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FC Kansas City returns home to host Washington

The Blues are needing points to stay in reach of a playoff position

FC Kansas City forward Sarah Hagen has started to gain confidence but will need to do well for the Blues
FC Kansas City forward Sarah Hagen has started to gain confidence but will need to do well for the Blues
Thad Bell

FC Kansas City returns home tonight for the first time after the World Cup break when they host the Washington Spirit at 7:00 PM tonight. FC Kansas City is still missing four players who will be representing the U.S. in the World Cup final on Sunday while the Spirit are without two of their regulars.

"Washington is obviously doing very well, they've won a few games and are in the top half of the table.," FC Kansas City head coach observed. "It's not going to be an easy game, Crystal Dunn is on fire and scoring goals left and right. At the same time that is something we shouldn't worry about, we have to do our thing, we have to win this game."

With the season half over and at least a couple more games before the Blues get their national team players back, every point is needed. Washington is third in the standings and six points above the Blues.

"Every game from now on is, I don't know if I can say it a must win but is extremely important because of the position we are in the table. If we want to have any chance we cannot drop points or very many points anymore," Andonovski stated.

Australian forward Hayley Raso signed with Washington after the Aussies were eliminated and will be available for the Spirit.

FC Kansas City's Australian midfielder Katrina Gorry will not be joining the Blues this season. Gorry had a strong World Cup but needs to let her body recover.

The Blues did add former Washington forward Caroline Miller as an amateur call-up. Miller was a high draft pick in 2013 but has struggled with season ending injuries the last two years.