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FC Kansas City falls to Boston 1-0

The Blues remain winless on the year as they could not overcome the Breakers on the road.

Andonovski still seeking first win of 2016
Andonovski still seeking first win of 2016
Thad Bell

The Blues are still searching for their first win of the season after falling 1-0 to the Boston Breakers. Whitney Engen scored the first goal for Boston this year in the 19th minute and that was the difference that mattered in a fairly even match. Former FC Kansas City midfielder Kristie Mewis delivered the corner kick to the back post for Engen to head home over a pair of defenders.

The Blues thought they had leveled the score in the 42nd when they put the ball in the net off of a corner also but the referee blew the whistle for a foul on the play. Contact between Breakers keeper Libby Stout and Blues midfielder Yael Averbuch may have been the foul the ref spotted.

The victory was the first win for a steadily improving Boston side this season, enabling the Breakers to leapfrog the Blues in the standings, leaving FC Kansas City in last place. The visitors were outshot 14-10 by Boston but could have created more opportunities if they had not been caught offside 10 times.

Coach Vlatko Andonovski had to change his lineup a bit with this being the first match of the post-Buz era. After not missing a game since the NWSL started, ironwoman Jen Buczkowski retired after last match, leaving another big hole to fill in FC Kansas City's midfield. Andonovski moved Averbuch back to the middle from defense, Brittany Taylor slid inside to center back. The Blues started two rookie draft picks at outside back, Alex Arlitt made her second start and New Zealand international Katie Bowen made her first start.

FC Kansas City (0-4-2) returns home to face expansion side Orlando Pride (4-2-0)  for the first time next Saturday at Swope Soccer Village.

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