A closer look at the matchups in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game. FC Kansas City will travel to Seattle to take on Reign FC at 2 p.m. on Sunday and the game will be shown on ESPN2.
FC Kansas City will need another strong performance from the defense to defeat Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League championship. The back line, which is led by two-time NWSL Defender of the Year Becky Sauerbrunn, had a league-best nine shutouts this season.
Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez were named to the National Women’s Soccer League’s Best XI. It was the second consecutive selection for Sauerbrunn and Holiday. Those three and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart were also called to the U.S. women’s national team.
Although he took an unusual path to get here Macedonian-born coach Vlatko Andonovski has become one of Kansas City’s most successful soccer ambassadors. He led the Missouri Comets to a title in March and has the chance to win another with FC Kasnas City this Sunday.
As FC Kansas City prepares for a semifinal matchup with Portland Thorns FC, the Blues still feel the sting of last year’s 3-2 overtime loss. The game will kick off at noon on Saturday at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium.
After taking a couple days to relax and recuperate, FC Kansas City returned to two-a-days on Thursday to prepare for the upcoming National Women’s Soccer League playoffs. The Blues will host a semifinals match at noon on Aug. 23 at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium.
FC Kansas City will be host to a National Women’s Soccer League semifinal playoff match at noon on Aug. 23 at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium. The Blues will face the No. 3 seed, which has yet to be determined.
Since moving to the soccer-only facility from Shawnee Mission North District Activity Complex, the Blues have a 7-0-4 home record. They will try to finish the season undefeated when they host the Boston Breakers in their final home match of the season Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Although a victory against top-ranked Seattle Reign FC would have been more rewarding, FC Kansas City settled for a draw that punched its ticket to the National Women’s Soccer League Playoffs for the second straight season.
Rodriguez scored her third goal of the season series and led FC Kansas City to a 2-1 victory against Sky Blue FC on Sunday night at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium. She is tied atop the National Women’s Soccer League with 11 goals this season.