National Women's Soccer League

PREVIEW: Kansas City at Western New York

FC Kansas City faces the Western New York Flash in Rochester, N.Y. as both teams fight to continue their upward trend this season.

Both the Blues and Flash opened their 2015 campaigns with losses in the first two games of the season, but Kansas City enters hot having won their last two. The Flash got their first win of the season when they defeated the Boston Breakers 3-1 in their home opener last Saturday.

Last season the two teams played to an even pace with the squads scoring three goals apiece in the three games. Sahlen’s Stadium has been a difficult field for Kansas City as the Blues have lost 2-1 in May the past two seasons thanks to first half difficulties. In 2013 it was former Flash forward Abby Wambach finding the back of the net twice in a five minute space of the first half the led the home team to victory. Last season it was the duo of Samantha Kerr and Jasmyne Spencer who found the back of the net near the end of the opening 45 minutes that gave Western New York the edge.

Both squads have been affected with the losses of World Cup bound national teamers, with Kansas City losing four players (Lauren Holiday, Amy Rodriguez, Heather O’Reilly and Becky Sauerbrunn) while the Flash are looking to replace Whitney Engen and Sydney Leroux. The Flash are young, and while the midfield is the strong suit for both teams, the Flash’s defense will need to adjust to a potent Blues attack.

Due to some creative scheduling, tonight’s game is the first of two straight matchups between the two squads as the series will shift to Kansas City next Thursday.



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