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 on Kamara’s 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 Fiscal 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 half.”
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) 42’
PHI -- Michael Orozco (ejection; Second Caution) 42’
KC -- Josh Wolff (caution; Reckless Foul) 52’
PHI -- Cristian Arrieta (caution; Reckless Tackle) 74’
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 Kamara
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
Referee's Assistants: Adam Wienckowski; Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Landis Wiley
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 81 degrees