Recap: Union Fall 2-0 To KC Wizards


Kansas City, MO (June 10, 2010) – Philadelphia Union (2-7-1) were unable to take points on
the road leading into the World Cup break, falling 2-0 to the Kansas City
Wizards (3-5-3). Kei Kamara and Graham Zusi were the Wizards’ goalscorers, with
Ryan Smith assisting on both tallies. The Union played the entire second half
down a man after a red card was shown to Michael Orozco Fiscal in the 42nd
minute, the fourth time the club has had to do so in ten matches.

"The last two games has been the same
thing," said manager Peter Nowak after the match. "It's the same
story over again with an early goal, which we can prevent. They got a
really great shot from Kei Kamara, so you know, we've been chasing (the other
team in) many games. From the first game in Seattle to this game. The red card
and another early goal, it just kills us."

Kansas City got off to a fast start
team-leading 6th goal of the season
in the 9th minute. After Smith
found Davy Arnaud 30 yards from goal, Arnaud squared and slid a pass to Kamara,
who was waiting onside at the corner of the area to Arnaud’s right. Kamara
stepped up and one-timed a perfect strike far post past a diving Chris Seitz to
put the Wizards up 1-0. 

The Wizards struck
again in the 35th minute
. With Jordan
Harvey and Sebastien Le Toux stepping up to Smith, the Kansas City midfielder
cut the ball inside with his left foot, finding an on-rushing Graham Zusi at
the edge of Philadelphia's box. Zusi took one touch and slotted the ball into
the lower left corner to give Kansas City a 2-0 advantage.

The half didn’t end any better for the Union, as Orozco
picked up his
second yellow card of the match
from a hard tackle on Josh Wolff,
resulting in a red card and ejection. 

Down a man in the second half, the Union played
more fluidly but were unable to create many scoring opportunities. One of
Philadelphia’s best chances came in the 75th minute on a through ball from
Roger Torres, but KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen came sliding out of his box to
break up a Le Toux run.

Despite dropping a match against an
opponent that had previously been struggling in their own right, Philadelphia
will have a much easier road following the World Cup break. PPL Park will open
its doors on June 27 against the Seattle Sounders FC, and the Union will play
13 of their final 20 league matches in their new home. 

“It was a tough stretch for us, with eight games
on the road and only (two) games at home," added Nowak. "We're going
back home right now, and we're really happy about that. We just want to make
sure we continue working the way we work, but also cut down the mistakes and
cut (out) these cards and play from the beginning like we did in the second

Scoring Summary: 

KC – Kei Kamara 6
(Davy Arnaud 2, Ryan Smith 4) 9'

KC – Graham
Zusi 1 (Ryan Smith 5) 35'


PHI -- Michael Orozco (caution; Reckless Foul) 26’

KC -- Jack Jewsbury
(caution; Reckless Tackle)28’

PHI -- Michael Orozco (caution; Reckless Tackle)

PHI -- Michael Orozco (ejection; Second Caution) 42’

KC -- Josh Wolff
(caution; Reckless Foul) 52’

PHI -- Cristian Arrieta (caution; Reckless Tackle)

KC -- Michael Harrington (caution; Reckless Foul) 78’

Philadelphia Union (2-7-1) -- Chris Seitz; Shea Salinas (Andrew Jacobson 65),
Danny Califf, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Jordan Harvey; Amobi Okugo (Roger Torres
60), Fred, Stefani Miglioranzi, Sebastien Le Toux; Danny Mwanga (Cristian
Arrieta 43), Alejandro Moreno

Substitutes Not Used: Brad
Knighton, Jack McInerney, Kyle Nakazawa, Shavar Thomas

Shots: 7; SOG: 2; Fouls: 12; Corner kicks: 8;
Offsides: 4; Saves: 0

Kansas City Wizards (3-5-3) -– Jimmy Nielsen; Chance Myers, Jimmy Conrad, Pablo
Escobar (Matt Besler 10) (Jonathan Leathers 68) Michael Harrington; Ryan Smith
(Korede Aiyegbusi 53), Jack Jewsbury, Graham Zusi, Davy Arnaud; Josh Wolff, Kei

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Kronberg, Teal Bunbury, Birahim Diop, Santiago Hirsig

Shots: 7; SOG: 2; Fouls: 13; Corner
kicks: 0; Offsides: 3; Saves: 2

Referee: Alex Prus

: Adam Wienckowski; Brian Poeschel

4th Official: Landis

Weather: Partly Cloudy and 81 degrees

Attendance: 10,176