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NJ/NY Gotham FC
3-2-3
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Gotham FC drew even, 1-1, with San Diego Wave FC on the road
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5-3-1
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Chicago beat Utah Royals FC at home, 3-1, securing a second-consecutive season sweep
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The Chicago Red Stars (531, 16 pts) hit the road again to face off with New Jersey/New York Gotham FC (323, 12 pts) Sunday, May 19. The Red Stars search for a third-consecutive win and look to remain undefeated on the road while Gotham seeks to extend their four-match unbeaten streak and unblemished home record.

The Ties That Bind Us
Both sides will see familiar faces line up against them on Sunday. This past offseason, defender Tierna Davidson and forward Ella Stevens left the Red Stars for Gotham. Davidson and Stevens were key to Chicago’s 2023 campaign, with Davidson ranking second and third in the league, respectively, with 100 clearances and 22 blocks. Stevens created more chances than any other Red Star in 2023 and tied with former Red Star Bianca St-Georges for a team-high four goals. Meanwhile, current Chicago forward Jenna Bike signed with Chicago prior to the 2023 season following a stint with New Jersey/New York. Bike made her NWSL debut for Gotham as a national team replacement player in 2022, where her performance on the pitch earned her a full contract for the remainder of the 2022 season. Since joining Chicago, Bike has accumulated 25 regular-season appearances and nine starts, recording her first professional goal and two assists in 2024. While Gotham and the Red Stars are enemies on the pitch, there will be plenty of hugs among friends following the final whistle.
It All Adds Up
Chicago’s most recent match was momentous and set the stage for even more milestones that could be surpassed May 12. Most notably, the Red Stars’ 3-1 victory over Utah went down in history as Chicago’s 100th regular-season win. The Red Stars are just the third NWSL club to achieve the feat. Forward Mallory Swanson also marked her sixth time recording a goal and an assist in a match. Swanson is the only player in the NWSL to achieve this six times over four seasons. Fellow attacker Penelope Hocking ended the match against Utah with a career-high 1.96 expected goals on top of her last-minute extended run which culminated in a third Red Stars goal, the latest goal scored in club history. Capping off Chicago’s accomplishments, goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood made her NWSL debut in the 62nd minute. Defender Sam Staab is now on the precipice of reaching the Century Club with both regular-season starts and appearances. The current league recordholder for most consecutive starts, Staab could earn her 100th start and appearance May 12. Achieving the milestone against Gotham Sunday would be poetic for Staab, who recorded her first professional appearance, start, and goal against New Jersey/New York April 13, 2019.
Streak Showdown
While the Red Stars sit higher in the NWSL table than Gotham, New Jersey/New York have gone undefeated in four of their last five contests (DWWDL). However, Chicago will be looking for their third straight win while Gotham is coming off a draw and the Red Stars have more wins in their last five matches (WWLLW). Both sides will be looking to continue their respective site streaks, with New Jersey/New York unbeaten at home and Chicago arriving at Red Bell Arena undefeated on the road. The Red Stars do have an edge over Gotham after collecting 10 points while conceding just three goals in the team’s first four road matches. The results tie Chicago for the second-most points through any team’s first four road games of an NWSL season (North Carolina – 12 in 2018). Additionally, the three goals conceded match the Red Stars’ fewest concessions through four road games (2018). Sunday we’ll see which side blinks first and breaks their respective streaks.
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Scoring Summary:
57’ Lynn Williams (Esther), 90’ Ella Stevens (Jenna Nighswonger)
Disciplinary Report:
27’ Delanie Sheehan (Yellow Card), 97’ Lynn Willams (Yellow Card)
Lineup:
Ann-Katrin Berger, Maycee Bell (Bruninha), Emily Sonnett, Sam Hiatt (Tierna Davidson), Jenna Nighswonger, Yazmeen Ryan (Crystal Dunn), Nealy Martin (Maitane), Delanie Sheehan, Rose Lavelle (Ella Stevens), Esther, Lynn Williams
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Chicago Red Stars
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Scoring Summary:
74’ Penelope Hocking
Disciplinary Report:
28’ Jenna Bike (Yellow Card)
Lineup:
Mackenzie Wood, Tatum Milazzo, Sam Staab, Natalia Kuikka, Maximiliane Rall, Cari Roccaro, Leilanni Nesbeth (Bea Franklin), Penelope Hocking (Ally Cook), Ally Schlegel (Julia Bianchi), Jenna Bike (Jameese Joseph), Mallory Swanson
Chicago Red Stars Lose First Road Match, 2-1, to Gotham FC

