Friday, December 17, 2010

 Kempin Starts Again for U18s

For the second day in a row, Home Grown goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin started for the United States U18 Men's National Team in the Traditional Winter Tournament in Israel. After posting two saves and a shutout yesterday, Kempin was considerably busier today as the U.S. fell 2-1 to the tournament's top team in Germany.

Kempin made nine saves in the match as the United States nearly emerged with a draw despite being outshot 20-3. After a scoreless first half, the U.S. took the lead on a goal from Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler in the 62nd minute. Germany responded with a goal five minutes later and completed the comeback in the 89th minute on a long-range effort off a free kick.

The U.S. finishes 0-2-1 on the trip, while Kempin's final stats are 25 shots faced, 11 saves and 2 goals allowed in 180 minutes of action.

 Kempin Posts Shutout for US U18s


Kempin and the U18 USMNT with Jerusalem in the background

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin started and posted a shutout on the international stage yesterday as the United States Under-18 Men's National Team tied hosts Israel 0-0 in Kfar Saba. It was the United States second of three games at the four-team Traditional Winter Tournament, and Kempin was given the starting nod by Head Coach Mike Matkovich after being kept in reserve in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to France.

Kempin faced five shots in the match and saved each of the two attempts put on frame for the shutout. The U.S. will now face Germany today, who leads the tournament after a 7-0 win over Israel and 2-1 victory over France.

Following the final friendly, Kempin and the U18's will return home this weekend.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

 Kempin in Israel

Sporting Kansas City Juniors product Jon Kempin is currently in Tel Aviv, Israel with the United States Under-18 National Team as they take part in a four-nation tournament featuring the U.S., Israel, Germany and France. Kempin, one of two goalkeepers on the trip, backed up Andrew Wolverton and did not play as the United States opened the competition today with a 3-0 loss to the French U18 National Team.
Kempin and Wolverton are familiar competitors for the starting spot, having both been in U18 National Team camps together before. In fact, as recently as 10 days ago they were splitting time for the 92/93 Academy Select team at the Winter Showcase in Phoenix

The United States remaining matches are on Thursday against hosts Israel and on Friday in a rescheduled meeting with Germany. Follow JonKempin21 on Twitter for his updates and the U.S. U18 Men's National Team page on USsoccer.com for other news from the tournament.

Monday, December 13, 2010

 Moreno at US U17 Camp


U16 Juniors forward Eduardo Moreno is in Bradenton, Florida this week to take part in the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Mini Camp being held at the IMG Academies. Moreno is one of only 20 players from across the country invited to the camp, and one of only three players from an MLS academy team.

One of the newest members of the U16 Juniors, Moreno joined the squad in time for the Winter Showcase and played in all three games, scoring the game-winning goal against South Central Premier. Read more about Moreno's selection at SportingKC.com and to see him in action, check out game footage of Liberal H.S. below as Moreno scored two goals against Garden City in September.

Monday, December 6, 2010

 Winter Showcase Wrap-Up

The U16 and U18 Juniors were bested by the New England Revolution academy teams on Monday at the Winter Showcase, but returned to Kansas City tonight with heads held high from a strong showing after five days in Phoenix (though I've got a feeling they might be missing the warm weather after stepping off the plane in KC).

Both academy teams went 1-1-1 in their three matches, drawing against Cosmos Academy East and defeating South Central Premier prior to Monday's matches. Their U.S. Soccer Development Academy seasons will resume in April, with 2/3 of the schedule still to be played. The U16s are 3-2-2 on the season, while the U18s sit in third place at 2-3-2.

To see some of the action from this weekend, fans can head over to TopDrawerSoccer.com to watch a portion of the U16s and part of the U18s matches on Friday against the Cosmos. The site also interviewed Lucas Throckmorton afterwards, so watch the video for his comments. Lastly, ussoccer.com will be streaming the U16s match against New England on Tuesday afternoon.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

 Derek Schrick's Top 10 Goal

Check out the first of Derek Schrick's two goals on Friday at the 1:36 mark of U.S. Soccer's Top 10 Goals from Day 1 of the Development Academy Winter Showcase.

