FC Kansas City moves into third with win over Thorns

Jeff Husted August 12, 2015 173
(Photo courtesy FC Kansas City)

(Photo courtesy FC Kansas City)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Since the first game of the National Women’s Soccer League, the Portland Thorns and FC Kansas City have had some memorable battles. On Wednesday, Kansas City earned a 3-0 win over Portland in front of 2,982 fans. Mandy Ladish, Amy Rodriguez and Erika Tymrak all scored in the final half-hour of the match.

Portland didn’t come away with the win, but they played much better than the final score would indicate.

“Especially when we’re in the cusp of the playoff hunt, it feels real good to get these six points,” Rodriguez said.

As the game opened, both teams showcased their strengths. Portland worked the ball up the middle to Sinclair where she could either shoot or try to find a streaking teammate on the wing. Kansas City’s defensive pairing of Amy LePeilbet and Becky Sauerbrunn would weather any attack and quickly distribute the ball out of danger as Amy Rodriguez would push towards the Thorns’ back line for the pass.

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Neither side was able to get anything going through much of the first half. KC had seven shots in the first half to Portland’s three, but none of them were on goal.

Sinead Farrelly suffered a head injury in the 32nd minute after getting in the way of a Yael Averbuch volley shot. In an attempt to protect her face, she put her h.and out and the ball knocked it back into her right eye. Portland wouldn’t comment on the extent of her injury following the game, but Farrelly was walking and alert, although she had a patch over the eye.

In the second half, the Blues were finally able to put sustained pressure on the Thorn’s defense. The effort paid off in the 60th minute as Laddish was able to put home a Leigh Ann Robinson cross for the game’s first goal.

Portland immediately pushed for the equalizer, but KC’s defense held strong and found Rodriguez on the quick counter attack. Portland initially was able to withstand the counter attack, but Heather O’Reilly found Rodriguez from the right side and within a five minute time span, the Blues had scored two quick strikes and led 2-0.

As the score widened, the Thorns never showed any let up in their play. Twice they had players sprinting towards Nicole Barnhart with only one defender in their way, but both times the defender was able to slow the attack long enough to get 10 teammates behind the ball.

In the 76th minute, O’Reilly continued to penetrate the right side of the Portland defense. Making it all the way to the touch line and dropping a lofted pass to Laddish. The second-year midfielder, seeming to feel the defensive pressure, quickly flicked the ball to the far side of the box where Tymrak was wide open and able to put the game away.

For the rest of the game, the Thorns would try to scratch their way back into the game with seemingly everyone but goalkeeper Michelle Betos joining the attack. The seemingly impenetrable duo of LePeilbet and Sauerbrunn were able to fend off and foray into their penalty box. The few times a ball was able to get behind the KC defense, Nicole Barnhart was right there as she continues to add onto her NWSL all-time record number of shutouts.

Kansas City’s defense has been the key to keeping them in the playoff hunt through a sometimes difficult season. In the last two weeks, with the return of several national team players to the team, Kansas City is once again starting to look like the team who rattled off 10-game winning streaks in the past two years.

“I think we have the drive,” said Rodriguez. “Every time we walk on the field, they say ‘reigning NWSL champions’ and that rings a bell in our ears because we want to hear that next year.”

FC Kansas City midfielder ad 2013 NWSL MVP Lauren Holiday missed her second straight match with a left sacral iliac instability injury.

With this win, FC Kansas City moves into third place with 25 points and hosts the Boston Breakers on August 22. Portland is only three points out of the playoff picture for now as they prepare to face Sky Blue FC in New Jersey on the same day.

 

  • tonysocref

    NWSL needs to do something about the streaming issue. Not the first nor do I suspect the last garbage stream of the season

    • Lorehead

      The announcers, from what little I was able to hear of them, were just horrible, too.

      • tonysocref

        You mean you could actually hear them. Better then what I was getting.

      • john

        Why would all us experts need to hear the announcers? 🙂

        • Lorehead

          That’s what the Spirit figured?

      • newsouth

        I vote to bring Missy Geha back.

      • Microphone

        Imagine the abuse that I have to go through from this.

    • Lord Otter-Blotter

      Well at least Washington can take some solace in the fact that someone else also screwed up for once.

    • TsovLoj

      Seriously, I’ve seen better looking footage of alien encounters. At least half of that stream was too jacked up to follow the plot.

    • Tp

      Pretty inexcusable at this point. This needs to be somebody’s one job, if it’s not already then something is very wrong.

    • NWSL Stream

      LAY OFF

    • kevin

      maybe they outsourced it to china lolll

    • Randolph Hearst

      It’s just piss-poor quality control by the NWSL. There should be minimum standards for streaming, for pitches, etc because image is everything, in media at least, and the product they delivered the other night was very disappointing.

  • Rdalford

    FC Kansas City attendance 2982 (from NWSL match report)

    FCKC attendance YTD total=26098 YTD avg=3262 (8 home games)
    FCKC attendance PostWCfinal (3557+3086+2982) avg=3208
    FCKC preWCfinal (8489*+2466+1847+1592+2079) avg=3295*
    * FCKC played their opening day match as stand alone match in Sporting Park (not a MLS doubleheader so no reason to exclude but does impact the pre WC average)

    • Steglitz49

      A big worry. That falling trend post-WC. We have seen it in Chicago and DC and now also here in KC. Seeing that it might be leveling off in KC, there is some hope at least in KC.

