With an eight-hour cross-country flight and a litany of injuries, FC Kansas City marched into Seattle to take on the top-ranked and undefeated Reign.
The Blues overcame a two-goal deficit, but fell 3-2 on Wednesday night at Memorial Stadium. With the loss, FC Kansas City dropped to 3-4-1 while Seattle improved to 7-0-0.
“We played very well and I think we were the better team tonight,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “There were a couple mistakes and little things that made a big difference, and I would point to fatigue that tripped us up at the end of the game.”
In the 16th minute, Kendall Fletcher put the Reign on the board, and a few moments later FC Kansas City was called for a handball. That set up Kim Little, the NWSL Player of the Month, for a penalty kick that she converted it to give Seattle a 2-0 lead.
Just before the half, FC Kansas City’s Lauren Holiday was able to cut the lead with a penalty kick of her own after Amy Rodriguez was fouled in the box.
FCKC’s Erika Tymrak, who missed the previous game with lower back pain and was cleared on Tuesday, subbed into the game in the 57th minute and scored the equalizer a few minutes later, but Seattle bounced back with a goal by Keelin Winters in the 76th minute.