- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 7, 2007
- 2 Comments
Its probably true. I didn’t expect at the start of week six in the MLS that the Kansas City Wizards would be in first place in the east and overall in the league. Four wins and one loss yielding 12 points thanks in large part to the resurgence of Eddie Johnson thanks in large part to new coach Curt Onalfo.
But has anyone noticed?
Does anyone care that the Wizards are led by one of the league’s best in Jimmy Conrad and probably one of the most underrated in Jose Burciaga Jr.? How about that exciting rookie from UNC in Michael Harrington? No? Or does anyone care that between the pipes is one of the league’s most well known keepers Kevin Hartman?
It’s pretty obvious that no one cares so far in Kansas City. Their average attendance so far in two games is a meager 7,432!
Now I know people in KC will argue that one game was a Wednesday night game against expansion side Toronto in the pouring rain and the other was a Saturday afternoon game in 70-degree weather against Columbus (a team that hadn’t lost before).
Believe me I know Arrowhead stadium is a horrible venue for this sport. But in a metropolitan area like KC, you can’t tell me you can’t at least draw 10,000 to a sporting event. Especially on a beautiful 70-degree day.
I’ve seen and heard all of the excuses over the years. The marketing is bad (which it probably is), the weather wasn’t nice enough, I got lost going to Arrowhead…and so on and so on. It gets you thinking just how embarrassing this team is for the league. Leading the league and playing very solid soccer yet they are unable to draw in their home town.
I don’t know how to exactly correct this other than the obvious, getting this team out of Arrowhead.
I’ve said they would probably move but with the new owners they will not let the team leave the city just that easy, which is probably the best thing. I hate seeing teams move, even this one. But there some ideas that could help in the short run and the long run and the league’s front offices need to act on soon before this team just fades away in ever growing Arrowhead Stadium.
Here are some ideas and your suggestions are always welcome (this does not include a stadium…that again is too obvious):
- Be like FC Dallas and Colorado and build lots and lots of soccer fields for the little kiddies. Believe me, I have seen it in Frisco, the plan works. The more the better really. I know there is land in KC somewhere. It really is true…”if you build it they will come”
- Market the hell out of this team, there is nothing other than a crappy baseball team to compete with in KC
- Maybe re-brand this team…let’s face it…what the hell does a Wizard have to do with KC? Oh yeah, disappearing fans
- Get this team a rival! St. Louis wants a team and they need to get one…let’s face it Chicago, Columbus and Dallas aren’t exactly rivals for this city. Dallas would make sense but since the fan base has stunk it never too off
Those are just a few that came to mind.
What do you think? Does anyone in KC care anymore or are we just beating a dead horse on this issue?