FC KANSAS CITY TO FACE SEATTLE FOR NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP

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Updated: August 29, 2014
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NWSL’s Top Two Teams Meet Sunday in the Emerald City 

PRARIE VILLAGE, Kan. (August 28, 2014) - FC Kansas City travels to Seattle to take on the NWSL playoff’s number one seed, Seattle Reign for the 2014 Championship game on Sunday, August 31st.  The title match will take place at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN2.

The Blues advanced to the NWSL Championship game by exacting revenge on the team that ousted them in last year’s semi-final round and last year’s NWSL Champions, the Portland Thorns, by a score of 2-0.  After a scoreless first half, FC Kansas City broke the stalemate in the 63rd minute when Blues midfielder Lauren Holiday found a streaking Amy Rodriguez on the left side who craftily went around Portland keeper Nadine Angerer for the goal. The Blues extended their lead in the 87th minute when Holiday got behind the Thorns defense and sent Sarah Hagan’s pass into the back of the net.

The Blues advance to face the NWSL’s top team, the Seattle Reign for the Championship. It will be the fourth meeting this season between the two teams. The Reign defeated the Blues 3-2 at home on May 14th, then played to 1-1 draws in Kansas City on May 21st and again on August 2nd.

Seattle Reign FC advances to the Championship Game by defeating the Washington Spirit 2-1 at Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium. After falling behind 1-0 in the 65th minute, the Reign’s Kim Little scored the equalizer in the 78th minute on a penalty kick after a handball was called in the box. The game-winner came in the 82nd minute when Seattle forward Megan Rapinoe sent a shot to the upper corner of the goal for the game-winning tally

Sunday, the league’s two top teams will be going head-to-head with star power all over the field. The NWSL’s top two leading scorers (Seattle’s Kim Little – 16 goals, and Kansas City’s Amy Rodriguez – 13 goals) will be squaring off in front of a national TV audience as ESPN2 will be showcasing the game live. The game will also pit the last two NWSL Coaches of the Year against one another as this year’s recipient, Seattle’s Laura Harvey will try to best last year’s winner, Kansas City’s Vlatko Andonovski.

The Blues look to become the third Kansas City professional soccer team to win a championship in the past year. Last December, Sporting Kansas City won the MLS title, and in March, the Missouri (KC) Comets became champions of the Major Indoor Soccer League. A win Sunday would give FC Kansas City their first championship in their brief two year history and complete the KC soccer title trifecta.

FC Kansas City is a Women’s Professional Soccer Team competing in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The “Blues” began play in front of nearly 7,000 fans on April 13th, 2013, the first game in NWSL history. For more information or media inquiries please email Huw Williams at hwilliams@kcprosoccer.com or Scott Levinson at slevinson@kcprosoccer.com