a 4-4-2 again. Having seen the lineup in the game down in Oklahoma, I expect the team to line up 4-4-2 with almost the exact same lineup as the Saturn Cup.
Myers - Wahl - Conrad - Harrington
Jewsbury - Marinelli - Pore
Trujillo - Lopez
DC looked good in their dismantling of Harbour View the other week, but the Wizards are a much better team then them. Plus with DC going to Mexico to take on Pachuca this Tuesday, they may be inclined to rest some starters for that match. If they rest players, then the Wizards will fair very well. If they start the same lineup that they did against Harbour View, the game will be a lot closer. Overall, I'm going to go bold and predict a Wizards 3-1 win.
KC - 3 - Trujillo x2, Lopez
DC - 1 - Fred
And this is post number 500
Here are the previous rounds.
1 & 2
3 & 4
5 & 6
7 & 8
9 & 10
11 & 12
13 & 14
15(1). Team Shook - Eloy Colombano - Eloy was signed in August of 07 and he added bench depth and speed to Kansas City. He plays wide midfield and striker and will provide depth for Team Shook. Eloy came off the bench 9 times to provide a spark late in games. He did start one game for the Wizards. In his 10 appearances he gathered 1 goal and 1 assist.
15(2). Team DTB - Paul Wright - The fastest man in MLS, Wright was selected in the 3rd round of the original supplemental draft back in 1996. Wright spent just over 3 seasons with the Wizards appearing in 83 games for the Wizards and scoring 11 goals for the boys in blue over that time period.
15(3). Bravado FC - Mike Sorber - "While our assistants thought that it could serve the team better to snatch up the two best remaining goalkeepers for trade bait with the other two teams in the draft, we remember that in the end, this is a friendly enterprise," said GM John Roushkolb. "While each team has their own priorities for choosing players, it's not necessarily fair to punish those who don't see goalkeeping as the necessity that it is. At least, not any more than we already have."
While he played just one season with the Wizards, (Wiz at the time) he still ranks in the top 30 point scorers for Kansas City, tallying four goals and six assists in 24 appearances. He was traded to the MetroStars for the forgettable Damian Silvera, but his heart was obviously still in Kansas City as he mustered just six goals in his next 100 MLS matches.
16(1). Bravado FC - Gary Glasgow - In his three years in Kansas City, he saw little time in the first team after struggling with injuries in the 2001 season. The Trinidadian international made an impact in the 2002 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, picking up a goal and two assists in four appearances in the competition, with his helpers coming in both the home and away legs of the Wizards' tie with W Connection FC of Trinidad and Tobago.
16(2). Team DTB - Chris Snitko - Drafted by the Wizards in the first round of the 96 MLS College Draft, Snitko didn't join the team until 97 (because he was allowed to play with the US Olympic team in 96). He played mostly as a backup behind Mike Ammann until the 1999 season, when he became the defacto starter after Tony Meola went down with injury. Snitko played only 26 games for the Wizards before being traded to Chicago. He was also recently seen practicing with the team during preseason.
16(3). Team Shook - Garth Lagerwey - Lagerwey was an original member of the 96 Wiz, and by midseason had supplanted Pat Harrington as the first choice keeper. Lagerwey would start 22 reular season games and all 5 playoff games for the team. Lagerwey was then supplanted by Team Shook teammate Mike Ammann and moved on to Dallas and Miami to finish his career before moving upstairs as the GM of Real Salt Lake.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Here is the full schedule. Home games are in bold and are played at the Swope Park Training Complex, unless noted.
Thursday April 10 New England 10 a.m.
Sunday April 20 @Chicago 2 p.m.
Saturday April 26 @Toronto 4:30 p.m.
Sunday May 4 @Columbus 9 a.m.
Sunday May 18 @New York 9 a.m.
Sunday June 15 Columbus 10 a.m.
Friday July 11 New York 10 a.m.
Sunday August 3 @D.C. United 9 a.m.
Tuesday September 9 D.C. United 10 a.m.
Sunday September 21 Toronto 10 a.m.
