Kansas City NWSL
FoundedDecember 7, 2020; 8 months ago (2020-12-07)
StadiumLegends Field
Kansas City, Kansas
Capacity10,385
OwnersAngie Long
Chris Long
Brittany Matthews
Head coachHuw Williams
LeagueNational Women's Soccer League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Kansas City NWSL is an American professional women's soccer team based in Kansas City, Kansas. It began play as an expansion team in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in 2021.

History

Establishment

See also: FC Kansas City

Kansas City last had an NWSL team in 2017, when two-time champions FC Kansas City ceased operations and its player-related assets were transferred to expansion team Utah Royals FC.[1] Three years later, the Royals also had to cease operations, and a Kansas City-based ownership group led by financial executives Angie and Chris Long took advantage to secure an expansion team along with the Royals' player-related assets on December 7, 2020.[2] Brittany Matthews, fiancée of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and former college soccer player at University of Texas at Tyler, purchased a stake in the team as well.[3] The Longs immediately named Huw Williams, former general manager of FC Kansas City, as the team's inaugural head coach.[2]

Colors and crest

Due to the short turnaround between the team's founding and the 2021 NWSL season, the ownership announced in January 2021 that the team would play its inaugural season under the temporary name "Kansas City NWSL" with temporary crest and colors; a full brand development process would take place so that a permanent team name, crest, and colors will be in place for the 2022 NWSL season.[4]

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Sleeve sponsor Ref.
2021–present Nike Palmer Square Capital Management Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City [5][6]

Stadium

The Kansas City NWSL franchise's 2021 home opener at Field of Legends in Kansas City, Kansas
The Kansas City NWSL franchise's 2021 home opener at Field of Legends in Kansas City, Kansas

Kansas City plays home matches at the Field of Legends in Kansas City, Kansas.[7][8] The stadium will have a capacity of 10,385 for soccer matches.[citation needed]

Supporters

The Blue Crew, a supporters group of the defunct FC Kansas City, has continued to support the new NWSL team in Kansas City.[9]

Broadcasting

See also: National Women's Soccer League § Broadcasting

On June 13, 2021, CBS affiliate KCTV agreed on a multi-year deal to become the official local television partner through the 2023 season. The station and its MyNetworkTV affiliate KSMO-TV will broadcast eight matches locally in the club's inaugural season. Brad Porter will serve as the play-by-play commentator, joined by Aly Trost as the color analyst.[10]

Players and staff

Current squad

As of August 24, 2021.[11]
No. Pos. Player Nation
0 GK Katelyn Rowland  United States
1 GK Adrianna Franch  United States
2 DF Rachel Corsie  Scotland
3 DF Kristen Edmonds  United States
4 MF Hailie Mace  United States
5 DF Sydney Miramontez  United States
6 DF Katie Bowen  New Zealand
7 DF Elizabeth Ball  United States
9 MF Lo'eau LaBonta  United States
11 MF Desiree Scott  Canada
13 FW Darian Jenkins  United States
14 MF Gaby Vincent  United States
15 FW Michele Vasconcelos  United States
16 FW Jaycie Johnson  United States
17 FW Arielle Ship  United States
19 DF Michelle Maemone  United States
20 DF Mallory Weber  United States
21 FW Mariana Larroquette  Argentina
22 MF Maddie Nolf  United States
23 DF Kiki Pickett  United States
24 DF Taylor Leach  United States
25 FW Kristen Hamilton  United States
26 MF Jordyn Listro  Canada
28 MF Addie McCain  United States
29 DF Kate Del Fava  United States
66 MF Chloe Logarzo  Australia
77 FW Jéssica Silva  Portugal
99 MF Victoria Pickett  Canada

Out on loan

No. Pos. Player Nation
27 GK Carly Nelson (at FC Nordsjælland[12])  United States

Staff

As of March 29, 2021.[13][14]
Executive
Director of sport and chief soccer officer Christian Lavers
Associate general manager Derek Shoare
Technical
Head coach Huw Williams
Assistant coach Natalia Astrain
Assistant coach Goran Karadjov
Video analyst and assistant coach Lucas Rodriguez
Goalkeeper coach Alli Lipsher

Head coaches

Records

See also: National Women's Soccer League attendance

Year League Regular Season Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2021 NWSL TBD TBD TBD

References

  1. ^ Linehan, Meg (November 20, 2017). "NWSL announces that FC Kansas City will cease operations". NWSL. Archived from the original on September 29, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Kansas City Returns to the NWSL as Expansion Team in 2021". NWSL. December 7, 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "Whitehouse native Brittany Matthews part of ownership team bringing National Women's Soccer League to Kansas City". CBS19.tv.
  4. ^ "NWSL's Kansas City team will remain unbranded for 2021". All for XI. January 12, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  5. ^ "Kansas City NWSL Announces Palmer Square Capital Management As Inaugural Season Front Jersey Sponsor". Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  6. ^ "Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Named Official Health Insurance Partner of Kansas City NWSL". Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "Ticket Information". KC NWSL. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  8. ^ Mellinger, Sam (December 8, 2020). "Inside a KC couple's vision for our city's newest pro team as women's soccer returns". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  9. ^ Blue Crew [@kcbluecrew] (December 5, 2020). "Forgive the fact that its a screenshot, we didn't have a lot of time to prepare/make it fancy. But a statement from the KC Blue Crew" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Welniak, Dani. "KCTV5 now official home of KC NWSL, will broadcast 8 matches this season". KCTV5. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  11. ^ "2021 TEAM". Kansas City NWSL. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  12. ^ "Kansas City Loans Goalkeeper Carly Nelson to Danish Club FC Nordsjælland". Kansas City NWSL. August 24, 2021. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  13. ^ "Kansas City NWSL Finalizes Technical Staff For Upcoming Season". Kansas City NWSL. January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  14. ^ "KC NWSL APPOINTS CHRISTIAN LAVERS AS DIRECTOR OF SPORT AND CHIEF SOCCER OFFICER". Kansas City NWSL. March 29, 2021. Retrieved March 30, 2021.