Kansas City moves up the table with clean sheet against Gotham

With Gotham sitting just a point from the top of the table, Juan Carlos Amoros’ side travelled to Kansas City for a battle against the Current. Kansas City entered the match in 11th place with just one point separating the side from the bottom of the table.

Starting lineups

Kansas City Current: Miller; Mace, Kizer, Fava, Larsson, LaBonta, DiBernardo, Soto, Robinson, Merrick, Debinha

NJ/NY Gotham FC: Smith; Bruninha, Long, Zerboni, Williams, Krieger, Edmonds, Ryan, Mewis, Smith, Jean

How it went

With both sides having good chances, the opening spell of the game was largely level. As the first half progressed however, Kansas City began to gain more control with Abigail Smith being called into action regularly. Despite some last-ditch defending being required from the visitors, the two sides went into halftime with the score still level.

It wasn’t far into the second half before the deadlock would finally be broken.  Debinha’s right-footed effort from the middle of the penalty area flew into the centre of the goal, putting the hosts in the lead.

Just four minutes later and the Brazilian doubled her goal tally for the evening. A left-footed shot from close range saw the hosts go 2-0 up with almost 30 minutes still to play. From there the game was all the hosts with Gotham managing just a handful of attempts in the dying minutes of the tie. Despite the home side’s dominance, they were unable to increase their lead even with several good chances.

The victory sees Kansas City move up into seventh, just four points shy of the top of the table. Gotham dropped into fifth with two points separating them from league leaders Portland Thorns.

Up next

Kansas City will next meet Angel City away before playing host to San Diego Wave. Gotham will face back-to-back games on the road; facing North Carolina Courage and Chicago Red Stars.

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