FC Kansas City

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FC Kansas City
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Full name FC Kansas City
Nickname(s) FCKC, "The Blues"
Founded 2012
Stadium Verizon Wireless Field at Stanley H. Durwood Stadium
Owner Brian Budzinski, Chris Likens, Brad Likens, Greg Likens
Coach Vlatko Andonovski
League National Women's Soccer League
Website Club home page
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors
Current season

FC Kansas City is an American women's professional soccer club based in Kansas City, Kansas. The team began play in 2013 in the eight-team National Women's Soccer League.

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

In November 2012, it was confirmed that a Kansas City-based women's professional soccer team had been accepted into a new women's professional soccer league, later named National Women's Soccer League.[1] The KC ownership group is composed of Chris Likens, his two sons Brad and Greg Likens, and Brian Budzinski, the same owners of the Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[2][3]

Colors and badge[edit]

On January 11, 2013, a new logo was unveiled for the team that features the team's colors: blue and black. According to a team-issued press release, "the new logo also represents the ever-flowing qualities that make up the game of women's professional soccer."[4][5]

Inaugural season[edit]

On December 12, 2012, FC Kansas City announced that Vlatko Andonovski, a former professional player and head coach of the Kansas City Kings of the PASL and Missouri Olympic Development Program (ODP), would be head coach of the team.[6]

On January 14, 2013, as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, Nicole Barnhart (USA), Lauren Cheney (USA), Renae Cuéllar (MEX), Marylin Diaz (MEX), Becky Sauerbrunn (USA), Desiree Scott (CAN), and Lauren Sesselmann (CAN) were named to the team.[7][8][9][10] On January 18, the team selected Kristie Mewis, Erika Tymrak, Whitney Berry, and Nia Williams in the 2013 NWSL College Draft.[11] The team signed Sinead Farrelly, Jen Buczkowski, and Leigh Ann Robinson as free agents.[12] During the February 7 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft, the Blues selected Courtney Jones, Bianca Henninger, Merritt Mathias, Casey Nogueira, Tina DiMartino, and Casey Berrier.[13]

The Blues finished second during the regular season with a 11-6-5 record earning a berth to the playoffs. Post-season, the team swept the majority of the league's annual awards with Lauren Holiday receiving Golden Boot and League MVP honors, Erika Tymrak the recipient of the Rookie of the Year, and Becky Sauerbrunn winning Defender of the Year. Head coach Vlatko Andonovski won Coach of the Year.[14] Four players were also named to the league's Best XI: Nicole Barnhart, Leigh Ann Robinson, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Lauren Holiday.[15]

Players and coaches[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Sara Keane
2 United States FW Melissa Henderson
3 United States MF Maegan Kelly
4 United States DF Becky Sauerbrunn
5 United States FW Liz Bogus
6 United States MF Jen Buczkowski
7 United States MF Jenna Richmond
8 United States FW Amy Rodriguez
9 United States MF Merritt Mathias
10 United States FW Frances Silva
12 United States FW Lauren Holiday
13 United States DF Leigh Ann Robinson
No. Position Player
14 United States DF Kasey Kallman
15 United States MF Erika Tymrak
16 United States DF Nia Williams
17 United States DF Amy LePeilbet
18 United States GK Nicole Barnhart
19 Australia FW Katrina Gorry
22 Mexico GK Cecilia Santiago
23 Poland DF Nikki Phillips
24 United States FW Sarah Hagen
25 United States MF Mandy Laddish
United States MF Missy Geha
United States MF Molly Dreska

Head coaches[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Regular Season Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2013 NWSL 2nd Place Semi-Finals 4,626

Ownership and team management[edit]

FC Kansas City's ownership group is composed of Chris, Brad and Greg Likens, and Brian Budzinski. The group also owns the Missouri Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[16] Budzinski is also owner of the Kansas City Soccerdome.[17]

Stadium[edit]

During the inaugural season, the Blues played their games at Shawnee Mission District Stadium in Overland Park, Kansas. The stadium has a 6,150 seating capacity.[18][19] It is the third largest stadium in the NWSL after Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Oregon, home of the Portland Thorns and Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York, home of the Western New York Flash.[20] Sporting Kansas City, then called the Kansas City Wizards, played at the stadium in a match against the Colorado Rapids during the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.[21][22]

The team announced on January 8, 2014, that they will be moving to the Verizon Wireless Field at Stanley H. Durwood Stadium on the UMKC campus to play there through 2015. [23]

Broadcasting[edit]

FC Kansas City games are broadcast live via the team's website using YouTube. Local cable provider, Time Warner Cable's Metro SportsEight, also broadcasts eight games.

The broadcasts are called by veteran soccer commentator, Sean Wheelock, with color commentary provided by Missy Geha, a reserve player for the team.[24] During the 2013 season, a select number of league games were broadcast on Fox Sports.[25]

Supporters[edit]

Kansas City FC's official supporters group is called the KC Blue Crew.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New women’s soccer league links and news". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "FC Kansas City To Launch This Spring". FC Kansas City. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Women's professional soccer coming to Kansas City". The Pitch News. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "FC Kansas City unveils new logo". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "C Kansas City Launches New Logo". Our Sports Central. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "FC Kansas City Coaching Staff Announced". FC Kansas City. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wambach, Morgan also allocated to NWSL teams". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "NWSL allocation easier said than done". ESPN. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "New Women’s League Allocates Players". New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Eight Teams Make Selections at 2013 NWSL College Draft at NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis". U.S. Soccer. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  12. ^ Lewis, Scott (February 9, 2013). "FC Kansas City officially announces the signing of Sinead Farrelly". NWSL News. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Results: Ochs taken first in NWSL Supplemental Draft". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (August 27, 2013). "Holiday named 2013 NWSL MVP; KC sweeps awards". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "NWSL BEST XI". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "New Kansas City women’s soccer team releases logo". Kansas City Business Journal. January 10, 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  17. ^ McDowell, Sam (July 30, 2013). "Joco’s pro women’s soccer team, FC Kansas City, seeks longevity where others have failed". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Home / News / FC KANSAS CITY NAMES VENUE FOR 2013 SEASON FC KANSAS CITY NAMES VENUE FOR 2013 SEASON". FC Kansas City. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "FC Kansas City announces venue". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "FC Kansas City calls Shawnee Mission District Stadium home". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "FC Kansas City to Play at Shawnee Mission North". Down the Byline. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "Kansas City Wizards Qualify for Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16". WIBW. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "FC KANSAS CITY ANNOUNCES NEW HOME VENUE". FCKansasCity.com. FC Kansas City. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "FC KANSAS CITY ANNOUNCES BROADCAST PARTNERS". FC Kansas City. April 15, 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "NWSL, FOX Sports announce TV deal". Fox Sports. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "KC Blue Crew on Twitter". KC Blue Crew. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 

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