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Chicago Red Stars
2-0-1
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Chicago drew even with Orlando on the road, 1-1
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0-2-1
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Angel City fell 4-2 to the Kansas City Current
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The still-undefeated Chicago Red Stars return home to SeatGeek Stadium April 13, hosting West Coast club, Angel City FC. Chicago (2-0-1, 7 pts) looks to extend their no-loss streak to four, remain one of the four undefeated National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) teams and keep the Red Stars’ spot near the top of the table. Meanwhile, Angel City (0-2-1, 1 pt) seek their first win of 2024 and to rise from last place on the NWSL table. 

The More Things Change...
The last time the Red Stars went undefeated in their first four regular-season matches was 2015. Just shy of a decade later, there are a few parallels that can be drawn from what became a monumental 2015 season for Chicago. The Red Stars began 2015 with the same 2-0-1 record that the club holds now and both home openers for Chicago in 2015 and in 2024 ended in a one-goal victory (3-2 and 2-1). The 2015 season went down in history for the Chicago Red Stars, who secured their first playoff berth in club history after recording just three regular-season losses across 20 matches. The achievement began a seven-season streak of consecutive playoff appearances for Chicago through 2022, who now search for an eighth postseason appearance after missing the playoffs in 2023. No players on the history-making 2015 Red Stars roster remain; the longest tenured player in Chicago is team captain and goalkeeper, Alyssa Naeher, who came to Chicago in 2016 from Boston. Coincidentally, the fourth game of the 2015 Red Stars season was played in Bridgeview, in what is now SeatGeek Stadium, just before Chicago’s home matches switched from Lisle to Bridgeview permanently in 2016.
History on Our Side
While the Red Stars have arguably gotten a Cinderella start to the season, Angel City has been struggling, as they sit last on the table, and in the club’s statistics. Not only do the Red Stars have a better record than Angel City in 2024, Chicago also has more multi-goal matches, a better conversion rate on their chances (23.81 percent versus Angel City’s 8.33 percent) and has won more tackles (39 versus ACFC’s 29). Against Angel City, the Red Stars have scored multiple goals in three straight games, winning two and drawing the most recent match last year at home, 2-2. The only time Chicago lost to Angel City was in their first meeting August 14, 2022 (1-0) and the Red Stars’ 2-0 shutout of Angel City October 1, 2022, secured Chicago’s spot in the playoffs. While stats don’t predict the future, it’s certainly harder to say the Red Stars will see their unbeaten streak broken.
For Club and For Country
All five international players called up to represent four countries closed the international window with wins. Natalia Kuikka and Finland reached fulltime first, coming from behind to beat Italy 2-1. Kuikka started in both matches Finland played in April’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 qualifying round. Julia Bianchi, who joined Brazil for SheBelieves Cup play, started in Brazil’s third-place match against Japan. Brazil fell behind and allowed Japan to score in the first half, but came back in the second 45 to equalize and send the match to penalties before winning the shootout 3-0. Alyssa Naeher and Mallory Swanson featured in the SheBelieves Cup final, which followed a similar plot to the third-place match. The United States trailed 0-1 to Canada at halftime and came back to equalize in the second half before taking the lead. Canada then converted a penalty to bring the score even at 2-2 and the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) found themselves in a penalty shootout with Canada for the second time in 35 days. Naeher saved a PK, stepped to the spot to bury one herself, then returned to the net to stop another attempt as part of the USWNT’s 5-4 penalty shootout win. The only country to not have a comeback victory was Nádia Gomes' Portugal, who shut out Malta 2-0 in Women’s UERO 2025 qualifiers.
Number One Naeher
When Alyssa Naeher isn’t playing crucial parts to USWNT victory, she’s setting the tone for a record-breaking season with the Red Stars, too. Naeher currently holds the lowest goals against average (0.67) across the league with keepers who have tended goal in three matches. Additionally, Naeher has already won NWSL Save of the Week honors while accumulating an 81.82 save percentage. No NWSL keeper has more than one clean sheet yet in 2024, and Naeher sits as one of the eight who do. Will the goalie break the tie and top the clean sheet category at the end of Week 4?
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Scoring Summary:
Disciplinary Report:
39’ Jenna Bike (Yellow Card)
Lineup:
Alyssa Naeher, Tatumn Milazzo, Samantha Staab, Natalia Kuikka, Maximiliane Rall, Cari Roccaro, Julia Bianchi (Shea Groom), Penelope Hocking (Ava Cook), Sarah Griffith (Jameese Joseph), Ally Schlegel (Ally Cook), Jenna Bike 
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Scoring Summary:
40’ Maximiliane Rall (OG)
Disciplinary Report:
35’ Jasmyne Spencer (Yellow Card), 45+1’ Megan Reid (Yellow Card), 90+3’ Katie Johnson 
Lineup:
DiDi Haracic, Madison Curry, Sarah Gorden, Megan Reid, Jasmyne Spencer, Rocky Rodríguez (Le Bihan), Meggie Dougherty Howard (Henry), Lily Nabet (Madison Hammond), Claire Emslie (Johnson), Alyssa Thompson, Sydney Leroux 
Chicago Red Stars Drop Points at Home Against Angel City

The Chicago Red Stars’ undefeated streak came to an end tonight after a 0-1 loss to Angel City FC. An unlucky touch by defender, Maximiliane Rall, led to an own goal that gave the Los Angeles side their first victory of the season. Chicago will look to bounce back in Seattle next week as they take on the Reign in their second matchup of the season.  

 

KEY MOMENTS: 

18’ Chicago’s Sam Staab sends a ball into LA’s 18-yard box off a throw in that finds the head of Ally Schlegel who flicks it to Penelope Hocking who heads it toward goal, but the attempt goes wide of the net 

32’ Angel City get a clear shot at Chicago’s net that trickles toward the open net, but a charging Tatumn Milazzo makes a goal line save to keep things even 

40’ Angel City strike first off a free kick into Chicago’s 18-yard box that takes an unlucky bounce off of Maxi Rall and finds the back of the net, 0-1 Angel City FC 

54’ Chicago lob a ball into Angel City’s box that finds the head of Ally Schlegel who, in turn, sends it toward goal, but it ricochets off the crossbar and is cleared by Los Angeles, 0-1 Angel City 

62’ Chicago’s Sam Staab sends a strong cross into Angel City’s box that finds Jenna Bike waiting on the back post, but the forward’s header sends the ball wide of the goal, 0-1 Angel City  

 

GAME NOTES: 

  • With her appearance in tonight’s match, Sam Staab now has the most consecutive regular-season appearances with 94 in the NWSL 
  • Shea Groom’s substitution into the match in the second half marks the forward’s first minutes since May of 2023 following a season-ending knee injury 
  • Despite the loss, Chicago had a higher expected goals than Angel City (1.13 to .80), more shots (10 to 7) more crosses (11 to 7) and more corners won (5 to 4) 

 

Next Game 

Seattle Reign FC vs. Chicago Red Stars April 21, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CT at Lumen Field in Seattle, WA. 

 

Goals by Half  

          1 2 F 

CHI  0 0 0 

LA   1 0 1  

 

 

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