FC Kansas City Comes Back to Draw with Boston Breakers
Tymrak scores equalizer off assist from rookie Miramontez
Boston, Mass. (August 4, 2017) – FC Kansas City earned a point in Boston as they came back to earn a 2-2 draw with the Breakers on Friday. The tie snaps a four-game losing streak for the Blues and sets them up for a positive run with four games coming in the next two weeks. FC Kansas City now has 15 points on the season, nine points back of a playoff position.
The Kansas City starting lineup featured a few new faces tonight as the team was missing U.S. Women’s National Team stars Becky Sauerbrunn and Sydney Leroux. Each of those two players saw playing time in the Tournament of Nations, which wrapped up on Thursday night with a U.S. win over Japan.
Rookie Sydney Miramontez was signed to FC Kansas City on Wednesday to help improve the defensive depth for the Blues and earned her way immediately into tonight’s starting lineup. Forward Maegan Kelly took Leroux’s spot at the top of the formation.
Fellow rookie Christina Gibbons made her third straight start in the Blues’ midfield, paired with Desiree Scott as defensive midfielders. The two players continue to gel as they helped Kansas City control the early parts of the game. In the first thirty minutes of the match, Kansas City was outshooting the Breakers 4-1.
The pair helped to open the night’s scoring in the 21st minute. Scott won the ball in her own defensive third then dribbled through traffic 60 yards up the field. Gibbons made a run wide where she received a pass from Scott and headed towards the end line. As Gibbons turned the corner on her defender, she sent a ball across the goal box to where Maegan Kelly could run on and tap it into an open net.
Kelly’s goal was her third of the season, tying her with Leroux for the team lead.
Unfortunately, FC Kansas City’s lead in the game would not hold for long. Only five minutes later, Boston’s Rosie White took a chance from distance that was perfectly placed past the outstretched arms of Nicole Barnhart to the top right corner of the goal.
Four minutes after that, White struck again. This time from the top of the box, she used her opposite foot to place a shot to the opposite top corner of the goal.
Throughout the second half, head coach Vlatko Andonovski kept his team calm as they remained true to their original game plan. Kansas City looked to control possession and find quality shots on goal. Maegan Kelly nearly scored two more in her second start of the season. A shot from the top of the box went just wide followed by a header that fell short of the near post.
Erika Tymrak was inserted into the game in the 71st minute as the Blues looked for some fresh legs for the final scoring push. The Blues continued to develop their attack with pass after pass, drawing the Breakers defense in close to them whenever they had possession.
Recognizing this, Miramontez looked across the field and found a wide open Tymrak with a long cross. Tymrak took a couple touches before taking a long-distance shot across the box and into the far side of the goal for the equalizing score.
FC Kansas City now returns home to face the North Carolina Courage on Thursday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m. CT. Originally scheduled for July 22nd, this game was rescheduled due to severe weather conditions. Tickets for the July 22nd game will be honored on Thursday and new tickets can be purchased here.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers vs FC Kansas City
Date: August 4, 2017
Venue: Jordan Field, Boston, MA
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET, 6:00 p.m. CT
Weather: 79, Mostly Cloudy
FCKC – Maegan Kelly (Christina Gibbons) 21’
BOS – Rosie White (Katie Stengel) 26’
BOS – Rosie White (Adriana Leon) 30’
FCKC – Erika Tymrak (Sydney Miramontez) 81’
Goals 1 2 F
Boston Breakers 2 0 2
FC Kansas City 1 1 2
Boston Breakers: Prudhomme, Chapman, King ©, Oyster, Frisbie, White, Andrews, Salem, Leon (Onumonu 89’), Stengel (Dowie 62’), Weimer (Haavi 59’)
Substitutes Not Used: Da Costa, Gillis
FC Kansas City: Barnhart©, Moros, Averbuch, Miramontez, Taylor, Gibbons, Scott, Bowen (Tymrak 71’), LaBonta (Newfield 71’), Groom (Ratcliffe 67’), Kelly
Substitutes Not Used: Parkhill, Flynn