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Kansas City Wizards
The Kansas City Wizards are a professional soccer club based in Kansas City, Missouri that participates in Major League Soccer. In 2000, the Wizards won the MLS Cup and in 2004, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The name "Wizards" is an allusion to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as the main character is from Kansas. The team colors are blue and white.
The team's official supporters' group is called "The Cauldron". They are accompanied in this section by another supporters' group, "La Doce.
During the 1996 season, The Wizards were known as the Kansas City Wiz but changed names due to a copyright dispute. From 1995 until 2006, they were owned by Lamar Hunt.
The Wizards captured both the MLS Supporters' Shield in the 2000 season, and the MLS Cup. In the previous two seasons, they had failed to make the playoffs.Head coach Bob Gansler resigned on July 19, 2006, and general manager Curt Johnson selected assistant coach Brian Bliss as the new interim head coach. After the end of the 2006 season, Curt Onalfo was announced the new permanent head coach.The Wizards held a press conference to announce the sale of the team to a local ownership group on August 31, 2006, consisting of Cerner co-founders Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig, Rock Island Capital's Robb Heineman, Greg Maday and David French, and Pat Curran, founder of C3 Holdings. Lamar Hunt had announced that he was looking to sell the team after the 2005 MLS season on December 9, 2004, but had trouble finding new ownership for the
The Wizards play their home games in Arrowhead Stadium. The Wizards have been seeking sites for a soccer-specific stadium, with the most likely location initially considered to be across the state line in Johnson County, Kansas. The Wizards' new ownership identified a site at 159th Street and U.S. 69 in south Overland Park, Kansas as its preferred location for a stadium, but this plan has met with numerous difficulties.Wizard's management kept the west end of Arrowhead trapped off for the first 10 years of play. Fans could sit all the way around the field in 2006, but in 2007 seating is only available along the sidelines.
New stadium plans
The Wizards were expected to play at a temporary stadium beginning in 2007. Yet, it was announced on January 31, 2007, that the Wizards would continue to play in Arrowhead in the 2007 season. Opening day was Wednesday, April 25, 2007, against expansion side Toronto FC. The reasons given for the return to Arrowhead were the difficulties in expanding other facilities in the area and the delay in the Arrowhead renovation plan.
The current target date, for completion of construction for a new facility, has been stated as the beginning of the 2009 MLS season. Team owners are currently collaborating with architecture firm 360 Architecture on the design of the new stadium. Rendering of the proposed stadium were released in March 2007. The Wizards will still have to seek out a temporary home field for the 2008 season.
At RFK Stadium, The Wizards began their 2007 season against D.C. United on April 14, 2007.
Television and radio
Wizards matches are broadcast on Metro Sports, with Sean Wheelock doing play-by-play. In Kansas City, The Metro Sports feed is also simulcast on ESPN 97.3 KCXM.