[NWSL]This time, FC Kansas City did not blow it. A year after falling to the Portland Thorns, 3-2, in overtime after letting a 2-0 lead slip away, FCKC moved into the NWSL final with a 2-0 win on goals by U.S. internationals Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday in a match played in temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees.
Holiday set up Rodriguez for the first goal in the 63rd minute and added an insurance goal in the 87th minute on an assist by Sarah Hagen. Until then, the game's best chance fell to Portland's Spanish star, Veronica Boquete, whose shot hit the post late in the first half.
Temperatures on the field exceeded 100 degrees, and coach Paul Rileycalled the conditions "terrible." "To bring 14 national team players and have to play in conditions like this for a semifinal doesn't make sense," he told the Oregonian, adding that Kansas City was nonetheless the better team and Holiday the best player on the field "by a country mile."
Kansas City, which remains unbeaten at home this season, will play the Seattle-Washington winner for the NWSL championship on Aug. 31. The Seattle-Washington semifinal will be played Sunday night (11 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
Aug. 23 in Kansas City, Mo.
FC Kansas City 2 Portland 0. Goals:Rodriguez (Holiday) 65, Holiday (Hagen) 87.
FC Kansas City -- Barnhart, Kallmann, Phillips, Robinson, Sauerbrunn, Buczkowski, Richmond, Mathias (LePeilbet, 86), Tymrak (Gorry, 90+4), Holiday, Rodriguez (Hagen, 84).
Portland --Anger, Moros (Huffman, 89), Van Hollebeke, Menges, Catley, Long, Brooks, Boquete, Heath (McDonald, 67), Sinclair (Shim, 79), Morgan.