Friday, March 19, 2010

A Pair of Wins by a Pair of Goals

The Wizards are a little over a week away from their home opener and closed out their preseason with two wins by a 2-0 score line out at Swope Park. I didn't make it in time, but first the Swope Park Rangers played UMKC for the second time in week. Thanks to two first half strikes by Kei Kamara the Rangers pulled off the win. Kamara's first goal came off of a cross from Mauro Fuzetti, his second came from the penalty spot.

Next game the Wizards-AC St. Louis game, the game supposed to be played tomorrow, but rescheduled for today due to the expected weather tomorrow. The team was made up of mostly starters, minus a few injuries and Jimmy Conrad and Josh Wolff in DC for the CBA negotiations. KC came out as the more aggressive side early in the game and would have grabbed the lead if not for the post, as Kamara hit the wood work. The Wizards continued to be the more dominate side and St. Louis struggled to get many offensive chances in the first half. Their best chance came off of a mistake by central defender Matt Besler. Besler attempted to head the ball back to to Jimmy Nielsen, but did not get enough on it and the pass was picked off. Nielsen cut the angle but the St. Louis player found an open player in the box, but the shot was over the bar. KC had their chances as well, Santiago Hirsig missed just a little high and wide of the goal while Kamara hit side netting on a diving header.

In the second half the Wizards continued to dominate with Nielsen has little to do. KC finally grabbed the lead as a Chance Myers cross was met by Craig Rocastle who took a touch and then beat the keeper to his right to give KC the lead they deserved. The Wizards continued their dominance and they doubled the lead through the same combination, only this time it was Rocastle feeding Myers. Myers than 5 holed the keeper doubling the teams lead. KC held onto the lead for the rest of the game most of that time holding possession in St. Louis' half of the field. In the end the game wasn't as close as the score, St. Louis never looked likely to score and KC cruised to the win.

Wizards Man of the Match - Chance Myers - Is starting to really show the promise that made him the number 1 pick in the draft a few years ago. A goal and an assist was just the start of his performance, he dominated the wing for KC. Him and Harrington will be a force on that wing if they end up being the starters.

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