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San Diego Wave FC logo
San Diego Wave FC
3-6-5
Previous Result
San Diego drew even with Houston, 0-0
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Chicago Red Stars
5-7-2
Previous Result
Chicago fell to North Carolina, 3-1
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The Chicago Red Stars (5-7-2, 17 pts) close out a three-week road trip against San Diego Wave FC (3-6-5, 15 points), in the first meeting between the two clubs in 2024. With both teams winless in their last five matches and playoff berths at stake, all sides are hungry for the three points victory would bring.

Fight for Three
Chicago and San Diego face off for the first time in 2024 craving the thrill that victory brings. Emerging triumphant would mean more than just three points for either side, with both teams on winless skids, the Red Stars’ five matches long and the Wave’s seven. Success under the Friday night lights would also give Chicago a better chance of keeping their current playoff standing, while San Diego could break into playoff position if they find themselves back in the ‘W’ column. With the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season halfway over now and opportunities to earn points waning every week, wins will soon become necessary for both clubs. The extra momentum gained from delivering defeat in this contest could prove vital in the weeks to come.
Edge to Edge
While the Wave could come crashing in June 28, the Red Stars certainly have a better advantage on paper. This is especially true on the attack; Chicago’s top three scorers have combined for more goals (13) than San Diego has scored as a club this season (12). In addition to Mallory Swanson’s five goals and Penelope Hocking and Ally Schlegel’s four goals each, 12 of the Red Stars’ 19 goals this season have been assisted as opposed to the Wave’s five assists. Both teams have an even 50 percent shot accuracy, but the scale tilts back towards San Diego’s favor when considering factors outside the final third. While the Red Stars have won more matches, with five to the Wave’s three, Chicago has conceded more goals (22) than San Diego (13) and have one clean sheet compared to the Wave’s five. San Diego’s higher passing accuracy (78 percent) than Chicago (70.78 percent) and their coaching change could help the Wave pull off the upset, Chicago’s power will be harder to water down if the Red Stars keep shining.
Medal Hunting
Chicago’s roster doesn’t include any Emily’s, so the Red Stars have sent an Alyssa and Mal to Paris instead. Alyssa Naeher and Mallory Swanson were named to the United States Olympic Women’s Soccer Team June 26, adding some stripes to the usual stars on their kits in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Competing in the Summer Games together isn’t an unfamiliar feeling for Naeher or Swanson, as both earned coveted spots on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team for the 2016 Brazil Olympics. While Naeher has a bronze medal sitting in her cabinet from the 2020 Tokyo Games, both Red Stars are no doubt eager to win some gold hardware for the United States. Team USA hasn’t secured gold in the women’s soccer tournament since 2012, but with new head coach Emma Hayes at the helm as the U.S.A. heads to Paris, nothing seems out of reach.
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San Diego Wave FC
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Scoring Summary:
42’ Naomi Girma (OG)
Disciplinary Report:
9’ Kristen McNabb (Yellow Card)
Lineup:
Kailen Sheridan, Kristen McNabb, Naomi Girma, Abby Dahlkemper, Hanna Lundkvist (Kaitlyn Torpey), Emily van Egmond, Savannah McCaskill, María Sánchez (Kimmi Ascanio), Jaedyn Shaw, Makenzy Doniak (Melanie Barcenas), Alex Morgan
Chicago Red Stars logo
Chicago Red Stars
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Scoring Summary:
67’ Mallory Swanson (Joseph), 69’ Jameese Joseph
Disciplinary Report:
45’ Penelope Hocking (Yellow Card), 73’ Sam Staab (Yellow Card)
Lineup:
Alyssa Naeher, Natalia Kuikka, Sam Staab, Hannah Anderson, Tatumn Milazzo, Bea Franklin, Cari Roccaro, Leilanni Nesbeth (Shea Groom), Jenna Bike (Chardonnay Curran), Mallory Swanson (Ally Cook), Penelope Hocking (Jameese Joseph)
Chicago Red Stars Shutout San Diego Wave, 0-3

The Chicago Red Stars shutout San Diego Wave FC 0-3 behind goals from Jameese Joseph and Mallory Swanson. The Red Stars take home three points and end a three-match road trip 1-1-1. The team now returns to SeatGeek Stadium to take on the Houston Dash Saturday, July 6, before the league’s summer break.  

 

KEY MOMENTS: 

28’ Mallory Swanson takes a free kick for the Red Stars that finds Leilanni Nesbeth in San Diego’s box. Nesbeth takes a touch to get the ball to Penelope Hocking who takes a shot that rolls wide of the target 

29’ Red Stars go on the attack again. This time, Bea Franklin heads the ball past the Wave’s back line to finds Mallory Swanson, and the forward takes a shot that also goes wide  

39’ San Diego take a corner kick that finds one of their players inside the box and they take a dangerous strike, but rookie Hannah Anderson gets her boot in the way to block the shot 

42’ Jenna Bike sends a ball to Mallory Swanson who makes a run into San Diego’s 18-yard box. Swanson turns, takes a shot that’s deflected by a Wave defender and floats into the net to give Chicago the lead, 0-1 Red Stars 

51’ San Diego’s forward takes a shot from outside the box that heads toward the upper 90 of the goal, but Alyssa Naeher dives and gets her glove on it to make a dynamic save  

65’ Sam Staab sends a long throw into San Diego’s box. Swanson finds it on a bounce and takes a shot, but the Wave’s keeper sticks a foot out to make the save, 0-1 Red Stars 

67’ Chicago’s Jameese Joseph forces a turnover in San Diego’s half, finds Swanson on a run behind the back line and Swanson finishes to extend Chicago’s lead, 0-2 

69’ Red Stars’ Jenna Bike, from deep in Chicago’s half, sends ball down the field that turns San Diego’s defender around. Chicago’s Joseph takes the ball off the feet of the Wave’s defender, takes a touch around the keeper and scores her first career goal, 0-3 Red Stars 

74’ An accidental handball inside Chicago’s 18-yard box awards San Diego a penalty. Alex Morgan steps up to take shot, but sends it over the crossbar to preserve Chicago’s clean sheet  

81’ San Diego send a ball into Chicago’s 18-yard box. In an attempt to clear the ball, Chicago’s defender sends the ball straight up giving Alex Morgan a chance to head the ball, but the forward collides with Naeher and the ball slowly rolls toward the net, but Chicago’s Tatumn Milazzo makes another goal-line save, 0-3 Chicago 

 

GAME NOTES: 

  • Mallory Swanson now has six goals on the season. The forward is now fourth in the chase for the golden boot 
  • Rookie, Jameese Joseph, recorded her first career goal and assist, making her the third rookie this season to record a goal and assist in the same match behind Croix Bethune (WAS) and Payton Linnehan (POR) 
  • With the clean sheet tonight, Alyssa Naeher now has 45 regular-season clean sheets 
  • Naeher is the first NWSL goalkeeper to earn 40 shutouts with one club 
  • Tonight marked the fourth time a Red Stars player recorded a goal and assist (Joseph), the other three were recorded by Swanson 
  • No goalkeeper in the NWSL has faced more penalty kicks than Naeher (31) 
  • Tonight’s result is Chicago’s largest road win since August 27, 2022, which came in a 0-4 win against Racing Louisville FC 

 

Next Game 

Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash July 6, 2024, at Noon CT at SeatGeek Stadium 

 

Goals by Half  

          1 2 F 

SD     0 0 0 

CHI  1 2 3 

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