NWSL Regular Season - MATCH 19

SEP 17
5:00pm CST
SeatGeek Stadium
Chicago Red Stars
Angel City FC

The Chicago Red Stars (6-10-2, 20 pts) return to the Windy City to host West Coast club, Angel City FC (6-6-6, 24 pts). Both teams are vying for a playoff berth with Chicago and Angel City currently below the line in 11th and eighth in the NWSL standings, respectively. 

September 17 will be the Red Stars’ “World Cup Welcome Back” match, celebrating the United States’ Alyssa Naeher and Jamaica’s Cheyna Matthews return from representing their respective countries at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Fans can take advantage of multiple ticket offers for the match. A two-match ticket pack to the September 17 match and the United States Women’s National Team match against South Africa September 24 at Chicago’s Soldier Field can be purchased here. Fans can also purchase the Red Stars’ “World Class Match” Pack, which includes tickets to Chicago’s final three home matches, here. Fans looking to purchase individual tickets can visit chicagoredstars.com/tickets. 

In addition to ticket offers, the USWNT’s history-making 1999 World Cup trophy will be available for fans to take photos with on the Gate C concourse through halftime on matchday. Fans in attendance can participate in a scavenger hunt, trivia, play EA’s FIFA 23 where fans can play as the Chicago Red Stars and a NASCAR simulator. Click here to learn more. 

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Previous Result
CHI: The Red Stars shut out the Washington Spirit 2-0 in Washington D.C.
ACFCAngel City won 1-0 on the road against the Kansas City Current


Everything Counts
With only four regular-season matches left for every team in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the pressure has been cranked up to 100. Only six teams advance to the playoffs, and with only 11 points separating the top and bottom of the table, no one’s punched their ticket yet. The Red Stars only sit six points below the current playoff line, meaning a postseason run isn’t out of the question. But eighth place Angel City also need some points to get into playoff contention, so both teams will be fighting tooth and nail to walk away with a win. Each team will take the field September 17 with an edge, as the Red Stars have won their last two meetings with Angel City and have the home field advantage, while ACFC have not recorded a single loss in their last five fixtures (WWDWD). Who will have more momentum to put them on top?
Well Matched
Results aside, neither Angel City nor the Red Stars have a leg up when you look at their stats for the regular season. Both teams have scored 22 goals and recorded four shutouts, while sitting almost even in tackles won (ACFC 203, CRS 198) and duels success rate (CRS 49.70 percent, ACFC 48.80 percent). The Red Stars have a higher conversion rate (17.89 percent to 13.50 percent), shooting accuracy (45.53 percent to 42.94 percent), passing accuracy (76.02 percent to 72.82 percent) and crossing accuracy (21.20 percent to 17.70 percent). However, Angel City has more assists (17 to 14), shots on target (70 to 56), duels won (917 to 859) and less goals conceded (25 to 39). With both teams needing to walk away with three points, the Red Stars and Angel City have to come out with urgency from the first whistle and fight until the clock runs out.
Stars Ready to Shine
When stars enter a new era in their lifespans, they explode into supernovas to announce their presence to the universe. With Chicago’s recent ownership change, the club hopes to burst with a light of similar magnitude across the women’s soccer landscape as it enters its new era. With a 0-2 win over the Washington Spirit and a visit from new majority owner, Laura Rickets, after the game, the Red Stars are certainly taking advantage of the positive energy. Ricketts and other members, who make up one of the most diverse ownership groups in sports, have announced an additional multimillion-dollar investment into the team and spoken about their dedication to elevating the Red Stars in the offseason to create a championship franchise. The momentum is there, and Chicago’s ready to take advantage.
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