      The impact of winning the WC seems transient indeed.

      • Lorehead

        Even the worst attendance since the World Cup is better than for any game at the same venue before the World Cup. (The opener at a much better venue is a special case.)

        • Steglitz49

          The next match at KC will give us the answer, won’t it?

          • Craigaroo

            attendance is doing very well. Slicey is right about midweek games and while there may be some dropoff, there still seems to be a good boost over the pre-World Cup.

      • I think nearly 3,000 attendance at a midweek game is great. This is the first week of the school year for many, so families are busy. The STH next to me showed up halfway through the game because all their kids had practice. The fields surrounding the FCKC home field were full of kids playing soccer, so everyone has other things going on.

        • Sawedoff

          Yep. Midweek games are not ideal for a league trying to get the most out of attendance. I had to take off work early to be able to make it, still got stuck in traffic. Worst games to try and get to.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed. That is the reason why the European and Japanese WoSo leagues do not play midweek. Midweek is used for cup ties like the Champions League and domestic challenge cups (and some of those are played at the W/Es sometimes).

        • Steglitz49

          The customer is always right.

      • STT

        The “falling trend” you’re worried about is completely expected and nothing to worry about – just like there’s always a “falling trend” after the home openers for a season, or a “falling trend” from a team’s first season to the next. It’s part of how sports in the US work – people like when things are new or “in vogue” and then trail off.

        The effect of winning the WC is not as transient as you’re seeing. As has already been pointed out, none of the post-WC attendances are approaching the pre-WC attendances for any team. You’re also completely ignoring the fact that this “week” was entirely midweek due to the international break this weekend. Context is EVERYTHING, so stop pretending like the sky is falling. The WC bump is real and had the exact desired effect most teams were hoping for, often actually exceeding expectations since the higher attendances have remained three- and four-games out as opposed to just one or two.

        • Steglitz49

          What happened in Sweden is a cautionary warning. I guess that the 2017 season will be the litmus test though I have a sneaky suspicion that we can’t be complacent in 2016.

          • Terry Lash

            The key to viability in 2016 & 2017 is continuation of US Soccer financial and administrative support. Then the important element will be ownership of more NWSL teams by MLS teams. Hopefully the existing fan base will grow also so that more sponsors will participate in NWSL events, such as advertising during live streams of games.

          • Steglitz49

            Why would an MLS team want to own a WoSo team if it loses money? It would be a drain on their resources.

            Unless the USSF forces MLS teams to own ladies teams, why bother?

          • STT

            MLS teams lost money for years. The key is not to be in the black, but to be tolerably in the red.

          • Lorehead

            In fact, MLS claims to be losing lots of money now, albeit in the middle of a salary negotiation where they had every incentive to lie, and most top football clubs in the world lose money. Typically, they’re owned by millionaires who care more about status than money.

          • Steglitz49

            It is one thing to be slightly in the red for your primary mission: Men’s soccer. It is a totally different proposition to tax the men’s game to subsidize a women’s team that can’t pay for itself.

            Man Utd closed down their women’s section about 10 years ago (against protests). Chelsea was about to do the same 5 years ago but John Terry stepped in. Hard to believe today.

            As a rule of thumb, the rich clubs in Europe can divert 1% to their ladies without mutterings from the male fans. 3% is just about manageable but at 5% the fans of the male game object. UEFA spends 1% on the Ladies Champions League compared to the men’s.

            The FA staging their women’s cup final at Wembley is a silver lining on the clouds. Unfortunately, the women did not support their sisters. “Only” 30,710 went along, that is 60,000 seats went begging. With support like that from other women, WoSo does not need enemies.

          • Guest

            The MLS lost money for years before it turned around for them. They were committed to a long term plan. I don’t think it will take them that long in this case. Look Houston may have even made a small profit in only their 2nd year. My concern is whether the other teams will actually be able to compete attendance wise. Let’s face it, they are limited as to what they can do, and thus it will take longer to build a strong fan base, at least a lot longer then what an MLS team owner will be able to do. If a MLS owner takes a team, you can pretty much know they have done a market study, and have a pretty good idea what kind of numbers to expect in their first year and where they feel they can be in 3-5 years. Assuming it were to be Real Salt Lake and/or Orlando City, I would expect both to do very well in their first year, maybe even better then Houston did. Besides the nice thing is that Portland and Houston have provided them with a blueprint.
            Note: I have always thought that MLS Houston would be the key to what kind of action other MLS owners might do. I think there was some interest, by some, last year, but they probably wanted to give it another year, before deciding. Seeing what both Houston and Portland have done this year, may have done the trick.

          • AGuest2

            Another scenario might develop. Assuming the MLS teams come in and do very well in their first year, more interest is generated by other MLS owners, but only one more team is added to bring to 12 teams. Should they then, put expansion on hold for a year or two, MLS owner(s) anxious to now get in, may want to try to purchase one of existing original franchises moving them to their own stadium.