Sunday October 5 Chicago 4 p.m. (CommunityAmerica Ballpark)
Sunday October 26 @New England 9 a.m.
- Sealy and Trujillo are fighting for a starting spot with Lopez. Trujillo looks like he'll get the start this weekend. (Does this mean Lopez is starting Saturday?)
- Arnaud is actually ahead dof schedule rehab wise. (Very good news for Wizards fans to see that Arnaud is on his way back.)
- Myers picked up an injury is a game time decision for this weekend. (Not good, Myers was likely to start against DC, let's hope he's able to go and has a debut like Harrington last year against DC.)
- Construction to begin in June on our SSS (Fantastic news, can't go wrong with big stadium news)
- Beckham game will probably be at Arrowhead (Figured this would happen, no use in wasting the extra revenue by only selling out CAB, when you can sell another 20K at least on top of that at Arrowhead.)
Those were some of the main highlights about the Wizards. Overall a good interview and worth listening to.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Speaking of Norman, OK and the Saturn Cup, you can see some video of the game, including the Wizards goal in this video on MLSnet.
And don't forget The Jimmy Conrad Show, live tonight from 8-9 pm on 810am, live from McFadden's.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This does clear up the questions that I'd had about the game and the other reserve game that was scheduled that day against Drake. So the likelihood now, is that the Wizards reserves will be playing Drake this Sunday instead of playing DC United.
Monday, March 24, 2008
First, is an update on The Jimmy Conrad Show this season. As I mentioned earlier, the show will be on 810 AM this year. The time I'd originally posted was wrong. Over on Hillcrest Road, they have a list of the first 5 show times. They're all 8-9 pm, except for the show on 4/16, which is at 7-8 pm.
The other thing I wanted to post on, is the fact that the Wizards have released their game themes for each game this year, including some of the give aways that will occur this season. There will be a mix of adult and kid themed games this season. You can see the full list for each game over on the Wizards website.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Kronberg (Kartunen 46), Pizarro, Hohlbein, Howard (K. Nekuda 83), Kraus, Leathers, Lowery (A. Nekuda 83), Morsink, Souter, Victorine (Pardo 83), Sealy (Colombano 46)
A funny note about the game, Sasha Victorine wore number 32 last night instead of his standard number9.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Hartman, Jewsbury, Conrad (Hohlbein 82), Wahl, Myers, Zavagnin, Marinelli (Morsink 74), Pore, Harrington, Colombano (Sealy 46), Trujillo
I'll have a full update later. It was a great game, a decent crowd in Oklahoma City for the game. While the game lacked in chances it was still a fun roadtrip for those that went to start the season.
Friday, March 21, 2008
There will be no TV or radio for this game. For those of you that aren't going to the game, I'll have a write up here, some time tomorrow night. For those that can't wait that long, Hillcrest Road will be bringing you live commentary on their blog. So you can enjoy the game like in the days before MLS broadcasted all their games at least on the net.
1 & 2
3 & 4
5 & 6
7 & 8
9 & 10
11 & 12
13(1). Team Shook - Francisco Gomez - Despite his poor finishing ability (referenced in our write up for number 1 pick Preki), and the fact he never quite lived up to all of the hype surrounding the him as a younger player; 'Cisco carved out a solid niche for himself in six seasons for the Wizards appearing in 114 games at multiple positions in the midfield. Francisco's best season for the Wizards came in 2001, when he replaced the briefly departed Preki at attacking midfielder, scoring 4 goals and 6 assists. For Team Shook Gomez figures to be a late game sub/backup with his flexibility to play all of the midfield positions.
13(2). Team DTB - Stephen Armstrong - Traded to KC before the 2002 season, Armstrong brought some experience to the Wizards team. He continues to fit with the way Team DTB is lining up, with players that can play in multiple positions on the field. In 49 MLS games for the Wizards, Armstrong had 5 goals for the team and provided needed depth during the Wizards run to the semifinals of both the US Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions Cup.
13(3). Bravado FC - Frank Klopas - One of two original allocations to the Wiz, Klopas appeared in 49 matches in MLS competition for the Wizards, scoring seven goals and 11 assists, better than half of his career production in the league. He also scored the lone goal for the Wizards in the 1997 U.S. Open Cup, as the Wizards bowed out after their first contest, a 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Seals.
