After a draw against the Washington Spirit last Saturday, the Chicago Red Stars welcome Alex Morgan and Marta and the rest of the Orlando Pride. The visitors come to Chicago after a draw of their own against Seattle Reign FC. Both teams will look to get the extra points in a midweek match up this Wednesday.
A series of three games in eight days wasn’t enough Red Stars for you? The team will continue the trend of a quick turnaround with another game on Sunday against the North Carolina Courage. Chicago will want to handle business at home against the Pride before heading off on the road against the top team in the league.
Sam Kerr made her Red Stars debut in DC, and though the lone goal came Alyssa Mautz, the saw moments of what Kerr could bring to the Red Stars squad this season. Will Kerr get a goal in her home opening debut?
Where We Last Saw Them
The Red Stars last played Orlando back in August 2017. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw with goals coming from Alex Morgan in the first half and Sofia Huerta in the second half. The draw would be one of the four points the Red Stars earned out of a possible 15 in a five-game stretch of August.
Starting Lineup We’d Like To See
Give the people what they want. A Sam Kerr home debut against Alex Morgan. A second stretch of three games in eight days could see some player rotation for Chicago, as the Pride have many of their internationals back with their team. We’ve got Comeau, Stanton, and Mautz as impact players off the bench for this match.
Keys To The Match
Player rotation for the Scam: The Red Stars have 5 different players on the score sheet (Mautz, Huerta, Colaprico, Kaskie, Comeau) after playing 6 matches. Could this be the match where another player ends up with a goal for the Red Stars? A midweek match could see some player rotation, so don’t be surprised if someone new gets on the board for Chicago.
Boss the Mid: With players like Vanessa DiBernardo and Rosie White are on the injured list - and Julie Ertz still working her way back - Nikki Stanton, Danielle Colaprico and Sofia Huerta have been staples in the mid in various matches. It will be a challenge for midfield domination with the return of Alanna Kennedy and Marta to Orlando’s squad.
Players To Watch
Chicago Red Stars: Everyone is hyped that Sam Kerr is back and wants to see her succeed in Chicago, but look for a big game from Captain and Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher going up against players like Morgan, Marta, and Sydney Leroux.
Orlando Pride: Hi. Marta plays in the NWSL. For Orlando.
How To Watch
Kick Off: Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30pm CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL
Do you think Sam Kerr will score in her home match debut? Will you attend the match on Wednesday evening? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!