          • Lorehead

            The Red Bulls already tried to do this.

          • Steglitz49

            Not strictly speaking true because the Red Bull HQ in Austria nixed the idea. We do not know why though it is a fact that Red Bull supports mainly male athletes and only a smattering of well established female stars.

          • Terry Lash

            Why do EPL teams sponsor women’s teams? Same logic applies.

          • Steglitz49

            It was not always the case. Please see my other reply re Man Utd and Chelsea. Arsenal has long supported their women’s side. Else the Doncaster Belles are a famous WoSo team.

            Leading up to OG-12 the British government put pressure on the leading clubs and the FA behind the scenes. The government wanted more girls to be active in sports and turned to the national sport which is also very wealthy (because of TV contracts). The FA and teams responded, though it was Man City who took on the task in that city, not United, who are still unrepentant.

            WoSo in Europe will never be the same. What took 30 years for the men has taken 5 for the lasses.

          • STT

            Sweden what now?

            I agree, though, 2017 will be the real litmus test, seeing if the WWC-OG years will have helped turn enough passing fans into consistent fans. Heck, the first half of 2016, before the OGs, will be a preliminary test by itself.

  • Lorehead

    Still got a shot if we beat Washington. But we had better win out.

    • JL

      Don’t overlook SkyBlue. Still have to play them before Washington.

      • Lorehead

        That’s very true, but Washington is the team three points ahead of us that we still get to play.

        • Steglitz49

          DC drew when they should have won.

    • FDChief

      I think we’d need not just to beat them, but to beat them by something like 4 goals (or goalbomb Sky Blue and WNY). After head-to-head the next tiebreaker is GD and they’re currently +3 (we’re at 0).

  • JL

    While Portland is not officially eliminated, this loss probably has all but ended their playoff chances.

    • Lord Otter-Blotter

      Everyone below them is likely done, but I think the Thorns still have a fair shot at overtaking the Spirit, who are looking vulnerable and have a very rough schedule remaining.

      • Steglitz49

        and DC just drew a match through a sloppy goal against in the 90th min, a match they ought to have won.

      • JL

        Washington faces a slumping Chicago team this weekend, and a win there for the Spirit would pretty much be curtains for Portland.

        • Lorehead

          It’s entirely possible that the Spirit might lose to both FCKC and the Reign.

  • HOFCToDi

    Jill Ellis needs to call up Mandy Laddish to the USWNT (at least for an audition). The USWNT needs to replace two central midfielders (Boxx, Holiday) for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    • Steglitz49

      They have to cut 4 field players and 1 goalie for the Olympics. They could cut both reserve goalies and call up someoen else, of course.

      • Nicole C.

        Going to a tournament with no backup goalies?? Did you see what happened to Colombia?

        • Steglitz49

          I wrote “they could cut both reserve goalies and call up someone else” that “else”, of course, being another goalie (as by the regulations).

      • HOFCToDi

        None of the younger NWSL goalkeepers eligible for the USWNT are better than Harris or Naeher right now.

        • Steglitz49

          My proposal was a way of avoiding having to chose.

          • HOFCToDi

            Jill Ellis has bigger fish to fry than worry about who will named as the backup goalkeeper and who will be named an alternate.

          • Steglitz49

            What fish?

          • HOFCToDi

            Central midfield.

            Boxx and Holiday have essentially retired from the USWNT.

          • Steglitz49

            No “essentially” about it. They have. They politely asked JE’s permission and she agreed.

            Whom do you want in CM given that you first have to ditch not just 2 but 3 players to be able to bring a new one to Rio?

          • HOFCToDi

            I would remove the following USWNT players from the 2016 NWSL player allocation pool and hence from the USWNT altogether:

            Rampone (40 years old)
            Wambach (35 years old)
            Chalupny (31 years old)
            O’Reilly (30 years old)
            Buehler (29 years old)
            Rodriguez (28 years old)

            18 player roster:

            Goalkeepers – 2 (Solo, Harris or Naeher)
            Fullbacks – 3 (Krieger, Klingenberg, O’Hara)
            Centerbacks – 3 (Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Engen)
            Central Midfielders – 4 (Lloyd, Brian, xxxx, xxxx)
            Flank Midfielders – 3 to 4 (Rapinoe, Heath, xxxx, xxxx)
            Strikers – 2 to 3 (Morgan, Press, Leroux???)

            Crystal Dunn can either replace Leroux or fill one of the flank midfielder slots.

          • Steglitz49

            I agree with Alex, Carli, Moe and JJ. The rest I would cut: certainly those with an OG gold already.

          • HOFCToDi

            Nope!

            The USSF needs the USWNT to compete for gold in order to schedule another celebration tour.

            $$$$$$

          • Steglitz49

            Unless they go out before the SF, the PR department will make that tour work.

            You must motivate the youngsters. Once you realize that you will be lucky even to be considered for WC-23, even the very best players will consider their options.

            Both you and I know that there were players in the WC-15 squad who seemed odd selections indeed but because the US won it is a void issue. Had Sasic sunk her penalty, it would have been another song.

