FC Kansas City, which wrapped up home-field advantage in the semifinal round of the National Women’s Soccer League on Wednesday, will play host to the No. 3 seed at noon on Aug. 23 at UMKC’s Durwood Stadium. The game will be shown on ESPN2.
With one game left in the regular season, FC Kansas City has cemented its hold on second place in the NWSL standings with a 12-6-5 record. The Blues trail Seattle Reign FC which has lost just once this season and has a 16-1-5 record.
Seattle will be host to the No. 4 seed on Aug. 24 at 10 p.m. and the game also will be shown on ESPN2. The championship will be played on Aug. 31.
Although it may be tempting to turn their sights toward the playoffs, the Blues still have to face the Chicago Red Stars Saturday to wrap up the regular season. The game will start at 7 p.m. at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., and will be streamed at FCKansasCity.com/Live-Feed.
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The Blues sealed home-field advantage with a rain-shortened 2-1 victory against the Boston Breakers on Wednesday. The victory also capped an undefeated 8-0-4 regular season record at home.
“We definitely weren’t happy with only playing one half, but the bottom line is that in those 45 minutes we were up 2-1, so it’s not like someone gave us the game,” Blues coach Vlatko Andonovski said.
The Blues took an early lead with a goal from Amy Rodriguez in the eighth minute. After the equalizer was scored on a penalty kick, Rodriguez connected with Sarah Hagen, putting the Blues back on top in the 26th minute.
Chicago, on the other hand, is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Washington Spirit. The Red Stars are facing elimination if they lose or draw against the Blues while Seattle and Washington win.
The battle for the final two spots has narrowed to five teams. The Washington Spirit has a one-point edge against the Portland Thorns FC for third place, and the Chicago Red Stars are five points back. The Western New York Flash trail Chicago by one point, and Sky Blue FC is five points behind them.