Sporting Kansas City utterly dismantled the visiting Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 on Sunday at a hot, humid Children’s Mercy Park. Dom Dwyer scored two goals and Jacob Peterson added the third. The payoff: Sporting KC climbed three spots in the Western Conference and moved back into playoff positioning.
A day after Children’s Mercy Park hosted the funeral service for Kansas City, Kan., police Capt. Robert David Melton, who was shot and killed Tuesday in the line of duty, a moment of silence honored him before Sporting KC played the Seattle Sounders FC. Sporting players also wore jerseys with the image of a KCK police badge with a black-and-blue band on it.
Honduras expressed interest in Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza joining its national team for the Olympics in Rio de Janiero. But days before the roster announcement, Espinoza has not received a call.
The U.S. Women’s National Team beat Costa Rica 4-0 in its final pre-Olympic match, played in KCK. FC Kansas City’s Becky Sauerbrunn assisted on the U.S.’s third goal. 18-year-old Mallory Pugh had the play of the night after dribbling half the field and faking out her defender.
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The USWNT will play Costa Rica in Friday’s friendly at Children’s Mercy Park, set for an 8 p.m. kickoff. After winning the World Cup last summer, the U.S. is unbeaten in 2016. In August, the team will attempt to be the first team in history to win the Women’s World Cup and Olympics in back-to-back years.
Sporting KC will play home matches each of the next two Sunday afternoons. The club is practicing in the heat to better acclimate to it. Coach Peter Vermes says he complained to the league about the start times.
Besler was named to the 26-player MLS All-Star gameday roster Sunday, a presumptive decision after he was part of the fan vote unveiled earlier this month. It's the fifth selection of Matt Besler's career. The MLS All-Stars face Arsenal FC in San Jose on July 28.
It was the stuff of a goalkeeper’s nightmares. The Washington Spirit sent shot after shot at FC Kansas City goalie Nicole Barnhart in the 58th minute, firing four from point-blank range before Joanna Lohman’s goal gave her team a 2-0 lead that would prove insurmountable for the Blues. With its 3-2 loss to Washington on Saturday at Swope Soccer Village, FCKC falls to 3-6-4.
Last week, FCKC gave Portland Thorns FC its first loss of the season, 2-0. The Blues have struggled offensively this year, but are riding momentum from last week’s scoring. They’ll take on Washington at Swope Soccer Village at 6 p.m. Saturday.
FC Kansas City takes down Western New York Flash 1-0 on the road. The Blues maintained a shutout despite the Flash setting franchise records in shots and shots on goal in a game. Shea Groom’s goal in the 60th minute provided the difference.
Many National Women’s Soccer League players subsist on salaries as low as $7,200 for a seven-month season. FC Kansas City’s Becky Sauerbrunn is leading the charge for equal pay at the national team level. But even if the national team can gain pay equality, many in the NWSL will still struggle to pay bills.