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Match 5
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Seattle Reign
1-3-0
Previous Result
Seattle lost 3-2 on the road to Bay FC
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Chicago Red Stars
2-1-1
Previous Result
Chicago fell 0-1 to Angel City FC, their first loss of the season
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The Chicago Red Stars (2-1-1, 7 pts) pay a visit to the Pacific Northwest, looking to bounce back as they take on Seattle Reign FC (1-3-0, 3 pts). While the Red Stars aim to remain undefeated on the road and end Week 5 near the top of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table, the Reign look to leverage home field advantage to end a three-game losing streak.

(All Too) Familiar Foes
If fans find themselves feeling as if they’re experiencing déjà vu, there should be no worry. The second meeting of 2024 between the Red Stars and the Reign comes just three NWSL matchdays after Seattle visited the Windy City for Chicago’s home opener. The last time the Red Stars and the Reign met prior to 2024 was October 15, 2023; the final regular-season match for both sides. History between the two teams goes back even further for the long-time NWSL fan, as Chicago and Seattle were founding NWSL clubs who faced off against each other in their inaugural NWSL match April 14, 2013. Sunday’s meeting will be the 32nd time the two clubs have met and the chips between them fall almost evenly, with each side having 11 wins, 11 losses, and 8 draws. Who will claim a 12th victory first?
Stacking Up Against Seattle
Since the Red Stars most recent 2-1 win over Reign in Chicago’s home opener, the statistical gap has continued to widen between the two teams. The Red Stars have scored more goals than the Reign (five to Seattle’s four) from more individual goal scorers (Chicago’s five to Seattle’s two), have a higher conversion rate on their chances (17.86 percent to 13.33 percent), have more goal contributions (four assists to one), and they sit higher on the table, in fourth place compared to the Reign’s 12th place. Defensively, the Red Stars have not only allowed opponents less shots at the goal than the Reign (14 to Seattle’s 16), but Chicago has also conceded fewer goals (three to six) and has a high rate of tackles won (66.70 percent to 64.60 percent). While Seattle have home field advantage, the Red Stars remain undefeated on the road this season. A win Sunday would give Chicago the club’s most points ever through three road games (surpassing five in 2015 and 2018).
Tatumn Time
Defender Tatumn Milazzo only made her professional debut in 2021, but she’s already made quite the name for herself in the league. In 2022, just her second season, Milazzo started in all 22 Red Stars matches, falling just 29 minutes shy of Iron Woman status. Her performance on the pitch earned her a spot on NWSL Best XI of the Month in June 2022 and she was named to the 2022 NWSL Best XI Second Team. While Milazzo accumulated more minutes than any other Red Star throughout 2022, the defender also recorded a team-high 1,441 touches on the ball and 1,088 passes. Milazzo also led those categories for the Red Stars in 2023, with 1,856 touches and 942 passes. Though Milazzo has only appeared in two matches so far in 2024, the Orland Park native certainly made her presence known after earning her first start April 13. Her last-second goal-line clearance in the 32nd minute of Chicago’s match against Angel City FC sent fans at SeatGeek Stadium into an uproar, then earned her NWSL Save of the Week honors for Week 4. Will 2024 become another Milazzo masterclass?
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Seattle Reign
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Scoring Summary:
78’ Tziarra King (Jess Fishlock)
Disciplinary Report:
51’ Ji So-Yun (Yellow Card), 66’ Sofia Huerta (Yellow Card)
Lineup:
Laurel Ivory, Lily Woodham (McClernon), Alana Cook, Lauren Barnes, Sofia Huerta, Jess Fishlock, Olivia Van der Jagt (Quinn), Emeri Adames (King), Veronica Latsko (Weinert), Ji So-Yun (Athens), Bethany Balcer
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Chicago Red Stars
2
Scoring Summary:
4’ Ally Schlegel (Mallory Swanson), 31’ Mallory Swanson (Jenna Bike)
Disciplinary Report:
7’ Taylor Malham (Yellow Card), 54’ Penelope Hocking (Yellow Card), 90+5’ Julia Bianchi (Yellow Card)
Lineup:
Alyssa Naeher, Taylor Malham, Samantha Staab, Natalia Kuikka, Tatumn Milazzo, Cari Roccaro, Julia Bianchi, Penelope Hocking (Jameese Joseph, Nádia Gomes), Mallory Swanson, Ally Schlegel (Ally Cook), Jenna Bike
Chicago Red Stars Take Down Seattle Reign FC, 1-2

For the second time this season, the Chicago Red Stars took down Seattle Reign FC, 1-2, this time at Lumen Field in Seattle. Thanks to goals from Ally Schlegel and Mallory Swanson, the Red Stars have swept the Reign in the regular season. The Red Stars move into third place on the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table with 10 points. The team returns home to SeatGeek Stadium Saturday, April 27, to take on Portland Thorns FC.  

