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Chicago Red Stars
1-0-0
Previous Result
The Red Stars began the season undefeated with a 2-0 clean sheet against Utah
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Seattle Reign
1-0-0
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Seattle also notched one in their win column with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Spirit
Match Preview

The Chicago Red Stars host Seattle Reign FC to open home play for the 2024 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois. The Red Stars return to the Windy City victorious after kicking off the season with a 0-2 shutout over Utah Royals FC, looking to win two regular-season matches back-to-back for the first time since July 1 (1-0 vs. San Diego) and July 7 (0-1 at Houston). 

Fans attending the match in person can expect a new look and feel to Red Stars home matches, starting with the new fan zone experience at the Gate C entrance. The first 1,000 fans to enter the stadium will receive a Red Stars Home Opener scarf and can explore all the activities in the fan zone including a PlayStation 5 set up to host EA FC 24 matches, a kids zone with fun activities for children, lawn games and beverage service for adults and much more.  

The club also recently partnered with KultureCity to provide fans with sensory needs sensory bags and a quiet place in the stadium to get away from the lights and noise of the crowd and still enjoy the match.  

Don’t Reign On Our Parade
Seattle Reign FC are unbeaten against Chicago in their last three matches (2W, 1D), scoring 10 goals over that same span. In the clubs’ previous 12 meetings, Chicago held Seattle to only 10 goals dating back to 2018. With both teams revamping their rosters, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top in the contest this weekend. For Seattle, the club, despite losing key players like Rose Lavelle and Emily Sonnett, still has the services of Alana Cook, Sophia Huerta, Jess Fishlock and Jordyn Huitema. Chicago, on the other hand, saw the return of Mallory Swanson and the incredible form of Alyssa Naeher in their first match against Utah, and have the X factor of young talent looking to make names for themselves in this league. All in all, an exciting and unpredictable contest can be expected Saturday afternoon.
Unsung Heroes
In Chicago’s first match this season, the Red Stars saw brilliant performances from Alyssa Naeher and Ally Schlegel and Ava Cook, the club’s two goal scorers. Midfielder, Julia Bianchi, and defender, Natalia Kuikka, however, had impressive performances themselves. Bianchi led the team in recoveries, interceptions and tackles won, while still ranking in the top five in passes completed and passes in the final third. Kuikka led the team in chances created and completed passes while ranking in the top five in crosses attempted and recoveries. Continued performances like the last match by the two Red Stars should only signal hope for fans as the season continues.
Fresh Starts at SeatGeek
With 14 new players rocking Red Stars jerseys in 2024, many new faces could be making debuts at SeatGeek Stadium throughout the season. Rookies Hannah Anderson, Bea Franklin, Jameese Joseph and Leilanni Nesbeth could all earn their first professional minutes against the Reign Saturday, while new additions Camryn Biegalski, Chardonnay Curran and Shea Groom could also take the pitch as Red Stars for the first time. Chicago debutantes have already made an impact this season, with Nádia Gomes, Maxi Rall and Sam Staab earning starts and adding to contributions from Ally Cook and Kuikka March 16. In just the season opener, Cook and Staab notched assists, Rall and Staab led the team in touches (49 each) and clearances (3 each), and Rall won more tackles (2) than any other Red Star. With every new name looking to make their mark on Chicago, fans have much to look forward to at each match.
Pre-Match Media | Coach Donaldson and Sam Staab
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Scoring Summary:
42’ Julia Bianchi, 67’ Maxi Rall (Taylor Malham) 
Disciplinary Report:
28’ Natalia Kuikka (Yellow Card) 
Lineup:
Alyssa Naeher, Taylor Malham, Samantha Staab, Natalia Kuikka, Maximiliane Rall, Cari Roccaro, Julia Bianchi (Leilanni Nesbeth), Nádia Gomes (Ava Cook), Mallory Swanson (Ally Cook), Ally Schlegel (Sarah Griffith), Jenna Bike
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Scoring Summary:
63’ Ji So Yun 
Disciplinary Report:
85’ Phoebe McClernon (Yellow Card) 
Lineup:
Claudia Dickey, Sofia Huerta, Lu Barnes, Phoebe McClernon, Lily Woodham (Ryanne Brown) Jess Fishlock, Ji So Yun, Quinn, Angharad James (Olivia Van der Jagt), Bethany Balcer (Tziarra King), Jordyn Huitema (Emeri Adames)
Chicago Red Stars Take Down Seattle Reign FC, 2-1

