Lauren Holiday set to return in FC Kansas City’s match against the Western New York Flash

07/17/2014 5:28 PM

07/17/2014 5:28 PM

After a brief hospitalization which kept her away from her FC Kansas City teammates for a few days and forced her to miss the trip to Portland, Lauren Holiday is back and ready for action.

Holiday was hospitalized shortly after the Blues’ game against Sky Blue FC two weeks ago and stayed in the hospital through her one-year wedding anniversary with food poisoning. She started training again earlier this week and is available for tonight’s match against the Western New York Flash at 6:30 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester. The game will be shown on www.fckansascity.com/live-feed.

“Coming back from illness will definitely have an impact on her, but she is one of the best players in the world,” FC Kansas City coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “Even if she is not at 100 percent, I would take Lauren over any other midfielder in the league. We are glad to have her back.”

Holiday, who ranks second on the team with seven goals and is tied for the lead with four assists, will try to help provide a boost for the Blues, who are coming off a 7-1 loss to Portland Thorns FC, which ended a seven-game winning streak.

The loss was the first in nearly two months for the Blues, and it also ended a streak of six consecutive shutouts by goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart who leads the National Women’s Soccer League with eight on the season.

“Having one off game doesn’t mean everything goes downhill from here,” Andonovski said. “We are a good team and are looking forward to the next game.”

This will be the third and final regular-season meeting between FC Kansas City and the Western New York Flash with each team winning one game at home. The Flash, who are still playing without two-time gold medalist Abby Wambach, suffered another big blow earlier this week when they lost goalkeeper Lydia Williams to a torn ACL. She is the second Western New York goalkeeper who has sustained the injury this season.

With just six games left, FC Kansas City sits in second place in the NWSL trailing Seattle Reign FC by nine points. The Blues are 10-5-3.

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

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