 

KEY MOMENTS: 

4’ Mallory Swanson receives the ball in Chicago’s half, takes it the length of the pitch before passing it off to Ally Schlegel who scores for Chicago, 0-1 Red Stars 

13’ The Red Stars get into the attacking third once again with the ball rattling around the 18-yard box until it falls to the feet of Mallory Swanson, who takes a shot that hits the cross bar, deflects down, but doesn’t cross the line, 0-1 Chicago 

20’ Off a long throw in, Chicago’s Taylor Malham takes a left footed volley shot that goes toward goal, but Seattle’s goalkeeper makes a diving save  

31’ Alyssa Naeher sends a long ball from her own 18-yard box that finds Jenna Bike on a run. The forward crosses the ball to Mallory Swanson who switches to her left foot to take a strike that finds the back of the net to extend Chicago’s lead, 0-2 Chicago 

61’ An errant ball allows Seattle’s forward to charge unmarked toward Chicago’s goal and take a shot, but the quick reflexes of Alyssa Naeher allow her to make a one-handed save and send the ball over the cross bar and out of play 

78’ Seattle’s Tziarra King takes a shot from distance that gets past the diving Alyssa Naeher and into the back of the net, 1-2 Chicago 

 

GAME NOTES: 

  • Alyssa Naeher surpassed 15,000 minutes played in the National Women’s Soccer League tonight. Naeher is the first goalkeeper in the league to reach the milestone. 
  • Ally Schlegel’s goal tonight is the second against Seattle at Lumen Field. The forward’s first professional goal came against the Reign in her rookie campaign. 
  • Jenna Bike’s assist on Mallory Swanson’s goal is the forward’s second career assist. Both were made this season and led to goals by Swanson. 
  • Tonight was the first time since October 2022 that Swanson recorded a goal and an assist in the same match. It is the 5th time the forward has a goal and an assist in the regular season, all with Chicago. 
  • Ally Schlegel’s goal in the fourth minute of play is the fastest goal by Chicago this season. 
  • Jenna Bike leads the Red Stars in assists with two this season, while Ally Schlegel and Mallory Swanson lead the team in goals with two a piece 
  • Swanson attempted six shots tonight, the most by any Red Stars player in a match this season 

 

Next Game 

Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC April 27, 2024, 6:30 p.m. CT at SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, IL 

 

Goals by Half  

          1 2 F 

SEA  0 1 1 

CHI  2 0 2  

 

Scoring Summary: 

SEA: 78’ Tziarra King (Jess Fishlock)
CHI: 4’ Ally Schlegel (Mallory Swanson), 31’ Mallory Swanson (Jenna Bike) 

 

Disciplinary Report 

SEA: 51’ Ji So-Yun (Yellow Card), 66’ Sofia Huerta (Yellow Card) 

CHI: 7’ Taylor Malham (Yellow Card), 54’ Penelope Hocking (Yellow Card), 90+5’ Julia Bianchi (Yellow Card) 

 

Lineups 

SEA: Laurel Ivory, Lily Woodham (McClernon), Alana Cook, Lauren Barnes, Sofia Huerta, Jess Fishlock, Olivia Van der Jagt (Quinn), Emeri Adames (King), Veronica Latsko (Weinert), Ji So-Yun (Athens), Bethany Balcer 

CHI: Alyssa Naeher, Taylor Malham, Samantha Staab, Natalia Kuikka, Tatumn Milazzo, Cari Roccaro, Julia Bianchi, Penelope Hocking (Jameese Joseph, Nádia Gomes), Mallory Swanson, Ally Schlegel (Ally Cook), Jenna Bike 

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