NWSL Regular Season - MATCH 11

JUN 10
7:00pm CST
SeatGeek Stadium
Chicago Red Stars
NC Courage

The Chicago Red Stars (3-6-1, 10 points) host the North Carolina Courage (4-4-2, 14 points) for the club’s annual Pride Night match Saturday, June 10. The Red Stars look to keep their regular season win streak alive following wins against the Orlando Pride and Angel City FC.  

As a part of the Red Stars’ Pride Night celebrations, the club is offering a special “Show Your Pride” ticket package, which allows fans to purchase a Red Stars Pride T-shirt in addition to a ticket for Saturday’s match. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Red Stars Pride bandana. Fans can also stop by the Gate C Plaza to sign a special banner that Red Stars front office will display during the Chicago Pride Parade later this month. Local LGBTQ+ nonprofits partnering with the Red Stars will have booths set up at the Gate C Plaza for fans to stop and learn how they can support these organizations and the LGBTQ+ community. Prior to the match, the Red Stars also will host three Drag Story Time sessions with Aurora Divine. Leading up to the match, the Red Stars and Brave Space Alliance will host a virtual auction of signed Red Stars warm-up tops. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the CRS Cares foundation and Brave Space Alliance, the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us, by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ+ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. 

Following the match, Chicago will celebrate midfielder, Cari Roccaro, who played her 100th regular-season match against the Orlando Pride Saturday, May 27. Fans can join in on all celebrations by securing their tickets at chicagoredstars.com/tickets.

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Previous Result
CHI: Chicago claimed a 2-1 victory over Angel City FC
NCCNorth Carolina fell 1-0 to Kansas City


More to the Story
While Chicago has struggled with positive results in 2023, the full picture certainly has more to it. Despite sitting 10th overall in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the Red Stars are among the top five teams in the league for both goals and assists. Chicago ranks fourth in total goals across the league with 14, only outdone by San Diego and OL Reign (17 each) and Portland (25). In assists, they hold fifth place with 7, below San Diego (8), Angel City (9), OL Reign (13) and Portland (19). Alyssa Naeher continues going back-and-forth with Racing Louisville’s Katie Lund for goalkeeper with the most saves across the league, currently sitting in second with 40, just behind Lund’s 41. Individual Red Stars have also been hitting milestone after milestone in 2023, most notably Naeher’s record-breaking 519th regular-season save and Yuki Nagasato becoming a member of the regular-season “20/20 club” after reaching 20 regular-season goals and assists, both on May 27. Not to be outdone, both Cari Rocaro and Casey Krueger both recently joined the 100 regular season appearances club, with Krueger being the sixth Red Star to reach the milestone all with Chicago.
Slashing and Starting Streaks
Both Chicago and North Carolina have deviated from recent patterns in their last fixtures: the Red Stars secured their second consecutive regular-season victory over Angel City FC, the beginning their first win streak of 2023, while the Courage broke a five-match run of no losses when the Kansas City Current outdrew them. The Red Stars’ Monday night win was also the team’s first away success in 2023 and the first road victory for Chicago since the club shutout Racing Louisville FC 4-0 August 27, 2022. Against the odds, every Chicago win this season has seen the Red Stars end with 0.66 expected goals or less while their opponent keeps 1.45 or more.
Cook-ing with Fire
Currently ranked 21st in the NWSL for goals scored, Ava Cook has been a game-changing presence on the pitch so far this season. Most recently earning her first professional brace when scoring both of Chicago’s goals to topple Angel City, 2-1, Cook also recorded a 68.8% passing accuracy while being the most fouled Red Star on the field, drawing 6 of the 15 fouls committed by Angel City. Cook’s performance tied her with Penelope Hocking, Yuki Nagasato and Ella Stevens for Red Stars with the most goals this season, each with 2 apiece. The eighth Red Star to contribute to Chicago’s 14 total goals this season, Cook has helped place Chicago fourth in the NWSL for goals scored this season. The forward also won 72.4% of her aerial duels and took the second-highest number of shots on the team thus far (7), only behind Hocking (16).
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