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Matt Potter named head coach of Kansas City Current

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The Kansas City Current have appointed Matt Potter as the club’s next head coach, they announced Tuesday.

Potter is a former USWNT assistant coach and U-23 Women’s head coach. The hiring comes on the heels of the appointment of Camille Levin as the club’s general manager.

“As we continue to assemble the best staff in professional soccer, Matt is an integral piece as Head Coach,” said co-owner Angie Long. “He has experience working with the best players in the United States and has a fantastic reputation in the global soccer world. We couldn’t be more excited to bring Matt to the Kansas City Current.”

“His competitive nature, love of attacking soccer, and positive energy fits perfectly in our culture,” added fellow co-owner Chris Long. “He brings to us invaluable technical knowledge and player development skills.”

Potter will assume his new position immediately, with the 2022 preseason beginning on Feb. 1.

Prior to being hired as head coach of the U-23 WNT in 2020, Potter spent eight seasons with Oklahoma. While there, he led the Sooners to 63 wins and two NCAA playoff appearances. He also served as coach at Washington State, recording 88 wins and three NCAA playoff appearances in 11 seasons.

The Current finished 3-14-7 in the 2021 season, their first since the franchise moved from Salt Lake City. So far this offseason, they’ve made significant moves, acquiring both Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams from the North Carolina Courage.

“There is a clear vision for the Kansas City Current, both on and off the field,” said Potter. “It’s a vision that reflects the city, its people, and sports teams with great sporting traditions built on energizing a community by aiming high and unmatched work ethic. These attributes align with my own ambition and values. I look forward to the challenge of competing in one of the premier women’s soccer leagues, with players that share that philosophy. The Current is truly on the move, and I can’t wait to get started.”