FC Kansas City earned their third shutout of the season and stayed undefeated at home as they posted a 2-0 victory over the Boston Breakers on Saturday night.
In front of a crowd of 4,362 at the newly named Verizon Wireless Field, the Blues got off to another early start as forward Renae Cuellar tracked down a pass by Lauren Cheney in the 17th minute and slid the ball by Breakers keeper and fellow Mexican National Team member Cecilia Santiago. Cheney got on the board herself in the 64th minute as she used her body to deflect a cross from Casey Loyd and placed it inside the near post to give FCKC a 2-0 lead and secure the win.
Although FCKC has been known for their offensive-minded gameplay this season, the real story was how their defense held a hot-shooting Breakers squad to zero goals and limiting Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly to a combined two shots (only one on goal). To top it all off, this was without USWNTer Becky Sauerbrunn who sat out the match with a hamstring injury.
Cheney spoke to the Pitchside Report after the match about the versatility of the Blues: “I think that’s just a testament to our team, that we’re able to move pieces around and still have such a solid showing.”
Sauerbrunn is expected to be back in the lineup for FCKC’s next match, this Saturday versus Sky Blue FC, however they might not be as lucky with Lauren Sesselmann who limped off the pitch in the 80th minute. Sesselmann was seen after the match with her ankle wrapped and on crutches. No official word from the team on her condition.
With the win FC Kansas City moved into third place in the league, just six points behind the leaders, while the loss dropped the Breakers to fourth, eight points out of first.
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FC Kansas City hand Boston Breakers first loss at EqualizerSoccer.com
With goals from Renae Cuellar and Lauren Cheney, the Blues posted a 2-0 victory over the visiting Breakers Saturday night in front of 4,362 in Overland Park, improving to 3-1-1. The win vaults Kansas City third in the NWSL standings, three points behind the league’s leaders: Sky Blue FC and Portland Thorns FC. Boston falls to fourth, their loss leaving them 2-1-2 on the young season.
FC Kansas City shuts down Boston Breakers 2-0 at The Daily Wiz
One of the best defenses in the league held one of the best offenses in the league to a clean sheet as FC Kansas City knocked off the Boston Breakers 2-0.
FC Kansas City gets back on track with win against Boston at The Kansas City Star
FCKC’s defense took a hit before the match even started, when captain Becky Sauerbrunn couldn’t go because of a hamstring injury. Still, the defense held firm.