Angel City Football Club looking for points on the road in final part of season
The road to a potential NWSL playoff berth for Angel City Football Club is just that…the road.
Starting Friday night, Angel City will wrap up the regular season with a five-game championship streak on the road and six of its last eight games away from Banc of California Stadium. The only two home games are September 21 (Washington) and September 25 (Racing Louisville FC).
The home stretch begins Friday in Kansas City. Currently, who is riding a 10-game unbeaten streak.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress since that first game and I think it will be a key game for us as we head into the final part of the season,” Angel City manager Freya said. Coombe.
The first meeting came back on May 21 at Banc of California Stadium on an own goal forced by Christen Press in a 1-0 win. The Current come into the game with 25 points and Angel City are in seventh place with 21.
To stay in the game, Angel City will need to take care of business on the road and make some adjustments along the way.
“We’ve seen a big reduction in the number of practice sessions we have available due to our busy schedule outdoors,” Coombe said. “For us, given the season, I think it’s common with a lot of teams, we have a reduced number of training sessions, so our training load will be to prepare our players for games, so really reduce training load and shrink.
“There’s not a lot of opportunity to overload the players mid-week like we normally would with four training sessions to fit into one game. So the structure of our week is changed every week.
To accommodate this, Coombe said the team would do more off-field work.
“Having more meetings, having more movie sessions and being able to supplement some of the player load on the pitch with off-pitch work to always make sure we’re ticking the boxes and heading in the direction that we have to do, ”she said.
The focus for the next streak, particularly in September when Angel City play four matches over a 14-day period, is rest and recovery.
“We have to make sure we give the players, with this hectic schedule, a mental break too,” Coombe said. “It’s easy to think of a travel day for a player as a day off, but we know that with some of our travel days, they can be downright exhausting, especially traveling coast to coast. “
Last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Chicago kept Angel City in the playoff hunt.
“Hopefully we can take each game one by one and take something for it,” defender Paige Nielsen said. “It’s been our goal all season to make the playoffs as an expansion team.
“We all know we can make the playoffs, so it’s really fair to focus on those last two weeks.”
ANGEL CITY FC at KANSAS CITY CURRENT
When: Friday, 5 p.m. PT
Where: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
TV: CBS Sports Network