Club’s home opener sets new NWSL home opener attendance record with 32,066

SAN DIEGO (March 23, 2024) – San Diego Wave FC (0-1-0, 0 points) fell 2-1 to Kansas City Current (2-0-0, 6 points) 2-1 at Snapdragon Stadium on Saturday night. The Wave hosted 32,066 fans in the club’s home opener, setting a new NWSL home opener attendance.

San Diego opened the scoring in the 18th minute when midfielder Sofia Jakobsson hit a close range shot that found the back of the net. However, Kansas City leveled the score in the 44th minute off a goal from Isabel Rodriguez.

The game-winning goal would be a penalty kick by Current captain Lo’eau LaBonta, who stepped up to the spot and buried it in the 70th minute. Despite outshooting Kansas City 19-14, including a 5-3 advantage in shots on target, and winning the possession battle (66-34), the Wave would be unable to find a late equalizer.

Next on the schedule: The Wave remain at home to take on Reign FC on Friday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Snapdragon Stadium. Tickets are available here and the match will be broadcast live on Prime Sports.

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  • San Diego set a new NWSL Home Opener record with 32,066 in attendance. The Wave had set the record last season with 30,854 in attendance in the club’s home opener in 2023.
  • Midfielder Sofia Jakobsson’s goal in the 18th minute marked her first of 2024 and her fourth NWSL goal.
  • Defender Hanna Lundkvist earned her first-ever NWSL regular season start.
  • Defender Kaitlyn Torpey earned her first-ever NWSL appearance when she was substituted in the 70th minute.

Box Score:
San Diego Wave FC 1:2 KC Current

Scoring Summary:
SD – Jakobsson (1) 18’
KC – Rodriguez (1) 44’
KC – LaBonta (Penalty) (1) 70’

Misconduct Summary:
KC – Claire Hutton 24’ (Caution)
KC – Claire Lavogez 90+8’ (Caution)

San Diego Wave FC: GK Sheridan, D Westphal (Torpey 69’), D Dahlkemper, D Girma, D Lundkvist, M Jakobsson (Carusa ‘82) , M Doniak (Shaw 63’), M McCaskill, M van Egmond, F Morgan (Bennett ‘82), F Ali (Colaprico 45’)

Subs not used: GK Beall, D Enge, M Barcenas

KC Current: GK Franch, D Rodriguez, D Robinson, D Ball, D Wheeler, M LaBonta, M Hutton, M DiBernardo (Lavogez ‘71), F Chawinga (Pfieffer ‘71), F Spaanstra (Ballisigar ‘87), F Zaneratto (Hamilton 71’)

Subs not used: Steiglder, Braun, Feist, Silkowitz, Lauren

Stats Summary: SD / KC
Shots: 17 / 14
Shots on Target: 5 / 4
Saves: 2 / 4
Corners: 2 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 9
Offsides: 1 / 1
Possession: 66% / 34%