Sydney Leroux scored twice and FC Kansas City hung on to beat the Washington Spirit 3-2 in front of 1,728 fans at Children’s Mercy Victory Field in Kansas City, Missouri.
It was the first NWSL start for Spirit forward Mallory Pugh, who made her NWSL debut last week.
Spirit midfielder Kristie Mewis opened the scoring in the 4th minute, but Leroux answered five minutes later, tying the match 1-1.
Leroux added another goal in the 27th minute after forward Shea Groom forced a turnover from the Spirit defense at the top of the penalty box. Leroux picked up the loose ball and bent it past Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé to make it 2-1.
FCKC made it 3-1 thanks to defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who headed home a Brittany Ratcliffe corner kick for just her third ever NWSL goal.
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Midfielder Alexa Newfield received her second yellow of the game in the 70th minute following a hard foul on Labbé, so FC Kansas City played the remaining 20 minutes of the match with ten players.