FC Kansas Ctiy Returns Home for Final Game of Three Game Series with the Thorns

Photo by Thad Bell courtesy of ISI Photos

Brittany Taylor to be honored in special pre-game ceremony

KANSAS CITY (August 15, 2017) – FC Kansas City returns home to Swope Soccer Village to face the Portland Thorns on Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m. CT. Including playoffs, Kansas City has played Portland more than any other team in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), with the series even at six wins, six losses and three draws between them. Although the Blues lost their last game against the Thorns, they own the advantage (3W-3D) in the six games prior to that.

This will be the third match in seven days for Kansas City. Most recently, the team traveled to Houston where they earned a 1-0 win over the Dash. Kansas City dominated on the stats sheet for much of the game, outshooting the Dash 18-10.

In the 83rd minute, captain Becky Sauerbrunn found an open lane down the left side of the field and carried the ball to a point where she could loft a cross to the middle of the box. Forward Shea Groom lept over her defender to head the game-winning goal into the net. Houston tried to mount a comeback, but the FCKC defense stood tall in the final minutes to preserve the win.

Portland is set to play their second straight road match, after defeating the Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park last week. The Thorns’ Hayley Raso and Christine Sinclair put Portland up 2-0 in the first ten minutes of the match, but Chicago’s Christen Press and Sofia Huerta evened the score just before the first half ended. Emily Sonnett decided the game with her goal in the 55th minute.

Kansas City’s Brittany Taylor will be honored in a special pregame ceremony to recognize her 100 NWSL regular season games. Including last week’s match against the Houston Dash, she has started all 100 games she has played in the NWSL, with the last 37 of them coming in an FC Kansas City uniform. She is the league’s all-time leader in minutes played with 9,000 minutes of action.

FC Kansas City will look to continue their winning ways against the Portland Thorns on Wednesday, with a scheduled start time of 7:00 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available to purchase here. The game is WIN for KC Night and the team will be honoring WIN for KC leadership at halftime. The game will also be shown live at go90.com and on the go90 app available for iOS and Android platforms.