          • HOFCToDi

            You motivate the USWNT program by providing a fair and open competition. While some of cuts seem obvious to me, these cuts from the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster may not be obvious to Jill Ellis:

            Rampone (40 years old)
            Wambach (35 years old)
            Chalupny (31 years old)
            O’Reilly (30 years old)
            Rodriguez (28 years old)

            Reducing the roster from 23 to 18 provides limited opportunity for fresh blood, however I envision two roster spots available in central midfield to replace Boxx and Holiday. The third roster spot available is more or less Dunn’s to lose to a veteran such as Heather O’Reilly or heaven forbid Amy “shankopotamus” Rodriguez.

          • David K Anderson

            Exactly: central midfield is where there are both openings and the opportunity to get playing time on a very big stage level for young prospects. I still think the obvious call for one of those spots is Rose Lavelle. Rose is a potential world class player, and early experience at the elite level is simply huge.

          • HOFCToDi

            As for central midfielders, I don’t care if Jill Ellis has to bring in a dozen let alone two dozen NWSL players for the annual winter camp. No more hand picked 30 years olds gifted roster spots.

    • Ethan

      Colaprico, DiBernardo, Killion, Samantha Mewis, Kristen Mewis, and Nairn. Laddish may be doing well in the NWSL right now, but she has to beat out all those central midfielders to even get an audition.

      • HOFCToDi

        The Chicago Red Stars rookies look like “rookies” now with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup players back. The same could be said with the Chicago Red Stars second year players. A fall/winter loan stint in the Australia W-League is warranted for the first and second year players on the Chicago Red Stars.

        Sarah Killion did not even start for Sky Blue FC against the Chicago Red Stars yesterday.

        Kristie Mewis nor Sam Mewis are defensive midfielders.

        • Ethan

          Killion has already been called into a previous camp, and she was a routine starter in the games before yesterday. Samantha and Kristen Mewis have both gotten cap(s), and you specified central midfielders, not defensive midfielders. Plus, I don’t think either could do any worse there than Holiday. Kristen Mewis has played left back, and Samantha Mewis’s physique would be helpful in a defensive role. I also don’t view Holiday as a particularly fast player; so, I’m curious why you bring up foot speed. Matic isn’t particularly fast, and Makelele wasn’t either. So, I’d be more focused on developing proper awareness and positioning. I’m not really disputing Laddish’s abilities/skills, but in my opinion, she doesn’t deserve to be mentioned ahead of the players I brought up. I think we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

          • HOFCToDi

            The USWNT selections should be based upon merit or current form not potential.
            I could care less if a player was previously called up to the Senior USWNT.

          • Steglitz49

            You are too logical for both the NT and the EQ!

          • Ethan

            I didn’t say that that should be the criteria. I’m just suggesting it might be a factor in future call-ups considering those players weren’t given an extended period (especially Killion) to prove themselves. Furthermore, I don’t think Laddish has outperformed Killion. Killion was great against the Thorns, and she set up Hayes for her cross to Kerr for the winner. She was also solid against the Dash, and her robbing Lloyd so comfortably in the final minutes of the game epitomized her play. In my opinion, Kristen Mewis has done as well as anyone can in a team that’s at the bottom of the table. I will admit that I haven’t seen as much of Sam Mewis, Colaprico, and DiBernardo. However, looking at the whole NWSL season, if you think Laddish has outperformed those three, then I’ll choose to respect your opinion. You’re right; the USWNT selections should be based upon merit or current form. However, that current form better span more than just a handful of matches.

          • Ethan

            On further thought, I suppose I haven’t watched enough of Killion. I apologize then for the rash tone of my comment. I’ve just been very impressed by her whenever I’ve seen her play, and I rarely see her name mentioned. My apologies.

          • HOFCToDi

            To be honest, Colaprico and DiBernardo have played like crap the last four games. A fall/winter stint on loan to the Australian W-League would provide valuable experience. Sure beats sitting at home for the winter.

            As for Laddish versus Killion, Jill Ellis should bring in as many potential central midfielders and defensive midfielders to the annual winter camp as possible, as opposed to the standard Jill Ellis hand picked 30 year olds.

          • Ethan

            Fair enough. I was thinking that there may be a larger camp coming up, but I also thought that Jill would look to bring in potential defenders, forwards, and wide midfielders as well. Four games is only a fraction of the NWSL season so far; Fabregas and Oscar were nowhere near as good in the second half of the 2014-2015 BPL season as they were in the first half, but Spain and Brazil not calling them in for international matches would have been ridiculous. I know that Colaprico and DiBernardo aren’t established players, but if they were really good in the previous 12 matches, they still shouldn’t be written off. We’ll see if they regain form and then choose to play in the Australian W-League.

          • HOFCToDi

            It should go further than that. Any player selected in the 2014 NWSL College Draft or the 2015 NWSL College Draft, that is currently employed in the NWSL, should seriously consider a loan stint in the Australian W-League. Especially those NWSL players who will not be called up during the upcoming “celebration tour”.

          • Ethan

            I get where you’re coming from. I kind of wish though that either European leagues ended earlier or the NWSL started later. As much as people, including myself, talk about how European leagues outside of the FA WSL don’t have parity among the teams, I believe that players would benefit just as much, if not more, from playing in the German, English, French, or Swedish leagues.

