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USWNT sold out Thursday’s match, but where was the support for FC Kansas City?

The USWNT scores in front of a packed house in Kansas City (photo copyright Daniela Porcelli)

KANSAS CITY — On a warm July evening in Kansas City, fans filled Children’s Mercy Park to watch some of the best women’s soccer players in the world. The stands were filled, the chants were loud and the U.S. women’s national team played an entertaining match in front of a sold-out crowd. It would be understandable for someone watching this game to think that Kansas City was one of the premier cities for women’s soccer.

“This is a knowledgeable market, so I think that they (fans) were into the game,” said USWNT Head Coach Jill Ellis. “The fact that there was 10,000 here for just the preliminary game I think says a lot about this city and their interest in the women’s game.”

Unfortunately, Thursday’s match was the first women’s game fans have had the chance to watch live since FC Kansas City shut down…


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