Preview: Chicago vs. Sky Blue FC

MATCH INFO: Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC; 5 p.m. CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Tickets are available here.

SERIES HISTORY: The match between Chicago and Sky Blue FC marks the first time the two teams will face off in 2017 and will be the 11th overall meeting. The last match between the two teams was on August 26, 2016, which saw Chicago take a 3-1 victory on the road with goals from Christen Press, Stephanie McCaffrey and Sofia Huerta. Sky Blue has failed to grab a win over Chicago in NWSL play, but managed six ties.

SCOUTING SKY BLUE:  Sky Blue comes into the match with an overall record of 5-4-1. The New Jersey side is coming off a huge 3-1 road victory against the Portland Thorns. Sarah Killion (5) and Sam Kerr (4) hold the third and fourth overall spot in goals in the NWSL, while Kailen Sheriden is third in saves. The offensive side for Sky Blue is clicking, currently third overall in goals (15), but the defensive side is seventh in goals against (14). The veteran U.S. WNT duo of Christie Pearce and Kelley O’Hara will look to help the young Sky Blue side contain the likes of Press and Huerta and take a win in Chicago.

RED STARS MILESTONES: Alyssa Mautz currently sits at 94 appearances for the Red Stars and will look to reach number 100 this season.

LEADING THE NWSL: Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo is tied for the lead in assists (16) for all active players in the NWSL. The previous two seasons, DiBernardo has finished second overall in the league.

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 played 16 matches at home, but have lost just one, a 2-3 defeat to FC Kansas City on September 7, 2016.

NEXT MATCH: Chicago will travel on their longest road trip of the season, with four games spanned over 15 days. The Red Stars will make their first stop in Seattle for a match-up against the Reign this Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 p.m. CT.

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