FC Kansas City wins the NWSL Championship in Seattle

Dan Moreno

Kansas City’s professional women’s soccer team, FC Kansas City, became the National Women’s Soccer League champions at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington. Kansas City defeated the Seattle Reign 2-1 with two goals from striker Amy Rodriguez.

FC Kansas City finished 2nd in the regular season with 41 points and an overall record of 12-7-5 before defeating the Portland Thorns 2-0 in the NWSL semifinal last Saturday at Durwood Stadium.

During last year’s NWSL inaugural season , FC Kansas City won every individual award, including best coach, defender, goalkeeper, rookie and MVP. However, the team was unable to win the championship after falling in the semifinals.

On Sunday, Kansas City fought hard in Seattle for its 2-1 victory in the final to become the 2014 NWSL Champions.

Two goals from Rodriguez clenched the win for Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski’s team.

Kansas City scored in the 23rd minute when Holiday found Rodriguez inside the box. Rodriguez, the league’s top scorer, flicked the ball clear over Olympic gold medalist and U.S. National Team goalkeeper, Hope Solo.

The second goal happened in the 2nd half at 56 minutes. Holiday dribbled the ball inside the box and crossed it to the middle where Rodriguez kicked the ball into the back of the net.

Seattle increased pressure on Kansas City when Megan Rapinoe scored at 86 minutes, but the team was unable to tie the score.