June 17, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Former Utah State defender Natalie Norris played in her first match for FC Kansas City of the Women's National Soccer League last week.
"To be able to see my name on an actual jersey and knowing that it was a professional team was amazing. This is the experience of a lifetime to be playing such a high level with people have looked up to for forever, and it has been incredible. Getting the chance to step on the field was exhilarating, and I loved every second of it," Norris said.
After being invited back to participate in preseason training camp for the newly formed FC Kansas City in March, Norris earned a spot on the reserve squad, before being called up for action last week.
This is the inaugural season of the NWSL. FC Kansas City is currently in third place in the NWSL standings with a 5-3-1 record, good for 16 points. They stand just behind Portland Thorns FC (22 points) and Sky Blue FC (22 points). FC Kansas City has two wins against Seattle Reign FC and a victory over the Boston Breakers.
In Norris' debut, FC Kansas City shutout Chicago, 2-0, on the road on June 12. She will suit up for one more game in June. (MT). Norris and Kansas City FC will then return home for another match against the Red Stars at Shawnee Mission District Stadium on Sunday, June 16 at 2:10 p.m. (MT).
Renae Cuellar leads the team with five goals, two of which were game-winning-goals. Lauren Cheney adds four goals and five assists for FC Kansas City.
For more information on Norris and FC Kansas City, or to follow the action, fans can go to www.fckansascity.com.
A Sandy, Utah native, Norris had a highly decorated Utah State career. She was named the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading Utah State to its second-straight WAC tournament title in November. Norris earned the WAC Defensive Player of the Year award three-straight seasons, leading the Aggies to a 13-3-6 record. A three-time all-WAC first team selection, Norris was the mainstay of a Utah State defense that allowed 13 goals.
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