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Macklemore Sucks: Seattle Reign vs Chicago Red Stars, NWSL Week 8 game preview

Will Chicago get the win against a rising Seattle Reign team?

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The Chicago Red Stars head to the west coast this weekend where they will face the Seattle Reign for the first time this season.

The Red Stars are coming off a draw from last Saturday when they faced the Houston Dash at Toyota Park. The two teams battled to a 2-2 draw with goals from Sam Kerr and Sofia Huerta. Chicago currently sit in fourth in the NWSL table.

Chicago are searching for their first win in their last five matches - having come away with 4 draws during that time - and they will have to do it against a second place Reign team that is flexing their muscle as the weeks go by.

Where We Last Saw Them

Chicago last faced Seattle in August 2017. The Red Stars were leading the match 1-0 on a Jen Hoy header for over 60 minutes until a stoppage time collapse ultimately had the Red Stars losing the match 1-2. Goals from Nahomi Kawasumi and Katie Johnson sealed the victory for the Reign. Chicago was 1-2-0 in 2017 against Seattle.

Starting Lineup We’d Like To See

Vanessa DiBernardo and Casey Short are still listed as out on the D45 for Chicago. Stephanie McCaffrey is out with illness. After last week’s game against Houston, we want to see more of Gilliland and Kerr connecting up top together. Looking forward to potentially seeing more of Julie Ertz integrated into the midfield, with Nagasato as attacking mid. Would enjoy for Nikki Stanton, Alyssa Mautz, and Rosie White as impact players off the bench.

Keys To The Match

Scamming is more fun when you Win: Seattle has played 6 games compared to Chicago’s 8. They’re getting the goals with or without Megan Rapinoe (who is back from injury) and racking up points early this season. Chicago has had a theme of ‘Trusting the Process’ this year - that includes strong possession in their matches - they will need more of the same in this game if only to keep Seattle off the scoreboard.

Leave the coupe runnin’, wont be long: While Sam Kerr has had her share of ridiculous goals against Seattle having scored FIVE against them last year, but this isn’t the same back line she is going up against. Kerr is a target in this league as the former MVP and Golden Boot winner, so the play making will have to be a collective effort.

Players To Watch

Chicago Red Stars - Everyone: ‘It’s Sam Kerr!’ The Real Ones: ‘Save us Nikki Stanton’ Look for Alyssa Naeher to have another performance against a top tier team as Seattle is a top team in the NWSL on 2 game win streak.

Seattle Reign - Sure, Megan Rapinoe. But really? Rumi Utsugi and Allie Long. Seattle has found a great center back pairing in Kristen McNabb and Megan Oyster, but Oyster is listed as questionable on the Reign’s injury report. Chicago will want to test the back line early.

How To Watch

Kick Off: Saturday, May 19th at 9:00 pm CT at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington

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

Final Thoughts

Will the Red Stars spoil Seattle’s win streak? Who do you think will score? Is the Scam TOO real? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!