FC Kansas City Shutout on the Road

Portland, OR (June 28, 2017) – FC Kansas City dropped the final game of their Pacific Northwest road trip to the Portland Thorns on Wednesday night. Canadian national Christine Sinclair scored a brace to lead the Thorns in a 3-0 shutout of Kansas City in front of 16,199 fans at Portland’s Providence Park.

Full Stats - Portland Thorns vs FC Kansas City
After playing in Seattle last Saturday, the team opted to travel straight to Portland rather than return to Kansas City between games. The short week still seemed to work against the team however as they allowed the most goals in a game this season.
Sinclair started Portland’s scoring early by capitalizing on an unlucky bounce. Portland’s Allie Long received a cross early in the game and immediately turned towards goal. Her shot was initially saved by Barnhart and bounced off the right goalpost, then went right to the wide-open Sinclair who found the back of the net.

Only fifteen minutes later, Portland again began to pressure the Kansas City defense. Hayley Raso found some space on the right side of the field and sent a ball into the box that bent towards the goal, catching Barnhart off her line and falling in for the score.

Kansas City had their chances. In the first half, Yael Averbuch sent a curling cross towards goal where Shea Groom was able to direct it towards the goal. Unfortunately, Portland’s Adrianna Franch read the play and was just able to deflect the ball from danger.

In the second half, Christina Gibbons found the head of Sydney Leroux to seemingly draw the Blues within one of the Thorns. However, Leroux was called offside on the play and the game remained scoreless.
Portland also had a goal called back when Sinclair was called for a handball before scoring what she thought would be goal number two on the night. Upset at the call, the Thorns captain scored one that counted from eighteen yards out only four minutes later to put the cap on FC Kansas City’s night.
FC Kansas City falls to 3-4-4 on the season and heads home where they will host the Houston Dash on Sunday, July 2nd at 7:00 p.m. CT. Tickets for the game are available to purchase here.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Portland Thorns vs FC Kansas City
Date: June 28, 2017
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, OR
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT
Attendance: 16,199
Weather: 88, Sunny
52’ POR: Long (Yellow Card - Reckless tackle)
54’ FCKC: Newfield (Yellow Card - Foul)
66’ POR: Raso (Yellow Card - Foul)
71’ POR: Sinclair (Yellow Card - Dissent)
83’ FCKC Ratcliffe (Yellow Card - Foul)
90'+2 FCKC Kelly (Yellow Card - Foul)
POR: Sinclair 15’
POR: Raso (Horan) 32’
POR: Sinclair (Raso) 75’

Scoring Summary

Goals                                         1           2          F

Portland Thorns (5-3-3)              2           1          3

FC Kansas City (3-4-4)              0           0          0

Portland Thorns: Franch, Klingenberg, Menges, Sonnett, Brynjarsdóttir (Boureille 67’), Long, Henry (Cox 79’), Shim (Sykes 62’), Horan, Raso, Sinclair
Substitutes Not Used: Johnson, Eckerstrom
FC Kansas City: Barnhart, Gibbons, Averbuch, Sauerbrunn©, Taylor, Scott, LaBonta, Tymrak (Ratcliffe 65’), Newfield (Kelly 65’), Groom (Bowen 78’), Leroux
Substitutes Not Used: Moros, Flynn, Parkhill

FC Kansas City returns home to play on July 2nd for Military Appreciation Night. Tickets are available to purchase here.

Game NotesBryn Raschke