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FC Kansas City spoils Seattle's perfect season

FC Kansas City hosted the undefeated Seattle Reign on Wednesday May 21 at the Verizon Wireless Field at the Durwood Stadium. Kansas City comes in to the game at 3-4-2, while Seattle has won all seven of their season games. Three players Liz Bogus, Amy Rodriguez, and Nikki Phillips meet their former teammates the Seattle Reign.

Starting line-up for FC Kansas City.
Starting line-up for FC Kansas City.Photos by Steve Wilson
Seattle and Kansas City
Seattle and Kansas CityPhoto by Steve Wilson

The Reign leads the league with 16 goals and Kansas City is second with 15 goals on the season. Kansas City has allowed 15 goals on the season, compared to Seattle with only four goals scored against them. In the 18th minute, Jenna Richmond of Kansas City received a yellow card for a reckless foul. This was the first card issued on Richmond this season.

With over 25 minutes passed in the first half both teams continued to play aggressive offense, both countering with even more aggressive defense. In the 33rd minute, a yellow card was issued to Keelin Winters of Seattle for a reckless foul.

The first goal of the half came in the 42nd minute, as Amy Rodriguez, with an assist by Liz Bogus, was able to drive the ball past Hope Solo. This was the seventh goal of the season for Rodriguez and only the fifth allowed by Seattle. In the 44th minute, Nikki Phillips was called for a Foul in the Box penalty, which awarded Kim Little a free shot at the goal. The ball flew into the corner past Nicole Barnhart to tie the game at 1-1. Little and Rodriguez lead the league with seven goals each.

Both teams returned to the field more aggressive in their defense than they had been at the end of the first half. The Reign appeared slightly more aggressive in offense, controlling the ball more than the Blues. In the 71st minute, Mariah Nogueira took to the field replacing Sydney Leroux for the Reign. The 74th minute brought Frances Silva into the mix replacing Liz Bogus.

In the 78th minute, Lauren Barnes with the Reign was called for a reckless foul, causing a yellow card to be issued. Seattle made their second substitution in the 80th minute with Stephanie Cox replacing Kiersten Dallstream. In the 86th minute, Merritt Mathias received an injury to her right leg, requiring trainers to enter the field. She was able to walk off the field under her own strength and return to play. At the end of play, the score remained 1-1, stopping the Reigns perfect season with a draw. The Blues remain undefeated at home.