The Chicago Red Stars lost their first match on the road, 2-1, to New Jersey/New York Gotham FC. Penelope Hocking provided the Red Stars’ lone goal in the 74th minute, making this her third goal in as many matches.  

 

KEY MOMENTS: 

26’ Chicago’s Maxi Rall dribbles the ball into Gotham’s half, passes the ball to Jenna Bike on the right wing and Bike drops here defender before sending a cross into the box that is collected by the keeper 

33’ Gotham’s Rose Lavelle sends a pass behind Chicago’s backline that finds Esther who takes a shot with her second touch, but goalkeeper, Mackenzie Wood, saves the shot before the referee nullifies the play for a player being offside 

49’ Mallory Swanson sends a ball behind Gotham’s backline to Penelope Hocking who takes a shot with her left foot, but it goes wide of the net, 0-0   

53’ Gotham, trying to pass backwards, turn the ball over to Penelope Hocking who goes on a run straight at goal before dumping the ball off to Swanson who takes a shot that’s saved by Gotham’s keeper 

54’ Gotham send a cross into Chicago’s 18-yard box that finds the head of one of their forwards. The ball floats dangerously toward goal, but Wood elevates to tap the ball over the cross bar and clear the danger 

57’ Gotham send another cross into Chicago’s box, this time deep to the back post. Esther gets a foot on the ball to pass it back to Lynn Willams, who heads it into the net, 1-0 Gotham 

68’ Chicago’s Maxi Rall sends a ball into Gotham’s 18-yard box that finds Penelope Hocking. She touches the ball to Jameese Joseph who takes a shot that is deflected out for a corner kick 

74’ Chicago free kick that finds the head of Sam Staab that goes to goal, the keeper is unable to corral the ball and Penelope Hocking takes advantage to bury the ball into the back of the net and tie the match , 1-1 

87’ Gotham, on the attack again, send a cross into Chicago’s box that bounces out to a charging Nighswonger. The defender takes a shot, but Chicago’s Natalia Kuikka gets in front of the shot and deflects the ball out to clear the danger, 1-1 

90’ Gotham send a corner kick into Chicago’s box that finds Ella Stevens, who gives the home team the go ahead, 2-1 Gotham  

 

GAME NOTES: 

  • With their start tonight, Sam Staab reached 100 consecutive matches played
  • Tonight marked Mackenzie Wood’s first regular-season start. The goalkeeper started a match for the Red Stars last year in a friendly against the Mexican Women’s National Team. 
  • Tonight marked Mallory Swanson’s 50th appearance with the Red Stars.  
  • Penelope Hocking’s goal tonight is the forward’s third goal in as many matches. All three goals came from one shot on goal and is the longest scoring streak for the second-year Red Star. 
  • The Chicago Red Stars have scored in each of the last four matches, scoring 8 goals in that run.  
  • The Red Stars have scored in their last four matches, the longest run of games with a goal in the regular season since a run of five games from August 27, 2023, to October 8, 2023. 

 

Next Game 

Chicago Red Stars vs. Racing Louisville FC May 25, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. CT at SeatGeek Stadium 

 

Goals by Half  

            1 2 F 

NJY   0 2 2 

CHI   0 1 1 

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