Wizards tie Chivas
The Kansas City Wizards fought to two draws in a preseason matchup with fellow MLS squad Chivas USA on Wednesday.
The meeting between the teams was split into two 60-minute games with 30-minute halves. The teams tied the first game 1-1 before going scoreless in the second game.
“Chivas was a really good opponent for us; they're a quality team,” said Wizards Manager Peter Vermes. “We showed some glimpses of some good attacking play, and were solid defensively as well. All in all, it was a productive day.”
The Wizards opened the first game with a lineup that made use of the club’s many offseason imports. Of the 12 players that took part in the first session, seven were not on the Wizards’ roster at this point last year. Chivas didn’t have any trouble dealing with the unfamiliarity, as the Los Angeles side took first blood after a back-and-forth opening stanza. Mariano Trujillo scored the opener, after some good work on the right between Michael Lahoud and Ante Jazic in the 26th minute.
The Wizards would equalize in the 45th minute through Josh Wolff. English midfielder Ryan Smith played a big part, stepping up to intercept the ball in midfield before feeding Kei Kamara, who in turn set up Wolff for his finish. The Wizards dominated the run of play thereafter, with Smith, Davy Arnaud and Wolff all coming close to increasing the Wizards’ advantage. It was not to be, however, as the first game finished with a 1-1 scoreline.
Manager Peter Vermes elected to go with a much more familiar line-up to start the second game, with all but two players appearing on the Wizards’ roster last season. Michael Kraus nearly got the Wizards on the board early, but saw his effort saved by Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. The Wizards continued to create chances, with Michael Harrington and Santiago Hirsig playing many dangerous crosses into the box. Unfortunately, the Wizards could not capitalize on their opportunities and the second match finished in a 0-0 tie.
The Wizards will continue their preseason preparations Friday with the first of two games against the Los Angeles Galaxy.