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Chicago Red Stars
6-7-2
Previous Result
Chicago shutout San Diego, 0-3
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Houston Dash
3-7-5
Previous Result
Houston were blanked by the Current in their match in Kansas City, 2-0
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Following a three-match road trip, the Red Stars (6-7-2, 20 pts) return to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL, to take on the Houston Dash (3-7-5, 14 pts). The Red Stars celebrate Kid’s Day at the stadium Saturday with the first 1,000 fans in attendance receiving a Red Stars branded lunch box.

Midwest Matchup
A change in the Challenge Cup format means the central division that housed the Red Stars and Houston Dash is no more. However, this doesn’t mean the rivalry between the two clubs just goes away. Having split the four matches evenly between the two teams, both clubs will be eager to win bragging rights as the league heads into the final weekend of regular-season play before the start of the summer break and the 2024 Summer Cup. Last season, Houston won one Challenge Cup match and one regular season match against the Red Stars, with the Chicago side also taking home two victories, one in each competition. Through 15 matches this season, Chicago has the edge on Houston in league standings (7th and 12th), goals scored (22 to 11) and assists (13 to 7). Houston, however, has drawn more matches than Chicago (5 to 2) and kept more clean sheets than the Red Stars (6 to 2). While statistically the Red Stars are the better team on paper, the club only has two wins at home this season, while the Dash only have two wins on the road. Who gets to put a three in their record after this weekend? Join us at SeatGeek and find out.
Seven Days of Stars
The Red Stars bring a week of excitement with them back home to SeatGeek Stadium, now looking to extend the thrills with a second consecutive win, this time in front of a home crowd. The buzz began June 26 with the announcement of Alyssa Naeher and Mallory Swanson named to the United States Olympic Women’s Soccer Team, reaching a fever pitch when Chicago stepped onto the field in San Diego June 28. The 3-0 shutout boasted the largest margin of victory for the Red Stars across all competitions since August 5, 2023 (3-0 vs. Houston Dash), and the largest margin in regular-season play since September 14, 2022 (4-0 vs. Kansas City Current). June 28, rookies Bea Franklin and Jameese Joseph had massive matches, with Joseph scoring her first professional goal and Franklin securing season highs in almost all statistical categories. However, Franklin’s team-high 7 aerial duels won and Joseph’s two goal contributions weren’t the only highs to come out the match. Olympians Alyssa Naeher and Mallory Swanson’s exceptional performances were awarded July 2 with fans voting Naeher’s stop in 51st minute NWSL Save of the Week and Swanson’s 67th minute stunner Goal of the Week. Now, Naeher and Swanson hope to head to the 2024 Paris Olympics with one more win under their belt.
She’s One of Our Own
Chicagoans love a hometown hero, but when that player has played the hero multiple times, we love them even more. Orland Park, IL native and Red Stars defender, Tatumn Milazzo, has stepped up in big moments for the Red Stars, and has been recognized by the league for her contributions. The defender received consecutive Save of the Week honors after two goal-line saves in April. Milazzo could have had another pair of Save of the Week honors after two goal-line saves during the team’s road matches against North Carolina and San Diego, though she was only nominated for one of the two saves. Milazzo has strung together six-straight starts for the Red Stars after missing the first two matches of the season and only appearing in 11 of the 15 matches for the club this season. Over those six-straight starts, Milazzo has put up a season high in clearances (9), tackles (5), passing percentage in the final third (83.3%), ariel duels won (4) and matched her season high in successful tackles (3). The defender currently leads the team in tackles won with 17 on the season. One interesting note to keep an eye on for the rest of the season: Milazzo has scored for the Red Stars as a defender in every season she’s played since joining the league in 2021. For her career, that puts Milazzo in second place in regular-season scoring among Red Stars defenders behind Sam Staab (5).
CHI vs HOU Prematch Media Availability
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Chicago Red Stars
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Scoring Summary:
45+1’ Mallory Swanson (Leilanni Nesbeth)
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Lineup:
Alyssa Naeher, Natalia Kuikka, Sam Staab, Hannah Anderson, Tatumn Milazzo (Taylor Malham), Cari Roccaro, Leilanni Nesbeth (Julia Bianchi), Bea Franklin, Mallory Swanson, Ally Schlegel (Jameese Joseph), Jenna Bike (Shea Groom)
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Houston Dash
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Scoring Summary:
Disciplinary Report:
8’ Courtney Petersen (Yellow Card), 83’ Bárbara Olivieri
Lineup:
Jane Campbell, Courtney Petersen, Paige Nielsen, Natalie Jacobs, Yuki Nagasato (Bárbara Olivieri), Andressa Alves (Belle Briede), Sophie Schmidt, Avery Patterson, Ramona Bachmann (Jyllissa Harris), Diana Ordóñez, Michelle Alozie (Amanda West)
Chicago Red Stars Earn Second-Straight Shutout

