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Kansas City Current Extends Unbeaten Streak to Franchise-Record 14 Games with 5-2 Victory Over Seattle Reign

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June 9, 2024 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
Kansas City Current News Release

KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Current (8-0-4, 28 pts., 1st place) rode an incredible offensive performance to a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Reign (2-9-1, 7 pts. 13th place) on Sunday afternoon at CPKC Stadium. The Current extended the club’s ongoing unbeaten streak, which dates back to the end of the 2023 season, to a franchise-best 14 matches following Sunday’s victory. After Seattle took a 2-1 lead in the first half, defender Lauren leveled the contest on the stroke of halftime before forward Temwa Chawinga recorded both a goal and an assist in the first 89 seconds of the second half to put the Current ahead for good.

Midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo scored the go-ahead goal inside the first 30 seconds of the second half, before Chawinga scored just over a minute later. Midfielder and captain Lo’eau LaBonta capped the scoring in 67th minute with a penalty kick that extended Kansas City’s lead to 5-2. The Current punctuated the first-ever “Teal Out” match, presented by Palmer Square Capital Management, with the third five-goal performance of the 2024 season in front of the sixth consecutive sell-out crowd at CPKC Stadium.

“They wanted to show everyone that the first half was behind us and we’re back,” said head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “Moments like that are going to happen, games like that are going to happen, as long as we understand what we are about, the direction that we are moving, who we are and we come back, bounce back and do well. I am very proud of them and the way they responded.”

Seattle started the match on the front foot, forcing multiple early saves from goalkeeper AD Franch. Franch stood tall to deny a threatening chance from Seattle’s Veronica Latsko in the second minute, and routinely corralled another long-range effort from Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock about 10 minutes later.

The Current eventually grew into the match, and Chawinga recorded the team’s first shot on target of the match in the 19th minute, but Seattle ultimately opened the scoring five minutes later. In the 24th minute, Jordyn Huitema pulled off a sliding finish on a cross from Latsko to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Kansas City did not wait long to equalize, though, as Chawinga pulled the Current level just four minutes later.

Chawinga’s goal capped an excellent team move, which started from a long ball forward by defender Elizabeth Ball. Ball’s pass was perfectly weighted for…

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