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FC Kansas City wins NWSL Championship

FC Kansas City win NWSL title
FC Kansas City win NWSL title
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FC Kansas City won the 2014 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Championship with a 2-1 victory over Seattle Reign FC with a 2-1 victory for a small crowd of 4,252 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington on Sunday.

Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez scored two goals with two assists from midfielder Lauren Holiday, who was named 2014 NWSL Championship MVP. The Reign's Megan Rapinoe spoiled the shutout with an 87th minute unassisted strike.

Seattle dominated the early minutes of the game, but Kansas City got down to business in the 19th minute. The breakthrough came in the 23rd minute, when Holiday played a through ball to an Rodriguez, who slotted it away past goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was off her line.

In the 56th minute, Holiday once again was the playmaker, laying a pass off to Rodriguez, who finished the build up with a sliding shot for the game-winning goal. Rapinoe found the back of the net in the 87th minute, blasting the ball past keeper Nicole Barnhart for the final score of 2-1.

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Scoring Summary
KC- Amy Rodriguez, 22' (Holiday)
KC- Rodriguez, 56' (Holiday)
SEA - Megan Rapinoe, 87'

Misconduct Summary
KC - LePeilbet (Caution) - 79'
SEA - Solo (Caution) - 90'+

Lineups:
SEA: GK Hope Solo, D Stephanie Cox, D Lauren Barnes, D Elli Reed (Mariah Nogueira, 83'), D Kendall Fletcher, M Keelin Winters, M Jessica Fishlock, M Kim Little, F Nahomi "Naho" Kawasumi, F Sydney Leroux (Beverly Goebel, 67'), F Megan Rapinoe

KC: GK Nicole Barnhart, D Kassey Kallman, D Nikki Phillips, D Leigh Ann Robinson, D Becky Sauerbrunn, M Jen Buczkowski, M Jenna Richmond, M Lauren Holiday, M Merritt Mathias (Amy LePeilbet, 71'), M Erika Tymrak (Elizabeth Bogus, 76'), F Amy Rodriguez (Sarah Hagen, 64')

Referee: Margaret Domka
Assistant Referees: Marlene Duff; Danielle Chesky
Fourth Official: Katia Koroleva