The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced Tuesday that FC Kansas City will host the opening game of the league’s inaugural season on April 13th at Shawnee Mission District Stadium. FC Kansas City will face the Portland Thorns FC in what is a contest of preseason favorites. The six other NWSL teams will play their opening games the following day.
“We are excited that the league has chosen Kansas City to host the first game in league history,” said FC Kansas City Team President, Brian Budzinski via press release. “We feel the technical staff is putting together a team that can immediately challenge for an NWSL Championship, and this honor from the league reflects that.”
Fans should expect a good match. FC Kansas City has built one of the deepest teams in the league on paper and the Portland Thorns feature Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair, two of the best forwards in the world.
The ‘Blues’ will host every team in the NWSL at least once, with Portland Thorns FC, the Boston Breakers, Seattle Reign FC and the Chicago Red Stars each making an additional visit. Likewise, FC Kansas City will travel to each team’s stadium once, making an extra trip to Portland, Seattle, Sky Blue FC (New Jersey) and Chicago.
FC Kansas City will play eleven regular season home games and at least one exhibition game (date and time TBA) at Shawnee Mission District Stadium, the third-largest venue in the NWSL. The team is currently offering season tickets as low as $120, with single-game and group tickets going on sale March 18th. Fans can reserve their tickets by calling 855.4KC.GOAL (855.452.4625) or visiting FCKansasCity.com.
FC KANSAS CITY REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE (all times CDT)
Day Date Time Opponent Venue
Saturday 4/13/13 7:35pm Portland Thorns FC Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Saturday 4/20/13 7:35pm Boston Breakers Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Friday 4/26/13 7:35pm Seattle Reign FC Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Saturday 5/4/13 10:00pm @ Seattle Reign FC Starfire Sports Complex (Tukwila, WA)
Saturday 5/11/13 6:35pm @ Western NY Flash Sahlen’s Stadium (Rochester, NY)
Saturday 5/18/13 7:35pm Boston Breakers Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Saturday 5/25/13 7:35pm Sky Blue FC Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Thursday 6/6/13 9:30pm @ Portland Thorns FC JELD-WEN Field (Portland, OR)
Sunday 6/9/13 9:00pm @ Seattle Reign FC Starfire Sports Complex (Tukwila, WA)
Thursday 6/13/13 6:30pm @Chicago Red Stars Benedictine Sports Complex (Lisle, IL)
Sunday 6/16/13 3:10pm Portland Thorns FC Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Sunday 6/23/13 3:10pm Washington Spirit Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Wednesday 6/26/13 6:00pm @ Sky Blue FC Yurcak Field (Piscataway, NJ)
Sunday 6/30/13 3:10pm Portland Thorns FC Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Wednesday 7/3/13 6:30pm @Washington Spirit Maryland SoccerPlex (Boyds, MD)
Sunday 7/7/13 3:10pm Western NY Flash Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Sunday 7/14/13 3:00pm @Chicago Red Stars Benedictine Sports Complex (Lisle, IL)
Saturday 7/20/13 7:35pm Seattle Reign FC Shawnee Mission District Stadium
Sunday 7/28/13 5:00pm @ Sky Blue FC Yurcak Field (Piscataway, NJ)
Sunday 8/4/13 4:00pm @ Portland Thorns FC JELD-WEN Field (Portland, OR)
Saturday 8/10/13 5:00pm @ Boston Breakers Dilboy Stadium (Somerville, MA)
Sunday 8/18/13 3:10pm Chicago Red Stars Shawnee Mission District Stadium