FC Kansas City (3-2) play host to Western New York Flash (1-3) at 7:00 p.m. CT tonight at Swope Soccer Village. The Blues beat the Flash 1-0 in their first win at New York last Friday. Liz Bogus scored the lone goal and Nicole Barnhart made a season high seven saves in route to their third straight shutout. Bogus has scored two straight game winning goals for FC Kansas City.
With it being the second match in a row against the Flash, the Blues are prepared for an intense rematch. "I think we are ready," FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski said. "The last game we got the result that we wanted but I don't know that I can say we did or didn't deserve it. Western New York did a great job and we were unlucky a couple times. We were lucky to have Barnie on the team a couple times and at the end we managed to score one goal and finish the game smart."
"That was an intense game and highly physical. I think this one will be intense and much the same," Blues forward Liz Bogus predicted.
The Blues will be wearing pink tonight in support of The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation. The special edition pink jerseys will be auctioned off during the match. The silent auction will last from 6:00 p.m. (when gates open) until the 75th minute. Winners will be announced after the final whistle and all proceeds will be donated to T.A.K.E.
Blues are still looking for defensive help
FC Kansas City was hard hit by the retirement before the season of Kate Deines and with Becky Sauerbrunn up with the National Team it is no secret they are keeping an eye out for some defensive help. The Blues have had several players in camp trialing over the last few weeks. Jazmyne Avant was in camp for a while and now Savannah Coiner was trialing this week.
"Savannah played for Clemson," Andonovski said after practice. "We watched video of her playing defender, a good center back, a position that we are lacking a player or two. We will never stop looking, we've had a couple other defenders join us in practice also and we are just looking for the right one."