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Triple Threat: Chicago vs Houston, NWSL Week 7 Preview

Will Chicago take the regular season series against Houston on Saturday?

Is your week thrown out of whack because there weren’t 3 different Chicago Red Stars matches for you to follow? Well don’t fret because the Red Stars are back this Saturday at Toyota Park where they face the Houston Dash for 3rd and final time this season.

Chicago is coming off a 1-1 draw against the North Carolina Courage, where Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had show-stealing performance. Naeher made 12 saves to help Chicago earn a point on the road against the top team in the NWSL, and earned both player of the week and save of the week honors.

The Red Stars will try to get back to their winning ways against a Dash team coming into Toyota Park undefeated over their last 2 games.

Where We Last Saw Them

Chicago last faced the Houston Dash on April 18th, and won. The Red Stars started the game off with the truest of scams as Sarah Gorden ran a ball down end line and served it through the box for an Own Goal by Houston. Minutes later Lauren Kaskie would make 2-0 on a goal off a rebound, and Sofia Huerta could not deny a set piece service from Danielle Colaprico as she headed home a 3rd goal for Chicago, sealing the victory for the Red Stars

Starting Lineup We’d Like To See

Little by little, the Red Stars are resurrecting back into the active roster. This week Julie Ertz is no longer listed as out, and Rosie White is no longer listed on the D45 list. No midweek match has us looking at Comeau, Ertz, White, and Kaskie as options off the bench.

Keys To The Match

Business as usual: Despite sitting in the lower half of the league table, Houston Dash are coming to Chicago on a small undefeated streak. They recently won against New Jersey, and earned a draw this past Wednesday against the Portland Thorns. Chicago will not want to underestimate a determined Houston squad with a rested Kealia Ohai.

Ball outta control: With two games on her resume (and now a goal) Sam Kerr and company can hopefully take advantage Houston’s crowded week and short rest with a strong offensive press. Over Chicago’s eight matches these past six weeks, there have only been two games with more than one goal on the score sheet for Chicago. Light it up.

Players To Watch

Houston Dash: Kealia Ohai was benched this past Wednesday against the Portland Thorns and will likely be ready to go against Chicago. Amber Brooks has always been fearless on the back line for Houston in games against the Red Stars, and newly aquired OB Alyssa Chapman will present the Red Stars with a bigger threat on the flank than in previous games.

Chicago Red Stars: Yuki Nagasato and Sam Kerr. After a battle against North Carolina last Sunday, and no midweek interference, we’re hoping to see some magic on the home pitch.

How To Watch

Kickoff: Saturday May 12 at 7:00 pm CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL

Stream: go90 app, NWSL app (for international viewers)

Final Thoughts

Will the Red Stars claim another victory against Houston on Saturday? Will there be another rain delay? Time will tell, leave your thoughts in the comments below!