PREVIEW: FC KANSAS CITY RETURNS TO THE WEST COAST TO VISIT THE SEATTLE REIGN FC
The Blues and the Reign will meet for the second time in 2015
FC Kansas City at Seattle Reign FC
Saturday June 27, 2015 - 9:30 p.m. CT
Moda Pitch Stadium - Seattle, Washington
Live Stream: YouTube
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (June 26, 2015) – For the second time in seven days, FC Kansas City will head to the west coast as the Blues visit the Seattle Reign FC at Moda Pitch Stadium on Saturday night. The match will kick off at 9:30 p.m. CT and will be streamed live on YouTube. In-game updates can be followed via Twitter on @BluesGameday.
This will be the second meeting of the year between both teams. USWNT forward Amy Rodriguez scored the lone goal at Swope Soccer Village on Week 3 to give the Blues a 1-0 victory over Seattle on April 23, 2015.
Overall, Kansas City and Seattle have squared off a total of nine times. The Blues lead the All-time regular season series 5-1-2. In addition, Coach Vlatko Andonovski’s team won the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship at Starfire Stadium 2-1 on August 31, 2014 with two goals from Rodriguez.
Last Friday night, the Blues were seconds away from earning an important road victory at Providence Park. However, Portland Thorns’ goalkeeper Michelle Betos equalized with a diving header from a corner kick in the 94th minute to seal a 1-1 draw. On the other hand, the Reign traveled to the east coast and scored three times to defeat the Boston Breakers 3-2 at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Both sides will be without multiple key players. Seattle and Kansas City sent a total of seven players to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Seattle’s goalkeeper Hope Solo and forward Megan Rapinoe along with Kansas City’s Amy Rodriguez, Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday and Heather O’Reilly will be in action tonight as the USA look to secure a spot in the quarterfinals when they face China PR. Also, Blues midfielder Katrina Gorry and Australia will face Japan tomorrow in Canada.
Coach Laura Harvey’s team is second in the league standings with an overall record of 4-2-2 and 14 points. The Blues are sixth with 11 points and a 3-4-2 record.
Next up, FC Kansas City will play host to the Washington Spirit on Friday, July 3 at Swope Soccer Village.