FC Kansas City will again be without its two best players for part of the summer. The U.S. Women’s National Team called up midfielder Heather O’Reilly and center back Becky Sauerbrunn for its latest training camp ahead of a July 9 friendly against South Africa.
Sauerbrunn, O’Reilly and the rest of their USWNT teammates will then come to Kansas City for a friendly against Costa Rica on July 22 at Children’s Mercy Park, the team’s last match before heading to Brazil for the summer Olympics starting on Aug. 3.
This is the second time this season that Sauerbrunn and O’Reilly will miss part of the National Women’s Soccer League season with FCKC after they went to Japan for two friendlies in early June. Both will play their final game for FCKC against Seattle on Saturday before heading to training camp next weekend.
O’Reilly has 229 appearances and 46 goals with the national team, while Sauerbrunn has 107 appearances. Both played crucial roles on the U.S. squad that won the World Cup last summer, and they’ll try to follow that up with the U.S.’s fifth Olympic gold medal.
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For FCKC, a scheduling break will minimize the time it has to play without Sauerbrunn and O’Reilly. The NWSL won’t have any games from August 1-17 while several of the league’s best are in Brazil.
FCKC is 2-4-3 on the season and is on a three-game unbeaten streak.