FC Kansas City (1-0-1, 4pts) v. Seattle Reign FC (0-2-1, 1pt)
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:00pm EDT/8:00pm PDT
Starfire Stadium, Tukwila, Washington
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There is an immediate opportunity for the Seattle Reign FC to avenge their 2-0 defeat to FC Kansas City last weekend when the two teams meet again on Saturday at Starfire Stadium.
Having had to wait almost a month for their first game at home, the Reign will be looking to pick up their first win of the season having tied against the Chicago Red Stars and lost to Portland Thorns and FC Kansas City.
The game last week saw Seattle create chances without being able to convert them and FC Kansas City taking full advantage and claiming victory thanks to goals from Sinead Farrelly and Renae Cuellar.
The Reign’s opening fixtures have exposed a need for some depth up front, with Kristina Larsen playing as a lone striker in their last fixture, which did see her somewhat isolated at times. Despite starting each game in a deeper role, Welsh midfielder Jess Fishlock has been the player to eventually move into a more advanced position, winning her plenty of admirers within the U.S media – she was named NWSL player of week two after grabbing her first Seattle goal against Portland.
But reinforcements are on their way. Forward Tiffany Cameron’s brief appearance at the end of last week will prove a boost and she will no doubt be pushing to join fellow Canadians Kaylyn Kyle and Emily Zurrer in the starting line-up to add more of a threat in the final third of the field.
FC Kansas City, on the other hand, have been strong and resilient at the back, which is backed up by the team having only conceded one goal in their two matches. U.S Women’s National Team keeper Nicole Barnhart has been impressive when called upon, while fellow international Becky Sauerbrunn has been outstanding.
FC Kansas City looks dangerous on the counter attack, with Fans’ MVP for Week 3 Lauren Cheney pulling the strings in midfield and the pacey Renae Cuellar looking to get in behind defenders.
The difference this week could well be the crowd, with the Seattle faithful coming out in their thousands to a sold-out Starfire Stadium. General Manager and Head Coach of Seattle, Laura Harvey, hoped that having had to wait so long for their first home game would see the fans turn out in force.
“We are really excited about the home opener, it has been hard getting on planes every week to go to a game,” Harvey said. “The excitement around the city is great. Seattle is a football city and we are hoping for a good crowd that can really get behind the team. I think Kansas is a good team, hard-working and very good in possession.”