Kansas City NWSL Set to Close out Challenge Cup Schedule with First Match at Legends Field
KANSAS CITY - Kansas City NWSL closes out the Challenge Cup facing OL Reign on Monday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The team will be playing for the first time at their permanent home for the season, Legends Field.
Although the team has been eliminated from the Challenge Cup final, Head Coach Huw Williams has seen several positives from the tournament.
"I'd be lying if I said we weren't trying to win the Challenge Cup," said Williams. "We didn't advance, but playing the level of opposition we have will certainly help prepare us for the regular season.
The final game of the 2021 Challenge Cup gives Kansas City a final chance to prepare for the team's first regular season. Over the previous three games, Head Coach Huw Williams has had a chance to see his team in multiple formations, with players in different positions. This final game could see another starting lineup with the return of Mallory Weber from her loan in Australia. The veteran forward started all 10 games she appeared in for Adelaide United this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Chloe Logarzo - Since joining her new team, Logarzo has played 75 minutes over two games. As she continues to adjust to her new team, Williams hopes she can bring an offensive spark to the team's midfield. Against Houston, Logarzo found herself in the middle of the play throughout the game and sent a rocket of a shot just over the Dash goal late in the game.
Tziarra King - King was drafted by the Utah Royals and was part of the roster that was originally transferred to Kansas City, but was traded to OL Reign in January for forward Darian Jenkins. King provided an assist and scored, what ended up being, the winning goal for the Reign in their 3-2 win over the Chicago Red Stars.
Kansas City played in front of an excited crowd last Monday as the NWSL returned to KC for the first time since 2017. Although Houston was able to net three goals in the first 75 minutes, Michele Vasconcelos gave the home fans something to cheer for when she broke through the defensive line and scored the team's first home goal in the 77th minute.
The NWSL Discipline Committee determined this week that forward Mariana Larroquette committed unsportsmanlike conduct detrimental to the league in violation of Section 12.3.6, "Major Game Misconduct," of the League Operations Manual. In doing that, they issued a one-game suspension to Larroquette. The Argentinian forward will be eligible for selection in the team's first regular season game on Saturday, May 15 at Racing Louisville.
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