KC NWSL on the road today against Washington

Kansas City NWSL travels to Segra Field in Leesburg, Virginia, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, to face the Washington Spirit after a three-week break.

This is only the second match against Washington this season, with the Spirit prevailing on June 26 at Legends Field in the first, 2-1.

Kansas City’s last match was Sept. 5 at home versus the North Carolina Courage, ahead in the statistical categories of shots, shots on goal, and possession. However, neither team was able to find the back of the net with the match resulting in a 0-0 draw.

Washington has been idle since Aug. 29, when it played the North Carolina Courage to a 0-0 draw. Since then, the Spirit forfeited two matches against the Portland Thorns and OL Reign due to COVID-related issues. Both matches are counted as losses for the Spirit.

Four international players called up

During the break, four Kansas City NWSL players were called up internationally. Jéssica Silva (Portugal), Chloe Logarzo (Australia), Rachel Corsie (Scotland), and Mariana Larroquette (Argentina) were each selected to represent their countries.

Silva scored a goal and an assist in the two matches, but Portugal was unable to come away with the result in either match. Corsie captained a dominant backline to one goal allowed in two wins against Hungary and the Faroe Islands. Larroquette scored a goal in her match against Brazil, but Argentina was unable to come home with a victory in its match against Brazil. Logarzo started and played 53 minutes before being subbed off for Australia, helping control the midfield on both ends and finding through balls to her forwards.

Franch stays in the states

Kansas City NWSL goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was selected to the roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team in a pair of matches against Paraguay. She was named the starting goalkeeper for the United States Women’s National Team in the first match and recorded her second career clean sheet for the national team as she was key in directing the defense to only allow one shot in a 9-0 victory.

Players to watch

Kansas City: Defender Kristen Edmonds – Edmonds has been a vital piece to the Kansas City defense this season. Edmonds has played nearly every position on the field this season. Although she has not suited up at goalkeeper, Edmonds has been nominated for the NWSL Save of the Week following her block off the line against the Courage at home on July 23. While fellow teammate Rachel Corsie was out due to injury, Edmonds filled in at center back and captain. She has played and started in 16 games for 1,316 minutes while adding 10 shots, with four on goal.

Washington Spirit: Forward Ashley Hatch – Hatch has been a dominant goal-scorer for the Spirit as she has seven tallies on the season, tied for third in the NWSL. Hatch has played in 15 games (13 starts) for a total of 1,124 minutes on the season.

Aly Trost and Dave Borchardt will broadcast the Sept. 26 game locally on KSMO-TV. Nationally the game will be streamed live on Paramount+.

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Sporting, Seattle to battle for first place today in KCK

A Western Conference showdown between title contenders beckons Sunday as first-place Sporting Kansas City (13-5-7, 46 points) welcomes second-place Seattle Sounders FC (13-5-6, 45 points) at 6 p.m. in Kansas City, Kansas.

Tickets for the biggest MLS regular season match at Children’s Mercy Park so far this season are available at SeatGeek.com.

Sunday’s contest will be shown live nationally on FS1 and FOX Deportes while streaming on the FOX Sports app and FOXSports.com. Listeners can follow the action locally on ESPN 94.5 FM (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish) and nationally on SiriusXM FC.

The high-stakes encounter will coincide with Sporting’s annual Kick Childhood Cancer Night, featuring an Honoree Homecoming with a VIP experience for previous Victory Project Honorees and their families. In a fundraising effort tied to the game, up to $5,000 will be donated to Children’s Mercy Hospital through $250 donations for each Sporting Kansas City shot attempt. On the stadium concourse, ticket holders will have an opportunity to shop from a variety of Kick Childhood Cancer merchandise at SportingStyle locations, including a limited-edition training top and scarf. To further support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Sporting is raising funds for The Victory Project throughout September via the weekly Argyle Ace raffle and an online auction that launched last week.

The top of the Western Conference table underscores the magnitude of Sunday’s clash. Sporting sits a point ahead of Seattle at the summit, having played one game more than its Pacific Northwest counterparts.

A win for either side this weekend could go a long way in deciding which team claims the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the MLS Cup Playoffs later this fall.

Beyond the context of the 2021 campaign, Sporting and Seattle have earned the right to call themselves two of the best MLS clubs over the last 10 seasons.

Each team boasts four major cup titles since 2011 and the sides have combined for 19 of a possible 20 playoff appearances during that time.

Under the guidance of 13th-year manager Peter Vermes, Sporting hoisted the 2013 MLS Cup as well as Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Seattle, led by sixth-year head coach Brian Schmetzer, has lifted two of each — Open Cups in 2011 and 2014 and MLS Cups in 2016 and 2019.

Winners of two straight matches, Sporting is seeking its third finish atop the West in the last four seasons. Captain Johnny Russell has caught fire in recent weeks, scoring in each of his last three home appearances at Children’s Mercy Park to become just the second MLS player since the start of 2018 to record 30 goals and 30 assists in the regular season.

