The Full 90

Everyone Loves Ryan

Head coach Peter Vermes:
"[Smith's] an extremely dangerous player, especially one versus one. It’s hard to control him, you could say that by how many fouls were created by him. He was also very locked into the game defensively, so it was a very good debut for him."
Shane Evans at
"The MLS debutant was all over the pitch for KC in their 4-0 rout of D.C. United," said associate editor Shane Evans. "Setting up goals and scoring one himself, if the Englishman can play like this all season, the Wizards may have a legitimate game-changer on their hands."
Mike at Down the Byline:
"Created 2 goals and scored one himself in his MLS debut before leaving the game due to injury. He was absolutely amazing last night and could have had multiple goals if not for some good saves by Perkins. Hopefully he doesn't become a victim of some of the leagues more physical players (I'm looking at you Dema Kovalenko as well as Philadelphia's entire roster). He could have himself a very good season."
WV Hooligan:
"I think it is safe to say this was the strongest start of any eastern conference club this year, yes even stronger than Columbus. The Kansas City Wizards made a statement on Saturday over D.C. United in their 4-0 win. Newcomer Ryan Smith had a lot to do with it. His pace and control in the midfield set the tone early for the Wizards. It also didn’t hurt that D.C. looked awful in the back."
Soccer By Ives has listed him in his Best XI for the weekend.* *While we're talking about Ives' Best XI, here's an interesting thing to note: Nine of his players are not American born. The entire midfield is international. Doesn't say a lot for Americans does it?