In the first of three meetings with the rival Portland Thorns FC, FC Kansas City once again found itself struggling for a victory.
FC Kansas City erased an early deficit but allowed two late goals before falling 3-1 on Saturday night at Providence Park in Portland, Ore. The Blues, who are still looking for their first victory this season after a draw with Sky Blue FC and a loss to the Washington Spirit, dropped to 0-2-1.
“Just a couple of defensive breakdowns toward the end and we got punished,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “We played a very good team and we played them very well. I am a little disappointed in the result, but not in the way we played. Hopefully we will turn some of those chances into goals.”
Allie Long put Portland on the board in the 44th minute when she buried a penalty kick in the left corner. Lauren Holiday scored the equalizer for FC Kansas City in the 56th minute with a penalty kick of her own. It was her first goal of the season.
Jessica McDonald broke the tie with a goal in the 84th minute for Portland and then tacked on another in the 88th minute that sealed the victory.
“There was a mental breakdown in the 84th minute, and then on the second one we were trying to get numbers up and she took advantage of that,” Andonovski said.