Wizards, Atlas battle to scoreless draw in SuperLiga

June 21, 2009

ST. LOUIS -- The Kansas City Wizards and FC Atlas of Mexico played to a scoreless draw in the opening round of the SuperLiga tournament on Sunday.

The Wizards outshot Atlas 12-9 and held a territorial advantage throughout most of the contest.

Claudio Lopez, Jack Jewsbury and Abe Thompson had scoring opportunities for the Wizards. Atlas midfielder Edgar Pacheco fired just wide of the left post on a breakaway in the 81st minute.

Atlas keeper Jose Francisco Canales made five saves. Kevin Hartman posted the shutout for Kansas City with two stops.

Atlas coach Ricardo La Volpe was given a red-card ejection in the 41st minute for arguing with the referees. Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza was ejected in second-half stoppage time.

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