KiXX welcome Monterrey La RaZa to Wachovia Spectrum
Philadelphia, PA, January 22, 2009 - The Philadelphia KiXX (3-5) welcome the Monterrey La RaZa to the historic Wachovia Spectrum on Sunday, January 25. The contest will be the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the two clubs this season; Monterey defeated the KiXX in each of the previous three match-ups including a 14-12 win in the City of Brotherly Love on December 13. All fans to enter the gates this Sunday will receive a complimentary 2008-09 Philadelphia KiXX Team Photo, courtesy of RR Donnelley-Baum Printing. Game-time is scheduled for 4:05 pm ET and can be heard live via webcast at www.wmssfm.com.
This Week's Itinerary:
Thursday, January 22, Practice, Tri-State Sports, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friday, January 23, Practice, Tri-State Sports, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 24, Off Day
Sunday, January 25, KiXX vs. Monterrey La RaZa, Wachovia Spectrum, 4:05 pm
Monday, January 26, Off Day
Tuesday, January 27, Practice, Tri-State Sports, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
*all times are Eastern and subject to change
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Meet the Opponent: Monterrey La RaZa
2008-09 Series: 0-3 (home 0-1, away 0-2)
Overall: 1-6 (home 0-3, away 1-3)
Monterrey earned a 14-12 victory in the team's first meeting of the season in Philadelphia on December 13 and then added a two-game weekend sweep at the Arena de Monterrey, 15-12 on December 26 and 16-14 in double overtime on December 28. In the first outing, KiXX forward Hewerton Moreira led all scorers with six points, while Monterrey featured a more balanced attack with three scorers each posting three points. Rookie goalkeeper Steve Resse earned his first professional victory in net with 12 saves on 17 chances. KiXX player/coach Don D'Ambra paced all scorers with six points on December 26, while Jose Luiz Birche led the La RaZa with five points. Philadelphia native Pat Morris (hat trick-three 2pgs) and Ivan Medina each registered six points on December 28.
Last Week's Outings:
BAL 18, PHI 6 (1/17/09) - The KiXX were defeated by the top-seeded Baltimore Blast, 18-6, in front of 6,759 fans at the Wachovia Spectrum. With the turnout, Philadelphia has now entertained over 1.5 million fans in the team's 13-year history. Forward Hewerton Moreira opened the scoring with a two-point goal at 4:10 into the first stanza, 2-0, but Baltimore responded with three unanswered goals from Machel Millwood, Billy Nelson, and Denison Cabral to take a 6-2 lead after one period of play. Player/Coach Don D'Ambra and Cape May Court House native Anthony Maher knotted the score at 6-6 with consecutive two-point scores, but that would be it for Philadelphia as the Blast connected on three more two-point scores (Cabral, and two from Guiliano Celenza) to seal the victory. Baltimore also netted a pair of three-point empty-net goals versus the sixth attacker to produce the final score of 18-6.
Last Chance: Sunday's affair will be the final regular-season meeting between Philadelphia and the La RaZa this season. Monterrey has defeated the KiXX in each of the previous three meetings this season and enters with an impressive 6-1 mark versus Philadelphia, including 3-0 at the Wachovia Spectrum, over the last two seasons. Philadelphia is sitting in the fourth spot of the NISL standings at 3-5 and needs a victory to not only avoid the sweep to the La RaZa, but also to begin the climb towards the top as only the top three teams qualify for the postseason.
Dance Team Clinic: The Philadelphia KiXX will be holding the Second Annual Dance Clinic on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at Tri-State Sports. This clinic will be instructed by our professional dancers and staff for dancers, ages 7-18 from the Tri-State area, interested in learning great new skills and techniques. The clinic is open to all dance levels, gymnasts, cherr, dance, and pom teams. All participants will learn a dynamic high-energy, hip-hop jazz routine that will be performed during halftime of the Philadelphia KiXX home game on Sunday, March 1. Kick-off is 4:05 pm.
Well-Represented: The KiXX are well represented on the NISL Leaderboard, holding three of the top five scorers. Philadelphia native Pat Morris holds the top spot with 32 points, but newcomer Hewerton Moreira is hot on his heels with 31 thanks to a three-point performance versus Baltimore on January 17. Cape May Court House, NJ native Anthony Maher ranks fourth with 27 points. In addition, midfielder Ptah Myers ranks eighth with 22 points, player/coach Don D'Ambra is tied for 10th with 19 and Ricardinho ranks 12th with 18 points.
KiXX Ironman: KiXX midfielder Ptah Myers is well on his way to becoming Philadelphia's Ironman. The Columbus, OH native appeared in his 100th consecutive regular-season game versus Baltimore on January 17 and has now appeared in 106 consecutive contests including playoffs. The UMASS product has played in every game each of the last three seasons and last missed an outing when he did not participate in the team's contest versus the Milwaukee Wave on February 9, 2005. Scott Henderson holds the team's all-time mark with 147 consecutive outings.
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