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Wizards earn tie with Colorado

July 19, 2010

The Kansas City Wizards secured their second consecutive road result on Saturday night, earning a 1-1 draw at Colorado.

Wizards captain Davy Arnaud scored his second goal of the season in the 20th minute and the Kansas City defense held the Rapids to eight shots on the night and only one on goal.

After attempting the first two shots of the game in the match’s early moments, Kansas City capitalized when rookie Teal Bunbury combined with Craig Rocastle at midfield in the buildup to the game’s opening goal. Rocastle’s early entry ball found Arnaud running behind the left side of the Colorado defense and the Wizards veteran took a controlling touch before calmly finishing to the far post past outrushing Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

With the early advantage, Kansas City continued to attack throughout the first half and nearly doubled their lead on two occasions. Kei Kamara turned a seemingly harmless play into a scoring opportunity in the 39th minute when his hustle dispossessed Colorado defender Drew Moor on the endline before firing a shot from close range that was saved off the foot of Pickens. The rebound fell to Arnaud who quickly placed his shot to the opposite side of the net only to see Pickens again make his second solid save in a matter of seconds.

Minutes later it was Bunbury’s turn as he held off his marker and fired from the top of the penalty area past Perkins, with the shot striking the inside of the far post and rolling across the goalmouth before again caroming off the opposite post and back into play. Bunbury led all Wizards players with four shots on the night as Kansas City outshot the Rapids 13-8, including a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal.

The Wizards' defense did well throughout the night to limit the Rapids' chances, but Colorado striker Conor Casey was up to the task in the 74th minute as he converted Colorado’s only shot on frame into the game-tying goal.

With the draw, the Wizards remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and will be idle in MLS action until July 31 against Toronto FC at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

After playing three games in seven days, the Wizards will return home to prepare for a marquee matchup with Manchester United on Sunday, July 25, at Arrowhead Stadium.


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