The Kansas City Star's picture desk has been sort of busy today, dropping two fairly exhaustive photo galleries on KansasCity.com today. The first is a "Wiz/Wizards/Sporting Through the Years" gallery that includes lots of fans and players and great moments. The second is from our most recent tour of Livestrong Sporting Park. Check 'em both out.
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• The most recent Castrol Index numbers are in for the month of May. New York's Thierry Henry is still top of the league (9.33 out of 10) followed by Seattle's Alvaro Fernandez (9.27), Portland's Mamadou Danso (9.22), Salt Lake's Nat Borchers (9.17) and Los Angeles' Landon Donovan (9.13). See the full rankings here.
For Sporting KC, the only player in the Top 100 is Davy Arnaud (8.27, #40). The next four highest: Matt Besler (7.28), Teal Bunbury (7.1), Michael Harrington (6.78) and Roger Espinoza (6.71).
I still believe sample size is everything and there's not a lot to make of this right now. But, quite tellingly, the lowest-ranked player for KC is Shavar Thomas (4.31).
• I'm not sure what his official status is (he's not on the injury report) but defender Aurelien Collin didn't participate in training on Thursday morning. He seemed to be nursing a thigh injury. Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen also didn't participate. I would say both are question marks for Saturday, but I don't know much more than that.
• Andrew Wiebe is my hero, he actually got to interview my boy Chance Myers.
• On Friday, Sporting Kansas City announced that Providence Medical Center will be a founding partner of Livestrong Sporting Park.
"Sporting Club is proud to associate LIVESTRONG Sporting Park with an outstanding hospital like Providence Medical Center," said Andrew Steinberg, executive vice president of revenue for Sporting Club said on the club's website. "Our organizations share the vision of improving the health of our community through sport and other physical activities. We are pleased to have developed a strong, lasting partnership with a Kansas City, Kan., organization."
Read more about it here.