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Kansas City Current
8-0-4
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Kansas City stormed Seattle Reign FC at home, 5-2
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5-6-1
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Chicago dropped points to Bay FC, 1-2, at the historic Wrigley Field
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The Chicago Red Stars (5-6-1, 16 pts) begin a three-match road trip by visiting Midwest rivals Kansas City Current (8-0-4, 28 pts). Chicago aims to snap a three-match losing streak while Kansas City looks to remain undefeated in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Red-hot Red Stars
Chicago hits the road on the heels of setting the new NWSL single-match attendance record with the June 8 ‘Red Stars Take Over Wrigley Field’ match, presented by Gallagher. 35,038 flooded through the gates at the Friendly Confines to make history with the Red Stars, but the achievement is just the latest in a string of notable moments for the Red Stars this season. Chicago recorded the club’s best start on the road this season, undefeated through their first four away matches before falling 2-1 to New Jersey/New York Gotham FC May 19. Individual Red Stars have been shining too, with Sam Staab becoming the first NWSL player to reach 100 consecutive starts. Additionally, Staab’s performance earned the defender her first senior national team call up, cap and start along with consecutive NWSL Best XI of the Month honors in March/April and May. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher joined Staab on the March/April Best XI and earned NWSL Save of the Week honors in week one, followed by Tatumn Milazzo earning back-to-back Save of the week honors in weeks four and five. Despite the Red Stars’ recent losses, the club is still a threat to opponents as Chicago holds steady in a playoff position almost halfway through the season.
Welcoming the Unknown
Though Kansas City currently sits at the top of the NWSL table, Chicago fans may welcome the challenge a bit more than usual, as June 14 will be the first time the Red Stars go toe-to-toe with the Current this season. In the NWSL, teams face off with an opponent twice per season, and Chicago has already met three of their nine opponents twice so far in 2024. The Red Stars surely arrive in Kansas City with chips on their shoulders from not earning three points against the Current since April 15, 2023. Walking away with three points June 14 would also snap Chicago’s losing streak and hand Kansas City their first loss of the season. The Current have been swifter in their attack this season than almost any other NWSL team, but both defenses step onto the pitch June 14 on virtually even footing. The Red Stars and Kansas City have each conceded 17 goals and won 63.30 percent of attempted tackles, with the Current having a slim advantage in duels success (50.90 percent to 49.70 percent), shots faced (53 to 55) and overall passing accuracy (73.72 percent vs. 71.10 percent). The mountain may be a tough climb, but the summit is within reach.
Unsung Hero
While Cari Roccaro hasn’t made a splash like some of her other teammates on Chicago’s offensive or defensive line, she has quietly proved herself an anchor in the midfield. The Red Star leads the squad in recoveries (90), 29 more than any other field player. Patrolling in a more defensive position, Roccaro falls only behind fellow midfielder Julia Bianchi and defender Maxi Rall in recoveries, with 13 compared to their 15 each. Roccaro was arguably a star in Chicago’s June 8 match, playing a full 90 minutes, winning 80% of her tackles, making 12 recoveries and taking one shot at the goal to try to pull a goal back for the team.
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Scoring Summary:
51’ Bia Zaneratto, 58’ Temwa Chawinga (Debinha)
Disciplinary Report:
72’ Hallie Mace (Yellow Card)
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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Chicago Red Stars
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Scoring Summary:
5’ Mallory Swanson (Sarah Griffith), 90’ Sam Staab (Mallory Swanson)
Disciplinary Report:
90+3’ Chardonnay Curran (Yellow Card)
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 Earn Second Draw of the Season with 2-2 Result Against Kansas City

The Chicago Red Stars played to a 2-2 draw against the Kansas City Current in a hard-fought battle tonight. Forward Mallory Swanson scored the opening goal for the club and assisted on the game-tying goal scored by fellow U.S. national teamer, Sam Staab. 

 

KEY MOMENTS

5’ Chicago’s Cari Roccaro finds Sarah Griffith at the top of Kansas City’s 18-yard box. Griffith recives the ball, turns and sends a through ball to a charging Mallory Swanson, who in turn avoids a defender and takes a strike that opens the scoreline, 0-1 Chicago 

15’ Kansas City’s forward finds the ball at the top of Chicago’s 18-yard box, takes a shot that almost catches Chicago’s Alyssa Naeher off guard, but the skilled keeper adjusts in time to make a stop 

33’ Kansas City’s Chewinga goes on a breakaway with only Naeher in her way. The goalkeeper’s veteran experience gets put on display one more time as she gets her body in the way to disrupt the shot and clear the danger.  

52’ Kansas City send a corner kick into Chicago’s 18-yard box. Naeher comes out to punch the ball away and clear the danger, but a few players get in her way and disrupt her momentum allowing for a Kansas City player to receive the ball and tie the match with their shot, 1-1  

58’ A mistake from Chicago’s backline allows Kansas City to find Chewinga alone at the top of the 18-yard box and the forward makes Chicago pay, 2-1 Kansas City 

90’ Mallory Swanson delivers a corner kick into Kansas City’s 18-yard box that cleanly finds the head of defender, Sam Staab, and her header finds the back of the net to tie the match for the Red Stars, 2-2 

 

GAME NOTES 

  • Mallory Swanson’s goal tonight is the forward’s 20th goal for Chicago and the 30th of her career 
  • Swanson’s goal in the 5th minute is the second goal for Chicago in the first 10 minutes of a match. Both achieved by the club on the road 
  • Swanson now has three matches this season with a goal and an assist for the Red Stars 
  • Sam Staab recorded her first goal for the Red Stars tonight. The defender now has one goal and two assists so far this season 
  • Sarah Griffith earned her first assist of the season tonight with her assist on Swanson’s goal 
  • Chicago’s goal in the 5th minute is the earliest goal conceded by Kansas City this season 
  • Rookie, Bea Franklin, made her first professional start tonight 
  • Sam Staab has now scored one goal in every year she’s played in the NWSL 

 

Next Game 

North Carolina Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars June 23, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CT at WakeMed Soccer Park 

 

Goals by Half  

            1 2 F 

KC     0 2 2 

CHI   1 1 2 

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