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Kansas City Sends Five More Representatives to International Duty

KANSAS CITY (Oct. 19, 2021) -  Kansas City NWSL will be sending five more representatives out for international duty during the October FIFA window. In addition to Adrianna ‘AD’ Franch for the USA and Desiree Scott and Victoria Pickett for Canada, Mariana Larroquette (Argentina) and Katie Bowen (New Zealand) will join their teammates for international friendlies while Rachel Corsie (Scotland) and Jéssica Silva (Portugal) will help their nations as they begin the qualifying process for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Team Equipment Manager Karly Cebula has also been asked to join New Zealand for their matches against Canada.

RACHEL CORSIE

Scotland continues their World Cup qualifying bid tied for first place in the Group B standings. First playing host to Hungary on Friday, Oct. 22 at 1:35 p.m. CT, Scotland will then head to Sweden to play on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 1:05 p.m. CT.

Corsie has 125 caps for Scotland, serving as the team’s captain since September of 2017. She led Scotland to the country’s first appearances in the European Championship in 2017 and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she played every minute. From her defensive position, she has scored 17 goals for her country.

The veteran defender also wears the captain’s armband for Kansas City. She has tallied 1,419 minutes in 17 matches this season, 16 of them starts, and is second on Kansas City with 57 defensive clearances. Corsie made her 100th appearance in the NWSL on Oct. 10 against the Portland Thorns. 

JÉSSICA SILVA

Portugal currently sits in second place behind Germany on the Group H table. They will next face off against Serbia on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 12:00 p.m. CT and then on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 10:00 a.m. CT against Bulgaria.

Silva already has 66 appearances for her country, including five of the team’s six matches in 2021, with eight international goals scored. Prior to her first senior team appearance in 2011, Silva made 21 appearances with the U19 Portugal National Team.

After signing with Kansas City in May, Silva made her NWSL debut on June 6 against the Houston Dash. The tricky forward has made 14 appearances for KC (five starts) and is tied for the team lead in assists. 

MARIANA LARROQUETTE

Argentina faces off against Mexica on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 4:00 p.m. CT for its only match of the international friendlies.

Larroquette has represented her country at the 2008 and 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups, then she joined the senior team for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In 2021, Larroquette represented Argentina in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup and the Inaugural Basque Country International Women's Cup.

This season, Larroquette has two goals and an assist. Her score in the final minute of the team’s match against NJ/NY Gotham on July 2 helped Kansas City earn a draw and was featured on SportsCenter’s Top Ten Plays on July 4.

KATIE BOWEN

New Zealand will take on Tokyo 2020 Olympic Winner Canada for two international friendly matches on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Bowen has 73 caps for her country while adding three goals in her international tenure. During her time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, she played and started in all three matches for the Football Ferns. 

Bowen has two assists in her last two games for Kansas City. In the 37th minute against Houston on Oct. 13, Bowen took a free-kick 30 yards out and sent a lobbing cross onto KC defender Elizabeth Ball’s head to put KC up 2-0. On Oct. 16 at Chicago, Bowen sent another cross into the box, this time finding the head of Defender Hailie Mace. Bowen has made 16 appearances for Kansas City this season, starting in 13. 

KARLY CEBULA

Karly Cebula is a veteran of the NWSL, having served with the Washington Spirit, Utah Royals and this season with Kansas City NWSL. She is admired across the league for her hard work, attention to detail and professionalism. Cebula will provide key support to the Ferns as New Zealand begins its preparation for international play.

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