 Winter Showcase Day 2


Saturday saw a successful showing from both Sporting Kansas City Juniors academy teams as they swept South Central Premier from Connecticut. The u18's were firing on all cylinders and scored four goals in the second half to win 5-0 on goals from five different players. Christian Kirby opened the scoring on a corner kick in the 21st minute, Jordan Rideout doubled the lead with a spectacular diving header in the 56th minute, Raymond Lee added another in the 68th, Garrett Pulliam struck on a header in the 75th minute and Michael Oakley finished the scoring in the 89th. U16 goalkeeper Jacole Turner earned the shutout, as regular starter Jon Kempin was unavailable due to his participation in the 1992/93 Academy Select match earlier in the day (Kempin started and played the first half for the Academy Select blue, pictured above).

The u16s followed with a 1-0 victory in the nightcap under the lights at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. Eduardo Moreno's goal in the second half stood up as the game's only tally and goalkeeper Evan Wright posted the shutout in goal for the Juniors. The u16's remain in first place in the Frontier Division of the Central Conference with the win.

Both teams will finish the Winter Showcase with matches against the New England Revolution on Monday at 11:15am (local time). The u16's match will stream on ussoccer.com, with more details available here.


Friday, December 3, 2010

 Kempin Plays for US

For those who haven't heard about Jon Kempin's recent accolades, check out the pictures and press release below about his appearances with the US Under-20 National Team last week. He's also taking a trip to Israel with the US Under-18 National Team next week. Congrats, Jon!

Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin, the team’s first Home Grown Player, was selected to the United States Under-20 National Team last week for two matches in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Georgia. Kempin started both matches and played every minute in the tournament, a round-robin invitational featuring Colombia and Mexico. Kempin made six saves against Colombia on Friday in his first-ever appearance for the Under-20 team, as the United States fell 3-1 in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in regulation. On Sunday, Kempin recorded eight saves in another 1-1 draw before the United States dropped a 4-2 penalty kick shootout against Mexico.

Kempin, one of two goalkeepers on the 18-player roster, joined Thomas Rongen's squad for his first under-20 selection after previously participating at the under-18 level and taking part in the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program. The 17-year-old from Leawood, Kansas has played in all four U.S. Soccer Development Academy games for the u18 Juniors this year and flew immediately following a u18 match against the Dallas Texans to join the Under-20 National Team. Kempin will return to action with the u18 Juniors in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Phoenix this weekend and was selected to the 1992/93 Academy Select team for the second straight year.

Following the Winter Showcase, Kempin will fly to Tel Aviv, Israel after accepting an invitation from the United States Under-18 National Team for games against France, Germany and Israel under head coach Mike Matkovich.

 Day One of Winter Showcase

The u16 and u18 Juniors arrived in Phoenix on Thursday for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase and began play today. Both teams faced Cosmos Academy East, whose u16s and u18s were in first place in the Liberty Division with perfect 2-0-0 records entering the match.

The Sporting u18s kicked off first and came back to earn a 1-1 draw. After a scoreless first half, Luckas Throckmorton scored the Juniors goal on an assist from Shane Bowlen. The u16s followed with a draw of their own, tying the Cosmos 2-2. Derek Schrick twice gave the Juniors a lead, first on an assist from David Leichty and then later firing home his own rebound.

The u16 and u18 Juniors will play their second games tomorrow against another team from the East Conference, South Central Premier.

U18's goalkeeper Jon Kempin will have an extra match to participate in on Saturday, as he was selected for the 1992/1993 Academy Select showcase match. Out of all 78 Academy Teams in attendance at this weekend's event, Kempin is part of a very elite group of players identified for the game.

We'll have another post up soon about Kempin, who has been representing more than just Sporting Kansas City as of late.

Monday, November 15, 2010

 Start of US Soccer Development Academy

Paul Rideout and the U18's take the field on Saturday

One season ends, another begins. The U16's and U18's began practicing less than two weeks ago following the completion of their high school seasons, and they already have two games to report on.

