The Kansas City Current announced that they have parted ways with head coach Matt Potter. No details were released other than it was related to issues around his leadership and employment responsibilities.
“We watch the play on the pitch, we keep a pulse on the locker room, and we are constantly evaluating ways to improve our club,” said General Manager Camille Ashton via press release. “Through our ongoing process of continuous improvement, we believe now is the right time for this change.”
The Current are in eleventh place with an 0-3-0 record and a -6 goal differential. While the team has struggled for results in the first three matches, they have been without their high-profile off-season signings and missing returning veterans. The Current started slow last season but bounced back to notch a thirteen-game unbeaten streak. That streak led them to a fifth-place regular season finish in the NWSL standings with a 10-6-6 record, They advanced to a spot in the NWSL Championship match. This was after Potter was hired in January of that year, taking over a team that finished dead last the previous season.
First-year assistant Coach Caroline Sjöblom will serve as Interim Head Coach starting immediately. Sjöblom will take the reins when the Current face the Houston Dash in their first match of the 2023 NWSL Challenge Cup. Before becoming a coach, Sjöblom had a successful playing career. She won a Finnish Cup Championship and made an appearance in the Swedish Cup. Once Sjöblom hung up her cleats, she lead a number of teams across Sweden. She earned her UEFA Pro Coaching license in 2018 and was named Sweden’s U19 National Team head coach in 2020.
The Current will be now looking for their third head coach in three years.
Kansas City is in Houston tonight taking on the Dash in the Current’s first match of the 2023 UKG NWSL Challenge Cup.