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FC Kansas City falls to WNY Flash 2-1

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The Blues gave up two first half goals in their first loss of the season.

Andy Lundberg, Kansas City Star

Many a streak was broken Saturday night. Renae Cuellar's streak of scoring in every match was broken as she was held goalless. The Blues' nearly 300 minute shutout streak was broken by a brace from Abby Wambach.

The most important broken streak, however, was the unbeaten streak. FC Kansas City lost for the first time in franchise history as the Flash beat them 2-1 in Rochester

US international Abby Wambach was the star of the match for the Flash. She opened up the scoring in the 34th minute with her second goal of the season. Wambach was able to get behind the defense on a pass from Veronica Perez to put the Flash up 1-0.

It didn't take long for the Flash to strike again. In the 39th minute, Wambach again was able to finish the job for Western New York, this time unassisted. A defensive miscue left Wambach all alone at the top of the box and she put it in to put the flash up 2-0. The teams went into the locker room with the Flash up by that same score.

It didn't take long in the second half for FC Kansas City to pull one back. Lauren Cheney got her head on a ball sent in by Leigh Ann Robinson and finished it far post. The Blues were back to within one at that point, but that was the closest they would get.

Carli Lloyd made her NWSL debut as she subbed on in the 62nd minute. It was the first action the USWNT veteran has seen since her broken collarbone injury in early March.

FC Kansas City had more chances towards the end of the second half, but were not able to finish one and fell to the Flash 2-1. Western New York improved to 2-1-2 and jumped a spot to fourth in the NWSL table. FC Kansas City, however, fell to 2-1-1 and went down to fifth in the league with a game in hand against the fourth place team Western New York.

The Flash have another big break between matches, not playing again until the 24th of May where they will face Chicago at home. FC Kansas City returns home next Saturday to play host to the Boston Breakers.