CHICAGO – The Red Stars come away with a point after battling to a scoreless draw in Seattle.
Just 10 minutes in, Chicago’s pressure proved powerful after getting the first shot on goal off a corner kick header by Julie Ertz. The ball just fell to a diving Lydia Williams to keep the game equal early on.
In what became an equally matched first half, the Red Stars and the Reign were stuck with a scoreless scoreline heading into halftime. Chicago managed to put two of its eight shots on frame, while Seattle only saw two shots in the half.
The Red Stars continued its pressure into the second half, earning another shot on goal as Vanessa DiBernardo dribbled toward the end line in the box, crossing it to a wide-open Kerr. Kerr’s one-touch shot was struck straight toward Williams for a perfect save.
Seattle was finally able to get a shot off as a bouncing ball was crossed back to Jess Fishlock, who took a touch and struck it toward goal. As Alyssa Naeher dove for the save, the ball deflected off the near post and out for a corner kick.
Despite an additional eight minutes of stoppage time in the second half, neither Chicago nor Seattle were able to come away with the victory, settling for a 0-0 draw.
After Seattle, the Red Stars will head straight to Portland to take on the Thorns this Saturday, August 18. The match will be NWSL’s Game of the Week and will be broadcast live on ESPNews at 9:30 p.m. CT.
CHICAGO RED STARS MATCH REPORT
MATCH: Chicago Red Stars vs. Seattle Reign FC
DATE: Wednesday, August 15; 9:30 p.m. CT
VENUE: Memorial Stadium; Seattle, WA
BROADCAST: NWSL app, NWSLsoccer.com
WEATHER: 78 degrees, sunny
SCORING SUMMARY: 1 2 F
CHI 0 0 0
SEA 0 0 0
Chicago Red Stars Lineup: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 5-Katie Naughton, 6-Casey Short (14-Sarah Gorden, 66), 8-Julie Ertz (capt.), 3-Arin Gilliland; 24-Danielle Colaprico, 4-Alyssa Mautz (12-Yuki Nagasato, 64), 13-Morgan Brian, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo; 20-Sam Kerr, 22-Rosie White (15-Michele Vasconcelos, 90)
Substitutes: 2-Nikki Stanton, 19-Summer Green, 21-Emily Boyd, 23-Brooke Elby
Head coach: Rory Dames
Seattle Reign FC Lineup: 1-Lydia Williams; 8-Theresa Nielsen, 3-Lauren Barnes, 21-Christen Westphal, 4-Megan Oyster; 10-Jess Fishlock (capt.), 22-Jasmyne Spencer, 6-Allie Long (16-Jaycie Johnson, 90+7), 9-Nahomi Kawasumi (13-Adriana Leon, 79), 12-Morgan Andrews (19-Kristen McNabb, 87); 14-Jodie Taylor
Substitutes: 18-Michelle Betos, 24-Alyssa Kleiner
Head coach: Vlatko Andonovski
STATS SUMMARY: CHI/SEA
Shots on Goal: 5/0
CHI – Sam Kerr (caution) 27’
CHI – Danielle Colaprico (caution) 44’
SEA – Megan Oyster (caution) 47’
CHI – Arin Gilliland (caution) 75’
Referee: Lukasz Szpala
Assistant Referees: Chris Elliott, John Krill
4th Official: Jeff Arthurholtz