The Kansas City Current made their intentions known this offseason, they did not appreciate losing last season’s NWSL final.
Looking back at last offseason for Kansas City, it couldn’t be a more different world than the one KC sees themselves in now.
Last year they were entering a season with a fresh new brand after being the worst team in the league, but with a first year coach, along with a fun mix of veterans and new faces, the Current made the NWSL final while looking like a team that belonged in the upper echelon of the league.
General Manager Camille Levin took the loss personally and decided to approach every high profile free agent this offseason. From being the last team out on young Haitian phenom, Melchie Dumornay, to securing the biggest prize of free agency in Debinha. Levin supported and reinforced the roster through aggressive maneuvering.
NWSL Free Agency
Kansas City won free agency with the Debinha signing alone, but re-signing captain Desi Scott, along with NWSL veterans Morgan Gautrat and Vanessa Dibernado further strengthens their midfield depth with hardworking ball winners that are surely looking for a fresh opportunity after their stints in Chicago.
The depth in this team is a strength given that the league will play through this summer’s World Cup, including some important Challenge Cup fixtures. So, while the competition for playing time will be fierce — international regulars Desi Scott, AD Franch, Hailie Mace, and newly signed Hanna Glas — will all most likely be gone for an extended period this summer.
The Current were also very busy in the international market, of course, being in on Dumornay, but completing the signings of Mimmi Larsson from FC Rosengård and Hanna Glas from Bayern Munich were huge coups for the club. Glas, in particular, is regarded as one of the strongest defenders in Europe — a position that KC was thin on compared to the rest of the roster. Glas will certainly make an outsized impact in KC’s three center back system, her confidence and world class experience should help Elizabeth Ball and Alex Loera continue their growth from last season as well.