FC Kansas City Falls to Seattle Reign

FC Kansas City remains winless on the season in a 1-0 loss to Seattle Reign.

FC Kansas City played their first away game of the season today against rivals Seattle Reign. It was a rematch of the 2015 NWSL championship game. In similar fashion to the start of the 2015 season, the 2016 season is a slow start for the reigning NWSL champions as they rebuild their team from the loss of key players from last season.

FCKC lacked a striking presence in today’s match, thanks to a red card suspension for forward Shea Groom from last week’s game against the Portland Thorns. Both Seattle and Kansas City play possession soccer, which means that today’s game was a slow but strategic game. The best shot of the game for FCKC came from midfielder Yael Averbuch on a long ball that almost bounced over Hope Solo into the goal. If it wasn’t for a fast acting Hope knocking the ball over the crossbar the results of today’s game could have been different.

FC Kansas City still seems to be finding themselves this season, which is only to be expected after the loss of most of the defensive line, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez. There’s a lot of talent on the team, they just need to get their footing and they should go far.

Alex Arlitt, who was drafted by the Blues during the 2016 college draft, got to see her first playing time of the season after an injury took her out of preseason. Alex has the potential to bring some stability to the back line after she is fully recovered.

Overall, the Blues looked solid but because they didn’t have a definitive striking presence it made it difficult for them to have chances to score. It will be good for Shea to be back next week, as she is a creative player and she gives the team the extra oomph that they need to get goals.

FCKC has a tough road ahead as they look for a third straight championship. Stay tuned to Reporting KC as the season continues to see how the team fairs as they look for their first win of the season. The next game will be at home against Houston Dash on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30PM.