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FC Kansas City wins NWSL title with 2-1 win over Seattle

  • FC Kansas City's Amy Rodriguez leaps into the arms of teammate Erika Tymrak (15) after scoring against the Seattle Reign FC in the first half of the NWSL championship soccer match Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Tukwila, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    FC Kansas City's Amy Rodriguez leaps into the arms of teammate Erika Tymrak (15) after scoring against the Seattle Reign FC in the first half of the NWSL championship soccer match Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Tukwila, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • FC Kansas City's Merritt Mathias, left, and Seattle Reign FC's Jessica Fishlock race for the ball in the first half of the NWSL championship soccer match Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Tukwila, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    FC Kansas City's Merritt Mathias, left, and Seattle Reign FC's Jessica Fishlock race for the ball in the first half of the NWSL championship soccer match Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Tukwila, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • FC Kansas City's Amy Rodriguez (8) shoots past Seattle Reign FC's Elli Reed, center, and goalie Hope Solo to score in the first half of the NWSL championship soccer match Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Tukwila, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    FC Kansas City's Amy Rodriguez (8) shoots past Seattle Reign FC's Elli Reed, center, and goalie Hope Solo to score in the first half of the NWSL championship soccer match Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Tukwila, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

Amy Rodriguez scored twice as FC Kansas City won the National Women's Soccer League title with a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC at Starfire Stadium on Sunday.

It is the first title for Kansas City, which knocked off the league's defending champion, the Portland Thorns, in the semifinals.

Megan Rapinoe capped a crazy sequence with a goal in the 87th minute for Seattle to make for a frantic final few minutes in which two attempts at an equalizer went just wide.

Rodriguez got behind the defense in the 21st minute and beat Reign keeper Hope Solo with her left foot to open the scoring.

Last season's scoring champion put Kansas City up 2-0 in the 56th minute, netting a cross from Lauren Holiday.