Chicago Red Stars vs. Seattle Reign FC
Wednesday, August 15; 9:30 p.m. CT
Memorial Stadium; Seattle, WA
BROADCAST: NWSL app, NWSLsoccer.com
CHICAGO – The Red Stars will begin a three-game road trip in Seattle for a mid-week matchup.
Coming off a three-game undefeated streak, Chicago came to a tough 1-1 draw against powerhouse North Carolina Courage at home last weekend. The Courage took the lead after Debinha headed a ball into the net midway through the first half, as Chicago trailed at halftime. The Red Stars controlled much of the second half, notching the equalizer off Sam Kerr’s 10th goal of the season. Despite controlling much of the final 15 minutes, the Red Stars were unable to capitalize on opportunities and walked away with a point.
Just like Chicago, Seattle is also coming off a three-game undefeated streak, with the most recent being a 1-0 victory against Utah Royals FC. Jess Fishlock’s header just at the start of the second half was enough to be the difference to give Seattle the three points, totaling 36 points for second place.
Chicago has remained undefeated against Seattle this season, coming to a scoreless draw in May and following up with a 1-0 victory in July. The draw became the only match Chicago was unable to tally, while it was Seattle’s sixth scoreless match. The victory came off a last-minute goal from Kerr, who gave Chicago the lead in the 87th minute.
As Seattle sits comfortably in second place, four points ahead of third-place Portland (32), Chicago continued its fifth-place standing after last week, only three points behind Portland and one point behind Orlando (30). Seattle has given up the least amount of goals this year with only 15 getting past the goalkeeping duo of Michelle Betos and Lydia Williams, while Chicago has scored four goals more than Seattle with being a game behind.
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.
May 19: 0-0 D at Seattle
July 14: 1-0 W at Chicago (Kerr 87’)