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MYERS, ESPINOZA APPEAR IN GENERATION ADIDAS WIN OVER AJAX CAPE TOWN IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Kansas City Wizards players Chance Myers and Roger Espinoza both appeared in Sunday’s 2 0 win for the MLS Generation adidas squad over the reserves of Ajax Cape Town, a team from South Africa’s 1st Division. Myers played the full 90 minutes at right back, while Espinoza entered in the 65th minute in the midfield and scored the second goal of the match for the MLS select team.
Generation adidas is a programming allowing the best young players in the country to become professionals before the completion of college. Players receive stipends from adidas to continue their college education and do not count against MLS senior rosters.
MLS Generation adidas 2, Ajax Cape Town 0
MLS Generation adidas: Stefan Frei (Josh Lambo 46); Tony Beltran, Rob Valentino, Chance Myers, Jeremy Hall, Danny Cruz (Alex Nimo 59), Baggio Husidic, Rodney Wallace (Roger Espinoza 65), Eric Avila (Bruno Guarda 65),
Patrick Nyarko, Chris Pontius (Peri Marosevic 62) SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 9, FOULS: 12; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 3
Ajax Cape Town: Petim (Roberts 62); Alexander, Archford (Pefers 46), Selolwane (Archford 62), Jenniker (Xolani 75), Scott, Ngobeni (Paris 62), Lewis (Cale 46), Diallo (Mentoen 75), Fofana, Memela (Adams 46) SHOTS: 5; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 10; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 7
Generation adidas 2009 Tour Match Schedule:
Date Opponent Result
Nov. 30 Orlando Pirates Reserves 2 0 Win
Dec. 3 Santos Reserves 2 1 Loss
Dec. 6 Ajax Cape Town Reserves 2 0 Win
OCTAVIO ZAMBRANO ANNOUNCED AS WIZARDS ASSISTANT HEAD COACH
The Kansas City Wizards announced Thursday that Octavio Zambrano is joining the team’s coaching staff. Zambrano, a former MLS Head Coach with the second best winning percentage in League history, will serve as an assistant head coach under Manager Peter Vermes. Kerry Zavagnin, Zoran Savic and John Pascarella will remain on the technical staff as assistant coaches.
“We worked to add an assistant coach with head coaching experience,” Wizards President Robb Heineman said. “Octavio (Zambrano) has excellent knowledge of our League and the international game. His presence will allow Peter Vermes to focus both on day to day coaching of the team and player personnel decisions more easily.”
Zambrano, 51, was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he lived before moving to the United States in 1980 to attend Chapman University. Zambrano is fluent in both English and Spanish. He also speaks Italian, Russian and Portuguese. Zambrano then played professionally for the Los Angeles Lazers in the USISL before becoming a coach.
“This is a great opportunity to return to MLS and join an organization with such a strong vision,” Zambrano said. “I anxiously await coming to Kansas City to start working with the team and preparing for the 2010 season.”
Zambrano was a Head Coach in MLS for both the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York/New Jersey MetroStars, coaching143 games and winning three division championships over six seasons. Zambrano went 80 55 8 as a head coach, including a 32 18 0 record in Los Angeles and a 48 37 8 record in New York. Zambrano coached some of the best players in MLS history, including Paul Caligiuri, Robin Fraser, Carlos Hermosillo, Eduardo Hurtado, Cobi Jones, Clint Mathis, Welton, Tim Howard, Lothar Matthaus and Tab Ramos.
Zambrano’s teams are known for playing fast paced, attacking soccer. In 1998, the Zambrano led Galaxy scored a League record 85 goals in 32 games (2.65 goals/game) and posted the most wins and best winning percentage in League history (24 8 0,.750). In 2000, Zambrano’s New York scored 64 goals in 32 games (2.00 goals/game), the 8th most goals in League history by a club in one season. Zambrano also served as Head Coach of CS Tiligul Tiras Tiraspol of Moldova from 2006 2008 and FC Tatabnya of Hungary from 2008 2009.
Zambrano holds “A” coaching licenses in the United States as well as in Europe, and is also an innovator in youth player development, having developed the first soccer academy in Major League Soccer with the MetroStars. He also founded and coached the Latino based LA Salsa U 19 team to the finals of the McGuire Cup, the top youth competition in the United States.