14(1). Bravado FC - Steve Pittman - Another Kansas City player who made his name in the indoor game, "Stevie" logged better than 2,000 minutes for the Wizards after being acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay. He started 23 of his 26 MLS appearances for the Wizards, committing just 26 fouls on the campaign. He was also tabbed in the first XI for the Wizards' Open Cup match in 1997.
14(2). Team DTB - Scott Vermillion - The first local product the Wizards signed that actually played considerable minutes for the club. Vermillion was the team's second Project 40/Generation Adidas signing. He played in 52 games for the Wizards on the back line before being traded to CO before the 2000 season.
14(3). Team Shook - Mike Burns - Burns played the final two seasons of his illustrious career with the Wizards in 2001 and 2002, manning the back-line and earning an All-Star nod in 2002. During Burn's career he appeared in 75 games for the USA and played in many major tournaments including the U-16 and U-20 World Cups, the 1992 Olympics, and the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. Despite being on the decline during his time with the Wizards, Burns provides Team Shook with an experienced back-up defender and an additional veteran presence in the locker-room.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Another former Wizards player has landed on his feet after being waived by the team. Like Pat Healey, Ryan Raybould will continue his playing career. Raybould, though, has gone outside the United States to continue his career. Raybould has signed with Swedish fourth division side, Sandvikens IF. The Kansas City native played 19 times for the Wizards before being waived this season. Raybould will be wearing number 8 for Sandvikens. Good luck to Ryan in Sweden.
Monday, March 17, 2008
The entire stadium cost will be only $46 million, which seems a little low to me personally, with over half of it ($25 million) coming from private funds. We also see the reason why there has been no development on the project yet, even though city funding has been approved, and state funding looks to be very good. That reason is the fact that $17 million of the Super TIF (which requires state approval to go into affect) is going to be used for the purchase land and demolition of the current buildings on the site.
Including Wizards tickets and other events at the facility (concerts, high school/college athletics, other sports teams, etc) the revenue per seat at the stadium will be around $345 a year.
Starting on page 421, you have the standard soccer participation levels for KC and all of US Soccer.
Some interesting news, league wide is on page 433, where the plan has each team's payroll for 2007. The surprising news is that KC was FOURTH last season in team payroll. Of course they were over $2 million below third.
LA - $9,179,949
NY - $4, 909,556
Chicago - $4,464,113
KC - $2,626,175
RSL - $2,607,531
TFC - $2,453,208
Houston - $2,439,999
Colorado - $2,374,164
Dallas - $2,285,499
DC - $2,163,103
Columbus - $2,021,398
Chivas - $1,886,076
New England - $1,860,448
On page 497, starts the potential demand of the stadium and youth fields. It talks about the different uses for both, including the Wizards, women's pro soccer, Missouri high school events, concerts, and other things held in the stadium, along with practices for soccer and other sports along with league games held on the youth fields. On page 512, you can see the potential demand of the stadium and the youth soccer fields. Fifty events at the stadium, including the Wizards (20 games at 13,500 attendance), women's pro soccer (8 games at 5,000), concerts (6 at 20,000), International soccer (4 at 15,000), and other events (8 at 5,000) would bring in half a million people to that area a year. The youth fields would bring in even more, with soccer tournaments, camps, leagues, practices, other sports (rugby, ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse, etc) and festivals expected to bring in 750,000 people to that area a year.
