After a rough start with a tie and two losses, FC Kansas City has jumped into third place in the National Women’s Soccer League.
FC Kansas City will take that momentum into Seattle, where it faces the undefeated Reign FC at 9 tonight. The Blues, 3-3-1, have won three of their last four, including a 2-1 victory over the Washington Spirit on Sunday. Their lone loss in that span came against the Western New York Flash when U.S. national-team members Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn and Lauren Holiday were away.
“In this game, we didn’t create as many opportunities as the last games but it seems like we’ve started scoring on those little opportunities, and that will be important going deeper into the season,” FCKC coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “We are also very disciplined and organized in the back, so once we get a lead and get toward the end of the game we don’t give up any easy opportunities.”
The Blues won all four games against the Reign last season, but since then Seattle has added U.S. national-team members Kim Little and Sydney Leroux.
“We are going to have to play smart,” Rodriguez said. “They have a lot of confidence — hopefully too much confidence — and maybe we can come in and surprise them.”
The Reign, 6-0, was certainly tested last match, escaping with a 1-0 victory against the second-place Portland Thorns FC. Little scored the winning goal in the 90th minute. and Hope Solo got her league-leading fourth shutout. Little, who was the NWSL Player of the Month in April, ranks second in the league in scoring behind Rodriguez.
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FC Kansas City at Seattle FC
• WHEN/WHERE: 9 tonight in Seattle
• WEBCAST: FCKansasCity.com/Live-Feed
• RODRIGUEZ RECEIVES AWARD: FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez was voted National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Week. Rodriguez, who leads the NWSL in scoring, scored both goals in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Washington.