MATCH INFO: Chicago Red Stars vs. Seattle Reign FC at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, August, 16, at Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois. Tickets available here.
SERIES HISTORY: The match between Chicago and Seattle Reign FC marks the third time this season that the two teams will meet, with each taking a win at home. When facing off on June 28 at Memorial Stadium, Seattle was able to earn their first win over Chicago since 2014.
SCOUTING SEATTLE: Seattle enters the match winning just one game out of their last five matches (1-3-1). However, the Reign has converted 31 goals, strong enough for first overall in NWSL and 17 assists. However, NWSL leading scorer (12) Megan Rapinoe is now out for five weeks due to a knee injury. The Reign have seen a surge in production from Nahomi Kawasumi, who leads the league in assists (7), while managing four goals and will look for her to step up during Rapinoe’s absence. Haley Kopmeyer, is currently second in the NWSL in saves (70), but has acquired just two shutouts.
RED STARS MILESTONES: Alyssa Mautz currently sits at 103 overall appearances for the Red Stars.
LEADING THE NWSL: Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo is tied for the lead in assists (16) for all active players in NWSL. The previous two seasons, DiBernardo has finished second overall in the league in assists.
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 the rights from Mexico, in which Huerta played five games for.
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 have lost just twice, a 2-3 loss to FC Kansas City on September 7, 2016 and their last match at home, a 2-3 outcome, against the Portland Thorns.
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 18 goals, which is top three for fewest allowed in the NWSL.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Red Stars currently sit in third 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: Red Stars finish their three-game home series on Sunday, August 20, against FC Kansas City. The last match between the two clubs was April 22, where the Red Stars grabbed a 1-0 win with a goal from Julie Ertz.
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