Seattle Reign FC (6-0-0, 18 pts) will try to extend their winning streak to seven games on Wednesday, as they take on FC Kansas City (3-1-3, 10 pts) at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium. The match kicks off at 7 p.m.
Reign FC is coming off a 1-0 victory against Portland Thorns FC on Sunday — their first win in franchise history against their Northwest rivals.
In the 89th minute Scottish international Kim Little — the NWSL Army National Guard Player of the Month for April — scored her fifth goal of the season, dribbling past Thorns FC keeper Nadine Angerer on the near post in a one-on-one opportunity to propel Reign FC past Portland in front of a crowd of nearly 15,000 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
On the defensive end, U.S. Women’s National Team keeper Hope Solo posted a clean sheet with eight saves. Solo leads the NWSL with a goals against average of 0.333.
The victory was Reign FC’s sixth in a row, and gave Seattle the best six-game start to a season in NWSL history. Seattle leads the NWSL in goals scored with 13, while conceding a league-low two goals.
After a slow start, FC Kansas City has won three of their last four matches, and are coming off a 2-1 victory over the Washington Spirit on Sunday. FC Kansas City forward Amy Rodriguez is first in the NWSL in goals and shots on goal with six and 17, respectively, while keeper Nicole Barnhart has a league leading 20 saves.
Reign FC remains in first place in the NWSL standings with 18 points, followed by Thorns FC and FC Kansas City with 10 points. Seattle will try to record their first victory in franchise history over Kansas City after losing all four regular season matchups between the teams last season.
Reign FC will be without the services of Japanese international forward Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi, who is currently with the Japanese national team for the AFC Women’s Asia Cup.
Wednesday’s match is the first of three regular season matches between Seattle and Kansas City. The two sides will meet on Wednesday, May 21 and Saturday, August 2 at Verizon Wireless Field in Kansas City, Mo. Both of those games will start at 4 p.m. (PT).
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