It's gone final, and FC Kansas City is the NWSL's second champion, holding off a late Seattle run for a 2-1 win.
Here's our game story, and below, some of what the players and coaches has to say afterward:
Seattle coach LAURA HARVEYIt’s hard really. I think the way that’s it’s structured here the regular season doesn’t mean anything. So you’ve got to perform on the day in a one-off game. I actually thought we did some really good stuff today, and we just conceded from our perspective sloppy goals and goals that we don’t normally concede. I thought they defended really well against us. They made it really difficult. But we expected that. We had to keep probing and probing and we had to try and change a few things. It just came too late, really. That was the first time this year we’ve gone two goals behind at any stage. We needed to rely and reply quickly. If the game had gone on five minutes more we probably would have gotten the equalizer.Looking ahead: It gives us a goal, for sure. I think you saw that with Kansas: They were hungry. For me they were far the best team in the league last year and didn’t get this award. You could see how hungry they were for it and I hope that we can come back the same.
Seattle's KIM LITTLEIt’s just pure disappointment right now. We did all we could to win the game, but I think on the day they took their chances. And I think although we had more and maybe dominated the game, we couldn’t take ours.
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I think right now it’s hard to look back on it. But I’m sure in a few weeks or whenever we’ll all look back on it and be proud.
You could see by the end of the game that we were pushing and pushing to get the goal, and it just didn’t come off for us today.
KC coach VLATKO ANDONOVSKIWe knew it was going to be a battle all the way through. We came ready to battle, and I’m just glad that the girls were focused all the way through for 90 minutes, because if you’re not – if you let down for a second – you could see what happened. They can score at any point in time.
Kansas City defender BECKY SAUERBRUNNI think we were just very disciplined. We worked on our defensive shape a lot this week and tried to keep the numbers compact. Obviously Kim Little is going to have to be worried about so we were sometimes double- and triple-teaming her because she’s always a threat. We got lucky sometimes and people made some big plays. I think it was a little bit of luck and a little bit of preparation.
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Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City take the pitch at Starfire for NWSL championship match.[/caption]87'
GOAL Seattle. Reign put lots of pressure on KC, hitting woodwork twice, before Rapinoe finally finishes. KC, 2-1.
56' GOAL Kansas CIty. Holiday run through the box and then to Rodriguez who gets her second of the match. FCKC, 2-0.
Halftime: FC Kansas City 1, Seattle Reign 0. Reign started and ended fast, but KC goal came in the middle portion it dominated.
Shots 5-2 SEA; on target 3-1 SEA; corners 1-0 KC; fouls 5-4 SEA. No offsides.
21' GOAL KC. Rodriguez gets the ball behind Reign defense and finished to top over Solo..
First 10 minutes: Reign dominating possession, but no great chances either way yet.
First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way. FCKC in white/white; Reign in blue/blue.
Lineups: For Reign: Solo; Cox, Barnes, Reed, Fletcher; Winters, Fishlock, Little; Kawasumi, Leroux, Rapinoe. Reserves: Deines, Goebel, Foxhoven, Nogueira, Brigman, Dallstream, Kopmeyer.
FCKC starters: Barnhart; Kallmann, Phillips, Robinson, Sauerbrunn; Buczkowski, Richmond; Holiday, Mathias, Tymrak; Rodriguez.
Pregame: National Women's Soccer League championship match between Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City. The game will be shown on ESPN2.
We'll also keep this blog going from pregame to postgame, and we'll have updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.
The game pairs the 1-2 teams from the regular season. The winner today gets its first NWSL title.
The game also brings together Golden Boot winner Kim Little of Seattle and runner-up Amy Rodriguez of Kansas City.
The Reign won the season series 1-0-2. The reign also went 8-0-4 at home ... although that home was Memorial Stadium, which is busy today with Bumbershoot.