SEATTLE (April 22, 2015) — Seattle Reign FC (1-1-0, 3 pts) will finish a two-game road swing on Thursday, April 23, with its first matchup against FC Kansas City (0-2-0, 0 pts) since last year’s NWSL Championship game. Kick-off is set for 5 p.m. PT at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., with a live, high-definition webstream available at YouTube.com/NWSLsoccer.
After a 5-1 win against the Western New York Flash to start the season on April 12, Seattle was handed its first loss of 2015 on Saturday after conceding a stoppage time goal in a 3-2 result against the Chicago Red Stars.
“Losing early in the season, I think it just kind of gives us a gut check and to know that we’re going to have to fight for things,” said defender Stephanie Cox.
Meanwhile, the defending champions have struggled out of the gate, dropping their first two games: a season-opening 1-0 loss to Sky Blue FC, and 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Washington Spirit on Saturday.
FC Kansas City returns most of the roster that won last year’s title, but added U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Heather O’Reilly in a trade with Boston, and signed former Washington Spirit midfielder Yael Averbuch. Defender Rebecca Moros also joined the team, coming over in a deal with Portland.
Forward Merritt Mathias — who started 16 games for FCKC last season — was one of the team’s key losses, joining Seattle in an offseason trade, while forward Morgan Marlborough and defender Kassey Kallman went to Boston in the O’Reilly swap.
O’Reilly is one of four members of the USWNT World Cup roster with FCKC, alongside defender Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielder Lauren Holiday, and forward Amy Rodriguez. Rodriguez finished second in the NWSL in goals last season with 13, right behind League MVP and Reign FC midfielder Kim Little, while Holiday was tied for second in assists with seven.
Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart led the league in clean sheets with eight.
While the team did not hold a first round draft pick, FCKC added a pair of second round selections in Texas A&M midfielder Shea Groom, and UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. Missouri midfielder Kaysie Clark, a fourth-round pick, also made the roster.
Last season, Seattle was 1-0-2 in the regular season against Kansas City, with a home win and pair of 1-1 draws on the road.
Goals from defender Kendall Fletcher, forward Kim Little, and midfielder Keelin Winters buoyed Seattle in a 3-2 win on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium on May 14, with Kansas City scoring first in both road matchups on May 21 and August 2. Little and forward Megan Rapinoe, respectively, had the equalizers in each match.
A pair of goals from Rodriguez propelled FCKC past Seattle in the NWSL Championship game 2-1 on August 31.
Reign FC return home for a match against the Washington Spirit on May 2, at 7 p.m. PT on the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium located in the shadow of the Space Needle next to Seattle Center.
For details on single match tickets, visit ReignFC.com or call (855) REIGN-FC. Great seats start at just $19.
About Seattle Reign FC:
Seattle Reign FC is one of nine teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. The NWSL is the premier women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as talent from around the world. Seattle Reign FC train and host home matches at Memorial Stadium, located in the shadow of the Space Needle next to the Seattle Center. For more information on the club visit ReignFC.com or call 855-REIGNFC.
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