Down But Not Out
By Rachel Gaylor
The possibility of FC Kansas City missing the playoffs for the second-straight year looked more and more likely at the end of July. The Blues hadn’t won a match since May 27 and were on a four-game losing streak. But if there’s one thing that history has taught us it’s to never count out FC Kansas City.
In 2013, Kansas City had 14 points in 11 matches before going on to earn at least a point in 10-straight, making the playoffs as the two-seed. In 2014, FCKC had only earned 12 points in 10 matches before going on a seven-game winning streak to make the playoffs as the two-seed once again, winning the championship against the Seattle Reign.
In 2015, the comeback kids once again prevailed, earning 11 points in the first 10 matches before going on to a 6-1-3 record in the final 10. They were the three-seed in the playoffs that year and went on to win their second-straight championship, beating Seattle once again.
The 2017 season has been an expected one. Losing forward Amy Rodriguez in the second-half of the season opener left a lot of “what if’s” to be asked. When the Blues went on a nine-game winless streak, it seemed like this season may have been lost, but head coach Vlatko Andonovski never wavered.
“Our team has always focused on the process. We want to win, but as long as the team is playing the brand of soccer we like to play, the wins will come.”
Something has once again clicked with this team in the month of August. The process has brought three straight wins and the Blues are now just six points out of the final playoff spot with five games left.
When it comes to Kansas City, even if they’re down, they are definitely not out.
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