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Kansas City Wizards
Kansascitywizards.svg
Full name Kansas City Wizards
Nickname(s) Wizards, The Wiz, KC
Swope Park Rangers (reserves)
Founded 1995
Stadium CommunityAmerica Ballpark
Kansas City, Kansas
(Capacity: 10,385)
Owner United States OnGoal, LLC.
Head Coach United States Peter Vermes
League Major League Soccer
2009 Eastern Conference: 6th
Overall: 13th
Playoffs: DNQ
Home colors
Away colors
Current season

The Kansas City Wizards are an American, professional soccer club based in Kansas City, Kansas that participates in Major League Soccer. In 2007 the team moved from Kansas City, Missouri to Kansas City, Kansas with plans to build a new stadium in the Missouri city; however, they ultimately decided to build the new stadium in "KCK" near the Kansas Speedway. The Wizards won the MLS Cup in 2000, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004, and the MLS Supporters Shield in 2000. The team colors have been cobalt blue, dark indigo, yellow and white since 2008.[1]

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History

The Wizards were known as the Kansas City Wiz during the 1996 season but changed names due to a trademark dispute. From 1995 until 2006, they were owned by Lamar Hunt, who also owned the Kansas City Chiefs, FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew.

In the 2000 season, the Wizards captured both the MLS Supporters' Shield and the MLS Cup. In the previous two seasons, they had failed to make the playoffs.

On July 19, 2006, head coach Bob Gansler resigned and general manager Curt Johnson selected assistant coach Brian Bliss as the new interim head coach[2]. Curt Onalfo was announced the new permanent head coach after the end of the 2006 season.

On December 9, 2004, Lamar Hunt announced that he was looking to sell the team after the 2005 MLS season. On August 31, 2006, the Wizards held a press conference to announce the sale of the team to a local ownership group consisting of Cerner co-founders Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig, Rock Island Capital’s Robb Heineman, Greg Maday and David French, and Pat Curran, founder of C3 Holdings.[3]

Crest

Home stadiums

From 1996 to 2007, the Wizards played home games in Arrowhead Stadium, the American football stadium mainly used by the Kansas City Chiefs. Wizards management kept the west end of Arrowhead tarped off for the first 10 years of play, limiting seating near the field. In 2006, fans could sit all the way around the field, but in 2007 seating was only available along the sidelines. In 2008, the Wizards moved their home game against the Los Angeles Galaxy to Arrowhead Stadium to accommodate the larger crowd that was expected to be in attendance for David Beckham's Kansas City debut.

The Wizards entered an agreement with the Kansas City T-Bones to use their home stadium, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The stadium, located across the state line in Kansas City, Kansas, built a new bleacher section financed by the Wizards to increase its capacity to 10,385. This move made the Wizards the third MLS team to share their home ground with a baseball team. D.C. United had been sharing RFK Stadium with Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C., before the latter's move into Nationals Park. The San Jose Earthquakes also use a baseball stadium, as they have used Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, home of the Oakland A's for certain games during the 2008 season.

The Wizards originally planned to return to Kansas City, Missouri and build a new stadium there, tentatively called Trails Stadium, as part of a major mixed-use development. The team had received all required approvals and was awaiting site demolition; however, the 2008–09 financial crisis ultimately led to the scrapping of the Trails Stadium project. The developer then sought a new site, quickly settling on a similar development in Kansas City, Kansas known as Village West, near CommunityAmerica Ballpark and Kansas Speedway.

In September 2009, the developer asked Wyandotte County and Kansas state officials for permission to use revenues from existing tax increment financing in the Village West area to help finance the soccer complex[4]. On December 17th, Wizards president, Robb Heineman provided an update on the stadium situation published on team official website and blog,[5][6] basically identifying the Kansas City Kansas location as final, pending the signature of the final agreements. On December 21st, construction machinery was already on the Legends site waiting to break ground[7][8]. On January 19th, Wyandotte County approved the bonds to help finance the stadium[9], and on the 20th, the groundbreaking ceremony was made, with Wizards CEO, Robb Heineman, using heavy machinery to move dirt on the construction site[10].

