We have learned that FC Kansas City has added another piece to the team’s puzzle by agreeing to terms with midfielder Jen Buczkowski.
The 27-year-old midfielder was drafted 39th overall in the 2009 WPS college draft after finishing her college career at Notre Dame. She helped Notre Dame to a 2004 NCAA championship and managed to play every game in her college career. Buczkowski professional career includes 16 appearances for New Jersey Sky Blue (WPS) and 41 appearances for the Philadelphia Independence (WPS) through 2010-2011 including playing every minute of the regular season for the Independence in 2011 and was named the team’s Ironwoman. She was also part of several multiple youth U.S. National Teams including the U-19 and the 2003 Nordic Cup U-21 champions.
“She’s the unheralded hero,” said Paul Riley, Philadelphia Independence’s coach, in a 2011 interview. “No one talks about her. But she’s the one that’s on the team sheet first every week. It’s Buczkowski in the middle of the midfield and then we build the team around her.”
Buczkowski is the third free agent FC Kansas City has reportedly signed during the free agent period joining Sinead Farrelly and Melissa Henderson. Just as it was with those reported signings, neither FC Kansas City nor the NWSL has made an official announcement of Buczkowski’s signing.
NOTE: As per NWSL policy, all signings are pending approval from the league.