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New England Revolution at Kansas City Wizards: Your Running Commentary


The unbeaten Kansas City Wizards put their perfect record on the line tonight as the short-handed New England Revolution travel to CommunityAmerica Ballpark tonight. Can the Revs overcome the absence of so many key players? Can the Wizards attack keep creating chances against a quality defense?

If you are lucky enough to be able to see the match tonight, and you plan on being online, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.


  1. U10 field comments:

    The field at CAB is actually bigger than the one we played on at Arrowhead. Same length but it is actually wider. Me thinks the lower camera angle is throwing you off.

  2. To respond to a few things KC.

    Attendance snobs, Wed game, Yankees playing our division leading Royals, torrential rain pour 10 minutes into the game. The entire crowd was up under the concourses to stay warm and dry. You know where the beer, food, and hot chocolate are. If your lady was with you, you were not in your seat tonight sopping wet.

    MLS can’t move KC – It is not their decision – get over it. Club has proven they can average over 15k during a season when marketed properly. There is a buzz about the team here, capacity will be capped at 10k and change for the next 2 years. Please find another original argument until then as it only shows ignorance of the subject.

    KC was outplayed by the Revs and outcoached by Nicol this night. Being field side, Revs just fought for the 50 balls harder.

  3. Part of the problem with the crowd was that this was a chilly night in the middle of the week (Wednesday night? why?) two nights after the REAL big deal in the area, the Kansas Jayhawk men’s basketball team, won the national championship in an epic thrilling overtime (read: late) contest. I’m originally from the Kansas City area and yes, KC is by far the smallest, weakest market in the MLS. Most people are barely even aware of the team and few care. It’s a pretty conservative area and most folks I know stick to the bigger mainstream sports. I also agree that a move to St. Louis may prove inevitable if they can’t get on the stick about moving forward faster with that Five Points stadium deal.

    However, I would argue that the fans that DO support the Wizards are some of the most passionate in MLS (I’ve met several online) and the Cauldron seems to have a great set of supporters. The team has performed admirably throughout the years in spite of its shoestring operation on the frontier of soccer country and if it’s successful and hangs on in KC in the long run I see this team becoming a Newcastle, Green Bay Packers-type of organization for MLS. KC gives the MLS geographic continuity and is the MLS’s best opportunity to make inroads into mainstream Middle America. It will take time, patience and most of all SUCCESS but a strong Wizards team and organization will make the MLS a better product that runs deeper through the US sporting consciousness.

    Speaking of playing in small time baseball stadiums San Jose should be watching because Buck Shaw probably won’t look too much better on TV either.

  4. To the comment above about games slowing down in the second half I think its down to tactics and situations.

    New England last night 2 goal lead on the road shorthanded – clog up the midfield and kill the game.

    Chicago – 4 goal lead at half up a man. Keep possession, run out the clock and don’t get anyone hurt.

    LA – 2 goal lead against a tema with no offense same thing.

    Its just smart ball and no different than what you see in any league in the world.

    ManU played Derby a few weeks back and won 1-0, it happens and if teams jump out ahead to big leads they’re goign to lock it down. That’s why the games that spring to life in teh secondhalf are the ones like Arsenal-Pool the other day where its all still to play for late.

  5. Ives, I guess this will take KC down a notch on your weekly power ratings! =

    Also, people, judging attendance by a Thursday or even a Wednseday match? Are you crazy? Figures are notoriously low for these matches! If they can’t pull on a Saturday, that’s when you judge.

  6. Great gut check match for the Revs. The Gambians, as many of you have already touched on, are the real deal. Khano was Khano tonight. Matt Reis played the best game of his career, some real top notch stops. Good job for Igwe on his debut, he was a little careless in the back but didn’t make any major mistakes.

    Without Wells, Twellman, Ralston, Albright and Larenowitz the Revs still showed up and won a big match!

    As long as the ref doesn’t spoil the match it looks like the Revs will do okay.

  7. That crowd there was terrible. I don’t know what makes Ongoal think they can turn that around. KC has a very good team and still nobody goes. I know they will announce some bogus 8 or 9 thousand figure but they were lucky to have half of that there. Ongoal should move the team to St. Louis instead of wasting their money there.

  8. DCM – thanks. Since we’re moving this summer, I didn’t feel like paying for Direct Kick here, getting half a season, and then having to buy it again at the new house for the other half of the season, so I skipped it this year.

  9. Haha, memrook, we had just the opposite take on the situation. I will say that the passes on both side weren’t hitting their targets making it choppy, but NE were taking their throw-ins quickly and keeping play moving when they could just sit on the ball at this point.

  10. If you’re Curt Onalfo, you’ve got to be pretty mad. They’ve definitely points they should’ve had. At the very least, they deserve a draw.

  11. It’s tough to see much, but the game sounds pretty darn good; you can hear people in the stands, cheering and booing, in addition to the singing. Having been to a match at Arrowhead, i would say this is an improvement for sure. Speaking of roller-coasters and bandwagons, Kansas City’s play might have some people jumping off of theirs.

  12. Just turned the game on, its fast paced given its past the 80th minute. KC’s hurry is understandable, but on NE’s side its just good discipline and physical condition. Great to see.

  13. Has anyone noticed the same trend I have in early MLS matches? That games have started wonderfully entertaining and free-flowing … then become extremely bogged down and tedious to watch. Great first halfs, terrible second halfs. Ugh. For instance, this game. Geez. My guess is because fitness levels aren’t at a premium in the beginning of the season.

    Some other examples: Chicago against NE (boring second half); LA – SJ (boring second half). Umm. I can’t think of more, but there are more. I hope this trend doesn’t continue.

  14. Brant, the match, via cable TV, is only available with a Direct Kick subscription unless you live in a local market of KC or NE.

  15. The “poor baseball fans” are filling their stadiums watching their teams the way they do the rest of the season, natch.

    This poor hockey fan is putting a hole in his wall right about NOW.


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