The two squads were in Dallas this weekend as they opened their 2010-11 US Soccer Development Academy schedule against two of the top teams in Texas: FC Dallas and Andromeda. On Saturday, the Juniors faced fellow MLS academy foes FC Dallas who had the advantage of starting their season two months ago, having already played six games.

U18's were back in action against Andromeda on Sunday

The U18's lost 3-1 in a competitive contest played in the morning's crisp, windy conditions. Despite falling behind 2-0 at halftime, the Wizards fought back to cut the lead in half on a goal from Jordan Rideout in the 82nd minute and came close to tying it up with a shot from Lucas Throckmorton in the 88th minute that forced a solid save by the FCD goalkeeper.

U16's warming up prior to their win on Sunday

The U16's earned a 1-1 draw in their match, taking an early lead on an opportunistic strike from Tarlue Doe in the 12th minute. David Leichty started the scoring sequence with a shot from distance and Doe was well-positioned to power in the rebound from close range. Wizards goalkeeper Evan Wright made two great saves to protect the 1-0 lead but FCD came back to salvage a point with an equalizer in the 59th minute.

Sunday saw the two teams take the tollway to Plano, where Andromeda awaited. The U18's suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat but showed resilience and heart in playing down a man in the second half, continuing to create chances up until the final whistle. The U16's were 2-1 winners, scoring twice in the second half to complete a convincing comeback. Nate Opperman tied it at 1-1 with a perfectly placed shot on a breakaway and Eric DeJulio got the game winner, heading home a free kick taken by Leichty.

Jon Parry and the U16's went unbeaten on the weekend

The U16's unbeaten start to the season has them in an early tie with Real Colorado for first place in the Frontier Division of the Central Conference. Both teams will return to Texas next weekend to face Solar on Saturday and the Dallas Texans on Sunday, as they continue the 21-game schedule in the 2010-11 season.

While we have the chance, we also want to wish best of luck to KCW Juniors Daniel Hare, Derek Schrick, Cole Stevenson and Luke Stanley who will be playing for Rockhurst in the Missouri Class 3 state semifinals on Friday in St. Louis. Rockhurst advanced on penalty kicks over Park Hill on Saturday, with the Juniors own Ray Lee recording a goal and an assist for the Trojans.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

 Konner Knoll Receives Award



Jon Parry, Konner Knoll, Konner's Parents and his GF.


Konner Knoll was awarded the first ever "Bob Gansler KCW Juniors Player of the Year" Award for his outstanding play in the 2009-2010 season. This award was presented to Konner by director Jon Parry at the last home game on Oct 23rd when the Wizards defeated San Jose. This will be an annual award going forward. Congrats Konner!

 Catch Up-Some Old, Some New

I am sure I am forgetting plenty of articles about our Juniors but here is some of them from the past few months. There was a good profile on Konner Knoll here. Cameron Wallace of the U16s was given the award as "Star of the Day" here.

The U15s coached by Edmond Rugova won their division while playing in the Premier Heartland league by defeating KCFC Dragons 1-0. The complete table can be found here.

Jon Kempin and three other members of the Senior Squad visited Blue Valley North HS to play a little Soccer Volleyball. Since we only had four players, Kempin grabbed two of his U18s teamates: Jordy Rideout and Paul Oliver to make a full 6 man team. Check out the video from the event.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

 U16s Cameron Wallace - "Star of the Day"


Cam (#9 in white) had a steller match for Truman high school when he scored two goals against Ruskin . The local paper, which is the Examiner, awarded him "Star of the Day". Good stuff Cam!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

 Parry and Tocco


Follow up photo from the last post... Jon Parry was inducted into Rockhurst University Hall of fame. Tony Tocco, also pictured, has been the head coach for 39 years, he coached Parry and is still the currect coach at Rockhurst.

Friday, September 24, 2010

 Jon Parry Gets honored

Jon Parry, our Director of the Wizards Juniors, is getting honored tonight at Rockhurst University. He and three other star athletes are going to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. Jon played at Rockhurst from 1988-91 and scored 91 goals in his four season. It was a school record that was just recently broke. Check out the article here.

