RECAP: FC Kansas City falls to Chicago Red Stars in final game before Olympics
CHICAGO (July 30, 2016) – Despite another strong defensive performance, two-time National Women’s Soccer League champion FC Kansas City could not pick up another victory before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Blues fell 1-0 to the Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park and now enter a four-week break as four teammates compete in Brazil.
This was the second matchup between the Blues and the Red Stars this season with the first ending in a 0-0 draw on May 13.
The Blues continued that shutout streak until the 54th minute when Chicago’s Stephanie McCaffrey found the back of the net. Nicole Barnhart saved back-to-back shots from Sophia Huerta before McCaffrey collected the rebound and threaded it through three Blues defenders.
Barnhart finished with four saves on nine shots and the team defended nine corner kicks.
FC Kansas City is now 4-7-4 with 16 points and five games left in the regular season. The Chicago Red Stars are 7-4-4 with 25 points.
The Blues and Red Stars will meet two more times this season with a game in Chicago on Sept. 7 and one in Kansas City on Sept. 11.
FC Kansas City was playing without Olympians Becky Sauerbrunn, Heather O’Reilly, Desiree Scott and Katie Bowen. Sauerbrunn and O’Reilly are playing for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team. Scott will suit up for Canada and Bowen will represent New Zealand.
The Blues will return from the Olympic break to host the Boston Breakers at 5 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Swope Soccer Village.
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NWSL Match Report
Matchup: Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City
Date: July 30, 2016
Venue: Toyota Park
1 2 F
CHI 0 1 1
KC 0 0 0
1 CHI McCaffrey 54th
CHI: Dalton; Short, Naugton, Johnson, Gilliland, DiBernardo, Comeau (Raetzman 90’), Colaprico, Walls, McCaffrey (Hoy 75’), Huerta (Mautz 67’).
Subs not used: Smallidge; Gorden, Luba.
Coach: Rory Dames
KC: Barnhart; Taylor, Reed, Tymrak, Menchel (Weimer 85’), Laddish, Averbuch, Silva, McCarty (Kastor 70’), LaBonta, Groom.
Subs not used: Parkhill; Newfield.
Coach: Vlatko Andonovski
Team Stats (CHI/KC)
REFEREE: Andrew Musashe
ASSISTANT REFEREE 1: Artyom Arustamyan
ASSISTANT REFEREE 2: Becky Pagan
4TH OFFICIAL: Edgar Osorio
REFEREE ASSESSOR: JP Spicer