Supporters

The main supporters group of the Kansas City Wizards stand in a section known as "The Cauldron." The name is derived from the large metal pots used in witchcraft. Over the past few years, the Wizards have seen dramatic growth in their fan section, with several fan groups adding their voice to The Cauldron culture and atmosphere. The largest supporters group is known as "Hillcrest Syndicate." The group derives its name from Hillcrest Road which is the road on which the Trails Stadium would have been built if the project had not fallen through and then shifted to Kansas. Other groups - such as Southern Voodoo, KC Outlaws and the Yardbirds - are also currently a part of The Cauldron. After a strong presence in 2007 and 2008, the Sudakas have largely faded from the section, although several of their chants remain a part of the regular repertoire.

Television and Radio

Wizards matches are broadcast on KCWE (except for nationally broadcast matches), with Dave Borchardt on play-by-play with former Wizard Sasha Victorine doing color.

Local Radio coverage is broadcasted live in English using the television feed on KCZZ 1480AM, Spanish broadcasting can be found on KDTD 1340AM.

Official Anthem

In 2007, Kansas City based rock band Blackpool Lights song “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Stop Us Now” was chosen as the official team anthem. Received by fans in a luke warm response the song has not drawn much identity to the club although it continues to be played at the stadium before matches.

Honors

Domestic

Minor Trophies

Players

Current roster

As of March 16, 2010.[11]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Jimmy Nielsen
2 United States DF Michael Harrington
3 England DF Korede Aiyegbusi
4 England MF Craig Rocastle
5 United States DF Matt Besler
6 Colombia DF Pablo Escobar
7 United States DF Chance Myers
8 Guadeloupe MF Stéphane Auvray
9 Canada FW Teal Bunbury
10 Argentina MF Santiago Hirsig
11 England MF Ryan Smith
12 United States DF Jimmy Conrad (captain)
14 United States MF Jack Jewsbury
15 United States DF Aaron Hohlbein
No. Position Player
16 United States FW Josh Wolff
17 Honduras MF Roger Espinoza
18 United States GK Eric Kronberg
20 Hungary FW Zoltán Hercegfalvi
21 Moldova MF Igor Kostrov
22 United States MF Davy Arnaud
23 Sierra Leone FW Kei Kamara
25 United States DF Jonathan Leathers
27 Senegal MF Birahim Diop
28 United States MF Graham Zusi
30 United States FW Michael Kraus
33 United States MF Mauro Fuzetti
India FW Sunil Chhetri

Notable former players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

Head coaches

General managers

  • Tim Latta
  • Doug Newman (1997–1999)
  • Curt Johnson (1999–2006)
  • Peter Vermes (2006–Present) -- Technical Director
  • Greg Cotton (2006–Present) -- Director of Business Operations

Presidents

  • Robb Heineman (2006 - Present)[1]

Team records

MLS regular season only

  • All-Time regular season record: 154-155-65 (Through April 20, 2008)

Year-by-year

Kansas City Wizards Seasons

Year MLS Reg. Season MLS Cup Playoffs Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions' Cup/Champions League
SuperLiga
1996 3rd, West Semifinals Quarterfinals Did not qualify Started in 2007
1997 1st, West Quarterfinals Round of 16 Did not qualify
1998 6th, West Did not qualify Round of 16 Did not qualify
1999 6th, West Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not qualify
2000 1st, West* Champions Round of 32 Did not qualify
2001 3rd, West Quarterfinals Round of 16 Not held
2002 5th, West Quarterfinals Semifinals Semifinals
2003 2nd, West Semifinals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2004 1st, West Runners-Up Champions Did not qualify
2005 5th, East Did not qualify Quarterfinals Quarterfinals
2006 5th, East Did not qualify Round of 16 Did not qualify
2007 5th, East Semifinals** Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not participate
2008 4th, East Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Did not qualify Did not qualify
2009 6th, East Did not qualify Quarterfinals Did not qualify Group Stage
2010

* Won MLS Supporters' Shield
** Qualified in the Western Conference Playoff Bracket

