Kansas City NWSL Travels to Louisville for Regular Season Opener NWSL KC

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Kansas City NWSL Travels to Louisville for Regular Season Opener

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 14, 2021) – Kansas City NWSL was announced as the National Women’s Soccer League’s newest expansion team on December 7, 2020. Nearly 160 days later, the team opens its first regular season against the league’s other expansion team, Racing Louisville. The two expansion teams kick off the entire 2021 NWSL regular season with a 4 p.m. C.T. kickoff on CBS Sports Network. 

TAKING SHAPE

Throughout the preseason and the 2021 Challenge Cup, Head Coach Huw Williams lined up in a different formation in nearly every game. Only five players played in all four games of the tournament, and only three started every game (Rachel Corsie, Amy Rodriguez and Victoria Pickett). 

RETURNING JUST IN TIME

As the regular season gets set to kickoff, Kansas City’s roster is receiving some much needed reinforcements. Defender Elizabeth Ball and forward Darian Jenkins will be available for selection after sitting out the Challenge Cup with injuries. Forward Mallory Weber returned from her loan in Australia prior to the last game and should be able to play more than the 30 minutes of action she faced against the Reign. 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Amy Rodriguez – Kansas City’s offense flows through the veteran captain. Rodriguez scored two goals in the Challenge Cup, including the first goal in team history against the Portland Thorns on April 9. Even when her teammates are scoring, she is working to pull the defense away and open lanes for others to get open and score.  

Cece Kizer – Growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, Kizer was actually coached by Kansas City Head Coach Huw Williams. Lousville’s leading scorer in the Challenge Cup, Kizer will look to continue her offensive prowess for her team.

LAST MATCH

Kansas City opened their home venue, Legends Field, on May 3 to a sold out crowd against the OL Reign. Forward Mallory Weber quickly introduced herself to the home fans with a curling shot to the far upper corner of the goal. Unfortounately, the visiting Reign were able to tack on two of their own goals, downing the home side in their final Challenge Cup match.

SCHEDULE CHANGE 

The NWSL announced today that Kansas City’s home match against the Portland Thorns on Sunday, October 10, originally scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. CT start, will now kickoff at 4 p.m. CT. 

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday’s game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Network is available on all major carriers in the Kansas City metro area. In addition, SportsRadio 810 WHB is also hosting a watch party at Gametime District, 7300 W 119th St. in Overland Park, Kansas.

 

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