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Kansas City improv: Why fluidity is the secret to the Current’s success

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The Kansas City Current’s last-gasp winner in Sunday’s first-round playoff win over the Houston Dash was the latest regulation goal in National Women’s Soccer League history.

It was scored by Kate Del Fava, the first of her NWSL career. It originated from a sublime, no-look through ball by Lo’eau LaBonta, the sort of pass others wouldn’t even try, let alone execute in such a high-pressure moment. That pass fed Alex Loera, the defensive midfielder, who continued her run to hit the end line and send in a low cross for the finish.

It was the unexpected, it was improvisation, it was unwavering self-belief. It was the 2022 Kansas City Current all over, the sort of goal only they could score, at the sort of time only they could score it.

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Last year, Kansas City finished bottom of the NWSL. Five games into this campaign, they were second-bottom. No wins, one point on the board, and they were missing key players due to injury: both Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams ruled out for the season.

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