International competition

Average attendance

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
1996 12,878 7,754
1997 9,058 10,174
1998 8,073 DNQ
1999 8,183 DNQ
2000 9,112 8,243
2001 10,954 5,803
2002 12,255 9,484
2003 15,573 10,712
2004 14,819 10,977
2005 9,691 DNQ
2006 11,083 DNQ
2007 11,586 12,442
2008 10,686 10,385
2009 10,053 DNQ

References

  1. ^ "Wizards unveil new look for '08 season," Kansas City Wizards Media Relations, January 20, 2008.
  2. ^ Luder, Bob (July 19, 2006). Gansler out as Wizards head coach. Kansas City Star
  3. ^ Luder, Bob (August 31, 2006). Wizards sold to local group, will remain in area. Kansas City Star
  4. ^ Kansas adjusts offer aimed at spurring Cerner, Wizards development near speedway, The Kansas City Star, December 08, 2009.
  5. ^ Heineman provides stadium update, KC Wizards Official Website.
  6. ^ Hillcrest Road - RH Stadium Update, OnGoal CEO/Wizards President Robb Heineman gives an update on the progress of the stadium project.
  7. ^ Hillcrest Road - Yellow Machines on Site, Equipment from Clarkson Construction showed up at the future site of the stadium in KCK.
  8. ^ Work starts on Kansas City Wizards stadium, Kansas City Business Journal - by Rob Roberts.
  9. ^ Stadium Approval News, KC Wizards Official Website.
  10. ^ Stadium Ground Breaking, Wizards Official Blog.
  11. ^ http://web.mlsnet.com/players/index.jsp?club=t105

External links


Simple English

Kansas City Wizards
Full nameKansas City Wizards
Founded1995
GroundCommunityAmerica Ballpark
(Capacity 10,385)
ChairmanOnGoal
ManagerCurt Onalfo
LeagueMajor League Soccer
2008Major League Soccer, Quarterfinals


The Kansas City Wizards are an American football (soccer) team that plays in Major League Soccer in Kansas City, Missouri.

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League title

League position

SeasonLeaguePosition
1996Major League SoccerSemifinals
1997Major League SoccerQuarterfinals
1998Major League Soccer6th / West
1999Major League Soccer6th / West
2000Major League SoccerChampions
2001Major League SoccerQuarterfinals
2002Major League SoccerQuarterfinals
2003Major League SoccerSemifinals
2004Major League SoccerFinal
2005Major League Soccer5th / East
2006Major League Soccer5th / East
2007Major League SoccerSemifinals
2008Major League SoccerQuarterfinals

Important players

  • Mike Ammann (1996-1998)
  • Davy Arnaud (2002—)
  • Stephen Armstrong (2002—2004)
  • Chris Brown (19992003)
  • Jose Burciaga Jr (2001—)
  • Mark Chung (1996–1998)
  • Jimmy Conrad (2003—)
  • Nick Garcia (2000-)
  • Richard Gough (1997)
  • Diego Gutierrez (1996-1997, 2002-2005)
  • Kevin Hartman (2007—)
  • Chris Henderson (1998–2000)
  • Jack Jewsbury (2003-)
  • Eddie Johnson (2006—)
  • Mo Johnston (1996–2001)
  • Chris Klein (1998–2005)
  • Frank Klopas (1996–1997)
  • Alexi Lalas (1999-2001)
  • Roy Lassiter (2001-2002)
  • Matt McKeon (1996-1999)
  • Tony Meola (1999–2004)
  • Miklos Molnar (2000)
  • Uche Okafor (1996-2000)
  • Bo Oshoniyi (2000–2006)
  • Preki (1996–2000, 2002–2005)
  • Ryan Raybould (2005-)
  • Refik Šabanadžović (1997-1999)
  • Igor Simutenkov (2002-2004)
  • Scott Sealy (2005-)
  • Mike Sorber (1996)
  • Vitalis Takawira (1996-1999)
  • Carey Talley (2002–2003)
  • Shavar Thomas (2004-2006)
  • Peter Vermes (2000–2002)
  • Sasha Victorine (2005-)
  • Josh Wolff (2003–2006)
  • Kerry Zavagnin (2000—)
  • Alex Zotinca (2003-2006)
  • Alex Bunbury (2000)

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