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KC's current record, 5-4 victory in the NWSL's first purpose-built stadium

On a cool Saturday afternoon, the Kansas City Current were lined up against the Portland Thorns for the third time in four seasons. While the Current were poised to make history at their new venue at CPKC Stadium, it also marked a full circle as both teams initially kicked off their inaugural NWSL seasons in similar fashion in April 2013 .

With a sellout crowd of 11,500, the Current put on an electric match as their 5-4 victory inspired the crowd to open a new chapter in NWSL history as it was the first ever match in a first stadium specially built by the NWSL.

“It's a historic day for women's soccer and women's sports and for Kansas City and to be a part of it, I'm just excited and proud to be a part of a day like this,” Vlatko said Andonovsky. “There is always something to push the standards to a higher level. The stadium and this moment is what pushes the level to the next level and now it's up to the other teams to follow.

Integrated in Kansas City

With dozens of billboards featuring Current players as well as the logo emblazoned on streetcar designs throughout the city, the Current are truly making a statement in the city that goes beyond football.

In some cities with NWSL teams, residents are unfamiliar with their local team, and in most cases, merchandise is not readily available at airports or local stores. However, in Kansas City, the Current dominate their presence with flags in public spaces, a vibrant “KC BABY” sign that resides in the heart of Union Station with merchandise sold alongside other KC teams such as the Chiefs and the Royals.

To top it all off, the Current also have an $18 million state-of-the-art training facility in Riverside, Missouri. The training center has several turf and grass fields and is located on a street named after the team.

Creating a new legacy at CPKC Stadium

In less than 22 minutes, the Current pressed in the final third and while Debinha crossed the ball in the center of the area, Vanessa Di Bernardo found the goal to officially celebrate the first goal in the first stadium specially built for this purpose by the NWSL.

Moments later, freshman Ellie Wheeler doubled the Current's lead in the 25th minute. With the momentum building, the Current maintained a 3-1 lead at halftime as the Thorns' only goal was scored by none other than Sophia Smith.

The electricity of the stadium was seen as the group of KC Blue Crew supporters continued to cheer throughout the match while encouraging the team to score more goals.

“I think the mentality of this group is something, as long as we continue to do that throughout the season we will put ourselves in a very good position to challenge for the championship and that's what this club wants to be ,” said guard AD Franch. “As long as we do this, it represents those who came before us and those who will come after us.”

Although the Thorns struggled as they were scoreless and scored four goals, the Current's victory marked new momentum in NWSL history. The Current's opening match will go down in NWSL history as the $120 million venue provides players with the proper playing conditions they have always deserved.

According to the Current, the stadium is expected to generate $20 million in revenue annually. As for The Current, their motto Teal Rising continues to ring true as they have created the start of a new legacy in women's soccer.

Now their next challenge awaits them as they travel to California to take on San Diego Wave FC on March 23 before returning home to host another Californian rival, Angel City FC.

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