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FC Kansas City knocks the Spirit out of Washington

FC Kansas City Blues hosted the Washington Spirit on Sunday May 11, at the Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium. Kansas City is currently in fourth place in the NWSL, just one place ahead of Washington. This is the second meeting of the two teams with the Spirit winning the first game 3 to 1.

FC Kansas City hosted Washington on Mothers Day.
FC Kansas City hosted Washington on Mothers Day.Photo by Steve Wilson

The Blues are returning to the 4-2-3-1 formation over the 4-4-2 that they have used this season. The 4-2-3-1 formation helped make the team successful in 2013. In the 36th minute FC KC made the first goal of the game when Amy Rodriguez was able to score from the center of the field. This is the fifth goal of the season for Rodriguez. Jen Buczkowski assisted on the goal giving the Blues a 1-0 advantage. Neither team this season has won the game when giving up the first goal.

At the end of the half Kansas City held the 1-0 lead. Kansas City lead the Spirit 3 to 2 on shots on goal, with four shots to two. Both teams had one save and the Spirit had four fouls compared to three for FC KC.

At the beginning of the second half, Nia Williams replaced Kassey Kallman who returned from the locker room with ice taped to her left thigh. Washington substituted Yael Averbuch for Crystal Dunn at the beginning of the half. In the 50th minute, Robyn Gayle of Washington was issued a yellow card for a persistent infringement. Overland Park native Frances Silva replaced Melissa Henderson in the 63rd minute. In the 63rd minute, Danesha Adams, with an assist by Diane Matheson, sailed a shot over the head of the Blues goalkeeper to tie the score at 1-1. FC KC retaliated, scoring in the 64th minute as Rodriguez, assisted by Lauren Holiday, scored her sixth goal of the season.

Renae Cuellar who played for FC Kansas City in the 2013 season returned to the field as a substitute for Danesha Adams of the Spirit. In the 74th minute, Washington sent Lori Lindsey in to the game to replace Veronica Perez. Three minutes of stoppage time was added at the end of regulation play. Kansas City was able to keep the Spirit from scoring in the final three minutes, giving the Blues their third win of the season.