The international soccer schedule deprived FC Kansas City of more than half of its starting lineup Thursday in Chicago. An injury sidelined another player.
Playing without seven starters, FC Kansas City still managed a 2-0 victory on the road Thursday. The Blues, 5-3-1, got the first goals of the season from Casey Loyd and Courtney Jones and finished off a three-game road trip with two wins.
They played without all six of their U.S. and Canada national team players, and Renae Cuellar missed her second straight game because of a left MCL sprain.
"With all the respect to the national team players, six players do not make up a team," FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. "Every player on the field is a part of the team. They should all be ready, and they were."
The backups filled in admirably, notably Melissa Henderson and Jones, a speedy pair who shared striking duties atop a revamped formation.
Henderson generated the first goal when she was fouled in the goalie box, and Loyd buried the resulting penalty kick in the 27th minute.
In her first start of the season, FC Kansas City goalkeeper Bianca Henninger faced furious action to open the second half. But the Blues turned that into a counterattack score from Jones, who beat goalie Taylor Vancil with a top-shelf shot.
"We gave players an opportunity to show us what they can," Andonovski said. "We like what we saw."
The two teams will meet again at 3:10 p.m. Sunday at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium.