FC Kansas City Set to Make Debut on Lifetime's NWSL Game of the Week
Blues Hit the Road for Match Against North Carolina
KANSAS CITY (June 2, 2017) – FC Kansas City travels to North Carolina to take on the Courage in their first meeting since relocating and rebranding from the Western New York Flash in the offseason.
FC Kansas City looks to continue their four-game unbeaten streak as they travel to play the North Carolina Courage this weekend. FC Kansas City (3-2-2, 11pts) are currently sitting in sixth this season while the Courage are at the top of the table with 15 pts and are 5-3-0.
The Blues are coming off a 3-2 win against the Washington Spirit while the Courage are trying to bounce back after their third loss in four matches as they fell 3-2 in Chicago.
The Courage come in with a dynamic forward duo of National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) all-time leading goal scorer Jessica McDonald and 2016 NWSL MVP and Golden-Boot winner Lynn Williams who help the Courage lead the league in shots with 104 and second in goals with 12.
Kansas City represents one of the most solid defensive cores of Nicole Barnhart, Becky Sauerbrunn and Yael Averbuch with rookie/veteran wings Christina Gibbons and Brittany Taylor. Barnhart and the back four have only allowed five goals in seven games played on the season. Gibbons, coming off an ankle injury, did not start against Washington, but came in as a second-half substitute playing 14 minutes.
Forward Sydney Leroux notched two goals against the Spirit giving her a team-leading three goals on the season and ending her five-game scoring drought while both Alexa Newfield and Brittany Ratcliffe added assists. Forward Shea Groom is still looking for her first goal of the season as she had two goals called back because of fouls on Washington.
Newfield, who has played in every match this season and has a goal and an assist, will not be available for the match on Saturday. She is suspended for receiving a red card after being issued a second yellow during the 70th minute after a collision with the Spirit goalkeeper.
The match is scheduled to kickoff at 2:50 p.m. CT on Lifetime with coverage beginning at 2:30pm. You can stream the match on mylifetime.com with a cable subscription.
FC Kansas CIty single game tickets are available to purchase here.