Congrats Jon!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

 Great Video about Kempin

I few of Jon Kempin's classmates from BVN made this video about me. Well Done!


Jon 3:16 from Studio 424 on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

 KCW Juniors are Successful in Labor Day Tournament


Both of our younger teams participated in the Midwest Classic tournament that took place last weekend. The U13s played up in U14/15 age group and our U14/15s also played in this age group. It is important to note that our U14/15 team was composed of three players from the U13s and the remaining players were basically U14 players as the U15s are plying high school soccer right now.

Our U13s held their own with a 1-1-1 record and our U14/15s finished the tourney 4-0-0 winning the championship game 4-2 against BVSC Benfica. They also scored a tournament high of 9 goals. A big congrats to coach Edmond Rugova and his team.

Both teams will be in action this weekend with our U13s playing in Omaha Nebraska and our U14/15s playing here locally again.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

 Questions answered about Kempin





As you all know by now we have signed our first
Home Grown player, Jon Kempin. I have been
asked quite a few questions over the last 24hrs,
so hopefully this will help:





  • Jon is considered both a Home Grown player and a Generation adidas player
  • Jon will finish/graduate from High school in Dec. 2010
  • He did his medical physical today
  • He will start training immediately and then will attend HS from 1pm-3pm, Monday through Friday
  • He is also taking taking two classes online towards HS graduation
  • He will still play/be eligible for the U18 Development Academy-VERY IMPORTANT
  • He will be allowed to attend all high school events such as homecoming and anything else that may come up
  • He will attend pre season with the Senior Team in 2011
  • He is interested in taking college classes in 2011 at an area college depending on his schedule...but education is very important to he and his family
Any other questions...just let us know.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

 Kempin Signs Pro Deal

Today we announced a major first for our organization, the signing of goalkeeper Jon Kempin as our first Home Grown Player. Kempin, 17, goes to Blue Valley North High School and has been a member of the U16 and U18 USA National Teams over the past couple years. For some quotes from the presser, take a look at our Twitter page: http://www.Twitter.com/KCWizards.
Take a look at this video from April just before Kempin went on U18 duty:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

 U13s take to the FIELD

Dominick Parry dribbles the ball down the field while Absalon Solorio supports him

I "capped" FIELD because it wasn't any old field, it was the Seniors team's game field at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Our U13s were the half-time entertainment on August 21st during the Wizards vs Revs match (Sorry for the delayed post). The boys played each other in an 8min exhibition match. Although the 8mins seemed liked 30 seconds to the boys, they all came off the field with huge smiles and a good sweat. The boys seemed over joyed to have this opportunity and we of course were happy to show them off. This is one good team!

Our U15/14s were also in action that weekend against FC Porto of KS. We won the match 7-1 and was a good way to start the season. The U15/14s have about half the players playing HS ball and the other half playing with the Juniors in the Heartland League. In the Spring we will play MRL.

Both the U13s and U15/14s will be in action this Labor Day weekend playing in the Midwest Classic Tournament. All games will be played at the Overland Park soccer Complex and schedules can be found here for both teams.

Friday, August 13, 2010

 Juniors with the First Team




Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, three KCW Juniors players joined the first team for training. Defender Konner Knoll (from Wichita), goalkeeper Jonathan Kempin (US U-18 National Team) and striker Jordan Rideout (2010 U16 leading goal-scorer and son of Paul, former Wizards player) became the first Juniors players to get an extended look with the first team. Watch the video above to see what Peter Vermes thinks about having the young players get a look with the senior team and how the guys themselves thought the experience went.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

 Three Juniors Players TRAIN with the Senior team


Jordy Rideout gets interviewed after training with the Senior Team

Peter Vermes, head coach, invited three of the KCW Juniors U18 players to train with the senior team this week. The players are forward, Jordan Rideout, who scored 14goals this year in the USSF Development Academy. Defender, Konner Knoll who is a very physically strong; technically smart outside back. And lastly GK, Jon Kempin who is consistently ON and a real force in the net.

The boys seemed to mesh with the team and visibly fit in well. Jordy's quote after training was "that was hard and fast but a lot of fun." We will let you know how the next three days go....

