Due to the Kansas City T-Bones hosting the opening round of the Northern League baseball playoffs, the Sept. 11th home game against the Houston Dynamo has been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 22. Also, the Wizards will announce the signing of the team's first-ever home grown player tomorrow afternoon.
The Wizards and Dynamo mutually agreed to the schedule change, with the match time remaining at 7:30 p.m. CT. All tickets issued for the Houston match, including season ticket packages, will be valid for the new, September 22nd date. Tickets can be purchased by visiting KCWizards.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
This change will allow KC to have a week off. The other benefit is that they won't have to play a key game without the services of Kei Kamara, Roger Espinoza and Shavar Thomas, who will be away on international duty next week.
Also, the Wizards announced that they will host a press conference at 2:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday at the Swope Park Training Facility to announce the team’s first academy signing in club history. Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes will introduce the player and address the media at the press conference.
Wizards President Robb Heineman tweeted over the weekend that this move was coming.* It is expected that the player will be one of the three KCW Juniors that were invited to train with the team last month: goalkeeper Jon Kempin, defender Konner Knoll and forward Jordan Rideout*He also said the team's goal is to have 6 home-grown players by 2013. He also called the new stadium "Wizards Park." I have no idea if either will happen.
In April, MLS announced the addition of two roster spots specifically reserved for Home Grown Players. Clubs can sign up to four Home Grown Players each season, two of which may be signed to Generation Adidas contracts.
There is no minimum age for a Home Grown Player, but the players cannot be older than 24. These players are also automatically protected in any necessary expansion drafts.