Starting on page 671, you can see the layout of the site including some artist rendered pictures. Overall, it's a great read if you have time to read through it, or to even skim different parts of it for some great information.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Hartman, Jewsbury, Conrad, Wahl (Hohlbein 60), Myers (Leathers 60), Zavagnin, Marinelli (Morsink 60), Pore, Harrington, Sealy (Colombano 60), Trujillo (DiCicco 60)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Here is the Wizards lineup:
Kronberg, Hohlbein, William, Kraus, Leathers, Souter, Lowery, Morsink (McKenzie 55), Troyano, Sealy (Santiago 55), Colombano (DiCicco 55)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
3/30 D.C. United Reserves @ Kansas City Wizards Reserves
4/10 New England Revolution Reserves @ Kansas City Wizards Reserves
4/20 Kansas City Wizards Reserves @ Chicago Fire Reserves
4/26 Kansas City Wizards Reserves @ Toronto FC Reserves
5/18 Kansas City Wizards Reserves @ New York Red Bull Reserves
6/15 Columbus Crew Reserves @ Kansas City Wizards Reserves
7/11 New York Red Bull Reserves @ Kansas City Wizards Reserves
7/18 Kansas City Wizards Reserves @ Columbus Crew Reserves
8/3 Kansas City Wizards Reserves @ D.C. United Reserves
9/21 Toronto FC Reserves @ Kansas City Wizards Reserves
10/5 Chicago Fire Reserves @ Kansas City Wizards Reserves
10/26 Kansas City Wizards Reserves @ New England Revolution Reserves
Jewsbury - Conrad - Wahl
Myers - Marinelli - Harrington
Trujillo - Sealy
It's great to see more goals out of Trujillo, hopefully he can carry it through to the season and give the team a great lift up top along with Lopez and Sealy.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Friday - 3pm vs Monterrey
Friday - 4:40pm vs Performance FC
Friday - 8:10pm D2 vs C3
Friday - 8:10pm C2 vs D3
Saturday - 10am A1 vs D2-C3 winner
Saturday - 10am B1 vs C2-D3 winner
Saturday - 10:50am C1 vs A2-B3 winner
Saturday - 1pm - 10 am winners
Saturday - 1:50pm - 10:50 am winners
Saturday - 6pm
Monday, March 10, 2008
It's a tough blow for Watson, as he had been getting quite a bit of playing time this preseason, including a lot of minutes with the expected first team.
Former Wizards coach, Bob Gansler was almost elected on the "Builders" ballot, falling 3 votes shy of the 50% required by for "builders." Anson Dorrance was the only member elected person from the builders group. Hugo Perez was elected by the veterans committee.
UPDATE: I've just received an email saying they've updated the audio for the teleconference so it starts right at the beginning now.
Here is the lineup and their subs at the end of the 35 minute half. It looks like the team went back to the 3-5-2 in this game.
Hartman (Kronberg 36), Jewsbury (Leathers 36), Conrad (William 36), Wahl ( Hohlbein 36), Myers (Souter 36), Zavagnin (Lowery 36), Morsink (Troyano 36), Harrington (Kraus 36), Pore (McKenzie 36), Colombano (trialist Santiago 36), Trujillo (DiCicco 36)
According to the report, Scott Sealy and Carlos Marinelli didn't play because the game was played on field turf.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
So remember to set your DVR's/VCR's to record this event.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Welcome to Kansas City Claudio.
Friday, March 07, 2008
Finally we get some goals, even if it was against a lower league opponent. It's also great to see goals from the new signing Trujillo. Good news from the team today.
Lopez, 33, becomes the team's first official designated player, after the departure of Eddie Johnson and his being a "grandfathered" DP.
According to Porter, if the Lopez deal feel through, the team was also looking at another player from South America and another from Africa, let the speculation begin on who those players were.
Steven Goff is reporting the deal is not 100% yet, but his contact says that Lopez is expected to sign a 2 year contract.
UPDATE: I've updated the link, Porter has updated his blog to say the deal is nearly done.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
1. What did you do for your birthday?
What I said: Not much. I was in Florida with the Wizards and I was doing my best to not let anyone know that I had become a 30-something. I'm like a dinosaur compared to some of these young guys on our team now. Of course, let it be known, I am a dinosaur that crushes them in fitness.
What I should have said: I rented a stretch limo to take all of us down to South Beach and we partied like it was 1999. We made the rookies dance on tables as part of their initiation and Davy Arnaud and Jack Jewsbury sang a duet to "[I've had] the Time of my Life," at the karaoke bar. Davy nailed the female lead with surprising range.
