Kansas City Current

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Kansas City Current is an American professional women's soccer team based in Kansas City, Kansas. It began play as an expansion team in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in 2021.

Kansas City Current
Kansas City Current logo.svg
FoundedDecember 7, 2020; 11 months ago (2020-12-07), as Kansas City NWSL
StadiumChildren's Mercy Park
Kansas City, Kansas
Capacity18,467
OwnersAngie Long
Chris Long
Brittany Matthews
Head coachvacant
LeagueNational Women's Soccer League
202110th of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

EstablishmentEdit

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.[1] Three years later, the Royals also had to cease operations, 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.[2] Brittany Matthews, fiancée of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and former college soccer player at University of Texas at Tyler, purchased a stake in the team as well.[3] The Longs immediately named Huw Williams, former general manager of FC Kansas City, as the team's inaugural head coach.[2]

Colors and crestEdit

 
The team's temporary crest for the inaugural season in 2021.

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.[4]

On October 30, 2021, the team revealed its name as Kansas City Current with new crest for the 2022 season.[5]

Kit suppliers and sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Sleeve sponsor
2021 Nike Palmer Square Capital Management[6] Blue KC[7]
2022– Saint Luke's Health System[8]

StadiumEdit

 
The Kansas City NWSL franchise's 2021 home opener at Legends Field

Kansas City played its 2021 home matches at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.[9][10]

The club announced in September 2021 that it would host all home matches at Children's Mercy Park beginning with the 2022 season.[11]

In October 2021 the club unveiled plans to construct the first purpose-built stadium for North American women's professional soccer. The stadium is planned to be built in Kansas City, Missouri at the Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park with an estimated cost of $70 million. The project will 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.[12]

SupportersEdit

The Blue Crew, a supporters group of the defunct FC Kansas City, has continued to support the new NWSL team in Kansas City.[13]

BroadcastingEdit

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.[14]

Players and staffEdit

Current squadEdit

As of November 30, 2021.[15]
No. Pos. Player Nation
0 GK Katelyn Rowland   United States
1 GK Adrianna Franch   United States
2 DF Rachel Corsie   Scotland
3 DF Kristen Edmonds   United States
4 MF Hailie Mace   United States
5 DF Sydney Miramontez   United States
6 DF Katie Bowen   New Zealand
7 DF Elizabeth Ball   United States
9 MF Lo'eau LaBonta   United States
11 MF Desiree Scott   Canada
13 FW Darian Jenkins   United States
14 MF Gaby Vincent   United States
16 FW Jaycie Johnson   United States
17 FW Arielle Ship   United States
19 DF Michelle Maemone   United States
20 DF Mallory Weber   United States
21 FW Mariana Larroquette   Argentina
22 MF Maddie Nolf   United States
24 DF Taylor Leach   United States
25 FW Kristen Hamilton   United States
26 MF Jordyn Listro   Canada
28 MF Addie McCain   United States
29 DF Kate Del Fava   United States
66 MF Chloe Logarzo   Australia
77 FW Jéssica Silva   Portugal
99 MF Victoria Pickett   Canada
MF Sam Mewis   United States

Out on loanEdit

No. Pos. Player Nation
15 FW Michele Vasconcelos (at Sevilla FC until June 30, 2022[16])   United States
27 GK Carly Nelson (at FC Nordsjælland until June 30, 2022[17])   United States

StaffEdit

As of March 29, 2021.[18][19]
Executive
Director of sport and chief soccer officer Christian Lavers
Associate general manager Derek Shoare
Technical
Head coach vacant
Assistant coach   Goran Karadjov
Video analyst and assistant coach   Lucas Rodriguez
Goalkeeper coach   Alli Lipsher

Head coachesEdit

RecordsEdit

Year League Regular season Playoffs Avg. attendance
2021 NWSL 10th of 10 DNQ 4,861[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Linehan, Meg (November 20, 2017). "NWSL announces that FC Kansas City will cease operations". NWSL. Archived from the original on September 29, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Kansas City Returns to the NWSL as Expansion Team in 2021". NWSL. December 7, 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "Whitehouse native Brittany Matthews part of ownership team bringing National Women's Soccer League to Kansas City". CBS19.tv.
  4. ^ "NWSL's Kansas City team will remain unbranded for 2021". All for XI. January 12, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  5. ^ "Kansas City Current Reveals Name and Crest at Inaugural Season Finale - Kansas City Current". www.kansascitycurrent.com. October 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "Kansas City NWSL Announces Palmer Square Capital Management As Inaugural Season Front Jersey Sponsor". April 9, 2021.
  7. ^ "Kansas City NWSL Brings In Blue KC As Sleeve Sponsor". www.sportbusiness.com. June 24, 2021.
  8. ^ "Kansas City NWSL Partners with Saint Luke's Health System - Kansas City Current". www.kansascitycurrent.com. September 28, 2021.
  9. ^ "Ticket Information". KC NWSL. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Mellinger, Sam (December 8, 2020). "Inside a KC couple's vision for our city's newest pro team as women's soccer returns". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  11. ^ "Kansas City NWSL to Play 2022 Home Matches at Children's Mercy Park - Kansas City Current". www.kansascitycurrent.com. September 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "Kansas City NWSL and Port KC Finalize Plans for First NWSL Purpose-Built Stadium at Kansas City Riverfront". kcwoso.com. October 26, 2021. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  13. ^ Blue Crew [@kcbluecrew] (December 5, 2020). "Forgive the fact that its a screenshot, we didn't have a lot of time to prepare/make it fancy. But a statement from the KC Blue Crew" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Welniak, Dani. "KCTV5 now official home of KC NWSL, will broadcast 8 matches this season". KCTV5. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  15. ^ "2021 TEAM". Kansas City NWSL. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  16. ^ "Kansas City NWSL Loans Forward Michele Vasconcelos to Spanish Club Sevilla FC - Kansas City Current". www.kansascitycurrent.com. September 1, 2021.
  17. ^ "Kansas City Loans Goalkeeper Carly Nelson to Danish Club FC Nordsjælland". Kansas City NWSL. August 24, 2021. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  18. ^ "Kansas City NWSL Finalizes Technical Staff For Upcoming Season". Kansas City NWSL. January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  19. ^ "KC NWSL APPOINTS CHRISTIAN LAVERS AS DIRECTOR OF SPORT AND CHIEF SOCCER OFFICER". Kansas City NWSL. March 29, 2021. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  20. ^ "2021 NWSL attendance". soccerstadiumdigest. Retrieved November 4, 2021.

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