Russell was one of four goal scorers in a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Minnesota United FC on Sept. 15, with MLS All-Star winger Daniel Salloi, forward Khiry Shelton and 20-year-old Sporting KC Academy product Cam Duke also finding the back of the net. Salloi has enjoyed a sensational 2021 campaign with 13 goals and six assists, ranking third in the MLS Golden Boot race and tied for fourth with 19 total goal contributions.

The Sounders have played twice since Sporting last took the field over a week ago, falling 1-0 at Real Salt Lake last Saturday before suffering a 3-2 loss to LIGA MX heavyweights Club Leon in the Leagues Cup Final on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Cristian Roldan and Nicolas Benezet scored Seattle goals that bookended three unanswered strikes from Leon, who eliminated Sporting from the competition at the quarterfinal stage on Aug. 10.

Despite sustaining back-to-back defeats, Seattle appears firmly in the mix to contend for a fifth Western Conference title and MLS Cup appearance since 2016.

Prolific forward Raul Ruidiaz is second in MLS with 14 goals and was one of six Seattle players to receive MLS All-Star recognition this summer alongside brothers Cristian and Alex Roldan, midfield playmaker Joao Paulo and defenders Yeimar Gomez Andrade and Nouhou Tolo. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei notably returned to action on Sept. 11 after a long stint out through injury, further bolstering a defense that wields a league-low 0.83 goals against average. The Sounders have been particularly successful away from home, as its 7-2-2 road record is the best in MLS.

Like Seattle, Sporting features a stout backline and a veteran goalkeeper.

Tim Melia has tabbed consecutive clean sheets and places second in MLS with a 0.95 goals against average, tying a league record by winning 10 games for the seventh successive regular season. The 35-year-old is shielded by a strong stable of defenders who have performed consistently well throughout the year.

Center back Andreu Fontas leads the league in goals added, an advanced analytic measuring a player’s on-ball contribution to both attack and defense, while fellow Spaniard Ilie Sanchez has shown positional versatility by dropping from his patented defensive midfield role into central defense. Left back Luis Martins is the only Sporting player who has appeared in all 25 regular season matches this year.

Sporting won the most recent meeting between the clubs in convincing fashion, posting a 3-1 road win over Seattle on July 25 with a free kick from Russell, a strike from Salloi on the counterattack and a first career MLS goal from Duke. The result typified a recent trend in the series: Vermes’ men have gone 7-2-3 in the last 12 regular season games against Seattle since 2015, including a 4-0-2 record in the last six matches at Children’s Mercy Park.

Sporting has won three straight meetings overall, including a pair of 3-2 victories during the 2019 regular season. The last five games between the clubs have produced 22 goals, a lofty clip of 4.4 goals per match.

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Faith news

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has information about churches and reflections, at https://www.facebook.com/archkck.

Blessed Sacrament and Christ the King Catholic churches will hold Masses on Sunday, Sept. 26. For more information, visit the churches’ websites or Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/Christ-the-King-Parish-KCKS-1392808997677579 and www.facebook.com/BlessedSacramentkck.

Bonner Springs United Methodist Church, 425 W. Morse Ave., Bonner Springs, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 11 am. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the church Fellowship Hall. To make an appointment, visit savealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Casa – Worship House Christian Church, 5217 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, will have Sunday services at 11 a.m. Sept. 26. There will be tostados at the coffee shop at the church on Sunday. See details at www.facebook.com/casadealabanzaKCKS. For more information, visit Facebook @casadealabanzaKCKS.

The Keeler Women’s Center, 759 Vermont, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a drive-through COVID vaccination event from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the east parking lot of the Keeler Center. The vaccination event will be held in partnership with Mercy and Truth Medical Missions. Registration is required to 913-689-9375. For more information, visit https://www.mountosb.org/ministries/keeler-womens-center/.

Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26. See details at https://www.facebook.com/ORMBCKC or http://ormbc.org/church-online/. Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Family Life Center at the church. To make an appointment, visit savealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Open Door Baptist Church, 3033 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services in person at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, and livestream at https://www.facebook.com/opendoorkc/ and https://www.opendoorkc.com/.

Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic Church, 2300 N. 8th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Mass in English at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/ourladyandsaintrose.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will have services at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Services also will be livestreamed on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StonyPointChristianChurch. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold Mass at 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. in Spanish and 2:30 p.m. in Burmese on Sunday, Sept. 26. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/StPatrickKCK. St. Patrick Church will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the church’s Parish Center.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas, will have services at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. The service also will be available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsKCK/.

Sunset Hills Christian Church, 6347 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas, will have services on Sunday, Sept. 26. For more information about this Sunday’s plans, visit the Facebook page of Pastor Mike Barnett, https://www.facebook.com/mike.barnett.528. Services are also provided through checkout of DVD or SD Card and can be sent by email upon request. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/sunsethills.christianchurch.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will have a worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. A video of the service will be at https://www.facebook.com/Wyandotteumc.

Information about other church services in Wyandotte County may be available from the church’s social media page.
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