Kansas City vs. Red Stars
By NWSL news
(June 20, 2014) – FC Kansas City seeks its fifth-straight win Saturday when the Blues host the Chicago Red Stars at Verizon Wireless Field.
FCKC won its fourth consecutive match in dramatic fashion when forward Frances Silva headed home from six yards out off a cross from midfielder Erika Tymrak in second-half stoppage time to claim a 2-1 road victory over the Houston Dash in Week 10.
The goal was the second of the season for Silva, who came on as a second-half substitute in the 70th minute.
Midfielder Jenna Richmond also scored for FC Kansas City, netting the first goal of her NWSL career in her 14th professional game.
Richmond, a member of the 2013 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins, was selected by FCKC in the second round of the 2014 NWSL Draft with the No. 16 overall pick.
Backup goalkeeper Sara Keane got the win in the game for the Blues. FCKC were without starting net minder Nicole Barnhart as well as midfielder Lauren Holiday, forward Amy Rodriguez and defender Becky Sauerbrunn – all of whom were on international duty with the U.S. Women’s National Team.
FC Kansas City have outscored opponents 7-1 during their four-game winning streak and are unbeaten in their last six matches as they have shot up to second in the standings.
The Red Stars come into the match looking to overcome a tough stretch that continued Wednesday with a 2-0 road loss to the Western New York Flash.
Backup goalkeeper Taylor Vancil made three saves in the game for Chicago – which were without midfielders Julie Johnston, Adriana Leon and starting goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, who were away with their respective national teams.
The midweek defeat was the fourth game in a row in failed to get into the win column. Chicago is 0-1-3 during the stretch comes on the heels of a five-game winning streak.
The match Saturday is the second of a three game road trip for the Red Stars.
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Photo courtesy of Chicago Red Stars and FC Kansas City