Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Wolff to share, not bear, goalscoring burden
by Ridge Mahoney, July 1st, 2008 7:01AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Disregard those who believe Kansas City coach Curt Onalfo expects returnee Josh Wolff to solve his team's goalscoring woes single-handedly.

"I don't think he's going to come in here and score a million goals," says Onalfo, who worked with Wolff during four years as an assistant to Bruce Arena with the U.S. national team. "He'll score some goals himself, of course, but he'll also create chances for our other players.

"He adds a lot to our offense with his speed and the runs he makes. He can link up with players, and also gives us someone with the pace to get in behind defenses, which is something we want to do more of."

Wolff, 31, has rejoined the Wizards, for which he played from 2003 to 2006, after spending the past season and a half with 1860 Munich of the German second division. In 34 matches, he scored two goals and recorded seven assists and elected to come back home when he wasn't offered a new contract by the German club.

He scored 27 goals and logged 20 assists in 80 appearances for the Wizards following five seasons in Chicago during which he scored 32 goals and added 15 assists. Kansas City retained his MLS rights because he left the league after his contract expired. If he'd been sold in a transfer, he'd be subject to the allocation process.

"He makes us a better attacking team, which is obviously an area where we've struggled this season," says Onalfo of the league's second-worst offense (11 goals in 13 games). "We're not giving up many goals [16, second-best], but we need to score more and by getting a player I've wanted to get since I took the job, we've addressed that. I'm extremely excited to get him. I'm not set into one system, and he can play wide in midfield, attacking midfield, or as a forward.

"The league is tougher now. Goalscoring is not an easy thing to do, and making changes in this league is a challenge. Foreign players need time to adapt and it's hard to get teams to trade good attackers."

Kansas City waived forward/midfielder Eloy Colombano last week, yet Onalfo says no other moves are necessary to accommodate Wolff under the team's salary cap ($2.18 million this season, according to a source) and on the 18-man regular roster.

Designated Player Claudio Lopez shares the team lead with three goals. Colombian striker Ivan Trujillo has scored just one goal in 10 games but Onalfo expects improvement in the second half of the season. There's also Scott Sealy (one goal) and Davy Arnaud (zero goals) to consider.

"Trujillo has looked good in training the past couple of weeks, and I think you're going to see a lot more out of him," says Onalfo. "Like I said, getting Josh helps our entire attack since he combines so well with players and can create chances for them as well as score them himself."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Trade Central: Thursday's deals    
Sporting Kansas City has signed 25-year-old Hungarian international forward Krisztian Nemeth from Roda JC  in the ...
What They're Saying: Michael Garcia    
"It is the lack of leadership on these issues within FIFA that leads me to conclude ...
Video Pick: Player loses his wig!    
The 19-year-old defender Baily Cargill was one of the top rated players for second division Bournemouth ...
MLS Trade Central: Wednesday's deals    
MLS and Chivas de Guadalajara reached an agreement regarding Mexican star Erick "Cubo" Torres, who played ...
NASL will open 2015 spring season on April 4    
The North American Soccer League will open its fifth season with the first week of the ...
Las Vegas gets its soccer stadium, too    
It isn't every day that two cities pass measures to build soccer stadiums. Hours after the ...
U.S. Abroad: Midweek Hot (and Cold) List    
John Brooks scored his first goal of the Bundesliga season for Hertha Berlin to open the ...
Road to Vancouver: More to Brazil than Marta    
Marta, whose magnificent performance powered Brazil past the USA Sunday at the Torneio Internacional da Brasilia, ...
TV Report: Fox plans unprecedented coverage    
The 2015 Women's World Cup will receive unprecedented coverage on Fox as it will air 16 ...
Klinsmann red-carded in starring role against Germany    
Jonathan Klinsmann's first international match against Germany, the country his father, Jurgen, played for and coached, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives