This was, for lack of a better word, a verystrange
offensive year for the Kansas City Wizards. The team scoredSIX
goals during the entire months of May and June. The team scored
goals in a seven-day period in August (4 against New England, 2 against Los Angeles).
At just 13 games into the season, the team averaged 0.85 goals a game. Then the Birahim Diop Game happened (twice) and the team ended the season averaging 1.2 goals per game. Before this season, there had never been a four-goal game by the Wizards in the history of CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Now, there have been four.
Over the next few days, The Full 90 will break down the Wizards frustrating/confusing season. Today, we'll focus on the good times by ranking The Top 10 Goals by the Kansas City Wizards in '10.
10. Kei Kamara's Tap-in (5.15)
Atoning for his Miss of the Century in April, the Wizards leading goal scorer for the season takes his time and makes sure he helps the squad salvage a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Fire. (Scroll down just a bit for the video.)
9. Birahim Diop scores in his first start in 8 years (8.21)
With Bunbury suspended, the Wizards turned to a seldom-used midfielder to lead the frontline as the central forward. He rewarded them by scoring his first goal in his first start in 8 years. He added a second to lead a 4-1 rout of the Revolution.
8. Teal Bunbury opens his account (7.14)
The first of what should (hopefully) be many for the young Canadian striker.
7. Davy curls one past the 'keeper (10.12)
An exciting and important mid-week trip to Chicago was won by a placed shot in the box by the captain. The good stuff starts at 3:45 in.
6a. Kei does it all himself (9.19)
Just a classy piece of skill by the Wizards striker.
6b. But wait, there's more...
The Kamara goal above just barely edged out a very similar one-man goal by Teal Bunbury on July 31 against Toronto FC. I'm including it just for the sake of including it.
5. Arnaud's laser freekick (9.4)
Not sure if this is so much a spectacular freekick by Davy or a spectacular blunder by the Union 'keeper. Either way, it was pretty fantastic.
4. Kei Kamara's mega-blast against Philly (6.10)
Kamara hits this ball with such force, it's a wonder that the net didn't split. The goal helped the Wiz end a 9-game winless streak.
3. The Diop Wondergoal (10.23)
Just an amazing piece of skill by the man from Senegal. With just 14 games played, he scored 5 goals including the hat-trick in this one.
2. Arnaud ignites 50,000+ (7.25)
It might not be the prettiest goal scored by the Wizards this year, but for sheer impact it has to rank near the top. This goal, a simple third-man run by the captain,lifted the largest crowd to watch a live soccer game in Kansas City to their feet in unison
1. The Josh Wolff Winner (9.22)
There's just simply no beating the circumstances that surrounded this goal: Late into stoppage time, needing a victory, trying to turn around a 3-1 deficit, scored by a guy who wasn't in his best form all year...
Yeah, there's no way Wolff's goal isn't the best goal scored by the Wizards this year. It starts at 5:25 in.