Akeem Priestley

Jack Jewsbury

Former SKC Wizards Update

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The European seasons are starting to kick off, meaning more players appearing on the report regularly. With KC's scoring woes, it hurts a little seeing both Herculez Gom ez and Yura Movsisyan scoring in their club's season opener. Here's the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Stephane Auvray
Chris Brunt
Doug DeMartin
Birahim Diop
Pablo Escobar
Mauro Fuzetti
AJ Godbolt
Tom Gray
Willy Guadarrama
Santiago Hirsig
Aaron Hohlbein
Jonathan Leathers
Carlos Marinelli
Ryan McMahen
Anthony Noriega
Ryan Pore
Sergei Raad
Ofori Sarkodie
luke Sassano
Sam Scales
Ivan Trujillo
Lance Watson

MLS
Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 90 minutes in Montreal's 2-1 win over New England.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former Wizards update for you.

Active without a club or unknown
Stephane Auvray
Chris Brunt
Doug DeMartin
Birahim Diop
Pablo Escobar
Mauro Fuzetti
AJ Godbolt
Tom Gray
Willy Guadarrama
Santiago Hirsig
Aaron Hohlbein
Jonathan Leathers
Carlos Marinelli
Ryan McMahen
Anthony Noriega
Ryan Pore
Sergei Raad
Ofori Sarkodie
luke Sassano
Sam Scales
Ivan Trujillo
Lance Watson

MLS
Davy Arnaud - Montreal - Started and played 90 minutes in Montreal's 3-1 loss to KC.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Getting this update out early this week due to the holiday. All the games from tonight will be on next week's update. Boris Pardo is currently out of the country with the US Futsal national team as the back up goalkeeper to his Comets teammate, Danny Waltman. The US is 1-1 losing to Panama and beating Canada.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's Sporting KC Wizards update. Lots of European teams seasons are starting to kick off. In other news, Eddie Johnson is still looking for a club, but he's in the news as part of a domestic dispute with his wife. It appears his wife may have caught the former Wizard and Fulham forward cheating on her.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Another week of former SKC Wizards updates, here you go.

Still looking for:
Nick Cardenas
AJ Godbolt
Willy Guadarrama
Santiago Hirsig
Michael Kraus
Ryan McMahen
Ivan Trujillo

MLS
Jimmy Conrad - Chivas USA - Did not dress in Chivas' 1-1 draw with Chicago.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Lots of game activity this week for former SKC Wizards, with domestic former SKC Wizards getting time in the US Open Cup.

Still looking for:
Nick Cardenas
AJ Godbolt
Willy Guadarrama
Santiago Hirsig
Michael Kraus
Ryan McMahen
Ivan Trujillo

MLS
Jimmy Conrad - Chivas USA - Did not dress in Chivas' 3-2 loss to Philadelphia.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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A day late as I got distracted watching the RSL-Monterrey game last night. So here is this week's update a day late. Akeem Priestley is back on the map as he's now playing with the Los Angeles Blues in the USL-Pro division. Also, Eddie Johnson looks like he could be on his way back to MLS. His contract with Fulham expires this summer so Johnson could find himself coming back to MLS via the allocation order.

Preseason Begins

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Tomorrow the Wizards begin working towards the 2009 MLS season, as preseason begins. Tomorrow, preseason begins out at the Swope Park training complex on field 3. The rest of this week and part of next week will be spent either at Swope or at the KC Sports Lodge. After that, it's off to Florida to train in Bradenton from the 29th through Feb.

Training Starts Tomorrow at Swope

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Greetings Hillcrest Road followers. The 2009 season is already upon us, as Wizards training kicks off tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. CT on the turf field (field 3) at our beautiful Swope Park Training Center. All sessions are open to the public, so if you're off work, head on over to see the first training session of the new year in person.

Neal Kitson

The Class of 2009

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With the changes this past offseason to MLS teams rosters, the draft this past year was a little bit different. Due to the smaller rosters, there were only 4 rounds in the draft. In those 4 rounds, the Wizards had 5 picks. So let's take a look at those 5 picks from this past year.

1(8) - Matt Besler - The local KC product, Besler had himself a solid first season in MLS.

Vermes Interview

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Thad over at The Back Post recently had a phone interview with the Wizards Technical Director, Peter Vermes. He had to divide the interview into three posts, but you can see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 on his blog. Part 1 deals mainly with new players. The team is looking at a couple players, and 1-2 may join the team for training down in Florida.

SuperDraft Quotes

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Matt Besler with the Don.

Wow, welcomed home by snow! Nice...unless you're driving. Here are quotes from PV and Coach and all of the new picks. We're excited about the group, and they seem pretty happy about joining our squad and fighting for a spot:

KANSAS CITY WIZARDS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR PETER VERMES
On the draft as a whole
"In the end I think we had a good draft.

Full Draft Recap

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So I'm back from St. Louis and ready to give a full recap of the Wizards draft. While it's hard to tell immediately what will come of this draft, looking at it, I think the Wizards got some good players with their picks.

1(8) - Matt Besler - D - Notre Dame
Besler is a local kid who grew up watching the Wizards and certainly endered himself to those Wizards fans who traveled to St.

Draft is Finished

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The Wizards 2009 MLS Draft is finished with no big moves by the Wizards to move up or down. The Wizards kept all their picks, getting a defender, a forward, 2 midfielders and a goalkeeper.

With the 8th pick, the Wizards took Matt Besler of Notre Dame, a local product, who will likely play along the back line.

Kansas City Drafts GK Neal Kitson of St. John's, Akeem Priestley of Connecticut

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Kitson
Priestley

With the 42nd overall selection, Kansas City has selected goalkeeper Neal Kitson of St. John's University. Kitson was a two-year starter for St. John's and had the 5th best GAA in college soccer last season (0.48). He was named to the 2008 ESPN All-American XI and to the NCAA Men's College Cup All-Tournament Team.

The Rest

Former Wizards Update

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The former Wizards season in MLS continues to wind down and while there weren't a lot of goals this week by players, there was some news involving former Wizards. First I've added two new players to the list, as the Jermaine Hue and the Jamaican league started up a little bit ago. And the Wizards 4th round draft pick this past year, Akeem Priestly is now playing in the top division in Azerbaijan.

With the 50th Pick, the Wizards select

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Akeem Priestley from UConn. According to the write up I was given, Priestley is a member of the Jamaican U-23 national team.