21. Who's got the goofiest time-killing off-the-field hobby? Someone on the team knits, right?
What I said: I know quite a few players who have such a serious Halo addiction that they talk trash to their opponents through their headsets. Mind you, these opponents are 11 years old and are dominating these players, who will remain nameless, with relative ease.
What I should have said: Do you consider Kerry Zavagnin modeling women's lingerie a hobby?
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Andrew DiCicco - 3
Carlos Marinelli - 2
Ryan Pore - 2
Kurt Morsink - 1
Lance Watson - 1
Eloy Colombano - 1
The team also announced in that release that the team will be playing River Plate on this Friday morning, and will be playing San Lorenzo on Tuesday. So the team will have at least 5 games on this current trip now.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
(March 4, 2008) – The Kansas City Wizards announced today that the signing of forward Ivan Trujillo is complete. The Colombian, who last played for La Equidad in Colombia’s first division, scored seven goals in 18 games for La Equidad during the fall season after scoring four goals in 13 games for Once Caldes in the spring of 2007. Per team and league policy, financial details of the signing are not disclosed. Trujillo will join the Wizards tomorrow afternoon in Buenos Aires, Argentina and begin training with the team Thursday.
“Ivan Trujillo is a young, powerful forward who we have targeted for some time,” Wizards Technical Director Peter Vermes said. “We’re very excited to have signed a forward like Ivan to our organization. It takes time for all foreign players to acclimate themselves to the style of play in Major League Soccer, and we look forward to helping him through that process.”
“Ivan is a strong, hard-working target forward that has been a proven goal scorer wherever he has played,” Head Coach Curt Onalfo said. “He plays much bigger than his six-foot frame will add another scoring threat to our roster for the 2008 season.”
Trujillo will become Kansas City’s second Colombian-born player. Former Wizards midfielder and local Blue Springs High School alumnus Diego Gutierrez was born in Bogota, Colombia’s capitol city. He moved to the United States and the Kansas City area at age 15.
Trujillo becomes the sixth fluent Spanish-speaker on the Wizards. Head Coach Curt Onalfo (USA), midfielder Carlos Marinelli (Argentina), midfielder/forward Eloy Colombano (Argentina), midfielder Kurt Morsink (Costa Rica/USA) and 2008 SuperDraft selection Roger Espinoza (Honduras/USA) all speak Spanish fluently. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman (USA) and Technical Director Peter Vermes also speak Spanish well.
UPDATE: The team has posted again on their blog with the lineups for both halves. Watson scored in the 7th minute to give KC the lead. Just before the half, Kevin Hartman saved a PK to keep the score at 1-0. The interesting fact is that the Wizards went away from the 3-5-2 in this game, playing a standard 4-4-2 diamond. Other interesting bit of information, Colombano didn't play against his former team.
The Wizards also have a new trialist with the team too. According to the write up, the trialist's name is Paulo Troyano. No clue who that is, but I did find a Paulo Troyano on the roster for Deportivo Heredia in the Liga Nacional de Futbol in Guatemala. The Troyano there plays the right position and is from Argentina.
UPDATE: Ives has the draft order for the draft today along with the list of players available. The Wizards select 11th.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
1 & 2
3 & 4
5 & 6
7 & 8
9 & 10
11(1). Team Shook - Scott Sealy - Sealy, the only current Wizard selected by Team Shook, has been with the team for three seasons netting 26 goals in 75 games, which puts him in sixth in all time goals scored for the Wizards, and only 6 goals out of third place. Sealy burst on to the team in 2005 with 9 goals, setting a KC rookie record, leading all rookies in goals, and was a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year. In 2006, Sealy lead the team in goals with 10 (in just 20 starts) and though slowed by injuries in 2007 still netted 7 more, good for second place on the team, behind Team Shook teammate Eddie Johnson.
For Team Shook, Sealy provides depth at striker, as both a late game option, and as a fill-in-starter for the streaky Josh Wolff and EJ.
Team Shook's starting roster is as yet incomplete, as we are still lacking a keeper, but the rest of the starting eleven shakes out as follows:
Team Shook will be playing a 3-5-2 formation.
