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Kassouf: From worst to (almost) first and (almost) back in Kansas City

Strong offseason signings were supposed to make last year’s finalists better. Instead, the Current are mired in defensive mistakes.

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The meme of the weekend in another chaotic round of National Women’s Soccer League fixtures was Kansas City Current midfielder Debinha shouting, “f*ck off” at the referee in second-half stoppage time.

Such is life in Kansas City right now.

The Kansas City Current, who made it to the NWSL Championship last year after finishing in last place the prior season, are back near the basement of the NWSL over one-third of the way through the 2023 season. Only the hapless Chicago Red Stars have fewer points (4, to Kansas City’s 6) and have conceded more goals this regular season.

Last week, Kansas City lost to Racing Louisville FC twice in 72 hours, once in the Challenge Cup and once in regular-season play. The Current have lost four straight games in all competitions. All this for the team that made the splashiest offseason acquisition in the league and won a global bidding war to land midfielder Debinha, then reinforced that with several important midfield signings via the league’s first free-agency window.

Salvaging this season will require a stark turnaround.

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