Showing posts with label KC Wizards vs. Manchester United. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KC Wizards vs. Manchester United. Show all posts

Monday, July 26, 2010

Wizards Defeat Manchester United in Record Fashion

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The Kansas City Wizards as well as its fans sent a strong message to the world about American soccer yesterday. The Wizards took down the Red Devils 2-1 in regulation in front of a record crowd at Arrowhead stadium.

The game had an announced attendance of 52,424, beating the old record for a soccer crowd in Kansas City set in 2001 for a national game against Costa Rica. Davy Arnaud scored for the Wizards in the 11th minute off an assist from Kei Kamara. United tied the game just before halftime on a penalty kick, however Kamara was able to convert off a corner kick in the second half to give the Wizards the lead for good.

After Kansas City set record crowds for watching televised soccer during the world cup, the Wizards vs. Manchester United game was able to successfully build on that momentum for a memorable experience on Sunday. The popularity of the world cup and the arrival of Manchester United, one of the most recognizable teams in the world, certainly helped the record setting crowd. It will be interesting to see if soccer continues to gain momentum in both Kansas City and the United States as a whole, or if Sunday's game was merely a diamond in the rough.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Future Wizards vs. Manchester United Friendly Showcases Soccer's Growth in Kansas City

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While large crowds for World Cup matches in Kansas City signaled an increased interest in soccer across the United States and in Kansas City, the upcoming Wizards vs. Manchester United game may be a sign that interest in the world’s most popular sport is more than a passing fad.

The Wizards’ organization is reporting that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for the July 25th friendly between Kansas City’s MLS team and one of the most popular and successful teams from the English Premiership. Despite drawing Manchester United, 40,000 tickets is an extremely high number of tickets sold for a friendly game not involving the US National Team.

The previous attendance record is 37,319, which occurred in 2001 when the National team played a World Cup qualifying match against fellow CONCAF team Costa Rica. After Kansas City’s Power and Light District announced crowds of over 10,000 to watch the US vs. Ghana Round of 16 game in the World Cup, it appears that soccer has caught significant momentum, at least in the Kansas City area.

Tickets for the game are still available through Ticketmaster and the Kansas City Wizards’ Ticket Office.


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