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FC Kansas City can lock up a home playoff game with a win over Boston

FC Kansas City's Amy Rodriguez is second in the league in goals
FC Kansas City's Amy Rodriguez is second in the league in goals
Thad Bell

FC Kansas City will try to secure the second spot and a home semi-final match when they host the Boston Breakers tonight at 7 PM Central Time. The Blues have punched their ticket to the post season but with a win, they would lock up second regardless of other results. The Breakers have been eliminated from post season but have been scoring in bunches lately.

"We know it's not going to be easy, Boston is coming in a little bit relaxed with no pressure. They are coming in playing for pride, playing for jobs," FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski stated. "We know it's not going to be easy. Just in the last three games they scored ten goals. That tells us they are going after it, they are not messing around."

The Breakers have scored ten goals in their last three matches but have also given up twelve and lost two of those three games.

"It's going to be a good test for us, they are a good team," Blues midfielder Lauren Holiday observed. "They haven't had the results they want but we need to win this game. Both of these last two games of the season are important. Last year we didn't finish strong and it led into playoff stress and it didn't end well. Coming into the playoffs strong, ending the season strong is huge for us."

Coach Andonovski is not going to take the game lightly. "We are going to come out with the best available players, with the players that we think will give us the best chance to win the game. There is no question about it."

"The first thing we have to do is not let them score, on the other side of it we are very capable of scoring goals," Andonovski continued. " I think no team in the league creates as many opportunities as we do. We just have to score a little more. I think we are the only team in the league that has scored at least one goal every game."

The Blues have prevailed over Boston 2-0 in both meetings this season. The first meeting was on the road in May when Amy Rodriguez and Nikki Phillips both scored and then at home where Holiday scored a brace in early June.