This could be the start to our future; player that grow up in our system...a little HomeGrown Player action Love it!

 Success at Denver Cup






What a weekend! Our two younger teams, U13s and U15s started training On August 2nd for the 2010-11 season. Then headed to Denver on on Thursday, August 5th to play in their first tournament of the season. We considered it part of "pre-season" training and a good way for all the boys to get to know each other. We didn't realize how quickly everything would CLICK as we brought two new coaches into the mix of 20+ new players.

The Tournament was hosted by Colorado Rush and was played at Dick's Sporting Goods Soccer Complex. Both teams played five matches and they both made it into the final.
The U13s beat Real Colorado, Pike Peak Rush, and a couple others before losing in a PK Shootout in the final against Fort Collins Arsenal. After regulation time the score was 0-0. After the first round of PK's we unfortunately missed one and lost 4-5. The U15s were on fire right from the beginning beat teams 7-2 and 13-0. They won the final 3-2 against Colorado Rush.

Both teams bonded quickly, had an entertaining pool workout (see below), attended the Rapids match (purchased vuvzelas) and overall had a great weekend. Congrats to Dustin Ottesen our new U13s coach and Edmond Rugova our new U15s coach. Bios will be coming shortly!

video

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

 Our Schedule...


The fields have been sloppy (see exhibit A above) with sitting water and a lot of mud and more mosquitoes than I have ever seen in my life.


So I have been asked what the heck we actually do all day. With our games being at 8pm each evening it leaves a lot of free time. We are staying in the hotel with 14 other MLS teams as Houston is not staying in a hotel and Galaxy is staying some where else. So it is an overload of players especially with a lot of meals being here.

We usually have breakfast around 9:30am and then head for a jog/stretch or a pool workout around 11:30am. Lunch is late, 3pm, since our game is so late,we eat later.(not ideal but has worked out) During down time the boys will play video games, watch movies, or we will get really wild and crazy and go to the grocery store. The drive to the fields has been about 1hr with traffic so we head out about 6pm for an 8pm kick-off and then return for dinner around 10:45pm. Then it is wind-down time and ice-bath time. Today we are headed to the MLS All-STAR game which should be pretty exciting. Kick off-7:50pm.

 Tough Times in Houston


Chris Tuso a day after surgery. He had six screws, a plate and one VERY large screw put in his ankle. His injury happened in the first match against Galaxy.


We have now played 4 of our 5 games here in Houston and lets just say Kansas has never looked so good. We have had two major injuries, Chris Tuso and Emilio Quezada, and 1-3 players sick per day. There is an awful bug going around the team and hotel and has affected us greatly.

We have had trouble coming together as a team and being organized on the field the last few matches. This, along with injuries and illness has contributed to three loses against Real Salt Lake, NY Red Bulls and NE Revs.

As you may or may not know the team we did put together was a mix of our U18, U16 and players who just made the Juniors so the SUM Cup team had about three weeks to prepare. The bright side is we realized we have a few amazing players coming into the program for the 2010-11 season. Clay Stewart, Cameron Wallace and David Leichty are just a couple of players that have been showing well this week and we are excited to welcome to the Juniors.

Although we are very frustrated after 6days in hot, humid Houston we need to remind ourselves that it isnt always about results and more about development. And we will continue to develop our players in a professional environment.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

 SUM CUP is in Full Swing


Derek Schrick scores on a free-kick against Galaxy for the game winner.



The KCW Juniors created a U17 team to participate in the annual SUM Cup tournament. We composed a team of current U18 and U16 players and then a few new players who just made the DA teams. The SUM Cup is a tournament that only MLS Juniors team participate in. This year it is in Houston, TX surrounding the ALL-STAR match.

We are in a difficult group with Galaxy, Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake. We were able to find success in our first game last night against Galaxy. We went down 0-1 in the first half and then game back to tie and then win the match 2-1 with both goals coming from Derek Schrick. All three goals, ours and Galaxy's goal all came from free-kicks

Unfortunately, one of our new players, Chris Tuso, got tackled and broke his ankle. He is in a splint right now and will be getting surgery in Houston on Monday. Lets hope for a speedy recovery as we need him back on the field.

