Chicago, Ill. – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) unveiled today the Chicago Red Stars complete regular season schedule for the 2016 season. The Red Stars will begin their fourth season in the NWSL when they face Houston Dash on the road, Saturday, April 16.
The Chicago Red Stars first home game will kick-off at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, the new home venue for the Red Stars, on Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m. CT against Western New York Flash. The home stand will continue the following weekend when first-year NWSL club Orlando Pride and Alex Morgan come to Chicago on Sunday, May 1, for a 5 p.m. CT contest.
The 20 game schedule includes a four-game regional match-up against back-to-back reigning NWSL Champions FC Kansas City, with two slated at Toyota Park on Friday, May 13 and Wednesday, September 7.
The Red Stars play matches on four different days of the week this season, including nine weekend contests. In addition to playing five Saturday home games, Red Stars play host to four Sunday home games and one Wednesday home game at Toyota Park.
A true test will come down to the final four games for Chicago as they face fellow semifinal contenders Seattle Reign FC, FC Kansas City (twice) and Washington Spirit to close out the regular season. Once again, the top four teams in the standings qualify for a spot in the NWSL playoffs.
The NWSL will also be taking a majority of August off due to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Chicago Red Stars begins its preseason preparation for the 2016 campaign in March with three match-ups against Illinois State University, Notre Dame and Northwestern University. A full preseason schedule can be found here.
United States Women’s National team members Christen Press and Julie Johnston return to Chicago in 2016 and are joined by U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who was acquired from the Boston Breakers during the offseason. Reigning NWSL Rookie of the Year Danielle Colaprico will enter into preseason with the Red Stars after earning her first call-up by the U.S. National Team during January camp.
Season tickets and flex packs are currently on sale, with individual tickets going on sale on Thursday, February 25 at 10 a.m. CT. To receive a direct email with ticket links when they do go on sale, click here. Red Stars Season Ticket Memberships allow fans to experience the game at a completely different level, with major benefits including Toyota Park tours, invitations to Season Ticket Member events with the Red Stars team and discounts on merchandise and camps. For more information about becoming a Season Ticket Member, please call 773.697.8699 or visit here.
2016 Chicago Red Stars Schedule (home matches in bold, CAPS)
Date Opponent Venue Kickoff (CT)
Saturday, @Houston Dash BBVA Compass Stadium TBA
Saturday, WESTERN NEW Toyota Park 6 PM
April 23 YORK FLASH
Sunday, ORLANDO PRIDE Toyota Park 5 PM
Saturday, @Boston Breakers Jordan Field TBA
Friday, @FC Kansas City Swope Soccer Village TBA
Sunday, @Seattle Reign FC Memorial Stadium TBA
Sunday, SKY BLUE FC Toyota Park 6 PM
Sunday, PORTLAND THORNS FC Toyota Park 5 PM
Saturday, BOSTON BREAKERS Toyota Park 7 PM
Wednesday, @Portland Thorns FC Providence Park TBA
Friday, @Western New Sahlen’s Stadium TBA
July 1 New Flash
Saturday, @Washington Spirit Maryland SoccerPlex TBA
Saturday, @Orlando Pride Orlando Citrus Bowl TBA
Saturday, HOUSTON DASH Toyota Park 7 PM
Saturday, FC KANSAS CITY Toyota Park 7 PM
Saturday, @Sky Blue FC Yurcak Field TBA
Sunday, SEATTLE REIGN FC Toyota Park 6 PM
Wedneday, FC KANSAS CITY Toyota Park 6 PM
Sunday, @FC Kansas City Swope Soccer Village TBA
Saturday, WASHINGTON SPIRIT Toyota Park 7 PM
Home Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Saturday (5), Sunday (4)
Road Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Friday (2), Saturday (5), Sunday (2)
Home Dates by Month:
April (1), May (2), June (2), July (2), August (0), September (3)
Road Dates by Month:
April (1), May (3), June (1), July (3), August (1), September (1)
3 games (May 29, June 12, June 18)
Longest Road Trip:
4 games (June 22, July 1, July 9, July 16)
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