MATCH INFO: Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit on Saturday, August 26, at 6 p.m. CT; Maureen Hendricks Field; Boyds, Maryland. Live on go90 app or NWSLsoccer.com.
SERIES HISTORY: The match between Chicago and Washington marks the second time the two times will face off this season. The teams met at Toyota Park on June 17, which saw Christen Press and Francisca Ordega find the back of the net for their respective teams. In 12 matches between the two clubs, all but two games have been decided by one goal or less, including the 2016 NWSL semifinals, where Washington took an overtime win over Chicago. Washington holds the advantage in the series with seven wins over the Red Stars, losing just three. Since 2016, Press has scored three goals against Washington.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON: Despite a strong season in 2016, Washington is rebuilding for the future in 2017. The Spirit enter the last part of the NWSL season with just four wins under their belt, however three of the wins have come on their home turf at Maureen Hendricks Field. Havana Solaun is top-10 in the NWSL with goals (5), while notching three assists, while Francisca Ordega has four goals and three assists. The bright spot for Washington though is in their goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe. Without the likes of Labbe in goal, Washington could be in an even deeper hole than allowing 32 goals.
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.
HOME HEARTBREAK: 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 lost just four times. However, the past three home games mark all three of those losses at Toyota Park in 2017.
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.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Red Stars currently sit in third place in the NWSL league standings with 29 points. However, it is just six points that are decided right now between teams three to eight.
NEXT MATCH: Red Stars return to Toyota Park for their final regular season home game on September 3 against North Carolina. Chicago has played the Courage twice this season, winning both. Tickets are available here.
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