The second NWSL season kicked off in Kansas City, Mo., where FC Kansas City hosted Sky Blue FC in a 1-1 draw.
FC Kansas City and Sky Blue FC had the second best home and away records, respectively, in the NWSL last season but were forced to share points tonight.
FC Kansas City forward and American international Amy Rodriguez first broke the deadlock 42 minutes into the match from a left-footed shot assisted by rookie defender Kassey Kallman, who was selected by the Blues as the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft.
Sky Blue FC didn’t waste much time trailing behind, as midfielder Katy Freels capitalized on a poor clearance by the home team that led to an unassisted goal in the48th minute.
Rodriguez had a handful of chances to put the nail in the coffin—including a 1 v. 1 against fellow American international, and Sky Blue FC goalkeeper, Jill Loyden—but was twice denied by the goalkeeper.
The home team outshot the visitors 14-5, but was forced to settle for a draw that sets the two teams’ all-time series with two draws and a win for each team.
Woman of the Match: After missing the entire 2013 season (with Seattle Reign FC) and just recently getting back into national team camp, Amy Rodriguez showed glimpses of promise. She could have had another goal or two, but Loyden’s quick-thinking held the forward to just one.
FCKC – Rodriguez (1) – 42′
SBFC – Freels (1) – 48′
FC Kansas City: Nicole Barnhart; Kassey Kallman, Nikki Phillips, Becky Sauerbrunn, Leigh Ann Robinson; Erika Tymrak, Jen Buczkowski, Merritt Mathias (Jenna Richmond 79), Lauren Holiday; Liz Bogus (Morgan Marlborough 68), Amy Rodriguez
Sky Blue FC: Jillian Loyden; Kendall Johnson, Coco Goodson, Lindsi Lisonbee-Cutshall (Monica Ocampo 76), Kelley O’Hara; Camielle Levin (Ashley Nick 75), Katy Freels, Sophie Schmidt, Caitlin Foord; Maya Hayes, Nanase Kiryu (Taylor Lytle 63)