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Saturday, May 17, 2008
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City (3-3-1) at New York (3-1-2), 7:30 p.m.
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The New York Red Bulls, one of three
teams in Major League Soccer with just one loss, will look to add to their
four-game unbeaten streak when they host the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday
at Giants Stadium.
New York is coming off a solid win in its last league fixture, 2-1 at Los
Angeles this past Saturday.
"(The three points) are massive," New York coach Juan Carlos Osorio said after
the win in L.A. "It's three games in a row we haven't lost and I think it
shows with a different formation we can get results away from home."
Now, the team returns home with a chance to gain on the Eastern table leaders,
who have at least one more game played.
The team got a boost last week with star forward Juan Pablo Angel's first goal
of the season, the game winner against L.A. The Colombian, who scored 19 goals
last season, has been battling hamstring and back problems this season.
"It's been quite a difficult start for me in terms of the injury I've been
having," Angel said. "I'm still not feeling 100 percent but I've been trying
to get myself in good shape and the only way that you're going to do it is ...
to play games and that's what I'm trying to do. Little by little, I'm getting
The Wizards, who are coming off a bye week, will be looking to snap a two-game
losing streak on Saturday, the latest being against the league leading
Columbus Crew on May 3.
"You never want to have any time off, you always want to get right back into
it. We want to continually get better," Wizards coach Curt Onalfo said. "We
are right in the middle of a very long away stretch. It will only make our
team better. They are going to learn through this experience."
"The team is focused," Wizards midfielder Kurt Morsink said. "We've played
three away games and we've won one and lost two, but our two losses I feel
like we played well. We've given up a couple free kicks, a couple errors here
and there, but all in all after 90 minutes I feel like we were the best team
The time off should give the Wizards a chance to insert three regulars -
Carlos Marinelli, Sasha Victorine and Davy Arnaud - back into the lineup after
"Carlos started the season very, very well," Onalfo said. "He has passes in
him that change the outcome of the game, and when he's on the field, (Forward
Claudio) Lopez plays a bit further up the field for us. We're just a better
team going forward. When you lose a guy of that caliber (to a lingering
injury), you lose some of those final passes."
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