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Phillips finds place on Polish team

Updated: July 15, 2014, 2:48 PM ET
By Graham Hays | espnW.com

Nikki Phillips didn't disguise the pride in her voice as she recalled the words of praise offered by her grandmother after a recent game between FC Kansas City and Sky Blue FC in New Jersey. It wasn't a compliment about the clean sheet that Phillips and Kansas City kept that pleased the defender. Such stinginess had become almost commonplace, after all, for a team that allowed just one goal in a recent seven-game stretch.

What carried weight that day was that ...

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