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Match 12
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Red Stars – Wrigley
5-5-1
Previous Result
Chicago fell at home to Racing Louisville FC, 1-0
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Bay FC
3-8-0
Previous Result
Bay were blanked at home, 2-0, by New Jersey/New York Gotham FC
Match Preview

The Chicago Red Stars (5-5-1, 16 pts) step up to the plate against Bay FC (3-8-0, 9 pts) in the club’s much-anticipated ‘Red Stars Take Over Wrigley Field’ match, presented by Gallagher. Chicago looks to capture the energy of a record-breaking crowd to overcome back-to-back losses while Bay arrives at the Friendly Confines hungry to finally tally double-digit points in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table.

All Chicagoans are invited to spend the historic day celebrating with the Red Stars, beginning at 10 a.m. CT with the Red Stars’ Family Fan Festival at Gallagher Way. The festival will include a live DJ, giveaways, a photobooth, food and beverages, face painting, exclusive ‘Red Stars Take Over Wrigley Field’ match merchandise and more. The festival will also host a live viewing of the NWSL’s New Jersey/New York Gotham FC vs. Angel City FC match, with kickoff scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT. Families and fans alike can join the fun until 3 p.m. CT. Beginning at 4 p.m. CT, ticketed fans can take part in the Chicago Red Stars Fan Festival before match kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets to witness history when the Red Stars take over Wrigley Field can be purchased at chicagoredstars.com/tickets/wrigley-field. 

Bay in the Bullpen
California club Bay FC will be stepping up to the plate in the Windy City for the first time, but the expansion side is hardly an unknown foe. The Red Stars will face off with Bay for the second time just over a month after taking the pitch in San Jose May 5. Chicago left the West Coast with three points in hand following the 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Bay FC, but a lot has changed since that match. Bay FC was notably lacking forward Asisat Oshoala in the club’s first meeting with the Red Stars and the Nigerian international’s absence was felt. The upcoming June 8 match against Bay FC will also be a homecoming for Naperville native and former Red Star, Kayla Sharples. Being welcomed home under the bright Wrigley Field lights will undoubtedly be special.
Record Breaking at Wrigley Field
The Red Stars are on deck and bringing a whole new type of ball game to the iconic Wrigley Field. Following 12,000 tickets sold in the first hours, outselling the capacity of SeatGeek Stadium, the Red Stars’ home venue, and surpassing the club attendance record in tickets sold, the Red Stars Take Over Wrigley Field match is absolutely historic. The first professional women’s sporting event at Wrigley Field in over 80 years has been building excitement since its announcement, receiving endorsement from sports legends like Billie Jean King and more. The week leading up to the match, Red Stars were out encouraging fans to attend the match at the Friendly Confines to break the NWSL attendance record. Hannah Anderson, Julia Bianchi, Chardonnay Curran, Shea Groom, Jameese Joseph and Taylor Malham all accompanied a boat packed with Red Stars equipment up the Chicago River to Wrigley Field June 2. Tatumn Milazzo threw out the honorary first pitch in the first game of the Crosstown Series June 4. Additionally, Cari Roccaro and Ally Schlegel stopped by the Red Stars takeover of Murphy’s Bleachers to guest bartend June 5. With Chicago’s excitement mounting, the first NWSL game at Wrigley Field June 8 could be the event of the summer.
International Shining Stars
The May/June international window gave Red Stars fans much to cheer for. Highlighting the four Red Stars representing their countries is defender, Sam Staab, who received her first national team call up for the United States. The three-time NWSL Ironwoman also recorded her first cap for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) June 2 before earning her first international start June 4. Sparkling alongside Staab was teammate and veteran USWNT forward, Mallory Swanson. June 2 was a standout match for Swanson in her home state of Colorado, where her family supported her in the stands while the Red Star recorded a brace and an assist in the USWNT’s 4-0 shutout over Korea Republic. Red Stars Natalia Kuikka and Sydney Schneider also represented Finland and Jamaica, respectively. Defender Kuikka recorded starts in both Finland’s May 31 and June 2 matches against the Netherlands, while Schneider tended goal in Jamaica’s June 4 match against Brazil.
Red Stars – Wrigley
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Scoring Summary:
93’ Penelope Hocking (Chardonnay Curran)
Disciplinary Report:
17’ Taylor Malham
Lineup:
Alyssa Naeher, Taylor Malham (Chardonnay Curran), Sam Staab, Natalia Kuikka (Tatumn Milazzo), Hannah Anderson, Cari Roccaro, Leilanni Nesbeth (Jameese Joseph), Mallory Swanson, Ally Schlegel (Shea Groom), Júlia Bianchi (Jenna Bike), Penelope Hocking
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Bay FC
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Scoring Summary:
25’ Kiki Pickett, 79’ Anderson
Disciplinary Report:
Lineup:
Katelyn Rowland, Alyssa Malonson (King), Kayla Sharples, Emily Menges, Caprice Dydasco, Joelle Anderson, Kiki Pickett, Racheal Kundananji, Tess Boade (Conti), Rachel Hill (Camberos), Asisat Oshoala (Bailey)
Chicago Red Stars Break NWSL Attendance Record, Fall to Bay FC, 0-2

The Chicago Red Stars tonight set a new attendance record in the National Women’s Soccer League with their match at Wrigley Field against Bay FC. 35,038 fans were in attendance to witness the first professional women’s sporting event at the Friendly Confines in over 80 years. Despite a goal from Penelope Hocking, the Red Stars were unable to capitalize on the momentous occasion, falling to Bay FC 1-2.  

 

KEY MOMENTS: 

10’ Bay FC’s forward takes the ball in transition all the way into Chicago’s 18-yard box, but Chicago’s Sam Staab slides in to clear the danger 

20’ Chicago’s Natalia Kuikka has to slide to block a potentially dangerous cross by Bay FC’s Rachel Hill. The ball is blocked by Kuikka and bounces off Hill for a goal kick 

25’ Bay FC’s Pickett finds the ball at the top of Chicago’s 18-yard box and takes a strike that finds the back of the net to give Bay the lead, 0-1 Bay  

35’ A corner kick by Bay FC is received by Kundananji who takes a quick shot toward goal, but the quick reflexes of Alyssa Naeher allow her to get a touch on the ball and touch it over the cross bar 

79’ Bay FC take an attempt at goal that Chardonnay Curran tries to clear, but Bay’s Anderson gets their body in front of the clearance causing the ball to ricochet into Chicago’s net, 0-2 Bay FC 

93’ Chicago’s Chardonnay Curran sends a ball toward Bay FC’s 18-yard box that takes a deflection and lands in front of Penelope Hocking. The forward for Chicago takes a strike and scores for Chicago, 1-2 Bay FC 

 

GAME NOTES: 

  • Tonight’s attendance, 35,038, sets a new record for the highest attended NWSL match  
  • Tonight also marked the first professional start for Hannah Anderson. The defender was drafted by the Red Stars in the 2024 NWSL Draft 
  • Penelope Hocking’s goal, comes 25 years after her father, Denny Hocking, hit a home run at Wrigley Field  
  • Hocking’s goal tonight ties her with Ally Schlegel at four goals each. They lead the team in goals scored this season 

 

Next Game 

Kansas City Current vs. Chicago Red Stars June 14, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. CT at CPKC Stadium 

 

Goals by Half  

              1 2 F 

CHI     0 1 1 

BAY    1 1 2 

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