AD Franch continued to show why she’s the frontrunner for NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year as she helped push the Kansas City Current to their first NWSL Championship appearance.
The 2-0 victory for the Current marked the third postseason shutout of Franch’s career, which ties the NWSL record. She also has the most saves in postseason history, and she added seven more to her tally Sunday.
Just a ridiculous save by AD Franch. 🚫 pic.twitter.com/PXcvFhqKH5— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) October 24, 2022
Just a ridiculous save by AD Franch. 🚫 pic.twitter.com/PXcvFhqKH5
The 31-year-old goalkeeper credited the team’s backline, which made 37 clearances — plus Franch’s favorite save of the night, in which defender Alex Loera kicked the ball away just before it passed the goal line.
“That’s what makes shutouts. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have that shutout,” Franch said postgame. “We’re peaking at the times that we’re meant to be peaking and our team is just phenomenal.”
Franch is no stranger to the moment. She’s appeared in three NWSL title games during her career, and she won the championship as a member of the Portland Thorns in 2017. And while she’s enjoyed every team she’s played on, she thinks there’s something special about this moment with Kansas City.
“There was always expectations to be in the playoffs on other teams I’ve been a part of,” she said. “That was our expectation [in Kansas City], but I don’t think the outside world thought that [a title game] was the expectation.”
Franch and the Current will face off against her former team, the Portland Thorns, in the final Saturday at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.