Opener draws overflow crowd of 6,784 fans

[NWSL REWIND: Week 1] Canadian star Christine Sinclair scored the tying goal to give the Portland Thorns a 1-1 tie at FC Kansas City in the NWSL opener before an overflow crowd of 6,784 fans at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium.

Renae Cuellar, one of a dozen players allocated to NWSL clubs from the Mexican national team, had the honor of scoring the NWSL's first goal after only three minutes. Sinclair equalized from the penalty spot after Danielle Foxhoven was taken down in the area.

-- The only team to earn a win in Week 1 was Sky Blue FC, which scored on an own goal in the 42nd minute and held on to beat the Western New York Flash in front of 2,611 fans at Yurcak Field.

Both goalkeepers came up big in the game. Sky Blue keeper Brittany Cameron saved Spaniard Adriana’s penalty kick in the 16th minute, and Flash keeper Adrianna Franch made two stops on Australian Lisa De Vanna to keep Western New York -- winner of three straight titles in three different leagues -- in the game.

-- Sydney Leroux scored on a pass in the area from substitute Libby Guess to beat fellow U.S. national team member Ashlyn Harris in stoppage time and earn the Boston Breakers a 1-1 tie with the visiting Washington Spirit. Rookie Tiffany McCarty scored for the Spirit. The game drew 2,634 at the Breakers' tiny Dilboy Stadium in Somerville.

-- Seattle Reign FC earned a 1-1 tie at Chicago. Rookie Christine Nairn put Seattle ahead in the first half, but former U.S. national team midfielder Lori Chalupny equalized for the Red Stars.

NWSL RESULTS, WEEK 1

Sunday, April 14
Chicago 1 Seattle 1
Sky Blue FC 1 Western New York 0.
Boston 1 Washington 1

Saturday, April 13
FC Kansas City 1 Portland 1

NWSL STANDINGS
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-
3 Sky Blue FC 1-0-0 1/0
1 FC Kansas City 0-0-1 1/1
1 Portland 0-0-0 1/1
1 Chicago 0-0-1 1/1
1 Seattle 0-0-1 1/1
1 Boston 0-0-1 1/1
1 Washington 0-0-1 1/1
0 Western New York 0-1-0 0/1

NWSL SCHEDULE, WEEK 2
Saturday, April 20
7:00 pm
Washington vs. Western New York
8:35 pm
FC Kansas City vs. Boston
Sunday, April 21
5:00 pm
Portland vs. Seattle

NWSL SCHEDULE, WEEK 3
Friday, April 26
8:35 pm
FC Kansas City vs. Seattle
Saturday, April 27
7:00 pm
Washington vs. Sky Blue FC
7:35 pm
Western New York vs. Boston
8:00 pm
Chicago vs. Portland
All times ET.

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1 comment about "Opener draws overflow crowd of 6,784 fans".
  1. Bruce Gowan, April 15, 2013 at 9:06 a.m.

    I watched some of the games on free streaming. The quality of play was good and it is a shame that there is no free TV either live or tape delay. Look at the minor sports that the sports networks broadcast. I wish the league well and I will continue to follow the games the best I can.

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