The Sky Blue victory would have been by a bigger margin but for Seattle keeper Hope
Solo’s save on Sarah Killion’s penalty kick.
“Obviously, we are very happy with this result,” said first-year Sky Blue coach Christy Holly. “We came in with a game plan, and we executed parts of it. However, we know we can be better. The main thing we want to walk away from this game with is knowing that this is just the first step in a very long journey.”
The Western New York Flash stunned two-time defending champion FC Kansas City with a 1-0 win on Samantha Mewis' penalty kick at Children’s Mercy Park in front of 8,022 fans.
Midfielders Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Lindsey Horan scored in their debuts, thanks to assists from midfielder Tobin Heath as the Portland Thorns opened the season with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the expansion Orlando Pride in front 16,073 fans – the largest crowd for a Thorns opener at Providence Park – on Sunday night.
Houston 3 Chicago 1. Goals: Daly 22, Lloyd 51, Beckie 53; Press 13.
FC Kansas City 0 WNY Flash 1. Goal: Mewis 72.
Washington 1 Boston 0. Goal: Lohman 3.
Portland 2 Orlando 1. Goals: Brynjarsdottir 25, Horan 82; Catley 12.
Seattle 1 Sky Blue FC 2. Kai 15, Conheeney 68; Mathias 56.