The Washington Spirit and FC Kansas City are both looking to recover from losses in the first week as they face off in the Spirit’s home opener tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Both teams were held scoreless last week, with the Spirit managing two shots on goal against the Houston Dash. FC Kansas City fell to Sky Blue FC, 1-0, despite dominating the match.
Last season the Spirit beat FC Kansas City in their home opener after losing their first game of the season. The Blues had the third-worst road record of the league.
The match will feature an attack-minded Kansas City team whose attacking players will look to finish their chances better after getting six of their 15 shots on target last week. Erika Tymrak, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly and Amy Rodriguez all were able to generate opportunities last weekend and will look to take advantage of a Spirit backline that will be missing Ali Krieger.
FC Kansas City will have their full contingent of national team players for the match, though Holiday is listed as probable due to a left heel contusion.
Krieger, who suffered a concussion in the Spirit’s game against Houston, will miss the match. Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson is still recovering from an ACL injury she suffered in late October. Crystal Dunn, who didn’t make the World Cup roster, will be available for the Spirit this week as well as goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
FC Kansas City has two games this week and will return home to face the Seattle Reign on Thursday. The Blues will play three of their next four games away from home. This is the Spirit’s only home game in their first five matches.
For those watching at home: U.S. Women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis will join the Spirit broadcast team at halftime of tonight’s match.