As FC Kansas City and the North Carolina Courage battled through a scoreless first half on Saturday night, a thunderstorm rolled into the Kansas City area, darkening the sky and cooling off the oppressive game-time heat index of 107 degrees.
Then lightning approached Swope Soccer Village just before 9 p.m., and referees halted play with 38:50 on the clock and the score tied 0-0. The match was postponed to a date to be determined.
The game had originally been scheduled to start at 3 p.m, but was pushed back to 7 p.m. then back another hour due to excessive heat.
For the game to be postponed, the National Women’s Soccer League and the teams would have to work out logistics on when it could be completed. North Carolina was scheduled to depart Kansas City Sunday morning, so it seemed unlikely the league could work out a solution to restart the game the next day.
Saturday’s match is the last scheduled meeting between the teams during the regular season.
FC Kansas City (3-7-4) entered the game seeking its first win since beating the Washington Spirit on May 27. The Blues have gone 0-2-5 in that span and lost four matches in a row.
They have dropped to ninth place in the standings with 13 points, but a win against second-place North Carolina (9-5-0) could bump them up a spot.
FCKC last saw a weather delay at Swope in 2015, when a severe thunderstorm forced the start of a game against the Chicago Red Stars back 111 minutes.