David Falk has followed soccer in the Puget Sound region since 1974. This blog covers Sounders FC, local college soccer, Seattle Wolves FC, Tacoma Tide FC and Kitsap Pumas. Send tips or comments to: goalseattle@gmail.com
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

KC takes 'reserved' attitude to Seattle

"I'm a Wizard. I can fly! But not west..."

How does a Sounders fan take the news that Kansas City Wizards have decided to send mostly reserve players out to face us in tonight's United States Open Cup Quarterfinals?

1. Yippee! Better chance to win and advance!
2. I feel cheated. If I pay $20 I want to see their best.
3. If we win they can claim they didn't try.
4. If we lose, they can claim even their reserves are better.

Which ever way us fans might take it, the fact remains the USL Seattle Sounders will return to Qwest Field tonight for an important match. Seattle can't control the moves the opponent might make to get here (or not), but they can control how they approach the match: passion, intensity, and desire to win and advance. How about this one, too: a chance to make up for their last match at Qwest, a completely unsatisfying 0-0 draw in May against Portscum.

The Sounders are focusing this part of their year around the Open Cup. Josh Gardner and Leighton O'Brien didn't make the recent road swing back east where the Sounders drew one and lost one. Kevin Sakuda did go, but his consecutive starts string was ended in Charleston.

On Northwest Sports Tonight last night coach Brian Schmetzer made the game plan clear: go as far as we can in the US Open Cup, and rely on players getting healthy and a big year-end home stand to make the USL playoffs and take momentum towards defending the crown.

The Wizards do have plenty of fight in them. They could have rolled over after going down 2-0 to Carolina in the last round. Instead they clawed back to 2-2, and then scored two penalty kicks in overtime to eliminate the Railhawks.

The Wizards reserves lost 3-2 to Columbus reserves on Sunday. The MLS club drew Dallas 1-1 last Friday and hosts New York Red Bulls Thursday and Atlas/Mexico Friday.

In the last round against Carolina Kansas City started Eric Kronberg, Jonathan Leathers, Aaron Hohlbein, Tyson Wahl, Matt Marquess, Chance Myers , Kerry Zavagnin , Ryan McMahen , Roger Espinoza, Carlos Marinelli, and Ryan Pore. In their most recent league match none of those players were starters as the Wizards drew 1-1 in Dallas.

Tonights Officials:
Referee: Vehar, Jeremy D
AR1: Rottersman, Mike
AR2: Hosking, Jeff
Fourth: Groce, Scott

Match Previews:
Kansas City Wizards
Seattle Sounders
Seattle Times
Seattle P-I
KC Star
KC Futbol
Down the Byline
KC's split squad rationale

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