          • HOFCToDi

            From my understanding, there is little to no overlap between the NWSL and the Australia W-League.

            The Division 1 Feminine in France stacks the two to three top teams with all the talent, leaving the rest for scraps. I prefer a league with parity, as opposed to the bullies constantly beating up on the little sisters of the poor.

          • Ethan

            Yeah, I wish that was the case for European leagues and the NWSL. The French league isn’t my first choice either, but I think Tobin Heath did benefit from the experience. I do think the English league would be a good choice if there was no overlap.

          • Steglitz49

            Press did alright from playing in Sweden. Engen and Klings polished their CV by playing in Europe, includeing Sweden.

            Of the old guard, both Hope and Krieger cut their teeth abroad but it was a long time ago.

          • HOFCToDi

            As for forwards, Dunn and Ohai should receive serious consideration if not an audition.

          • Ethan

            Although I prefer both as wide midfielders, I don’t disagree.

          • HOFCToDi

            Wingers in a 4-3-3 formation or flank attacking midfielders in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Not much of difference in my mind.

          • Terry Lash

            Dunn is next in line to join NT. No audition needed. Why Ohai? She really has not accomplished much at Houston.

          • HOFCToDi

            2015 NWSL Season

            Ohai – 4 goals, 5 assists

            Ohai is worth a look.

          • Terry Lash

            More hype than achievement.

          • HOFCToDi

            As opposed to Heather O’Reilly? Those 9 minutes played during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup must have been overbearing.

          • Terry Lash

            Crystal Dunn 12Goals/15GP
            Allie Long 9Goals/16GP
            Bev Yanez 9Goals/15GP
            Jess McDonald 7Goals/16GP
            Sofia Huerta 6Goals/15GP
            Kealia Ohai 4Goals/17GP

          • HOFCToDi

            How many players on your list are actually wingers?

            Sofia Huerta, who incidentally is a striker not a winger for the Chicago Red Stars, has not scored a goal since the first week in June.

          • stats-r-fun

            I’ve ranked them by goals per shot, ie,
            “Scoring Efficiency”:
            player…. goals… shots ..goals/shots(%)
            1.yanez……..9……..37…………24
            2.mcdonald…7…….33…………21
            3.long………..9…….47…………19
            4.huerta …….6…….31…….,….19
            5.dunn ……..12…….73…………16
            6.oreilly………2…….12………….16
            7.tymrak…….3…….24………….13
            8.ohai………..4…….33………….12
            9.arod……….2…….31……………6

          • HOFCToDi

            The aforementioned table is actually shooting efficiency or shooting percentage.

            Scoring efficiency would be goals scored per minute played and I would be that Christen Press leads that category.

          • Terry Lash

            I agree this is also a useful way of looking at the statistics. Other metrics can be used to help evaluate the quality or contributions of players. My purpose was to try to put some of the enthusiasm for Ohai into perspective. Since she was drafted there has been a buzz that she deserves to be on the NT. So far I do not think her performance at the professional level makes a strong case for her being on the NT. Even if you restrict potential candidates to a “young” category Dunn and Huerta outshine Ohai.

          • Kyle Wilson

            Speaking for FC KC – Oh God, Oh God, the horror! Thanks for putting into numbers how bad our forwards/some of our offense has been. (No Hagen # please.)

          • Tom F

            One thing worth noting, Dunn easily leads the league in off sides, 30 in 12 games(2.5 a game) 2nd place is Long with 23

          • Terry Lash

            I don’t see that statistic as critically important. Any good scorer is going to be aggressive, resulting in offside calls. Dunn is in other respects an interesting case. Although doing very well as the primary forward for the Spirit, she recently said she prefers to play as a mid field winger. Such a position might be good for using both her offensive and defensive skills. Although I am a fan of Press as a striker, I think Dunn would be better as a winger on the NT.

          • GT

            Only one goal since June 20th.

        • GT

          Why didn’t Killion Start? Was she hurt? Her game is very similar to Brian’s game.

          • HOFCToDi

            I am not the coach of Sky Blue FC.

            Sarah Killion came on in the second half as a substitute.

    • Kyle Wilson

      I love, love, Laddish, but short of some epidemic, that’s never going to happen.

  • Tom F

    with the great crowds/atmosphere, why can’t the Thorns get all it’s players together at one time? Morgan, Taylor, Heath, Catley are usually missing from the lineup(I know, their claiming injuries, but once NT time comes around, their right there, ready to play!). As it looks like, the Thorns are going to miss the playoffs for the very first time, and that’s sad, since their fans deserve more!

    • Lord Otter-Blotter

      I don’t think Heath has missed a game since she came back. And Morgan is recovering from surgery. Not sure what was wrong with Taylor or Catley.

    • guest

      Heath has played 90 in every match except one against the breakers where they scored 5. KC played great but you cannot help but think that 3 games in 8 days cheated fans out of a competitive game. After 60 and probably sooner the thorns were gassed.

      • David K Anderson

        Not to make excuses, but yeah, NWSL scheduling is almost as much of an embarrassment as the streams. I knew before the game even started that the Thorns were going to be at a huge disadvantage in the second half.

