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AD Franch continues to dazzle in Current’s playoff-opening win

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AD Franch put on a clinic in goal Sunday to help Kansas City advance to the semifinals of the NWSL playoffs with a 2-1 win over the Houston Dash.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper made multiple saves to keep the score level at 1-1 in the second half, showcasing her talent in net.

Then, in stoppage time, Franch single handedly prolonged Kansas City’s season with a left-footed save against Michelle Alozie. Her save enabled Kate Del Fava to secure the win for the Current in the 10th minute of stoppage time with her first-ever NWSL goal.

Her performance Sunday backs up what was a stellar 2022 campaign for the goaltender, for which she earned a nomination for Goalkeeper of the Year.

While she was a member of last year’s Olympic team for the USWNT, Franch has yet to earn a call-up this year. She has just 10 call-ups during her career and her last national team appearance came in October of last year, when she earned a clean sheet against South Korea.

When talking about the goalkeeper pool in September, Andonovski called the competition from Franch and other NWSL goalkeepers a positive for the team.

“I feel like we’ve talked more about the goalkeeper sometimes than some of the other positions but it is important and we were excited about it because ultimately that’s what we want,” Andonovski said. “We do want good competition. We want the last in each position to push each other as much as possible and get better with it.”

Franch is certainly challenging her lack of inclusion with performances like the one she put on Sunday.

Back in July, Franch addressed the fact that she was not named to the USWNT’s Concacaf qualifying roster.

“I’m not putting anything on the record,” she told The Athletic. “The only thing that I can give you is, the best thing for me to do is to continue focusing on my team here. And, that’s just enjoying what I do. I get to play the beautiful sport. Go out and try to be better every single day, and give whatever I can to this team. That’s what I’m doing right now.”

She gave her all for Kansas City in the opening-round win, and the team will now advance to play OL Reign on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports.