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Peter Vermes 2009-
Livestrong Sporting Park 2011-
First Game Played April 13, 1996
210 West 19th Terrace, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Arrowhead Stadium 1996-2008
Community America Ballpark 08-10
Livestrong Sporting Park 2011-Pres
MLS Cup MVP: (1)
2000 Tony Meola G
2000 (16-7-9; 57 points)
1999 (8-24; 20 points)
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Kansas City Wiz 1996
Kansas City Wizards 1997-2010
Sporting Kansas City 2011-Present
MLS Cup Champions: (1)
MLS Cup Appearances: (2)
Supporter's Shield Winner: (1)
Semi-Finals Appearances: (5)
1996, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011
Confernce Champions: (4)
1997, 2000, 2004, 2011
Playoff Appearances: (9)
1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011
All-Star Games Hosted:
All-Star Game MVP: (2)
1999 Preki M
2000 Tony Meola G
Coach of the Year: (1)
2000 Bob Gansler
Rookie of the Year: (1)
2011 C.J. Sapong F
Scoring Champion: (2)
1997 Preki M
2003 Preki M
Goalkeeper of the Year: (1)
2000 Tony Meola
Defender of the Year: (2)
2000 Peter Vermes
2005 Jimmy Conrad
1997 Preki M
2000 Tony Meola G
2003 Preki M
1996: On April 13tg at Arrowhead Stadium, the Wiz played the first game in team history and played well, shutting out the Colorado Rapids, 3-0. The Wiz stars included midfielder Preki, Digital Takawira and were coached by Ron Newman. The first season in Wiz history would be successful, finishing 17-15 and earning a spot in the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Wiz would continue to play well, defeating the Dallas Burn in three games, winning the final game in a shootout. But in the next round, the Wiz would be shutout by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Following the season, the Wiz would give in to fan complaints and extend their name to "Wizards."
1997: Building on their success from the previous season, the Wizards became the success story of the year, going 21-11 and winning the Western Conference regular season championship. In addition, Preki was named MVP for the year. But in the first round of the playoffs, the Wizards would be shocked by the upstart and last seeded Colorado Rapids.
1998: After their stunning playoff loss, the Wizards started to head in the wrong direction, going 12-20 and sitting in last place in the West.
1999: The Wizards continue their downfall, firing Ron Newman in the summer and replacing him with Bob Gansler. The Wizards would finish the season with a disastrous record of 8-24 which put them in last place again.
2000: In their first full season under Bob Gansler, the Wizards return to their form from their first two years, playing well and having a solid defense. Goalkeeper Tony Meola would record the longest shutout streak in MLS history at 681 minutes. By the end of the year, the Wizards held a record of 16-7-9, the best in the league. In the playoffs, the Wizards beat the Colorado Rapids, 7 points to 1, and get revenge for their previous playoff appearance three years earlier. In the conference final, the Wizards would fall behind 4 points to 1 to the LA Galaxy and their magical season seemed to be coming to an end. But Miklos Molnar, known as the "Danish Dynamite" scored a penalty kick early in game three to send the series into a tiebreaker, where he scored again to send the Wizards to their first MLS Cup.
2000 MLS Cup: At RFK Stadium in Washington DC, the Wizards, with the league's best defense, tried to prove that defense wins championships by beating the team with the league's best offense, the Chicago Fire. The Wizards would grab the lead early on an 11th minute goal by Milkos Molnar. After that, the Fire would put together an onslaught of scoring opportunities, putting 10 shots on goal, including 3 in the final 10 minutes. But Tony Meola stopped every one of them and the defense barely held on to the lead as time ran out on the Fire. A year after not even making double-digits in wins, the Wizards amazingly turned it around and claimed their first MLS Cup Championship.
2001: The loss of Preki to the Miami Fusion would be big as there would be a hangover for the Wizards. They struggled to defend their championship, making the playoffs as the 8th seed with a record of 11-13-3. In the first round, the Wizards' reign as champion ended with a 6 points to 3 loss to Preki and the Miami Fusion.
2002: Despite getting back Preki the Wizards sat in last place in the West, but they would make the playoffs with a record of 9-10-9. The last two teams in the East, the MetroStars and DC United missed the playoffs which propelled the Wizards into the playoffs. In the first round, the team would fall, 6 points to 3 to eventual champions, LA Galaxy.
2003: In a season that saw more fans attend than previous years, the Wizards would return to the top half of the West with a record of 11-10-9. In the first round, the Wizards would defeat the Colorado Rapids in the aggregate goal series, 3-1. That set up a one-game showdown with the San Jose Earthquakes for the right to represent the West in MLS Cup. The Wizards would twice take the lead, but twice, the Earthquakes battled back and forced golden goal overtime. It would be a long and tiring session until the Quakes' Landon Donovan sent his team on and the Wizards home with a goal in the 117th minute.
2004: Looking to build on their momentum from the previous year, the Wizards would be mediocre out of the gate before turning hot in the summer and contending for the conference championship. When all was said and done, the Wizards lost only 2 games in September and finished the season on a 6 game unbeaten streak to finish 14-9-9, good enough for the Western Conference regular season championship. The season was not without controversy, though, as goalkeeper Tony Meola, an American soccer goalkeeping legend that had been on the USA roster for three World Cups, went down with injury and backup Bo Oshoniyi would fill in well. Once the playoffs started, Meola had healed, but Oshoniyi was still in goal. In the first round of the playoffs, the Wizards would lose the first game to defending champions San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, putting in a seemingly impossible situation to score 3 goals and concede none in game 2 of aggregate goal series. However, amazingly, the Wizards did just that by scoring 2 goals in the first half, while little known Jack Jewsbury scored the deciding goal in second half stoppage time to move KC onto the conference final for the second year in a row. In that game, the Wizards would easily hold off the LA Galaxy on two Davy Arnaud goals to send the Wizards to their 2nd MLS Cup Game.
2004 MLS Cup: With their Arrowhead Stadium counterparts, the Chiefs, engaged in a long Super Bowl drought, the Wizards provided the stadium area championship feeling as they went up against DC United at the Home Depot Center in Carson California, as Bo Oshoniyi got the starting nod in goal. The Wizards would get off to a great start as Jose Burciaga caught United unprepared as he scored a long range goal in the 6th minute. However, It was all downhill from there as DC United's Alecko Eskandarian scored 2 goals for his squad in the 19th and 23rd minutes respectively. Things would go from bad to worse in the 26th minute for the Wizards as Alex Zotinca committed an own goal. KC was given a lifeline in the 58th minute as DC's Dema Kovalenko was expelled from the match for a handball in the penalty area and Joish Wolff scored the first penalty kick conversion in MLS Cup history. The Wizards hoped that that would propel them to more goals as they put 10 shots on goal. However it would not be enough as their season ended with a disappointing 3-2 loss at the hands of DC United.
2005: With expansion, the Wizards would make the move to the Eastern Conference. Almost immediately, they would find the move troublesome. The team won just two of its first seven games. After going through a summer filled with mostly ties and losses, a four game winning streak at the end of August helped get them back in the playoff race. In the end, it wasn't enough as the Wizards didn't win another game to find themselves on the outside of the playoffs looking in with a record of 11-9-12. After the season, the team's veteran leader, Preki announced his retirement.
2006: Following a season in which they missed the playoffs, changes were in the air for the Wizards of the field. The late Lamar Hunt sold the club to a local group of people committed to keeping the Wizards in Kansas City and building them a permanent facility. Despite the good news off the field, and winning four out of five games to start the season, the Wizards just missed out on a playoff berth with a loss to the New York Red Bulls on the final day, finishing with a 10-14-8 record.
2007: In dedicating the season to their late owner, Lamar Hunt, the Wizards fortunes improved considerably. A quick start earned them four wins in the first seven weeks of the year. The club also picked up goalkeeper Kevin Hartman from Los Angeles as a move to help them with uneasiness in that position. But after a hot start to the year, the Wizards tapered off near the end of the season, winning just four games after the All-Star break and finished fifth in the East at 11-12-7. Shifted over to the West as a result of a playoff format change, the Wizards butted heads with Chivas USA and all that was needed was a Davy Arnaud goal in the first game to win the seeries as the defense and Kevin Hartman did the rest and kept Chivas off the scoreboard. But then they would come up short to the Houston Dynamo, 2-0 in the conference final.
2008: Playing their home game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas the Wizards ended a four year playoff drought by posting an 11-10-9 record, which was good enough for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Facing the Columbus Crew who captured the Supporter's Shield for the best record in the MLS, the Wizards had a strong showing, earning a 1-1 tie in Game 1 of the first round series. However, with a 2-0 loss in Game 2 the Wizards lost the aggregate series 3-1.
2009: Mediocrity was the name of the game for the Wizards as they produced inconsistent results including a winless July and August. This would be their undoing as they finished in sixth place with a disappointing 8-13-9 record.
2010: In their final full season in Community America Ballpark, the Wizards would have another mediocre showing not helped by a tough first quarter of the season in which they only had two wins. A three game winning streak to close the campaign out helped the team feel good about the offseason as they finish third in the East and out of the playoffs at 11-13-6.
2011: To christen their new home, Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, team management rebranded the club Sporting Kansas City, in the vain of Sporting Lisbon. It turned out to be a season of two different teams as KC lost five in a row during a 1-6-4 run to start the campaign. But they would only lose three times after that as rookie C.J. Sapong and Teal Bunbury led Sporting to the top spot in the East at 13-9-12. In the playoffs, the club shut out Colorado 4-0 on aggregate before losing to Houston 2-0 in the conference final.
Ron Newman 1996-1999
Kevin Fograty 1999
Bob Gansler 1999-2006
Brian Bliss 2006
Curt Onalfo 2007-2009
Peter Vermes 2009-Present
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