July 3, 2021
By Fred Liggett
Making their home at the newly renamed Legends Field Kansas City NWSL has brought back Women’s Pro Soccer to the Kansas City metro area. From 2013 to 2017 FC-Kansas City entertained local soccer fans and was successful on the pitch winning two league titles before relocating to Utah. Thanks to a local ownership group led by Chris and Angie Long a new team is calling Kansas City home and they hope to continue for many years to come.
Lee’s Summit area soccer fans are having no problem finding their way to watch the new team play its home games some 40 miles away from home. At the team’s last home game that saw them host the Washington Spirit Joseph Small and Carly Edwards both of Lee’s Summit made the trip for the first time. Edwards says the reason for that was the “first one we could come too.” Edwards gives a grade of “10” to having women’s pro soccer back in KC. Edwards states she is “happy they brought it back again, more excited this time around.”
Before kickoff Edwards, while taking in all the pre-game events stated, “I really like it, think it will work this time.” Adding interest to supporting the team is the fact Edwards played youth soccer for Huw Williams the head coach of KC NWSL. Another point of interest for Edwards is a former teammate, Jaycie Johnson, is on the team this season. Johnson, a LS West graduate, is “just a nice person all around” Edwards says of the NC NWSL forward.
There is still plenty of time for more Lee’s Summit residents to check out the new pro soccer team in town as the NWSL 2021 regular season goes through October 30th. Next home game for KC NWSL is on Friday, Jul. 23 when they host North Carolina Courage at 6 p.m.