For Kansas City, last year scoring goals was not a problem. Lauren Holiday led the league with 12 goals on the season. They had 34 goals as a team, good for 3rd in the league rankings. But with the addition of U.S. Women’s National Team forward Amy Rodriguez, Kansas City can look to get more production out of its forwards.
“I watched [Kansas City] play in Seattle last season and from a soccer standpoint I’m very excited about the prospects,” Rodriguez said in a November release announcing her trade to FC Kansas City. “I love the style and strategy they use in their play.”
Rodriguez will be playing in her first season in the NWSL after giving birth to her son Ryan last August. She was allocated to play for the Seattle Reign but did not play because of her pregnancy. While she hasn’t played a game in the NWSL she has been called into national team camp the past four camps including playing in the 2014 Algarve Cup. Rodriguez made her return to the team in December and has appeared in five of the six games the U.S. played in 2014.
Before the NWSL, Rodriguez played collegiate soccer at the University of Southern California. At USC she played in 82 games scoring 31 goals, good for 4th all time at USC. She played professionally for the Boston Breakers and Philadelphia Independence of the WPS between 2009-2011. For the Breakers she had 17 appearances and started in 11 of those games, scoring one goal each game. After being traded to the Independence just before the 2010 season, she scored 12 goals along with six assists.
With the losses of Kristie Mewis, Courtney Jones and Renae Cuellar, who scored one, four and five goals respectively, the goal production for Kansas City falls on returners Holiday and Erika Tymrak. However, with the production she has shown at the collegiate, pro and international levels Rodriguez should be a great addition to the lineup. Add in the veteran leadership she brings and she brings another great piece to the puzzle for Kansas City as they look to get into the playoffs for the second year in a row.