We play Red Bulls tonight at 8pm. For updated info click here and for photos here!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

 U19 KCW Juniors fall to Columbus Crew Juniors



It might have been a preview of a future MLS match-up in the Under-19 Boys final between Kansas City Wizards and Crew Juniors (OH-S). Eric Erb scored off a corner to give Crew the 1-0 lead in the 19th minute and that lead would hold through the first and most of the second half. Crew teammate, Joseph Haught added a second in the 70th minute. Down 2-0 with time running out Alex Sweetin was a magician in the remaining minutes with goals in the 81st, off a corner, and in extra time, with a PK, to tie the score for the Wizards at 2-2. In overtime, the Crew, with eight Youth National Team players, made the most of their opportunities and added two goals to the Wizards one, in the 4-3 Crew win. Crew moves on to play for the storied James P. McGuire Cup, awarded to the Under-19 Boys US Youth Soccer National Champion. 2010 marks the 75th anniversary of the McGuire Cup.

Under-19 Boys
Kansas City Wizards (KS) 3, Crew Juniors (OH-S) 4
CJ - Eric Erb (19:00) | CJ - Joseph Haught (70:00) | CJ - John Wargo (95:00) | CJ - Ryan Lee (107:00) | WIZ - Alex Sweetin (81:00) | WIZ - Alex Sweetin (90:00) | WIZ - Nicholas Aguilar (110:00)


Monday, June 28, 2010

 U16s Top Chivas USA, Head Home

Today, our U16s defeated Chivas USA 2-0, but unfortunately the boys are heading home without a place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Round of 8. Lucas Throckmorton opened the scoring in just the 2nd minute, banging home a shot off the post. Then in the 10th minute, Derek Schrick chipped the goalkeeper from 50 yards. Jon Kempin held on for his second straight shutout, but unfortunately the result was not enough to advance.
Heading into the day, we needed the Baltimore Bays (who we lost to 2-1 Friday) to lose (and for goal differential to then end up in our favor) for us to advance. Baltimore took care of business against the Dallas Texans and were one of only two clubs to go a perfect 3-0-0 at the event. Take a look at the full, final standings here.
Former First Team Head Coach Bob Gansler watched today's game. The boys put on a great performance for our first year in the Development Academy. Teams around the country fully respect the KCW Juniors.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

 Dallas Texans and Pool Work-Out


Last night the U16 Jrs took on the Dallas Texans who were the 2009 National Champs. It was a must win match if we wanted to have a chance to go on to the Finals. As we need to finish 1st in our group; so we need to win tomorrow and need Baltimore Bays to lose. Anyway, it took us about 25mins before we settled down and started actually moving the ball around and looking like a team. Shortly asfter Jordy Rideout scored a goal that was very similar to Friday's goal. Jon Kempin got the ball to Derek Schrick and Rideout chipped the keeper once again. The second half was very physical with Kempin making a few huge saves and one of their players getting a red card. The "extra time" of four minutes honestly felt like an HOUR. But we came away with a 1-0 victory.

Today we started with a pool workout that was comedy. We did jumping jacks, leg kicks, skipping all in the water and then ended the session with some relay races. Konner Knoll was an expert in the back stroke and Romeo Munoz really wanted NOTHING to do with swimming. All in all is was good to get the boys moving on their day off. The rest the day was spent at the mall, movies or visiting colleges (UNC & Duke).

We play Chivas USA tomorrow at 11am so stay TUNED.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

 Team Dinner and Baltimore Bays


We arrived here is Greensboro on Thursday Mid-day after a very early departure from MCI. Had a few problems at Enterprise Rental car (of course) before finally getting vehicles and driving to the hotel. Jimmy Johns is across the street from the Hyatt and has been the go-to for lunch. And man they are FAST.

Last night(Friday) we played our first match against Baltimore Bays the #1seed. The game was super intense from from the beginning and we got on the board first. Jordan Rideout chipped the keeper and the goal was big time. Minutes later we had a PK after their GK fouled us. Derek Scrick stepped up to take it, but unfortunately it was saved. A few minutes later...they got a PK on us after one of the Bays "flopped" inside our 18.