Bowers - Lalas - Garcia
McKeon - Gutierrez
Klein - - - Preki - - - Henderson
The formidable three man backline of Sean Bowers, Alexi Lalas, and Nick Garcia has the speed and talent to shut down most teams attacks, especially with the help of dual-holding midfielders Matt McKeon & Diego Gutierrez.
Chris Klein and Chris Henderson can push the attack on the edges from the right and left flanks, respectfully; while Preki controls the middle of the field, with the ability to push forward and add to his MLS record assists dishing to the dual-USA-National team strike force of Josh Wolff and Eddie Johnson, with T&T international Scott Sealy able to step in later in the game if additional offensive firepower is needed (most likely at the expense of a holding midfielder).
Though the Wolff/Johnson/Sealy strike force was a disappointment for the Wizards in 2006, they never had players like Klein, Preki, and Hendo offering them midfield support and precision passes. Likewise, even at its height during the 2000 MLS Cup run, this midfield combo has never had two (or three) as naturally gifted strikers as this team offers.
Additional flexibility also exists as McKeon and Gutierrez both can play on the back line if the current three-man unit needs additional support.
11(2). Team DTB - Shavar Thomas - With the selection of Sealy the pick before, I had to look a different way at addressing my team's needs. Thomas spent 3 years in KC playing in 76 games and scoring 2 goals after coming over from Dallas. He came into his own playing behind Conrad and Garcia, and has shown it since he's moved on.
With the Sealy selection, Team DTB had to change their tactics on how the team would set up. Instead of going with a standard 4-4-2, we'll be going with a 3-5-2 like the current Wizards and the 2000 team.
Zavagnin - Victorine
Arnaud - Takawira
A much more defensive lineup then I had originally planned, but starting in the back, Team DTB has the best keeper in Wizards history behind a very strong back line of Thomas, Conrad, and Okafor. The midfield is also defensive minded with both wingers being able to play as a wingback as well. Zavagnin and Victorine will cover the defensive mid position, although Victorine will be the one that pushes forward of the two. While Chung spent a lot of time on the left wing, he also pushed central at times as well. Up top, Team DTB will have two of the highest scoring players in Wizards history in Arnaud and Takawira. Overall I expect to be playing a much more defensive style with my team. Getting the goal and then killing the game off.
11(3). Bravado FC - Carey Talley - Appearing in 50 games for the Wizards, Talley notched three goals and two assists. Although plagued with injuries during his stint with Kansas City, Talley still mustered 32 regular-season starts for KC. He will slot into a holding midfield role in either a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2.
The lineup for Bravado FC is expected to look like this.
Gough - Vermes - Prideaux
Jewsbury - Talley - Johnston - Burciaga
Molnar - Simutenkov
12(1). Bravado FC - Adegboyega "Bo" Oshoniyi - Despite a rough start to his MLS career - he was selected by the Columbus Crew in the fifth round of the draft and saw action in 13 contests for the Crew before being beaten out by pre-faux brit Brad Friedel - Oshoniyi returned to the league, eventually making his way to the Wizards. He compiled a 33-33-27 record, recording 22 shutouts and a 1.52 goals-against average. Despite being criticized as not quite good enough to be a starter in some circles, he is a great backup keeper for any team.
12(2). Team DTB - Chris Brown - Brown appeared in 123 games for the Wizards over his career, scoring 15 goals and 11 assists in MLS play. While not a fan favorite, Brown always came on and did his job. Brown is also the Wizards all time leading scorer in international competitions with 4 goals. For Team DTB he'll provide support at striker as well as on the wing.
12(3). Team Shook - Mike Ammann - Ammann was with the Wizards from the inaugural 1996 season till his trade to New York in 1999 for Team Shook teammate Alexi Lalas and future Wizards icon Tony Meola; spending the last two seasons as the starter. His best season in MLS came in 1997 where he started 29 games in net for the Western Conference's best regular season team, and set a then league-record with 21 wins. After his trade to New York, Ammann had several solid seasons for the Metrostars and DC United before suffering a series of injuries that ended his career.