Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wizards Take Down Tulsa

The Wizards got a midweek game in today before their friendly games this weekend against AC St. Louis and the University of Evansville. Today the Wizards took on the University of Tulsa. A game that I originally thought was likely to just be a game for the Rangers turned out to be wrong. The Wizards played a mix of starters and subs in the first half, Davy Arnaud, Stephane Auvray, Roger Espinoza, Jack Jewsbury, and Ryan Smith were the starters from Saturday night that did not play today. In their place in the first 11 were Korede Aiyegbusi, Zoltan Hercegfalvi, Santiago Hirsig, Igor Kostrov, and Graham Zusi. Also not appearing at all today was Birahim Diop, Chance Myers, and Craig Rocastle. In the first half, the Wizards only managed one goal against the college team, coming through Josh Wolff who scored on a shot from the top of the area.

In the second half, the Wizards made multiple changes, with only Aiyegbusi, Hercegfalvi, Kostrov, and Zusi staying on for the second half. The second half also saw the introduction of newly signed forward, Sunil Chhetri. The Rangers did a lot more damage to Tulsa. Teal Bunbury made it 2-0 off of a rebound. Aiyegbusi made it 3-0 when he hit a cross from almost midfield that got caught in the wind and drifted over the goalkeeper and into the net. Three became 4-0 when Chhetri got his first goal for KC in a scrimmage after Pablo Escobar and headed on a Kostrov corner kick. Tulsa grabbed a consolation goal on a 40 yard shot that caught Eric Kronberg off his line. Kostrov made it 5-1 when he picked up the scraps after guest player Kyle Brown found Bunbury with a cross. Bunbury's header went off the bar and Kostrov put it away. Many of these players are going to get more time on Saturday in St. Louis. I'll be there with Twitter updates for the games.

And for those curious, here's a video of Aiyegbusi's goal with great commentary from Peter Vermes.


OleGunnar20 said...

has anyone heard who the wizards are dumping to put chetri on the roster or has MLS waived its new rules for KCW?

szazzy said...

We are the league's favorite team, so I imagine they'll change the rules for us like they did for LA :).

Mike said...

We made a trade with LA for their "Waive the Rules" clause.