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KC 2, Reign 0: Three thoughts as Franch delivers Reign latest knockout blow

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The Kansas City Current rode an early goal and some quality defending and goalkeeping to a 2-0 victory over OL Reign on Sunday to advance to next weekend’s National Women’s Soccer League Championship against the Portland Thorns, who defeated the San Diego Wave, 2-1 earlier in the day.

Here are three quick thoughts from the match.

AD Franch for the win

The Current defended well throughout the 90 minutes — much better than a week earlier in Houston despite being under considerably more pressure. But the star of the defensive show was Adrianna Franch. The 31-year-old Kansas native was good against the Dash in the quarterfinals. Against the Reign, she was great.

“Honestly, on the one, a little bit of luck,” Franch told Jordan Angeli on CBS Sports Network, without specifying which one it was. “Honestly, I didn’t see it until [the] last second. Luckily, right position, right time, and right decision to make the save. It was a crazy day today.”

Angeli went on to cite that the Current defense made 37 clearances on the day. “That’s what makes shutouts,” Franch said. “They were freakin’ unbelievable.”

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