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What's Next for Bay FC and Their Match Against Angel City?


The two newest teams of the NWSL came head to head for the first time as the Utah Royals traveled to the Bay Area to take on Bay FC. With the history of both clubs being written with every moment, both teams looking to make their mark in this special game between the newest clubs of the NWSL.


Images from Jose Rocha / Rocha Multimedia and Rocha Report

Both teams have struggled as of late although Bay FC has continued to be competitive in their matches most recently defeating Chicago 2-1 in the historic NWSL matchup at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. 


Bay FC came into the game with a similar setup that they have had for their last few matches, going away from the formation that had given them earlier offensive success in the 4-3-3, as they lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Rachel Hill started along with Oshoala and Kundananji as the main attackers along with Tess Boade. Since the formation change we have seen a bit of defensive success, but the strong attacking sequences have taken a step back from earlier in the season. Some of this was due to international duty and injuries, but it has still given Bay FC the chance to be in games. 


The game was an even game throughout its entirety for the most part, but there were chances throughout on both sides. The chances on goal favored Bay FC, but were ultimately head scoreless going into the half. This is where things shifted just a little, but it proved to be where things would change the game. 


In the 85th minute there was a shot that made it into the net by Racheal Kundananji to give Bay FC a lead, but was ruled offside quickly by the sideline judge. Unfortunately for Bay FC, mere minutes after this an opportunity for Utah came and they struck as Ally Sentnor crossed a corner into the box for Kate Del Fava who headed the incoming ball past Bay FC goalie Katelyn Rowland. Utah went up 1-0, and were able to hold onto their lead giving Utah their first win since March. 

Images from Jose Rocha / Rocha Multimedia and Rocha Report
Images from Jose Rocha / Rocha Multimedia and Rocha Report

Bay FC have seemed to have adjust their lineup, and strategy throughout the season. They have continued to be competitive throughout the season, but unfortunately haven’t had the results go in their favor as of late. This is only the 3rd time, in 13 games, that they haven’t gotten on the scoreboard which is impressive in its own right. Although they are an expansion team, they seem to have a solid foundation to continue to be competitive, but they need to get in positions to close out their games to secure the +3 points. 


There are tons of reasons to be invested into this Bay Area soccer club, and they continue to show why they are a team to watch. They play competitive every game and they continue to push for progress. 


Bay FC look ahead to take on Angel City, who they were able to defeat in their last matchup in game one of the 2024 season. Angel City come into their match vs. Bay FC coming off a 3-2 victory over Louisville. It will set the stage for another Bay vs. LA match, and the first time they will faceoff at PayPal Park.


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More Images from Bay FC vs. Utah Royals (June 16th, 2024):


Images from Jose Rocha / Rocha Multimedia and Rocha Report
Images from Jose Rocha / Rocha Multimedia and Rocha Report
Images from Jose Rocha / Rocha Multimedia and Rocha Report
Images from Jose Rocha / Rocha Multimedia and Rocha Report
Images from Jose Rocha / Rocha Multimedia and Rocha Report
Images from Jose Rocha / Rocha Multimedia and Rocha Report

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