Kansas City Shuts out Orlando at Home

A look at Children’s Mercy Park.

Gunnar Boughan, Staff Writer

The Kansas City Current found their first win of the young regular season against the Orlando Pride on April 23  at Children’s Mercy Park. 

  After a rough start to the season, the Current pulled away with a comfortable two-goal win against the Pride. 

  The Current started the game strong with three scoring chances in the first 30 minutes. They were unable to find the back of the net until the 64th minute when defender Hailie Mace laid out a fantastic pass through traffic to Brazilian midfielder Debinha.

  Only four minutes later, the Current defeated the Prides’ back line when Mace sent a cross directly to the foot of forward Cece Kizer for their second and final goal. 

  Kansas City played with poise in this match, and beautiful passing helped generate offensive pushes. 

  Both teams are at the bottom of the NWSL standings, because of poor play and a lack of solid offense.

  This win comes after the firing of head coach Matt Potter. Lack of leadership and employment responsibilities led to his dismissal.

  Former Assistant Coach Caroline Sjöblom replaced Potter’s position.  

  This game was a fresh start for Kansas City. They played with more confidence and were able to keep constant pressure on Orlando. If Kansas City maintains this type of gameplay, then they will be a force by playoffs. 

  After a matchup against a highly-ranked NJ/NY Gotham FC, the Current will fly to California to play Angel City on May 7 at 7 p.m.

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