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Curt Onalfo Fired By Kansas City Wizards, Peter Vermes Named New Coach

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Head Coach Curt Onalfo of the Kansas City Wizards looks on during their Western Conference playoff game against CD Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center on November 3, 2007 in Carson, California.  The Wizards and Chivas USA played to a 0-0 draw. The Wizards advance to the Western Conference Finals after winning 1-0 on aggregate goals.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Fred NockContributor IAugust 6, 2009

Enough is enough.  The Kansas City Wizards have been struggling for a while.  Their were high hopes when Curt Onalfo took over coaching duties before the 2007 season started.  Onalfo guided the team to a pretty average record of 27-29-22 during his tenure with the team. 

This season had been more of the same. 

The club currently sports a 5-7-6 record this season.  They are winless in their last four, a stretch in which they have scored just one goal.

The high hopes have turned into a painfull reality for Kansas City Fans.  Management had seen enough and Curt Onalfo was fired on Monday.

One has to think that the final straw was a humiliating 6-0 loss away at FC Dallas. 

Kansas City played the final 22 minutes of the game with 10 men after a red card was issued to Claudio Lopez for a retaliatory hit to the head. 

They were down 3-0 at the time and would give up three more.  FC Dallas striker Jeff Cunningham scored four times. 

This game was not a high point in Wizards history by any measure.

Onalfo was replaced today by former Kansas City Wizards player and current technical director Peter Vermes.  Vermes will stay on as Interim coach for the rest of the year.

The question now is whether this change will produce any kind of spark when the Wizards play the Chicago Fire on Aug. 16. 

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