FC Kansas City Hosts NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime
Blues looking to extend their longest winning streak of the season against Orlando
KANSAS CITY (August 25, 2017) – Two of the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) hottest teams meet at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, MO on Saturday in the NWSL’s Game of the Week on Lifetime TV. Both FC Kansas City and the Orlando Pride are riding three-game winning streaks ahead of the match, which is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. CT.
FC Kansas City has been on a hot streak in August with three straight wins. With five games to play, they are only one win away from last season’s win total and now sit only six points back of a playoff position. Last week, they faced off against the league’s number two team in the Chicago Red Stars.
They faced a fierce storm of shots from Chicago early in the game, but jumped on their opportunities midway through the opening half. Shea Groom had a couple of assists in the 23rd and 29th minutes as she fought through the Red Stars defense to set up Sydney Leroux and Katie Bowen, respectively. Nicole Barnhart made her first NWSL save of a penalty kick late in the half and Maegan Kelly scored in the 80th minute to secure the team’s 3-1 win.
Orlando traveled to Boston last week to face the Breakers for the second time this season. Alex Morgan scored a brace with goals in the 8th and 73rd minutes. Boston’s Amanda DaCosta scored a very late goal, but 8 minutes into extra time was too late and Orlando held on for the win.
Kansas City will have to contain Morgan and Brazilian forward Marta in Saturday’s match. The pair have scored eight goals in the past three games, with Morgan accounting for five of those.
The Blues have seen an increase in their overall offensive output in the last month as well. A big part of that has been due to the play of Shea Groom. The midfielder has been very active through the team’s hot streak. She has been involved in half of all the team’s goals in the last three games.
This match is scheduled to be the NWSL Game of the Week and is the first time the Blues have hosted a nationally televised broadcast for a regular season game. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. CT on Lifetime and will also be streamed on the Lifetime app for iOS and Android devices. Tickets are still available to purchase here.