        • guest

          That may have come across as bitter but I did mean the scheduling for all teams that have had those streatches this season. There has to be a better way than 3 games in 8 days for all of the teams.

  • weltmeister

    yuki ogimi from vfl wolfsburg to 1 ffc frankfurt with a contract at 30.06.2017

    • weltmeister

      and ramona bachmann from fc rosengard to vfl wolfsburg

    • Tom F

      good thing for Wolfsburg, since they picked so much talent at fwd else where. Bad news for Frankfurt cause that means the talented Mandy Islacker sits again on the bench and the German NT needs a talented fwd at Neid’s lone striker position, now Lena Pedermann looks like a shoo in for the retied Sasic’s spot. Germany isn’t going to win any championships anytime soon with Pedermann starting!

      • weltmeister

        no problem for germany, sandra starke, pauline bremer, nina ehegötz, jasmin sehan, lea schüller, stefanie sanders, eunice beckmann and bella linden are young talented players.
        and no forget, we have alexandra popp, anja mittag, lena lotzen

        • Tom F

          no love for Julia Simic, Joanne Elsig or Linda Dallmann?

          • weltmeister

            the german nt roster have 50 players with, simic, elsig, dallmann

          • Tom F

            the Neid should of put them on the NT instead of all the unfit players she chose instead!

          • HOFCToDi

            Neid should just fall on the sword for the sake of the German Football Association.

          • HOFCToDi

            Who all choke in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

            German Women’s Senior National Team:

            2011 “crickets”
            2015 “crickets”

            Not even a bronze medal.

          • Steglitz49

            The Germans love Laura Dahlmeier and Franziska Preuss.

        • HOFCToDi

          Who cares?

          Another year in which the German Women’s National Team receives a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings from the German Football Association.

          • Tom F

            Neid;s team only managed one goal in the last 3 games at the WC and then their were accusations that forced unfit/injured members to play. What on earth does it take to fire this person?

          • Steglitz49

            Bizarre! Do a WR?

        • guest

          no problem for germany??? when isn’t the olympics a problem for germany???

          • Lorehead

            Hey, at least they’re going, unlike last time. England would have qualified over them, but they chose not to send a team.

      • Steglitz49

        Mandy Islacker has had her 15 seconds of fame. It was not enough to bring her to WC-15 but gave her and her team the Champions League.

        Germany’s new NT coach is a soccer bureaucrat. Where the heck is Germany going? Down the pan? Bye, bye blackshirts?

        • Tom F

          Neid still coaches until after the Olympics. But it’s going to be hard times for Germany; Sasic & Angerer retired, Kessler don’t look like she’s coming back & Alushi will be taking are of her baby next year.

          • Steglitz49

            They will renew themselves on the field but Neid must fall on her sword and the DFB must twist arms to get them a top coach for the NT.

        • weltmeister

          steffi is not a football bureaucrat, she is a german football hero.
          world champion 2003, european champion 1997, 2001, 2005
          german champion 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007
          german cup winner 2001, 2002, 2003
          wusa champion 2003 with washington freedom
          uefa womens cup, champions league, 2002, 2006
          olympic bronze 2000, 2004

          • guest

            USWNT World Champion- 1991 199 2015
            greatest in women’s soccer history

          • guest

            USWT Olympic Champion-1996 2004 2008 2012
            greatest in women’s soccer history

          • Steglitz49

            Yet. It is the win by Norway in Sydney that is remembered.

            Also, without that win, would WoSo still be in the Olympics? WoSo has 4 teams less than the men an interesting discrimination in 2016 as opposed to 1916.

          • weltmeister

            no, no, no

          • Lorehead
          • Steglitz49

            But. The classic final was 2011. It also raised the profile of WoSo.

          • weltmeister

            no

          • Steglitz49

            Playing and coaching is not the same thing, as you ken well. Helmut Schoen is renowned as a coach, not a player. Likewise Jogi Loew and Bobby Robson.

            That does not mean that fine players can’t be successful coaches — like Zagalo, the Kaiser, Liedholm, Cruyff and Clough — but you usually have to cut your teeth somewhere.

    • Steglitz49

      Vow!

    • HOFCToDi

      Nobody really cares that much when attendance last season in FFC Frankfurt barely averaged 2,000.

      us.women.soccerway.com/national/germany/frauen-bundesliga/20142015/regular-season/r26443/

      Click on the tab labeled attendance.

      • Steglitz49

        Frankfurt won the Champions League, which is all that matters. They beat PSG. Not only was Platini there because he is the head honcho of UEFA but also Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. Angela who got the DFB to bid for WC-11 back in 2005.

        • HOFCToDi

          Hardly anyone cares in Germany about the Frauen Bundesliga when attendance across the board during the 2014-15 Frauen Bundesliga season averaged FAR LESS than 2000.

          The best Frauen Bundesliga team in attendance during 2014-15 Frauen Bundesliga Season averaged only 2132. Meanwhile, the eighth best NWSL team in attendance during the 2015 NWSL Season has averaged 2616.

  • Tp

    Pretty inexcusable at this point. This needs to be somebody’s one job, if it’s not already then something is very wrong.

