My name is Andy Edwards and the Kansas City Wizards are my drug of choice in Major League Soccer. Some of my readers may have already met me in person this year at Wizards games. To those people, it was a pleasure and I look forward to seeing you all again in the very near future. To those that I have yet to meet, do yourself a favor - keep it that way.
I kid. I look forward to meeting as many of my fellow Wizards supporters as possible over the final four home games and away watch parties this year as we make a late charge for the eighth and final playoff spot. (We're going to get it, by the way.)
You can reach me for anything Wizards related at email@example.com. You can also for The Daily Wiz on Twitter at @TheDailyWizKC, and my personal account (slight language and content warnings do apply) at @KCsince88.
My path to Wizards fandom is probably far different than most any Wizards fan that will ever read this blog. I never played soccer as a kid. It wasn't my thing. I was always the tallest in my class, so naturally I played basketball. Soccer was never even a consideration, to be honest. I had that sweet white boy jumper from downtown, so what did I care for a sport where you can't even use your hands? It wasn't until August of 2007 that I gave the game of soccer (not just the World Cup every four years) a real looksy and took an interest.
I've shared before, but it was the FA Community Shield that year between Manchester United and Chelsea. I was instantly hooked by the crowd, the atmosphere and the incredible play on the field. Immediately, I branded myself a United fan. Being new to the sport as a whole, I knew next to nothing about the American league, so I paid it no mind. It was United every weekend.
Slowly, I branched out, discovered other clubs that I took a liking to and began to follow them, as well. By my second and third year watching soccer, I was under the misguided impression that MLS just wasn't any good, therefore it wasn't worth my time, so I continued to pay it no mind. Then, one day this past winter, one of the best things ever happened to me: I discovered Twitter.
Not quite what you were expecting, huh? That quickly transitions into the inferred part of becoming a Wizards fan. I came across the Twitter profile of Kei Kamara. I was instantly drawn in by his excitement for the upcoming season and the way he just seemed love the game. I figured, if he can love MLS that way, (though, they are paying him) then why can't I? So, I started using the Wiz on FIFA '10 to familiarize myself with the players and their games.
From that point forward, every day and every week grew my love for this club a little bit more. So much so, to the point where I started my own blog about the team. There is nothing like having the hometown team to support and call your own.
For the rest of this season, I'll be continuing many of my brand of posts from the old blog. In the meantime, I'll be scouring MLS blogs across the interwebs for fresh, new ideas for better, more insightful content for the 2011 season.
Now, with all that said, read the membership agreement below, click Agree and join. It's not one second to soon to start growing this here great setup for a Wizards blog. Thanks to the hierarchy at SB Nation for allowing me the opportunity to run a site on their great network and represent KC in their quickly-expanding soccer community.
Also, many thanks to Thad Bell at The Back Post for allowing me to use one of his personal photos of the new stadium model for The Daily Wiz logo. The logo turned out incredible, thanks to SBN's graphic designer. The best part of the entire site, and I can't even take credit for it.