PREVIEW: FC KANSAS CITY HOSTS SEATTLE REIGN FC IN A 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME REMATCH

This will be the final game before the USWNT players leave for World Cup camp

FC Kansas City vs Seattle Reign FC Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 7 p.m. CT Swope Soccer Village | Kansas City, MO

Live Stream: YouTube Gameday: @BluesGameday #FCKCvSRFC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 22, 2015) – FC Kansas City (0-2-0, 0 pts) and the Seattle Reign FC (1-1-0, 3 pts) will open week three of the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) at 7:00 p.m. CT on Thursday at Swope Soccer Village. The rematch of the 2014 Championship game will be live streamed on YouTube. In-game updates will be available by following @BluesGameday on Twitter.

Tickets for FC Kansas City’s first game at their new home are available and can be purchased by calling 855-4KC-GOAL or at Swope Soccer Village box office on game day. Parking will be available for all FC Kansas City home games for $5 (cash only). Season Ticket Holders can use their VIP Card to park free of charge.

The Blues won the 2014 NWSL Championship when FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez scored two goals on two assists from midfielder Lauren Holiday as Kansas City upset Seattle with a 2-1 victory on Sunday, August 31, 2014 in front of 4,252 fans at Starfire Stadium.

The match will feature six players who were selected by head coach Jill Ellis to represent the U.S.A. in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer. Amy Rodriguez, Heather O’Reilly, Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe will play their last game for their club before leaving to USWNT camp.

In addition, the game will see last year’s top goal scorers Amy Rodriguez and Kim Little, 2013 and 2014 MVP’s Lauren Holiday and Little and season one and two Coach of the Year winners Vlatko Andonovski and Laura Harvey. Also, according to the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), FC Kansas City and Seattle Reign FC are ranked #3 and #5 World’s Best Women’s Club.

Both teams are coming from losses on the road after the Blues fell 3-1 at the Maryland Soccerplex t o the Washington Spirit despite O’Reilly’s early goal, while the Reign lost 3-2 with a stoppage time tally from Chicago Red Stars’ Christen Press on Saturday.

In regular season meetings all-time, FC Kansas City holds the advantage with a 4-1-2 record. In 2013, the Blues defeated the Reign in all four match-ups, shutting Seattle out in each match. In 2014, the runner-ups won their first match against Kansas City at home on May 14. Both teams would tie twice more last season before meeting in the NWSL Championship game.

In their home opener, Rapinoe scored her first-ever NWSL career hat trick against the WNY Flash, which earned her Week 1 Player of the Week honors. On the other side, the Blues’ only goal of the season came last Saturday when O’Reilly chipped a ball from Holiday in the sixth minute against the Spirit.

Following this match, Andonovski’s team will hit the road when they visit the Houston Dash and the Western NY Flash before coming back home on Thursday, May 14.