FC Kansas City will try to extend a three game unbeaten streak as they host the Seattle Reign tonight at 6 P.M. at Swope Soccer Village. The Blues have won two and tied one in their last three and win would vault them into a tie with the Reign.
Despite wanting to get points and move up the table, FC Kansas City head coach Vlatko Andonovski does not see it as a must win but does agree the game important. "Every game is important whether it's the first, middle or last game of the season, every game is important for us," Andonovski explained. "We have the approach of taking a every game by itself or game by game but this is important for several reasons. One reason is to keep the streak going, I feel that we have a good momentum, a good energy going into this game. Another thing is it will be the last game for the national team players to be here before we send them off and we want to send them off on a good note and to wish them the very best representing their countries."
The matchup between the Blues and the Reign is always filled with history. FC Kansas City won the last two NWSL championships be defeating Seattle and while both coaches have a ton of respect for each other, there is little doubt both want to get the best of the other.
One of several Reign dangerous Reign players is Kim Little. In May, Little pounced on a poor clearance by the Blues and buried it in the back of the net before FC Kansas City could recover.
"Little is hard to defend and she finds herself in spots were you wonder how she got herself there," Andonovski observed. "The last game against Seattle away, I felt like we were defending well and once she got the ball in the box and did that moment of individual brilliance and that changed the game."
That was the only goal for Seattle that day but it was enough as they beat the Blues 1-0.
Scoring getting on track?
In the past, the Blues have had tremendous defense and an attack that could deliver timely goals but with so many retirements and players sitting out to have babies this season, FC Kansas City have struggled a bit offensively. They have only score six goals this year in nine games but four of them have come in the last three matches.