The Blues went into Rocheter, New York last Saturday and came out with their first ever loss to the Flash on the back of Abby Wambach's brace. FCKC returns home tonight to defend their undefeated home record against the Boston Breakers.
About the Teams
FC Kansas City
The Blues have done very well so far in their first season. They were undefeated in their first three games and had only given up one goal, a penalty kick. Renae Cuellar had also scored in all three matches.
Last week, however, that all ended. Cuellar was held scoreless and the seemingly impenetrable defense of the Blues allowed two goals en route to their first loss in franchise history.
However that performance looked independent of their first three matches. The center back combination of Lauren Sesselmann and Becky Sauerbrunn still anchors a rock-solid defense that will win the Blues a lot of matches.
The Breakers have been the best offensive team in the league, averaging 2 goals per game. That's due in no small part to forward Sydney Leroux, who has scored four of those goals in four matches.
The Breakers are coming off of a 1-1 draw to the Washington Spirit so it's not like they're unstoppable, but that offense will need to be kept in check.
How they will win
FC Kansas City
The Blues will have to step up defensively in order to beat the Breakers. Most importantly they will have to make sure that Leroux does not get an opportunity to get a shot off. If they can do that, they can use their scoring efficiency up top to grab a match-winner.
Last week at Western New York showed that the Blues' defense is mortal. In order to win the match, the Breakers will have to score and score often. Two goals will be a necessity and three would probably get the job done, but scoring is essential.
FC Kansas City 2-2 Boston Breakers
This will be a high scoring struggle where the offenses of both teams will be vital to the match. Hopefully the Blues' defense can limit the Breakers' offense, but we'll just have to see.