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2009 MLS Season Review: Kansas City Wizards

2009 Recap: Fans of the Wiz do not have much to be happy about right now. By the time the team hit the end of season’s (golden) showers, they were third to last on the league table. Moreover, unlike many other struggling cellar dwellers, the Wiz are an aging bunch who do not seem to be able to build a consistent fan base. In fact, they had a league worst average home attendance of just a hair over 10,000 fans. Vermes has his work cut out for him. 

Top Players: Claudio Lopez (8 goals & 7 assists) and Josh Wolff (11 goals) were supposed to spark KC’s offense, but they chucked up so many shots (Lopez was 6th in the league, Wolff 10th) that they sacrificed the good of the team for their own personal glory. Arnaud did OK, and Conrad was respectable (though he has clearly lost a step). I still really like Jack Jewsbury as a player, and I think Kei Kamara could end up being a very profitable pickup for the Wizards. 

Symbolic Stats: The Wizards had no offense. Need proof? They once went 427 minutes without scoring a goal (the longest streak of offensive impotence of the season). The most telling stat of all though for KC is their record @ home. Contrary to Toto’s owner’s beliefs, there were better places than Kansas for the Wiz, whose home record was the worst in the league. Plus, they were 0-13–3 when giving up the first goal. All in all, the Wiz still have a lot of work to do.

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