Just one day after the conclusion of the U.S. Soccer Tournament of Nations, FC Kansas City visited Boston and battled to a 2-2 draw. Due to a rule that prevents teams from selecting an international/national team player within 24 hours of an appearance for her country, Boston was forced to do without the services of starting GK Abby Smith and rookie Midge Purce, while FCKC had to dress 18 players not wearing shirts with Sauerbrunn or Leroux on the back.
Though KC's two USWNT players both saw minutes during the ToN, neither Breaker was given any time at all, despite the fact that the 6-subs-permitted tournament had already been won by Australia prior to the USA v Japan kickoff on Thursday night. The 2-2 result on Friday in Boston was consequently a bit of salt in the wounds of the Breakers, who had to be left wondering if Abby Smith might have been able to prevent at least one of FCKC's goals.
Prior to the match, the Breakers honored Captain Julie King, whose 103rd appearance for Boston eclipsed the prior record held by USWNT and Breakers legend Kristine Lilly. Most of King's family was in attendance, and Lilly herself returned to celebrate the milestone with the team and fans on a warm Friday night in Boston.
After the match, we caught up with King and got her thoughts on the match, and on how she felt now that she stood alone at the top of the career caps list of all-time Boston Breakers. Later, Rosie White shared her impressions of her 2-goal performance and her on-field banter with friend and fellow New Zealand Football Fern Katie Bowen of FCKC. Morgan Andrews talked about her growth in the midfield, both attacking and holding, and Coach Matt Beard lamented conceding another late goal that cost the Breakers much-needed points.