Kansas City Wizards Mid-Season Report Card

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  1. Tyler66

    Tyler66 New Member

    Apr 22, 2004

    Davy Arnaud: Has settled into mediocrity after his breakout season last year. Still a hustler, but now also a whiner. The only reason he's still starting is because of the underachieving rookie forwards. C

    Ryan Pore: Has seen some time with absences due to international callups, but is the fourth forward on the team. After leading the nation in scoring in college, he has yet to make much of an impact on Kansas City's offense. C

    Scott Sealy: Deemed the most MLS-ready player in the draft by many pundits, the Wizards' prized top pick has seen ample playing time. However he has not scored nearly the goal scorer as was advertised. D+

    Josh Wolff: This speedster has missed a lot of time, while away with the national team. When he is on the field he does however improve the team's offensive play. He has also put up big numbers in the time he has played. B+


    Diego Gutierrez: The team captain was supposed to be the rock that glued the team together. While he has been solid, the team has been inconsistent. He must bring a stabilizing effect of the past for the season's second half. B-

    Jack Jewsbury: From workman-like midfielder/forward to one who is a spark off the bench, the third-year pro has been suprisingly better than expected. Already has scored a career high 3 goals. B+

    Chris Klein: Not showing any signs of rust or fatigue from last year's season-ending ACL injury, he has showed he is one of MLS's elite outside midfielders. He has led the team and scoring, while playing good defense up and down the flank. A

    Preki: Not much can be expected of the two-time MLS MVP at age 42 after breaking his leg last year. Despite losing speed and endurance, he still has some magic left, and has helped us get crucial points on the road. C+

    Sasha Victorine: While being criticized constantly by Wizards fans, this former Los Angeles Galaxy utility man has sealed a solid starting spot due to clutch play and being a Bob Gansler favorite. B

    Kerry Zavagnin: Last year's Best XI member couldn't find a job in England so he returned to Kansas City. While that may have hurt his confidence he has started to rise out of his slump. C+


    Jose Burciaga Jr.: The youngster has shown great promise going forward as the team's playmaker from the left back position. He is one of the league's best attacking defenders, but can sometimes be a liability defending. B-

    Jimmy Conrad: The tough defender has continued fine play of his breakout 2004 season into 2005. While he has been inconsistent, the whole defense has been too. B+

    Nick Garcia: While inconsistent and sometimes mistake-prone at times in the past, this man-marker has been rock solid in the back in 2005. The Wizards' defense has stayed intact during the absences of Conrad with Garcia in the back. A-

    Shavar Thomas: The Jamaican international has turned into around since last year's late season benching and showing up to training camp out of shape. While slow, Thomas is a tower of power. B

    Alex Zotinca: The once versatile Romanian played outside defense, outside midfield, and defensive midfield for the Blue-and-White in the past. Now he's the odd man out all over the defensive half of the field. C


    Bo Oshoniyi: I guess it was unrealistic to think the long-time backup would continue his amazing run of form from late 2004. However he has not played bad, and is playing much better than past seasons in his career. C+


    Bob Gansler: Except for goalkeeper Tony Meola's exit and the additions of Victorine and the rookies, the 2005 Kansas City Wizards are pretty much the same group that were MLS Cup runners-up in 2004. Gansler has yet to have his team find a good form this season. With both the attack and defense decent, consistency has been the only problem. C

    Team MVP: Jimmy Conrad

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