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FC Kansas City fights Seattle Reign to 0-0 draw

In a rematch of the last two NWSL Cups, the Blues and Reign held each other scoreless

Shea Groom and Hope Solo battled throughout the game
Shea Groom and Hope Solo battled throughout the game
Thad Bell

FC Kansas City faced league rivals Seattle Reign Saturday. The game started with dominate possession by the Reign, the first shot made by Kim Little in the third minute. They then were awarded three back-to-back corner kicks but the Blues managed to keep the score nil-nil.

In the fourteenth minute midfielder Erika Tymrak sent a shot wide of the goal off of a cross from fellow midfielder Heather O'Reilly. Shortly after a goal kick from Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo, Rachel Corsie earned a yellow card for a handball. Shortly before the mandatory hydration break in the 28th minute, a cross by O'Reilly shot across the front of the goal and there was no one on the end of the ball to send it in.

After the water break Shea Groom and O'Reilly sprint down the field and O'Reilly makes it past Solo, but unfortunately found side netting instead of the back of the net. After three minutes of stoppage time, the first half ended in a 0-0 draw.

The second half of the game started similar to the first half, with the first shot made by Reign player Merritt Mathias in the 56th minute and it was easily saved by Blues goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. In the 62nd minute Heather O'Reilly made another run, only to shoot the ball to the right of the of Solo. Regular time ended with a straight red card for Reign substitute Carson Pickett. The five minutes remaining of the game saw back and forth play between the teams and a yellow card to Blues captain Becky Sauerbrunn. The game ended in a nil-nil draw after some nice attempts from both sides.

The Blues looked to be overcoming some of the issues that they had at the beginning of their season, they seem to have finally solidified their starting lineup and have gotten over some of the communication issues that were seen in the beginning of the season. With any luck, they will be able to keep their unbeaten streak going and move their way up the rankings to another shot at a championship this year.