This again, huh?
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
For the second straight road game, FC Kansas City coughed up a late lead, turning a would-be victory Wednesday in the nations capital into a disappointing draw.
The latest comeback came courtesy of last-place Washington when Diana Matheson rifled a penalty kick into the back of the net in the 86th minute, giving the game its 1-1 final.
Matheson broke the teams 547-minute scoreless streak on a penalty kick FC Kansas City argued should never have been awarded.
The referees took it away from us, FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a phone interview. Theres only so much we can do. We can play against the other team. We cant compete against the referees.
It was unclear whether center back Becky Sauerbrunn or right back Leigh Ann Robinson was whistled for the foul that led to the penalty kick, but Andonovskis strongest disagreement was the location of the infraction.
I dont know if it was a foul or not, but it wasnt in the box, Andonovski said. I dont think the referee was in a good position.
The Blues, 7-4-3, still managed to extend their unbeaten streak to four games. Erika Tymrak netted her fourth goal of the season in the 55th minute.
FC Kansas City played without leading scorer Lauren Cheney, who is in California for her wedding. Earlier Wednesday, Cheney was named the National Womens Soccer League player of the month for June, during which she scored six goals. She will also miss Sundays match when the team returns home to face Western New York.