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May 24, 2017

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SERIES HISTORY: Chicago and North Carolina just faced off on Sunday that saw the Red Stars take a 3-1 road win.  Christen Press, Sofia Huerta and Vanessa DiBernardo scored the three goals in fifteen minutes for Chicago, while the Courage found their lone goal in the second half from Lynn Williams. The two teams faced each other twice last season and split the series, both taking a win at home. The lone goal for Chicago came off the feet of Casey Short, while Lianne Sanderson and Williams found the back of the net for the Flash. Overall, the two teams have battled to a 5-4-3 record since the inaugural season.

SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA: The Courage suffered their first loss of 2017 after falling to Orlando 3-1 and following it with another 3-1 loss against Chicago after starting the season 4-0. In his first season guiding the team in 2016, Paul Riley led the team to the NWSL Championship, defeating Washington Spirit for the title. Jessica McDonald and Lynn Williams finished 2016 on top of the scoring chart and now with the added threat of Debinha, North Carolina is arguably one of the best offensive teams in the league. The Courage currently leads the NWSL in shots (77) and is second in shots on goal (38).

RED STARS MILESTONES: The last game that Vanessa DiBernardo has missed was in her rookie season on July 26, 2014 (51 appearances).

LAST WEEK: After a tremendous match against North Carolina, Christen Press was named Player of the Week by the NWSL Media. Sofia Huerta was voted Goal of the Week for her bending shot to the far post.

MATCH INFO: Chicago Red Stars vs. North Carolina Courage at Toyota Park; 3 p.m. CT. Tickets are available here.


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