FC Kansas City will face the Orlando Pride for the first time tonight at Swope Soccer Village at 7:30. Former U.S. coach Tom Sermanni has his team laying well out of the gate, they are in fifth place with a 4-2-0 record. The Blues (0-4-2), the two-time defending champions have gotten off to a slow start after a major turnover in the roster in the off season.
"Orlando will be hard to break down defensively," Blues coach Vlatko Andonovski explained. "They have three shutouts in the last three games so it will be difficult to break them down but we are going to try to do it in different ways."
Both team are missing players for call ups to the U.S. National Team as they start preparing for the summer Olympics. The Blues will be without captain Becky Sauerbrunn and Heather O'Reilly while the Pride will be missing keeper Ashlyn Harris and forward Alex Morgan.
"Missing players like Becky and HAO is not going to be easy but it's not our first time," Andonovski stated. "Last year we were without the National Team players for half the year and we have missed them before but that is why we have the players on the roster. It will be good opportunity for some of them to jump in and showcase their abilities."
FC Kansas City adds LaBonta to roster
The Blues announced today that they have signed midfielder Lo'eau LaBonta. The midfielder was drafted by Sky Blue last year and played in a handful of games for them before being released to make room for returning World Cup players.
LaBonta has been training with the Blues since preseason and was a team mate of Shea Groom on the U-23 team last year.