|Founded||December 6, 2020, as Kansas City NWSL|
Kansas City, Missouri (beginning 2024)
|General manager||Camille Ashton|
|Head coach |
/ sporting director
|League||National Women's Soccer League|
|2023||11th of 12|
Kansas City last had an NWSL team in 2017, when two-time champions FC Kansas City ceased operations and its player-related assets were transferred to expansion team Utah Royals FC. Three years later, the Royals also had to cease operations after controversies from the team's owner Dell Loy Hansen, and a Kansas City-based ownership group led by financial executives Angie and Chris Long took advantage to secure an expansion team along with the Royals' player-related assets on December 7, 2020. Brittany Mahomes, wife of NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a former college soccer player at University of Texas at Tyler and fitness trainer, purchased a stake in the team as well. In January 2023, Patrick became a member of the ownership group as well.
The Longs named Huw Williams, former general manager of FC Kansas City, as the team's inaugural head coach. The franchise played their first season as Kansas City NWSL, playing their home matches at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas, but ended their first season in Kansas City with 16 points from 24 games, 14 of which were losses.
Huw Williams was relieved of duties as manager and replaced with Matt Potter for the 2022 season, but remained with the franchise as director of soccer operations until November 2022 when it was revealed he was confronted by the team's roster for disrespectful and inappropriate behavior. This came in light of the NWSL's league-wide Yates Report. In May 2022, the team hired Allison Howard as its first team president. Kansas City unveiled their new team branding as Kansas City Current for the 2022 season, and relocated their home matches to the nearby Children's Mercy Park, in Kansas City, Kansas. A team training facility and headquarters opened in Riverside, Missouri, in June 2022 and in 2022 the ownership group announced plans for their future stadium in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The club made significant roster moves with the additions of Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams from the North Carolina Courage, and Claire Lavogez from Bordeaux. All three players would not finish the season on the roster due to season-ending injuries, the likes of which kept both Mewis and Williams from playing a single game in the regular season. The Current had a 13-match unbeaten streak in the middle of their 2022 campaign, propelling the team to their first playoff appearance in the 2022 NWSL Playoffs, and an eventual matchup against the Portland Thorns in the NWSL Championship. Portland would go on to defeat Kansas City 2–0 in the matchup.
In 2023 the Current had a poor regular season showing, finishing 11th out of 12 teams, but had advanced to the semifinals of the 2023 NWSL Challenge Cup, where they lost to the tournament's eventual champion, North Carolina Courage. After three matches into the season, the team parted ways with Matt Potter as head coach and named Caroline Sjöblom as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. In the club's final match at Children's Mercy Park, the attendance was over 15,671, in what will now stand as a club record as they move to CPKC Stadium. In October 2023, the team hired former U.S. women's national team and FC Kansas City manager Vlatko Andonovski to lead the team.
Colors and crest edit
Due to the short turnaround between the team's founding and the 2021 NWSL season, the ownership announced in January 2021 that the team would play its inaugural season under the temporary name Kansas City NWSL with temporary crest and colors; a full brand development process would take place so that a permanent team name, crest, and colors will be in place for the 2022 NWSL season.
On October 30, 2021, the team revealed its name as Kansas City Current with new crest for the 2022 season.
Kit suppliers and sponsors edit
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor||Sleeve sponsor|
|2021||Nike||Palmer Square Capital Management||Blue KC|
|2022–||Saint Luke's Health System|
Kit history edit
CPKC Stadium edit
In October 2021, the club unveiled plans to construct the first purpose-built stadium built exclusively for women's professional soccer. The stadium is being built in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park with an initial capacity of 11,000 and estimated cost of $70 million. The project as proposed would be entirely privately financed through the ownership group, with the team signing a 50-year lease for the site at which the stadium will be located. The costs increased to an estimated $117 million in May 2022, which the club's owners attributed to construction costs and a redesign increasing the stadium's capacity to 11,500. Angie and Chris Long requested $6 million in tax credits from the state of Missouri to supplement their private funding, in part because the lease agreement prohibited them from pursuing any local tax incentives. The stadium is expected to be completed by 2024.
On June 13, 2021, CBS affiliate KCTV agreed on a multi-year deal to become the official local television partner through the 2023 season. The station and its MyNetworkTV affiliate KSMO-TV will broadcast eight matches locally in the club's inaugural season. Brad Porter will serve as the play-by-play commentator, joined by Aly Trost as the color analyst.
Kansas City Current II edit
The Current founded an affiliated reserves team in the amateur Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in 2022. Under head coach Huw Williams, The team finished its first regular season atop the WPSL's Heartland Division with an 8–0–0 record, +49 goal differential on 47 total goals scored (including an opponent's forfeit), second-most in the league. In postseason play, the Current II defeated FC Milwaukee Torrent 7–0 on July 7, 2022, and then defeated Indios Denver FC 6–1 on July 16, before falling to Colorado Rapids Women 3–2 in the Central Region finals on July 17.
In November 2022, Huw Williams departed from the club. The Kansas City Current II club was left off the schedule for the 2023 season, and marked as an expansion team for the WPSL 2024 season.
Players and staff edit
Current squad edit
Technical staff edit
- As of June 14, 2023.
|General manager||Camille Ashton|
|Head coach||Vlatko Andonovski|
|Assistant coach||Lee Nguyen|
|Assistant coach||Lucas Rodríguez|
|Goalkeeper coach||Lloyd Yaxley|
|Interim High performance director||Joseph Potts|
|Lead analyst||Donna Newberry|
Notable players edit
FIFA World Cup participants edit
List of players that were called up for a FIFA Women's World Cup while playing for Kansas City Current. In brackets, the tournament played:
Head coaches edit
As of May 14, 2023[update].
Only competitive matches are counted. Includes NWSL regular season, playoffs, and Challenge Cup matches.
|Huw Williams||Wales||January 29, 2021 – November 18, 2021||28||3||8||17||10.71|
|Matt Potter||England||January 11, 2022 – April 19, 2023||35||16||7||12||45.71|
|Caroline Sjöblom||Finland||April 19, 2023 – October 23, 2023||27||13||11||3||48.15|
|Vlatko Andonovski||North Macedonia||October 23, 2023 – present|
Home match largest attendance edit
Top five as of October 9, 2023[update].
|October 7, 2023||2023||6–3||Chicago Red Stars||Children's Mercy Park||Kansas City, Kansas||15,671|||
|August 18, 2023||2023||1–0||OL Reign||13,455|||
|May 14, 2023||2023||0–2||San Diego Wave FC||12,969|||
|September 1, 2023||2023||0–1||Angel City FC||11,827|||
|April 1, 2023||2023||1–4||Portland Thorns FC||11,301|||
Playoff match largest attendance edit
As of October 29, 2022[update].
|October 23, 2022||2–0||OL Reign||Lumen Field||Seattle, Washington||21,491|||
|October 16, 2022||2–1||Houston Dash||PNC Stadium||Houston, Texas||21,284|||
|October 29, 2022||0–2||Portland Thorns FC||Audi Field||Washington, D.C.||17,624|||
Regular Season attendance edit
|2021||NWSL||10th of 10||DNQ||4,861||5,438
(Oct. 10 vs. POR)
(Oct. 13 vs. HOU)
|2022||NWSL||5th of 12||Finals||7,657||10,395
(Aug. 19 vs. ANG)
(Jun. 11 vs. GFC)
|2023||NWSL||11th of 12||DNQ||11,353||15,671
(Oct. 7 vs. CHI)
(Jun. 18 vs. WAS)
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