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Local soccer star Desiree Scott turns pro

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From London, back to Winnipeg and now on to Kansas City.

Hometown Olympic soccer heroine Desiree Scott was part of the inaugural game of the National Women’s Soccer League Saturday, as Scott and the FC Kansas City Blues battled the Portland Thorns to a 1-1 draw in front of a sold-out crowd at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium in Kansas City.

"Felt great playing my first pro match last night with @FCKansasCity!!," Scott tweeted to her 7,600 followers Sunday afternoon.

"Amazing response and such great fans!"

In a game billed by local media as a matchup between the top two teams in the eight-team NWSL, Kansas got the scoring started early, with forward Renae Cuellar scoring in the third minute of play. It was the first goal in the league’s history.

Portland forward Christine Sinclair, a teammate of Scott's on Canada's national team, evened the game in the 66th minute off a penalty kick. Sinclair along with Portland forward Alex Morgan were held to two shots in the game.

"When you play against the two best forwards in the world and keep them in check like we did, it is impressive," said Kansas coach Vlatko Andonovski on the league's website.

"Buzz (Jen Buczkowski) and Desi Scott were given the task of preventing them (Morgan and Sinclair) from getting the ball and they did a tremendous job."

Scott, 25, won a bronze medal with Canada’s national women’s soccer team alongside Sinclair at last year’s Olympics in London, England.

Scott and Sinclair were among 16 Canadian players distributed to eight NWSL teams in January.

city.desk@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM CDT: adds attribution to coach's quote

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