UG Commission to meet tonight

The Unified Government Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in a special session on Zoom for an ARPA funding discussion and update. The public also may view the meeting from the lobby of City Hall. The meeting will be available on YouTube, UGTV, through Zoom and by phone. To join by Zoom, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/s/89866261477?pwd=VW1xeVlOZEc4R3RaK2dLNzlLM014UT09.
For more information, visit https://www.wycokck.org/Departments/Clerks-Office/Agendas-Minutes#section-2.


The Unified Government Commission also will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, for its regular meeting. The meeting will be on Zoom, on telephone, on UGTV, on YouTube and the public also may watch the meeting from the lobby of City Hall. For more information, visit https://www.wycokck.org/Departments/Clerks-Office/Agendas-Minutes#section-2.


The Board of Public Utilities has called a special session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the board room, with telephone and internet access available. The BPU board will move into executive session to discuss labor issues. To join by Zoom, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84523139724. More information is at https://www.bpu.com/About/MediaNewsReleases/BPUBoardtoConductSpecialSessionOctober28th.aspx.

Russell extends scoring streak, earns KC home playoff match

Forward Johnny Russell pushed past defender Niko Hamalainen to score his first goal in a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday evening. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The rain didn’t stop Wednesday evening and neither did Sporting Kansas City captain Johnny Russell, who scored both goals against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 2-0 win. The goals extended Russell’s club record scoring streak to 8 consecutive matches.

Reserve goalkeeper John Pulskamp, pressed into service due to Tim Melia’s one-game suspension, kept the visitors off the board with two saves on well-hit Galaxy shots.

Sporting just missed an opportunity for an early lead in the 2nd minute. A corner kick from Russell fell to Ilie Sanchez, but his shot banged off the goalpost.

Kansas City had another flurry of shots near the quarter-hour mark, along with four consecutive corner kicks, but the Galaxy defense held fast.

Pulskamp earned his first save of the match when he got a leg on a shot from Dejan Joveljic in the 30th minute.

Five minutes before the break, Russell put Kansas City on the scoreboard. Gadi Kinda passed the ball to the Scottish forward in the right corner. Russell slipped the ball past defender Niko Hamalainen to earn a clean shot that he rocketed between the goalkeeper and the near post.

At the defensive end, Pulskamp picked up his second save in the 60th minute, smothering a shot at close range, and defender Luis Martins made a sliding block to deny the Galaxy an equalizing goal in the 73rd minute.

In the 83rd minute, Russell scored again off a pass from Kinda. From the right side, he curled the ball into the upper left corner of the net to double the lead.

The win puts Kansas City back atop the MLS Western Conference standings, and it assures them of at least one home game in the MLS Cup playoffs that start Nov. 20.

Kansas City has two games on the road at Minnesota (Oct. 31) and Austin (Nov. 3) before returning home to face Real Salt Lake in the regular season finale on Nov. 7.

Johnny Russell made a sliding tackle to break up a run by LA defender Derrick Williams. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
LA defender Sega Coulibaly leaped to clear a ball in front of the LA goal. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Johnny Russell and Graham Zusi clowned around with a professional wrestling move in honor of suspended teammate Tim Melia. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Midfielder Roger Espinoza tangled with LA defender Julian Araujo along the left sideline. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
LA midfielder Rayan Raveloson tracked Ilie Sanchez, playing as a midfielder in the match. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Forward Khiry Shelton went to the ground on a run up the middle. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Midfielder Remi Walter’s shot on the LA goal was blocked. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
LA defender Derrick Williams slid in to block forward Johnny Russell. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Johnny Russell scored his second goal of the match in the 82nd minute. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

Wet and windy day ahead

Wet and windy weather is ahead today, according to the forecast. The weather will dip near freezing on Monday night. (Photo by Mary Rupert)
Wind gusts of up to 36 mph are possible today. (National Weather Service graphic)

The weather will be wet and windy today, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

A half-inch to one inch of additional rain is expected through Friday, the weather service said.

Minor river flooding is possible in the region, according to the weather service. In Wyandotte County, the Missouri and Kansas rivers were well below flooding on Thursday morning.

Winds today will gust out of the north as high as 36 mph, the weather service said.

For those who have gardens, Monday night’s temperatures could drop to a low of 33, close to freezing.

Today, there is a 90 percent chance of showers, with a high near 51, the weather service said. A north wind of 10 to 15 mph will increase to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon, and may gust as high as 36 mph. Between a half and three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible.

Tonight, there is an 80 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 46. A north wind of 18 to 20 mph will gust as high as 34 mph. Between a tenth and quarter-inch of rain is possible.

Friday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m., with a high near 55, the weather service said. A north northwest wind of 16 to 20 mph will gust as high as 36 mph.

Friday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 38 and a north northwest wind of 5 to 10 mph, gusting as high as 21 mph, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be sunny, with a high near 60 and a northwest wind of 3 to 5 mph, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be clear, with a low of 41, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be sunny, with a high near 55, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 38, according to the weather service.

Monday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m., with a high near 48, the weather service said.

Monday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers before 1 a.m., with a low of 33, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, it will be partly sunny, with a high near 48, the weather service said.

Tuesday night, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, with a low of 36, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be partly sunny, with a high near 49, the weather service said.