The Chicago Red Stars took down Seattle Reign FC, 2-1, in the club’s home opener at SeatGeek Stadium. Midfielder, Julia Bianchi, and defender, Maxi Rall, provided the goals tonight for Chicago. The team is now 2-0-0 with six points to start the season, the first time the club’s started with six points.  

 

KEY MOMENTS: 

6’ Playing out of the back, Chicago’s Sam Staab sends a long ball into Seattle territory that finds Mallory Swanson on a run. Swanson takes a shot, but Seattle’s keeper gets a hand on it to prevent Chicago from opening the scoring 

27’ Chicago’s Jenna Bike carries the ball deep into Seattle’s 18-yard box, sends a cross that gets deflected to forward, Ally Schlegel, but traffic catches up with the forward and the ball is cleared before the Red Stars can capitalize  

42’ Jenna Bike sends a cross into Seattle’s box that rattles out to a charging Julia Bianchi who blasts a shot into the upper ninety of the goal and opens the scoring for Chicago, 1-0 Red Stars 

63’ Seattle receive the ball at the top of Chicago’s 18-yard box and Ji So Yun sends a shot past the keeper’s outstretched arm to even the score, 1-1 

67’ Chicago’s Julia Bianchi sends a pass in Seattle territory to Taylor Malham who sends a cross to the back post that finds a charging Maxi Rall who gets a shot into the back of the net to retake the lead for Chicago, 2-1 Red Stars 

 

GAME NOTES: 

  • Julia Bianchi and Maxi Rall both scored their first NWSL goals tonight. Bianchi scored a goal for the Red Stars last season in a friendly match against Mexico’s Women’s National Team, but had not scored in NWSL competitions until tonight. 
  • Tonight was Rall’s second goal involvement in as many games. The defender had the hockey assist that led to Ava Cook’s goal last week against Utah. 
  • With tonight’s win, Chicago is now 2-0-0 with six points for the first time in club history.  
  • All goal scorers tonight are foreign born players: Julia Bianchi (Brazil), Ji So Yun (South Korea) and Maxi Rall (Germany).  
  • Tonight, marked goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher’s 50th win with Chicago. Naeher is the first goalkeeper in the NWSL to win 50 matches with one club.  
  • Chicago is unbeaten in the last five matches when leading at the half, dating back to October 2022. 
  • Chicago’s win over Seattle marks the first win for the club over the Reign since June 4, 2022 

 

Next Game 

Orlando Pride vs.Chicago Red Stars March 29, 2024, 6:00 p.m. CT at Inter&Co. Stadium, Orlando, FL 

 

Goals by Half  

           1 2 F 

CHI 1 1 2 

SEA 0 1 1  

 

Scoring Summary: 

CHI: 42’ Julia Bianchi, 67’ Maxi Rall (Taylor Malham)
SEA: 63’ Ji So Yun 

 

Disciplinary Report 

CHI: 28’ Natalia Kuikka (Yellow Card) 

SEA: 85’ Phoebe McClernon (Yellow Card) 

 

 

Lineups 

CHI: Alyssa Naeher, Taylor Malham, Samantha Staab, Natalia Kuikka, Maximiliane Rall, Cari Roccaro, Julia Bianchi (Leilanni Nesbeth), Nádia Gomes (Ava Cook), Mallory Swanson (Ally Cook), Ally Schlegel (Sarah Griffith), Jenna Bike 

SEA: Claudia Dickey, Sofia Huerta, Lu Barnes, Phoebe McClernon, Lily Woodham (Ryanne Brown) Jess Fishlock, Ji So Yun, Quinn, Angharad James (Olivia Van der Jagt), Bethany Balcer (Tziarra King), Jordyn Huitema (Emeri Adames) 

Post-Match Media | Coach Donaldson, Julia Bianchi and Maxi Rall
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