    • STT

      The one problem with making this a single job is that it’s location-specific and very dependent on the resources available at those locations. Unless you’re suggesting NWSL does something top-down and buys EACH team 3+ HD cameras, extra internet connectivity, and a tech guy.

      • TsovLoj

        A grant from USSoccer for that purpose might go a long ways.

  • jill

    How was the game? Had to stop watching that horrible stream, buffering, skipping, freezing. A radio broadcast would have been better than that stream. Wait, is this 1950? Good way to grow the league, putting an unwatchable stream out. High schools do a better job than the NWSL. Paul Riley needs to go, he’s not getting the job done.

    • Great game. For KC fans, at least. 😀

      I haven’t seen possession stats, but KC seemed to be making great passes in the first half & keeping possession well. Broon was on point. Sinc received a pass right outside KC’s 18 & Broon was on her immediately to shut that down.

      Vlatko seemed to have a good game plan, and player chemistry seemed good as well. Mandy Laddish really impressed me – defensively and offensively. She didn’t seemed phased at all going up against Tobin or any other big name player.

      It was a tough-fought game. The 3-0 score line is a little misleading based on how both teams played. When Portland got possession they were also making good passes & their defense was denying a lot early.

      Holiday was NOThappy about the calls against KC, though. LOL she paid a visit to the ref before heading into the locker room at halftime. She was as fired up as she would have been had she been out on the pitch.

      • Tom F

        how come Leigh Ann Robinson never gets any credit?; for waht she does for the team. I think she’s one of the most dominating de facto players in the game today.

        And the score line wasn’t that misleading; Thorns only took 5 shots with none of them on target

        • brdn08

          She gets no credit because she’s playing next to the best woso player in the world, Rebecca Sauerbrunn.

          • Steglitz49

            Do you think Brunn will get the POTY for 2015, the one we expect Carli to lift.

          • brdn08

            I would b e totally surprised if anyone but Carli Lloyd won, but in my opinion, Sauerbrunn has been the better player this year by a decent margin.

  • STT

    Not mentioned here, but this result in particular officially eliminated the Breakers from the playoffs. So I’m really hoping something starts clicking in Boston next year so they don’t go 0-4 for the playoffs. A league that models parity shouldn’t have teams that consistently fail (or consistently win like KC and SEA). Of course, if we have expansion next year, that makes things more interesting, but still.

    • I think the league-wide parity will work itself out, especially in the case of expansion. Honestly, I think all Boston needs is a coaching change.

      • Steglitz49

        Boston needs to lose their entitlement syndrome. The sooner, the better.

    • One of a Kind

      Personally, I don’t think each team should be a reflection of the other. Of course, it sucks when two teams are outliers on the opposite sides of the success spectrum in a 9 team league, but why should a team that makes good moves like KC be hypothetically marginalized? When the Reign eventually lose at Memorial, it’ll be a real accomplishment for the victor!

      Also, seeing as how the NWSL is still butchering streams, I think expansion should wait til 2017 (I want new teams as well, but I don’t think they’re ready).

      • Guest

        I disagree. If two strong organizations like Real Salt Lake and Orlando City want in now, then do it. The league needs to get aggressive and get things moving now while there is such a high interest. Who knows what the outcome of the Olympics may bring in 2016.
        If Paulsen (Portland) and Canetti (Houston) have anything to say, it is a done deal. You can bet they want it to happen now, and I am sure they have been actively lobbying for such an outcome. I think it would have happened last year if they could have convinced another MLS team owner.
        Please explain “moves”. You mean the one where they changed stadiums 3 times in in 3 years, only to watch the 2nd highest attendance average in the league take a disastrous plunge from 4575 in 2013 to a 2018 average in 2014. Still haven’t recovered from that. KC along with WNY, which is another enigma, are the only ones that don’t show an increase, at this point in the season over, 2013.

        • One of a Kind

          I meant trades, not necessarily moving into a stadium where they can barely broadcast a match. Otherwise, I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said. However, one cannot assume that USWNT success in the Olympics will see a sudden, sustainable increase of intrigue in the league. Of course, unlike the ’04, ’08, and 2012 wins, the upcoming Olympic matches will be played in a time-slot ripe for American viewing, so none of us really know what will happen. All we can do is ride the wave and see where things go.

          I was hoping a sports broadcasting network like ESPN could at the very least show highlights of the Dash since summer is a down period for American sports, but they haven’t even done that outside of her game winner against FCKC. Furthermore, I don’t think they’ve ever put NWSL scores on their bottom ticker (they didn’t even do this for the main men’s leagues until around 2012).

          I’m all for strong organizations getting involved and joining the league, but misjudging the certain increase in interest could be just as deadly as being content with mediocrity. I’m sorry if I sound cynical or pessimistic. I think the viewership for the two Victory Tour games (one on FS1 and one on ESPN2) and Dash/Reign game on FS1 will be a sign of how much interest is really there.

        • Craigaroo

          Real Salt Lake is waiting for their smaller stadium for the NWSL team and their Division II men’s team. Wish they were ready to go but what’cha gonna do?

      • HOFCToDi

        If I remember correctly, NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush wants an even number of teams to avoid the “bye week”. I say the sooner the better, especially if Orlando City wants in.

