FC Kansas City
|Full name||FC Kansas City|
|Nickname(s)||FCKC, "The Blues"|
|Stadium||Swope Soccer Village|
|Owner||Brian Budzinski, Chris Likens, Brad Likens, Greg Likens|
|Head Coach||Vlatko Andonovski|
|League||National Women's Soccer League|
|Website||Club home page|
FC Kansas City is an American professional women's soccer club based in Kansas City, Missouri. The team began play in the National Women's Soccer League in 2013 and won the championship in 2014 after defeating Seattle Reign FC 2-1 on August 31, 2014. They repeated as NWSL Champions after again defeating Seattle 1-0 on October 1, 2015.
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. 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.
Colors and badge
On January 11, 2013, a new logo was unveiled for the team that features the team's colors: blue, white 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."
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.
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. On January 18, the team selected Kristie Mewis, Erika Tymrak, Whitney Berry, and Nia Williams in the 2013 NWSL College Draft. The team signed Sinead Farrelly, Jen Buczkowski, and Leigh Ann Robinson as free agents. During the February 7, 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft, the Blues selected Courtney Jones, Bianca Henninger, Merritt Mathias, Casey Nogueira, Tina DiMartino, and Casey Berrier.
The Blues finished second during the regular season with an 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. Four players were also named to the league's Best XI: Nicole Barnhart, Leigh Ann Robinson, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Lauren Holiday.
Players and coaches
As of November 17, 2015:
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|12||Lauren Holiday||FW/MF||2013–15||August 27, 2015|
|Year||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||Avg. Attendance|
Ownership and team management
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 Arena Soccer League. Budzinski is also owner of the Kansas City Soccerdome.
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. It is the third largest stadium in the NWSL after Providence Park in Portland, Oregon, home of the Portland Thorns and Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York, home of the Western New York Flash. 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.
However, for the 2015 season, FC Kansas City entered into a partnership with Sporting Kansas City to use their training grounds at Swope Soccer Village for training and play matches at the complex's championship field. The stadium has seating for 1500, but was expanded to 3,557 using the bleachers FC Kansas City had purchased for use at Durwood Stadium for the previous season.
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. During the 2013 season, a select number of league games were broadcast on Fox Sports.
FC Kansas City's official supporters group is called the KC Blue Crew.
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