Fan Appreciation Day Set To Close Out 2016 WPSL Season
July 13, 2016 - The KC This Saturday will be the last chance to see the KC Courage play at home this season. The Courage currently sits in third place in the Heartland Region with a record of 3-4-0. The Courage will close out their 2016 WPSL season with a Fan Appreciation Day at Rockhurst University. Kick-off is at 4pm and admission is free.
KC Courage WPSL Team Back For Home Opener This Weekend
June 16, 2016 - The KC Courage return home this weekend following a four game away schedule. In a rematch of last weekend's 5-0 loss on the road, the Courage will face the Chicago Red Stars Reserves on Father's Day, June 19. Kick-off is scheduled for 1pm at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Admission is just $5 at the gate and children 12 and under are free. Also, in recognition of Father's Day, all Dads get in free!
KC Courage WPSL to Open 2016 Season This Weekend
May 24, 2016 - The KC Courage will open the 2016 WPSL season this weekend with a two game roadtrip. The KC Courage are set to play the Minnesota TwinStars on Saturday at 4pm at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN. Sunday's match against the Quad City Eagles is scheduled for at 2pm kick-off at the Davenport Soccer Complex in Davenport, Iowa.
Sounders Women to play FC Kansas City and KC Courage
May 12, 2016 - The Sounders Women to play two time defending NWSL Champions, FC Kansas City and KC Courage of the WPSL. The Sounders Women will play back to back games with the first against FC Kansas City on May 18th, then KC Courage on May 19th.
For over a decade, the Sounders Women soccer club has worked to develop players and build role models for young women through the game. Many players at the highest level of the women’s game have taken a turn in the rave green in Seattle and with each year, the club looks to redefine itself in the ever changing soccer landscape. As part of the Player First initiative, the brass looked for ways to expose the next generation of professional women’s players to the level they seek day in and day out in their college and other amateur environments. With the folding of the W-League, the Sounders Women will play in the WPSL national league in 2016. The club was looking to supplement league play with opportunities for the players working for that next level.
The Player First initiative is about giving the Sounders Women players the very best environment to continue their growth as players as they move back into their college seasons and ultimately look to make the NWSL home in the future. Alex Arlitt played the 2015 season for the Sounders Women and currently calls FC Kansas City home.
"My summer with the Sounders helped me tremendously to get to the next level. It exposed me to a fast paced training environment and the chance to play with and against some of the best players in the country,” said Arlitt.
The opportunity was spawned through a relationship with Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski of FC Kansas City and Darren Sawatzky, the Sounders Women General Manager. The two played together as professional players years ago and coached against each other in the MASL this winter. The commitment comes from Sounders Women owners Cliff McElroy and Lane Smith, along with Huw Williams, FC Kansas City General Manager and Chris Farabee, FC Kansas City Assistant Director of Operations.
“I'm very excited about the opportunity to play against Sounders Women. It will give us a chance to look at some of the best young players in the country and evaluate how they will do at the next level. I think that this just a beginning of a long partnership,” said Vlatko Andonovski, Head Coach of FC Kansas City.
As part of the cross country trip the Sounders Women will take on KC Courage, the local WPSL team included on the trip.
"We are excited about the tremendous opportunity to play the Sounders Women in a WPSL preseason scrimmage. We know that they have had a great reputation formerly playing in the W-League. The WPSL has over 16 regions playing in the US and this is an opponent that we wouldn't normally get to meet, so we are really looking forward to May 19th,” said Wendy Louque, Head Coach for KC Courage.
The Sounders Women commitment to developing players in the women’s game brings new opportunities with the same end goal.
"The Sounders Women have been synonymous with opportunity and growing the game, explained McElroy, “We want to make sure we are giving these young women great opportunities to continue to develop and grow. The trip to play against the reigning NWSL Champions is another great opportunity and we are very happy that our WPSL partners in KC Courage are willing to play.”
KC Courage to play US Deaf Women's National Team
KC Courage Coach Wendy Louque shown here in 2013 with USDWNT Captain Meghan Maiwald.
April 12, 2016 - The KC Courage is pleased to announce the first of two upcoming WPSL preseason scrimmages. On Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm the KC Courage will play in a friendly exhibition game at Missouri Western University against the U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team in preparation for their 2016 Deaf World Cup.
This will be the USDWNT’s second trip to the Kansas City area in three years. In the summer of 2013, the USDWNT played against the Kansas City Shock, who were coached at the time by current KC Courage Head Coach, Wendy Louque. “In 2013, they were here for a training camp to prepare for the Deaflympics (think deaf Olympics). They went on that summer to beat Russia winning their third straight gold medal. It’s such a privilege to be able to meet up with them again,” said Louque.
"Since then, I’ve watched as the fan base and support for the USDWNT has grown immensely” says Louque. But one thing remains and that is that the team is self-funded. Each player is required to raise her own funds to travel to each event. They have incredible coaches, fans, friends, and family who donate their time and money to ensure that they have uniforms, a place to hold camps, and even funds to travel to international competitions.
The match is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday, April 27 at Missouri Western State University. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will be given to the USDWNT fundraising account. For more information on the US Deaf Women’s National Team visit www.usdeafsoccer.com.