Lee’s Summit native Mandy Laddish has so many friends and family wanting to come and watch her play for FC Kansas City that she had to start asking her teammates for extra tickets.
The effort paid off last Saturday when she subbed in for Lauren Holiday and made her National Women’s Soccer League Debut. She went into FC Kansas City’s 2-0 victory against the Boston Breakers in the 87th minute.
"Coming in during the last five minutes is never easy, but it was definitely good to get the jitters out and get back into the game," Laddish said. "I am really honored to be a part of this team."
Laddish will have another chance Saturday when the Blues take on the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium at 8 p.m. It will be the third matchup between the two teams this season with FC Kansas City winning the first 4-0 and drawing 2-2 in the second.
Laddish, who was the 20th overall selection in the NWSL draft, graduated from Notre Dame where she won a national championship her freshman season. She stayed to complete the season which meant she joined the team late but said she feels like she is catching up quickly.
"It’s nerve-wracking for me because everyone here is so unbelievably good at soccer," Laddish said. "You can’t get any self-doubt because you are just going to get eaten alive out there. It is an adjustment period, but I feel like I am adjusting."
Going into tonight’s game, the Blues are riding a streak of three consecutive shutouts and are undefeated in their last five games with three straight wins. This game could be tricky though since they will be missing Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn, Amy Rodriguez and Nicole Barnhart who were called up to the U.S. Women’s National Team.
FC Kansas City at Houston
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
BROADCAST: Streamed online at fckansascity.com/live-feed/