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Making It Count: Chicago Red Stars vs Orlando Pride, NWSL Week 9 Game Preview

With a national TV audience and amidst LGBT Pride festivities, the Scam Gang looks to get a win over Orlando

Photo by Shaina Benhiyoun

The Chicago Red Stars are back at home this Saturday where they will play host to the Orlando Pride for the second time this season. Along with being the Lifetime featured Game of the Week, the Red Stars are celebrating the LGBT community, as this game is their annual Pride Night match.

Chicago find themselves winless in their last six matches, stringing together points through several draws. Their most recent result coming last Saturday against the Seattle Reign with a scoreless 0-0 draw.

The Red Stars will try and close out the month of May with a win against an Orlando Pride team featuring Alex Morgan, Marta, and Chioma Ubogagu.

Where We Last Saw Them

Chicago last faced Orlando back on May 2, where they lost 0-2. An Orlando squad not featuring Alex Morgan that night came away with the win having goals scored by Chi Ubogagu and Rachel Hill. It was Orlando’s first ever win against Chicago in their two-year history.

Starting Lineup We’d Like To See

Injury report for the Red Stars has Vanessa DiBernardo and Casey Short still listed on the D45 for this week, and Stephanie McCaffrey is out with illness. Chicago’s midfield got out worked by Orlando the last time these two teams met. ORLANDO. Won the midfield. AGAINST Chicago. So, yeah. Sun’s out, time to flex and get the win.

Keys To The Match

Make a house a home: In a stark contrast to prior seasons, home field advantage hasn’t exactly been a thing for Chicago. In their 5 matches at home, Chicago has 1 win, 2 draws, and 2 losses. Never a better game to turn things around than against a team coming off a midweek match. Turn it up and keep it on.

It's Here: In a series of various weather games at home (rain, sleet, snow, lighting) the forecast for Saturday finally looks sunny and bright. However, with the earlier kick off times, the temperatures could clock in right around 90 degrees. It'll be a factor, and one that could see Chicago playing themselves into a good old fashioned grinder.

Players To Watch

Chicago Red Stars: Julie Ertz, looking forward to this being the game where Ertz goes a full 90 minutes. Whose house? Sam's house. Look for Sam Johnson to bring the crunch along for the #scamgang

Orlando Pride: Emily Van Egmond helped boss the midfield last time Orlando visited Chicago, and Alex Morgan was out with injury as well. Look for these two players try and spoil the Red Stars game plan.

How to Watch

Kickoff: Saturday, May 26th, 2:30 pm CT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL

TV: Lifetime (check your local cable provider for listings)

Fundraiser

Goals scored by the Red Stars for this game will count towards our Pride Month Fundraiser. Click HERE to donate.

Final Thoughts

Will Chicago close out the month with a win? Will you be attending the Pride match? Have you purchased a Pride Bundle? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!