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North Carolina Courage 1, Chicago Red Stars 1: First Thoughts

#ScamGang scams a point off the league leaders

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North Carolina Courage 1 Zerboni 82’

Chicago Red Stars 1 Kerr 38’

  • Lineups are here!
  • Pregame thought 1: What the hell. Seriously, what the hell is this lineup. (I mean obviously we’re tired and hurt and dying but stiiiiiill.)
  • Pregame thought 2: I mean, ok, whatever, let’s do this thing.
  • Pregame thought 3: Also you should know that almost the entire Red Stars desk is covering this game IN THE SAME ROOM. Wild, right?
  • Let’s goooooooooooooooooooooooo
  • 5’ God this game is already a mess.
  • 8’ Nikki Stanton For President. I don’t even care of what.
  • 12’ Crap, Mautz is down.
  • 14’ Ok she’s fine.
  • 16’ Oh cool, here’s Dunn with a blistering shot from outside the box. Coooool.
  • 17’ And then Zerboni with another hawt attempt that Naeher only barely keeps out. And then a wild corner kick. What the actual.
  • 20’ Several minutes of set piece pressure that CRS barely survives. Gah!
  • 23’ Chicago is just letting NC have all the possession too. Great way to wear yourself out.
  • 27’ It’s just, like, really frustrating to see the team just not be in control.
  • 30’ Neat, NC almost score again off a corner kick. Thank god for this water break.
  • 33’ Green gets fouled at the top of the box by Dahlkemper, wins a FK. Yuki takes it, blasts it into the wall.
  • 34’ Current topic of discussion here at Red Stars Brunch: Is Summer Green Actually Good? (Verdict: Hard to say. Let us know what you think in comments!)
  • 38’ GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL SAM KERR!!! AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY!! MOTHERFUCKING SCAM GANG!!!! NC 0-1 CHI
  • 40’ Ugh, that was so good.
  • 42’ lol Stanton out here just wrecking fools.
  • 45’ Mewis gets booked for a pretty tame foul, all things considered. Three minutes of stoppgage.
  • 48’ Yuki got booked for... something? I dunno.
  • Halftime! NC 0-1 CHI
  • Halftime thought 1: So that was, uh, not a good half. For us or in general. Lot of people just kinda hitting the ground and flailing. Definite struggle session for both teams (but a bit more for Chicago).
  • Halftime thought 2: Buuuuuuuut we’re leading so whatevs lol
  • Second half is underway!
  • 46’ Chicago makes a HT sub: Gilliland up for Mautz. Makes sense.
  • 49’ So, uh, maybe we could defend a little? Just a bit? (Also, thank you Uncle Naeher.)
  • 51’ Sofia Huerta out here making bad decisions.
  • 54’ And again, passing to the opposition inside her own box. Not great, Bob. (Also maaaaaybe we shouldn’t play her at fullback? Just a thought!!)
  • 56’ Mewis left unmarked outside the box and she forces Naeher into a late save. Ugh. UGH.
  • 58’ Double sub! Colaprico on for Kaskie and Comeau on for Green.
  • 59’ Huerta moved up front and IMMEDIATELY creates a chance by playing Kerr through on goal. Kerr’s chipped shot is juuuuust wide of the post.
  • 61’ Vasconcelos brought down right on the 18 and... no call. At all. Wow. Fuck you too, ref.
  • 64’ Several minutes of sustained pressure from NC is rewarded with a corner kick that’s only barely defended.
  • 66’ And now Naeher has to dig deep again for the save. Via Claire: “Can I support Naeher on Patreon? How do I give her money?”
  • 70’ We’re doing this weird thing where we force a turnover and then give it right back? Let’s, uh, maybe do something different?
  • 74’ For their part, NC is extremely frustrated right now.
  • 75’ OH at Red Stars Brunch: “Just do the thing, Sam! Do! The! Thing!”
  • 79’ Sam Johnson with a CRONCH tackle in the box. Love it.
  • 81’ NC wins a FK right on the edge of the box thanks to a bullshit foul call. Coooool.
  • 82’ GOAL Zerboni converts on a corner kick. Yup. NC 1-1 CHI
  • 85’ Chicago just trying to kill the game now and get out of there with a point. I don’t blame them, but... ehhh.
  • 88’ Stanton is tired but her teammates are still expecting her to do everything. JFC guys let her live.
  • 90’ If we weren’t so gassed we’d be winning these balls in midfield. As it is... (Four minutes of stoppage time.)
  • 92’ THE FUCK. NC has had 42 shots today. Chicago has had 7. Holy fuck.
  • 93’ Everything hurts and I’m dying.
  • Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! Final Score: NC 1-1 CHI
  • Final Whistle Thought: Thank fuck that’s over. I’ll take the point.

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