NWSL: Kansas City and San Diego clinch playoff berths

In its second season, the Kansas City Current clinched a spot in the NWSL playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Washington Spirit before almost 10,000 fans at Children’s Mercy Park Sunday afternoon.

All three goals came in the first half as the Current wrapped up the match against the defending NWSL champions in the first half:

Lo’eau LaBonta with a rocket from outside the penalty area in the 18th minute and Cece Kizer and French forward Claire Lavogez followed with goals three minutes apart late in the first half.

In 2021, the Current was a late addition to the NWSL following the dissolution of the Utah Royals. It finished last with just 16 points (3-14-7 record). In 2022, it has more than double the number of points, sitting in third place with 36 points (10-5-6 record) after having played three less games.

“The night belongs to the players,” said head coach Matt Potter. “The way they went about the game tonight with some additional pressure with results that had gone certain ways and they came out and played in a manner that was just fun to see and fun to watch.”

• San Diego became the fourth team to clinch a playoff when fellow expansion team Angel City FC lost at home to Racing Louisville, 3-1. The final two playoff berths will be decided next weekend.

Sunday, September 25
Portland 3 Chicago 0. (Goals: Weaver 48, 61, Porter 90+3. Att: 19,127.)
KC Current 3 Washington 0. (Goals: LaBonta 18, Kizer 38, Lavogez 41. Att: 9,593.)
Orlando 2 San Diego 2. (Goals: Dougherty Howard 33, Jonsdottir 68; Doniak 76, Kornieck 87. Att.: 6,466.)
Angel City FC 1 Racing Louisville 3. (Goals: McCaskill 14; Davis 37, Chidiac 43, Ekic 90. Att.: 22,000.)
Saturday, September 24
NC Courage 3 Gotham FC 0. (Goals: Debinha 27, 34, 81. Att.: 6,376.)
Houston 0 OL Reign 2. (Goals; Balcer 29, Latsko 76. Att.: 7,798)
Top 6:
*Portland 38 points; 2. *OL Reign 37; 3. KC Current 36; 4. *San Diego 35; 5. Houston 33; 6. NC Courage 31.
Bottom 6: 7. Chicago 30; 8. Angel City 29; 9. ^Orlando 22; 10. ^Racing Louisville 20; 11. ^Washington 19; 12. ^Gotham FC 12.
*Clinched playoff berth. ^Eliminated from playoffs.
Friday, September 30
San Diego vs. NC Courage
Saturday, October 1
Gotham FC vs. Portland
Washington vs. Houston
Racing Louisville vs. KC Current
OL Reign vs. Orlando
Sunday, October 2
Chicago vs. Angel City FC

Photo: Imagn/USA Today

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