NWSL: FC Kansas City downs the Chicago Red Stars 2-0

Thad Bell

Goals from Loyd and Jones propelled the Blues to a 2-0 road win over the Chicago Red Stars.

A goal in each half for the Blues would be enough as they knocked off the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 at Benedictine University.

FC Kansas City would be going into the match extremely shorthanded, missing six players to international duty, as well as featured goal-scorer Renae Cuellar to injury. Chicago was missing two Canadian internationals in the match.

FC Kansas City would earn a penalty kick halfway through the first half after Melissa Henderson was ripped down in the box in the 26th minute. Carli Loyd would be called upon to take the PK and she buried it to give the Blues a 1-0 lead in the first half. It was Loyd's first goal in her NWSL career.

The Blues and Red Stars would not be able to breach the others' defenses for the rest of the half and the teams went into the locker room with a 1-0 FC Kansas City lead.

The second half would go the way of FC Kansas City as well. In the 61st minute Erika Tymrak got the ball in the middle of the pitch on a counter where she breached into the Chicago back line and passed a through ball to Courtney Jones by the far post and she finished it top shelf to put the Blues up 2-0.

Chicago had a great chance to pull one back later in the half. Maribel Dominguez got a breakaway and rounded the Blues' keeper Bianca Herringer but her shot went wide to keep the Red Stars scoreless.

The Red Stars would have some more chances late but the Blues' defense held strong to keep Chicago off the board as they cruised to a 2-0 victory on the road.

FC Kansas City moved into third place in the NWSL with 16 points, two more than fourth place team Boston. Boston, however has a game in hand against the Blues.

The two teams will play again Sunday night as the Red Stars try to get some revenge. The FC Kansas City and Chicago Red Stars match will take place at Shawnee Mission District Stadium and will be a 3:10 afternoon start.

The Blues complete the three-match road swing with six points out of a possible nine and will look to continue their winning ways as they approach the halfway mark of the season coming up.

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