Kansas City Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Records 300th Save in Loss to Chicago Kansas City Current

Kansas City Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Records 300th Save in Loss to Chicago

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2021) - Kansas City NWSL traveled to SeatGeek Stadium in Chicago, Illinois to face off against the Chicago Red Stars, the team’s third game in the third different city in eight days. Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch recorded her 300th save of her NWSL career in the 58th minute, becoming only the fifth player ever to reach that milestone. Unfortunately, the Red Stars were able to find the goal tonight and KC dropped the match 3-0.

Head Coach Huw Williams had high praise after the game for Franch’s historic night. “AD is clearly a leader and a player that's going to help us move on and get closer to our final destination, the picture that we have for this team needs people like AD to get there.”

Kansas City NWSL’s Lo’eau LaBonta got the team off to the races in the fifth minute when she went coast-to-coast to rocket a shot at Chicago’s Cassie Miller. Chicago had a near chance in the 10th minute of play when Kealia Watt crossed the ball on the left flank into a running Rachel Hill, but Franch dove to block the redirect from reaching the net. 

Franch again made a beautiful save in the 30th minute when Hill crossed a ball into the box for Mallory Pugh, but Franch leaped up to make a diving save and prevent Pugh from getting a chance on it. Kansas City continued to put on the pressure for the first 30 minutes of the match, nearly finding the back of the net with several chances, but were unable to tuck one in. 

After the hydration break, Chicago was able to gain momentum and take the lead in the 36th minute. Pugh put her corner kick into Woldmoe who found herself open in the middle of the penalty box and put Chicago up 1-0.  

With five corner kicks in the first half, the Red Stars were able to keep Kansas City on defense. In the second half, Chicago earned three more corner kicks and several short free kicks from outside the box. In the 61st minute Pugh crossed in a free kick from just inside the corner that hit off a Kansas City defender and bounced straight to Woldmoe’s foot. The forward was able to control the ball and it in for her second goal of the night. Chicago scored the team’s final goal in the 81st minute, completing its 3-0 defeat over Kansas City.

Kansas City will now have eight days before the next match. The team will be looking for its third-straight home victory at Legends Field on Sunday, September 5th at 6 p.m. CT against the North Carolina Courage. The match will stream on Paramount+.

NWSL Match Report
Match
: Kansas City NWSL vs Chicago Red Stars
Date: August 28, 2021
Venue: SeatGeek Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Kickoff: 7:07 p.m. CT, 8:07 p.m. ET
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny
Attendance: 3,546

Discipline
89’ CHI - Woldmoe (Yellow)

Scoring
36’ CHI - Woldmoe (Pugh)
62’ CHI - Woldmoe
81’ CHI - Johnson (Watt)

Scoring Summary

Goals

1

2

F

Chicago Red Stars

1

2

3

Kansas City

0

0

0

Lineups:
Chicago Red Stars: Miller, Gorden, Krueger, Wright, Davidson, Gautrat©, Johnson (84’ Stanton), Woldmoe, Watt (84’ Stevens), Pugh (80’ Doniak), Hill (74’ Mautz)
Substitutes Not Used: Boyd, Goralski, Milazzo, Sharples, St. Georges

Kansas City: Franch, Bowen (46’ Weber), Edmonds©, Ball, Pickett, K., Scott (46’ Vincent), LaBonta (73’ Silva), Pickett, V., McCain (59’ Logarzo), Jenkins, Hamilton (46’ Mace)
Substitutes Not Used: Rowland, Del Fava, Miramontez, Larroquette

CHICAGO (Aug. 28, 2021) - Kansas City NWSL traveled to SeatGeek Stadium in Chicago, Illinois to face off against the Chicago Red Stars, the team’s third game in the third different city in eight days. Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch recorded her 300th save of her NWSL career in the 58th minute, becoming only the fifth player ever to reach that milestone. Unfortunately, the Red Stars were able to find the goal tonight and KC dropped the match 3-0.

Head Coach Huw Williams had high praise after the game for Franch’s historic night. “AD is clearly a leader and a player that's going to help us move on and get closer to our final destination, the picture that we have for this team needs people like AD to get there.”

Kansas City NWSL’s Lo’eau LaBonta got the team off to the races in the fifth minute when she went coast-to-coast to rocket a shot at Chicago’s Cassie Miller. Chicago had a near chance in the 10th minute of play when Kealia Watt crossed the ball on the left flank into a running Rachel Hill, but Franch dove to block the redirect from reaching the net. 

Franch again made a beautiful save in the 30th minute when Hill crossed a ball into the box for Mallory Pugh, but Franch leaped up to make a diving save and prevent Pugh from getting a chance on it. Kansas City continued to put on the pressure for the first 30 minutes of the match, nearly finding the back of the net with several chances, but were unable to tuck one in. 

After the hydration break, Chicago was able to gain momentum and take the lead in the 36th minute. Pugh put her corner kick into Woldmoe who found herself open in the middle of the penalty box and put Chicago up 1-0.  

With five corner kicks in the first half, the Red Stars were able to keep Kansas City on defense. In the second half, Chicago earned three more corner kicks and several short free kicks from outside the box. In the 61st minute Pugh crossed in a free kick from just inside the corner that hit off a Kansas City defender and bounced straight to Woldmoe’s foot. The forward was able to control the ball and it in for her second goal of the night. Chicago scored the team’s final goal in the 81st minute, completing its 3-0 defeat over Kansas City.

Kansas City will now have eight days before the next match. The team will be looking for its third-straight home victory at Legends Field on Sunday, September 5th at 6 p.m. CT against the North Carolina Courage. The match will stream on Paramount+.

NWSL Match Report
Match
: Kansas City NWSL vs Chicago Red Stars
Date: August 28, 2021
Venue: SeatGeek Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Kickoff: 7:07 p.m. CT, 8:07 p.m. ET
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny
Attendance: 3,546

Discipline
89’ CHI - Woldmoe (Yellow)

Scoring
36’ CHI - Woldmoe (Pugh)
62’ CHI - Woldmoe
81’ CHI - Johnson (Watt)

Scoring Summary

Goals

1

2

F

Chicago Red Stars

1

2

3

Kansas City

0

0

0

Lineups:
Chicago Red Stars: Miller, Gorden, Krueger, Wright, Davidson, Gautrat©, Johnson (84’ Stanton), Woldmoe, Watt (84’ Stevens), Pugh (80’ Doniak), Hill (74’ Mautz)
Substitutes Not Used: Boyd, Goralski, Milazzo, Sharples, St. Georges

Kansas City: Franch, Bowen (46’ Weber), Edmonds©, Ball, Pickett, K., Scott (46’ Vincent), LaBonta (73’ Silva), Pickett, V., McCain (59’ Logarzo), Jenkins, Hamilton (46’ Mace)
Substitutes Not Used: Rowland, Del Fava, Miramontez, Larroquette

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