The Chicago Red Stars earned their second-straight shutout after a 1-0 win over the Houston Dash behind a lone goal from Mallory Swanson. The club enters the summer break with a 7-7-2 record and 23 points placing them comfortably above the playoff line. Following the summer break, the Red Stars will prepare for NWSL X Liga MX Femenil Summer Cup play with their first match against NJ/NY Gotham FC at SeatGeek Stadium July 20. Tickets are available now at chicagoredstars.com/tickets.  

 

KEY MOMENTS: 

24’ Mallory Swanson goes on a run for Chicago deep into Houston territory, before dumping it off to Natalia Kuikka on the left wing. Kuikka’s first attempt at a cross into the 18 is blocked, but the defender gets the rebound to Swanson who makes a run at goal, but her attempt to get the ball into the net is thwarted by Houston’s defender 

45+1’ Chicago wins the ball back from Houston in Houston’s own half. Midfielder, Leilanni Nesbeth passes the ball to Swanson with her heel and Swanson touches the ball to the top of the 18-yard box before taking a left footed strike that curls past Houston’s keeper to open the scoring, 1-0 Chicago 

48’ Chicago’s Jameee Joseph creates some space on the right wing of the pitch, crosses the ball into Houston’s 18-yard box and a Houston defender misplays the ball creating an opportunity for Jenna Bike to head to ball toward goal, but the goalkeeper is able to recover in time to stop the shot, 1-0 Chicago 

55’ Houston find one of their forward’s in Chicago’s 18-yard box with a cross and the forward sends a header toward goal, but Chicago’s Alyssa Naeher gets her hands on it to clear the danger 

75’ Chicago’s Bea Franklin finds Jameese Joseph at midfield. Joseph takes the ball the rest of the way with virtually no traffic and takes a powerful shot that, unfortunately, goes straight to Houston’s keeper, 1-0 Chicago 

86’ Houston use a quick pass to get the ball through Chicago’s backline, which makes it a foot race between their forward and Alyssa Naeher to see who can get to the ball first. Houston’s forward just beats Naeher to the ball, but Naeher gets a glove on the ball to clear the danger 

 

GAME NOTES: 

  • With her goal tonight, Swanson is now at seven goals scored on the season 
  • Swanson has now scored in four-straight matches for the Red Stars, tying her with Jen Hoy who also scored in four straight matches for the Red Stars in 2014. Sam Kerr holds the record for the club with six striaght matches with a goal 
  • With her assist tonight, Leilanni Nesbeth now has her first career assist and is the first person from Bermuda to assist on a goal in the NWSL 
  • Swanson’s game-winner tonight is the forward’s eighth for the club, tying her with Sam Kerr for second in club history in game-winning goals.  
  • The Chicago Red Stars have scored in each of their last 5 games in the NWSL, scoring 8 goals in that run 
  • Tatumn Milazzo continues to show top form ranking in the top five Red Stars in passes completed in the final third (6), tackles won (2) and recoveries  

 

Next Game 

Chicago Red Stars vs. New Jersey/New York Gotham FC Saturday, July 20, at 4:00 p.m. CT at SeatGeek Stadium 

 

Goals by Half  

              1 2 F 

CHI    1 0 1 

HOU 0 0 0 

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