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CHICAGO–The Chicago Red Stars are returning to SeatGeek Stadium at the top of the table to face the Washington Spirit on Sunday, May 26th at SeatGeek Stadium. As Chicago looks to build crucial momentum ahead of the impending World Cup break, here are your keys to the match:

Offensive Push

Chicago currently leads the league in goals scored with 13 goals across five players. Yuki Nagasato remains second in the league in goals and has been key in creating chances for Chicago to thrive on the pitch. With national team members away for the World Cup, it will be up to Nagasato and familiar faces like Katie Johnson and Michele Vasconcelos to continue their strong offensive performances against the Spirit.

Big Baller Boyd

Goalkeeper Emily Boyd has been on fire for the Red Stars, making nine saves and notching two wins in three consecutive appearances. In consecutive weeks, she has made clutch saves from tough shots to keep Chicago afloat. Boyd is nothing if not consistent, and her play against one of the league’s top offensive teams will be instrumental in securing a third straight Red Stars win.

First Half vs. Second Half

Chicago has scored the majority of its goals this season in the first 30 minutes, winning 75% of games when scoring first. On the other side, the opposition has scored 75% of its goals this season in the second half. Confidence and momentum across the field will be key to a Chicago win in capitalizing early and maintaining the strength of the Red Stars defensively from top to bottom.