They converted the PK to equalize the match 1-1. Their were a couple more opportunities created by us in the second half by Lucas Throckmorton and Nate Opperman; but none went in. Bays had a free kick in about the 60min that they converted which made the score 1-2 which stood as the final. Such a bummer, our boys played so well and the game could have gone either way. Our defenders, especially Konner Knoll and Eric DeJulio played amazing along with keeper Jon Kempin.

We play Dallas Texans this evening and we just saw them eating Steak and Shake for lunch...hopefully it has an effect on them! haha

 Playoff Haircut!


Jordy Rideout is sporting a new "do" for playoffs. What do you think?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

 Good Luck at Playoffs-U16s


Our U16s are headed to Greensboro tomorrow at 6am for the US Development Academy Playoffs. We will keep you updated through our blog. This is exciting stuff!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

 Kempin honored in PARADE Magazine


Our very own, Jonathan Kempin was named to the High School All-America team in PARADE magazine. The magazine names the top female and male high school athletes annually. Click here to read the full article.

Congrats Jon, keep up the good work.

Monday, June 14, 2010

 U16s head to Development Academy Playoffs


So as you all know our U16s compete in the US Soccer Development Academy, which is the best 77 clubs in U.S.. This is our first year competing in this league and we found out last week that we made the playoffs which is a huge accomplishment. (The top 32 clubs qualified)

The top two teams in each division automatically qualify (Chicago Fire and Real Colorado in our Division) and then there are 12 wild-card team that qualify. We finished third in our division and qualified as a wild card team. To be exact the 12th wild card team, which gave us the 32nd seed.

Playoffs take place in Greensboro NC from June 24th-28th with boys playing on the 25th, 26th and 28th. Ironically the first match in against Baltimore Bays (No 1 seed) who we just lost to in the Spring Showcase...time for a little revenge! We will also face Chivas USA(No 24 seed) and Dallas Texans (No 10 seed) while we are there. After Greensboro, the top 8 teams travel to Carson CA (Home Depot Center) for finals week on July 10th-17th. For more information, check out this article from the US Soccer website.

Congrats and lots of luck to the U16s who are coached by Jon Parry.

 KCW Juniors are on Fire!


So much to talk about, I don't even know where to start....maybe with a simple Congratulations to the KCW Juniors U19, U16 and U14 teams.

The U19s played the Kansas State cup final on Thursday, June 10th and beat KCFC 4-0. We had goals by: Christian Duke, Tom Stroh and Alex Sweetin (2). The team which is coached by Paul Rideout and Nate Houser will head to Regionals in Dayton OH the weekend of June 26th.

The U14s, coached by Daouda Kante, played Kansas Rush in the State Cup final also last Thursday and came away with a victory of 3-0. Goals came from Jo Jo Piatczyc, DeBray Hollimon and Cole Stevenson. So they too will be headed to Regionals. Schedules for Regionals are released this Friday, we will will keep you updated on who both teams will be facing!

Friday, June 4, 2010

 U19s to play is Kansas State Cup


The KCW Juniors have formed a very competitive U19 Men's team that will compete next week in Kansas State Cup. There one and only game is slated for 8pm against KCFC. This game will take place at Overland Park Soccer Complex. If the team wins this match they will then attend the Region II Regional in Ohio. The team will be lead by local stand-outs Alex Sweetin who now attends Saint Louis University and Christian Duke who attends University of San Diego. The team is coached by Paul Rideout and Nate Houser. The full roster includes:

Ryan Hunter
Christian Duke
Shemaiah Davis
Alex Sweetin
Kyle Martin
Aaron Appel
ChristianKrueger
Laeth Hamil
Cole Prather
Jeremy Wassmer
Kevin Ellis
Joshua Rydberg
Nathan Byarlay
Mohammad Ramahi
Chris Binns
Taylor Knoll
Ethan Bauer
ZaneChristenson
Nick Aguilar
Tom Stroh