MATCH INFO: Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC on Saturday, August 12, at 7 p.m. CT at Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois.
SERIES HISTORY: Portland dominates the win category over Chicago, as the Red Stars have been able to grab just one victory against the Thorns, while being outscored 13-19. The last match between the two clubs on April 29, 2017, brought defeat to the visiting Chicago side when Nadia Nadim converted a penalty kick in the 27th minute for the only goal of the game. In eight matches against the Thorns, captain Christen Press has scored five goals for the Red Stars.
SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Portland roster never seizes to disappoint on paper. Entering the match in Chicago, Portland has an overall record of 8-4-4, while remaining undefeated in their previous four matches. Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim lead the team with four goals each, as the team has totaled 21 goals this season. Adrianna Franch has secured her starting position this season in net for the Thorns, as the goalkeeper has averaged an 81% save percentage, while earning seven clean sheets.
USWNT CALL-UP: Sofia Huerta earned her first call from the U.S. Women’s National Team and practiced with the team during the recent FIFA break. Huerta, 24, did not dress for the games due to the U.S. WNT currently trying to gain her rights from Mexico, in which Huerta played five games for.
RED STARS MILESTONES: Alyssa Mautz reached 100 appearances for the Red Stars in match against Orlando on July 22. Mautz is the first Red Stars player to reach 100 appearances in club history and currently sits at 102. The Red Stars will be holding a ceremony postgame against Portland to honor Mautz.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Chicago moved to Toyota Park full-time for the 2016 NWSL season and quickly adapted to the pitch. Since moving to Toyota Park, the Red Stars have lost just once, a 2-3 loss to FC Kansas City on September 7, 2016. The Red Stars remain undefeated at Toyota Park in 2017.
YOUNG & EXPERIENCED SQUAD: The Red Stars have one of the youngest rosters in the league, with a combined average age of 24.45, with seven players 23 years old or younger. However, a majority of the team has been together for three seasons, making it one of the most cohesive teams in the league.
TOP-NOTCH GOALKEEPERS: During the 2016 season, with the combination of goalkeepers Alyssa Naeher and Michele Dalton, Chicago only allowed 22 goals. The Red Stars currently have allowed 15 goals, which is top three for fewest allowed in the NWSL.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Red Stars currently sit in second place in the NWSL league standings and are eyeing their third consecutive playoff appearance. In 2016, Chicago faced Washington, but lost in double overtime in a heart-breaking match. In 2015, Chicago sealed home field advantage and faced eventual NWSL Champions, FC Kansas City, but the duo of Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez was too much for the young squad.
NEXT MATCH: Chicago will host Seattle in another mid-week battle against the Reign on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. CT.