Unbeaten through its last five games, NJ/NY Gotham FC can take an important step toward the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs with a win at Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m.
The game will be streamed live on Twitch.
With three games remaining in the regular season, Gotham FC (8-5-8, 32 points) sits at fifth place. A win could propel the team into fourth place, above the playoff line and with a game in hand over the other teams.
Coming off a 3-0 victory in North Carolina Sunday, Gotham FC sits poised to clinch a spot in the playoffs and enter the postseason in top form. Goals in the 53rd and 63rd minutes from Midge Purce sent her to the top of the team goalscoring leaderboard with eight. She also occupies the fifth spot in the league’s Golden Boot race. Carli Lloyd put Gotham FC up 3-0 in the 66th minute off a pass from defender Estelle Johnson.
Kansas City (3-13-6) in 10th place, has struggled to find momentum this season. The team has begun to find its stride this month, playing the Portland Thorns to a 0-0 draw Oct. 10 and defeating the Houston Dash 3-0 on Oct. 13. Most recently, the club lost at the Chicago Red Stars, 2-1, on Oct. 16. After a first-half own goal and Hailie Mace equalizer put the match at 1-1, Makenzy Doniak scored the game-winner in the 49th minute.
In the only previous match between the two teams July 2, Gotham FC and Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena. Gotham FC held the majority of possession, taking the lead off an Ifeoma Onumonu strike in the 30th minute. Kansas City found an 82nd-minute equalizer after Mariana Larroquette hit a curling shot from distance.
Gotham FC will be without star forward Carli Lloyd, who is in camp with the U.S. women’s national team ahead of two friendlies against Korea Republic. Kansas City will be without starting goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.
After Friday’s match at Kansas City, Gotham FC visits Louisville for its first game at Lynn Family Stadium Oct. 28, before returning home to host Racing Louisville in the last regular season game Oct. 31.