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Reign drop first points of season, tie FC Kansas City

Elli Reed and Seattle Reign FC are still unbeaten on the season. (Photo Courtesy FC Kansas City)

Seattle Reign FC dropped its first points of the season, but still earned a point in a 1-1 tie with FC Kansas City on Wednesday at Verizon Wireless Field.

The two teams traded goals just three minutes apart as Seattle managed to remain the only unbeaten team (7-0-1) in the National Women’s Soccer League. Amy Rodriguez and Kim Little each scored for their respective teams to remain tied for the league lead in goals with seven.

Rodriguez opened the scoring for Kansas City in the 42nd minute on an individual effort that beat Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo in the top corner. Rodriguez stole the ball from Seattle forward Sydney Leroux, dribbled forward and beat a pair of Reign defenders before ripping a left-footed shot past Solo.

But the lead would last just three minutes. Kansas City defender Nikki Phillips was controversially called for tripping Elli Reed in the box in the 45th minute, and Little stepped up to finish the penalty kick.

The point gives Seattle four from their two meetings in a week with FC Kansas City. Seattle blow a two-goal lead at home last week before Keelin Winters scored a late goal to keep the Reign perfect at the time.

“We are pleased to be undefeated,” Seattle coach Laura Harvey said. “Disappointed to not get 3 points, but 4 points vs FC Kansas City shows progression for our group.”

Seattle next gets the Western New York Flash at home on Sunday, while FC Kansas City continues a grueling stretch of seven games in the month of May with a trip to Boston on Sunday.

Match: FC Kansas City vs. Seattle Reign FC
May 21, 2014
Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium, Kansas City, MO
7:00p.m. CT, 8:00p.m. ET
Attendance: 2,011
Mid 80s, partly cloudy


Time Team ## Player Card Reason
17’ FCKC 7 Jenna Richmond Yellow Reckless Foul
33’ SRFC 11 Keelin Winters Yellow Reckless Foul
78’ SRFC 3 Lauren Barnes Yellow Reckless Foul


Scoring Summary 1 2 F
Seattle Reign FC 1 0 1
FC Kansas City 1 0 1

Team Scorer (Assist) Time
FCKC Amy Rodriguez (Liz Bogus) 42’
SRFC Kim Little (PK) 45’

Barnhart; Robinson, Phillips, Sauerbrunn (C), Mathias ; Richmond, Buczkowski, Bogus (Silva 74’), Holiday, Tymrak; Rodriguez
Subs not used: Keane, Henderson, Laddish, Marlborough, Williams

SRFC: Solo; Reed, Fletcher, Barnes, Dallstream (Cox 80’); Fishlock, Deines, Winters; Little, Leroux (Nogueira 72’), Goebel
Subs not used: Kopmeyer, Brigman, Foxhoven, LaPonte


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