FC Kansas City fighting through fatigue

05/24/2014 9:05 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

There is only one game standing between FC Kansas City and the much-needed break the Blues have been looking forward to for the last few weeks.

While that could serve as a distraction, rookie forward Frances Silva said it is having the opposite effect.

“I think everyone is tired, but focused and ready to finish out this tough stretch we’ve had,” Silva said. “Everyone is ready to go to Boston, then get a much deserved break.”

The Blues will take on the Breakers at 6 tonight at Harvard Stadium, which will end a stretch of seven games in the month of May and nine in the last 30 days which included trips to both coasts. The game will be shown at FCKansasCity.com/Live-Feed.

The Blues, 3-4-3, played host to the top-ranked and undefeated Seattle Reign FC on Wednesday night and played them to a 1-1 draw. Amy Rodriguez scored her seventh goal of the season in the match.

“It shows that we can play with anybody in the league because if that was the best team, then we were right there with them,” Silva said. “The last game was close, too, so it wasn’t just the draw. We’re a confident team, but I think it probably helps to know that we can play with those teams.”

Even though they have been battling injuries and a tricky travel schedule, the Blues have maintained an even record of 3-3-2 in the eight-game stretch and have scored at least one goal in every game.

“We create a lot of chances and if we can finish a higher percentage of them that would be nice,” forward Liz Bogus said. “Then if we tighten up on other little things, I think that will make the difference for us.”

The Breakers, 1-5-0, are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Red Stars with their only goal coming from a penalty kick by Heather O’Reilly. Boston is currently in last place in the National Women’s Soccer League and has just seven goals in its six games. Conversely, it has allowed 16 goals.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com.

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