Photo: William Jewell College's Manny Tovar in action with the Kansas City Wizards in an exhibition game on April 3, 2010 (photo by Thad Bell at http://www.tpbphoto.com/ ).
William Jewell College senior midfielder Manny Tovar played the final 30 minutes of the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) win over the University of Evansville at the Anheuser Busch Conference and Sports Center in Fenton, Missouri on April 3, 2010. Manny entered the game with the score 2-0 in the 60th minute substituting for Wizards midfielder Graham Zusi. Manny recorded one shot and was issued a yellow card for a hard tackle. He played center mid and contributed to the Wizards extending their lead by three more goals and winning by the final score of 5-0.
Manny was a four year starter for the WJC Cardinals, earning 1st Team All Conference midfielder as a senior in 2009.
Manny becomes the 6th William Jewell College player to be drafted or play for a professional soccer team in the past five years. List below:
Manny Tovar: Played with Kansas City Wizards (MLS) in exhibition match in 2010.
Austin Williams: Played with Kansas City Wizards (MLS) in exhibition matches in 2009.
Josh Howard: Played with Kansas City Wizards (MLS) in official reserve league matches and exhibition matches in 2008. Also played with Soderhamns FF of the Swedish 2nd Division in 2009.
Kevin Nekuda: Drafted in the 2nd round by the Orlando Sharks (MISL) in the 2008 MISL College Draft. Kevin also played an exhibtion match for the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) in 2008.
Allan Nekuda: Drafted in the 2nd round by Detroit Ignition (MISL) in the 2007 MISL College Draft. Also travelled and played with the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) during their preseason trip to Argentine and played in official MLS reserve games and exhibition games in 2007 and 2008.
Blake Ryan: Drafted in the 5th round by the Kansas City Comets (MISL) in the 2005 MISL College Draft. Also drafted by the Milwaukee Wave (MISL) in the 2005 MISL Dispersal Draft. Played with the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) and Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) in official reserve league games in 2006.