FC Kansas City midfielder Jen Buczkowski is the most recent NWSL player to announce her retirement.
When NWSL fans hear the name “Jen Buczkowski,” one word comes to mind: legend.
Jen Buczkoswki, midfielder for FC Kansas City, announced her retirement Friday. Her last game will be May 13th, when FC Kansas City host the Chicago Red Stars.
What make Buczkowski a legend? She is the only player to start in every regular season match in league history. In fact, she has played 6,181 minutes out of the possible 6,300 minutes of the NWSL action for FCKC. Buczkowski has been a fixture and a leader for FCKC, especially when USWNT players have been away.
Coach Vlakto Andonovski said,”When you go to the finals almost every year and win as many Championships as you have, it has to have something to do with Bucz. Her stats speak for themselves.” Buczkowski has played in six league championship games between the WPS, WPSL Elite and NWSL. Additionally, she played in 103 games at Notre Dame, setting a school and NCAA record.
Buczwoski makes up the foundation of the team. She said, “I’m maybe not the flashiest player, but it’s just my job to win the ball and play it off to the next person.” She attributes her success to “knowing [her] role, embracing that, and working hard every game.”
Buczkowski, who has been with FC Kansas City since their founding, has embraced Kansas City. Besides playing for FCKC, she has coached girls teams throughout the city and plans on staying involved with the KC Legends Soccer Club. She said “Kansas City became a second home. I’ve played in New Jersey and Philadelphia. Usually in the off-season I just go home, but these times I’ve stayed and starting coaching. I just really love the community and all the girls here.” She will not only stay in KC to coach, but starting on June 1, she will start physical therapy school at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Come out and support Jen Buczkowski at her final game on May 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Swope Soccer Village.