      • STT

        I wasn’t suggesting that one team should be intentionally marginalized so that a specific other team gets some benefit. I was suggesting that a league with high parity, instead of knocking teams that do well, should have an environment that allows any team to make similar good moves to bring them up to a competitive level Granted, this depends on management and coaching more than on parity-making measure (i.e. the draft, the salary cap) but even ignoring those there should be enough year-to-year variability that “good” teams in the middle of the table one year should be able to easily knock out previous playoff teams with some regularity. The way the current season is shaping up, the playoff teams will be identical to last year to the final positions, save CHI taking POR’s 3rd-place spot.

        Uhhh I completely fail to see the connection between league expansion and streaming issues. Each stream is down to the team running it, so the league wouldn’t have much control over that, via expansion or otherwise. Besides, potential MLS-backed expansion would actually have better resources for streaming (think of how POR and HOU compare to the rest of the league).

    • Lorehead

      A pyramid with pro/rel would periodically replace incompetent management with the best-run teams in the lower leagues. Bailing out the worst-performing cronies in the clique each year has the opposite effect, though. It’s very hard to build a dynasty, but some teams are perpetually bad. Eventually, the league rules will force a few good players to sign with the bad teams and there’ll be a flash in the pan, but as soon as that star’s initial contract runs out, it will be over, because the star won’t want to stay there.

      • Steglitz49

        Promotion/relegation seems such an obvious Capitalistic and Darwinistic principle, that it is surprising that the NWSL has not embraced it.

        • Lorehead

          Nobody tell Steglitz about America.

          • Steglitz49

            It was all MLB and Bardy last ime I was there + a couple of articles about Ledecky and the swimming world championships in a soccer stadium. WoSo shone by its absence.

        • Terry Lash

          If it were to happen in the USA, MLS would have by now, because lower division leagues exist. Players go up & down, but not teams.

          • Steglitz49

            It is the American way. Whether it is the soccer way and whether that way is relevant to the US is a matter for debate.

    • Nicole C.

      I wasn’t sure if Boston was officially out yet. Thanks for clearing it up. I wonder why they didn’t include it in the article.

      • Steglitz49

        Who outed Boston? Rotters.

  • One of a Kind

    Finally, us Tymrak fans can come out of hiding! She appeared to be having a great match whenever the loading circle’s sideshow got interrupted by the actual game transpiring.

    Seriously though. The NWSL can’t keep doing this. Most of the people that watch these internet broadcasts are the devout followers and they can’t keep screwing up while expecting them to come back time and time again. It’d be nice if every game was on TV, but the league needs to put an effort into getting a broadcast studio for each of the non MLS-affiliated clubs. The Reign apparently have one, so it doesn’t seem unfeasible.

    • Davestwin7

      definitely one of her better games and I have been critical in the past. No Holiday no problem…again

  • brdn08

    Pace, fitness, and consistency.Portland was done when Jodie couldn’t go. Playing against Broon is already chore with a full lineup. Then after Farrelly left, Portland’s midfield really struggled.

  • herjersey

    Any word on Farrelly’s condition? Didn’t get to see Johnson come in, but really hoping Farrelly will be back soon

  • and they’re off

    Try this out. LeP as mentioned here returns to play cb, thus allowing Sauerbrunn to move to central midfield. Theory #2 is the move of Krieger to midfield is a trial based on hoping she can fill the NT’s need there.

    • Steglitz49

      LeP? Is this for some veterans match?

    • HOFCToDi

      Amy LePeilbet more likely replaces Chalupny on the USWNT since LePeilbet can play both centerback and fullback. At best, Amy LePeilbet would be a backup sitting on the bench for the USWNT, as was the case with Heather Mitts during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

      Jen Buczkowski is better suited to play the defensive midfield role than Sauerbrunn, who is best suited to play centerback for the USWNT.

  • weltmeister

    valais womens cup
    olympique lyonnaise-fc zürich 9-2 , 3 goals from pauline bremer
    fc bayern münchen-psg 5-4 , penalty shoot out,
    final, lyon-fc bayern münchen

    • Steglitz49

      Thank you. That should be some final!

      Was Katie Stengel playing for Bayern? Do you know the line-ups?

      • weltmeister

        katie stengel play 45 min in the 1. half

        • Steglitz49

          Thank you. Excellent. Much obliged. I saw from your link that Gina Lewandowski also played and scored her penalty. Two Americans for the price of one?

      • weltmeister
        • Steglitz49

          How can Bayern afford all these players?

          Korpela – Holstad, Abbé, Maier (60. Lewandowski), Schnaderbeck (60. Feiersinger), Behringer (C), Leupolz (76. Wenninger), Däbritz (60. Iwabuchi), Stengel (45. Evans), Rolser (60. Beckmann), Bürki (60. Miedema)

          They can bring on Iwabuchi for Däbritz, Miedema for Bürki, Evans for Stengel and Lewandowski for Maier!

          • Tom F

            how can they afford all those players???
            your talking about a club thats worth………….3.5 Billion dollars!

          • Steglitz49

            Not Necib because she has a great future behind her.

            Carli I expect to stay loyal to the NWSL but extract a pound of flesh as a quid pro quo.