Amirah Ali scores first career NWSL goal
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (August 7, 2022) – San Diego Wave Fútbol Club (7-4-4) fought hard today but ultimately fell 1-2 to Kansas City Current (6-4-4) at Torero Stadium. Amirah Ali came into the match as a game changer and scored her first NWSL regular season goal in the 88th minute to deny a clean sheet for Kansas City Current.
After give and take between the two sides, Kansas City pulled ahead in the 27th minute with a goal off a fast break. Kailen Sheridan attempted a save, but it was deflected into the net, bringing the score to 0-1. In the 39th minute, the Current doubled its score with a long shot to the top right corner of the net.
In second-half action, the away side earned a penalty kick in the 67th minute, but Sheridan impressed once again and recorded her eighth NWSL career penalty kick save and second in back-to-back games. The Canadian goalkeeper now leads the NWSL in penalty kick saves.
With minutes left of regulation time, Amirah Ali made a last effort to put Wave FC on the board and succeeded with a powerful shot to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Makenzy Doniak, Ali scored her first career NWSL regular season goal twelve minutes after entering the match.
San Diego Wave FC continues its home stretch on Saturday, August 13, hosting Orlando Pride at Torero Stadium, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. PT. Wave FC closes out three consecutive games at Torero Stadium on Saturday, August 20, against the Houston Dash for Hispanic Heritage Night presented by Televisa- Channel 12 and benefitting Chicano Federation.
With just two matches left at Torero Stadium, San Diego Wave FC looks forward to its home opener at the new state-of-the-art Snapdragon Stadium on Saturday, September 17. San Diego Wave FC intends to shatter the NWSL attendance record in the 32,000-seat stadium as they take on Southern California-rival Angel City FC at 7 p.m. PT. Tickets for Snapdragon Stadium and all of Wave FC’s remaining home matches at Torero Stadium can be found here.
About San Diego Wave Fútbol Club
San Diego Wave Fútbol Club is the 12th and newest member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The club’s vision is to be a force for good through the game we love and is led by President Jill Ellis, former head coach of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) and two-time World Cup champion. Together with Head Coach Casey Stoney, the club will bring the highest level of world-class, professional soccer to San Diego. USWNT standouts Alex Morgan and Abby Dahlkemper were two of the first players signed to the club that consists of athletes representing six international soccer federations, including US, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, England and Australia. The team began its inaugural season at a temporary home, University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium. The new Snapdragon Stadium will serve as Wave FC’s permanent home upon completion of construction, scheduled for September 17, 2022 as the team takes on Angel City FC.