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Popping Off: North Carolina Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars, NWSL Week 15 Preview

Will Chicago continue their undefeated streak against the league leaders?

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After a win against the Washington Spirit on Sunday, the Chicago Red Stars have a quick turnaround as they travel this week for a match on Wednesday.

With a four-game undefeated streak going— featuring three wins and three shutouts— Chicago find themselves facing the league leaders, North Carolina Courage. The Red Stars will try and continue their streak, and finish the job from their last match with North Carolina back in May.

Where We Last Saw Them

The Red Stars last faced the Courage back on May 5th. Chicago lead the match after Sam Kerr scored in the 38th minute. Alyssa Naeher faced an onslaught of shots from the Courage, and came up with 12 saves on the day. North Carolina found the equalizer in the 82nd minute as McCall Zerboni scored off a set piece.

Starting Lineup We’d Like to See

Second game of the week for the Red Stars, and second of the season against the Courage might see some player rotation. Midfield might be wild on Wednesday, so keep them guessing. Gilliland up higher for this one because why not.

Keys To The Match

Clog up that mid: Sam Mewis, McCall Zerboni, Debinha making things happen with Crystal Dunn in the midfield. Players like Colaprico, Stanton, will have their work cut out for them.

Track and Field: Throw the pace on display. Let’s see what Casey Short and Sarah Gorden can do on the backline together with Ertz and Naughton.

Set Pieces: North Carolina has been dominate on their set pieces, out working their opposition in the box on free kicks and corners. With Naughton and Short getting goals recently, the Red Stars set piece luck might be changing.

Players To Watch

North Carolina Courage: Crystal Dunn is having the quietest MVP season of 2018 (so far) due to being on a such a dominating team. Chicago will want to try and neutralize her, if not, it’ll be a long game for the Red Stars.

Chicago Red Stars: Big players and big games go hand in hand. Sam Kerr scored in the last match against the Courage, and nearly had a game winner in the winding minutes. Will she be the difference maker in this match?

How To Watch

Kickoff: Wednesday, July 4 at 6 p.m. CT, in Cary, North Carolina at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Stream: go90 app, NWSLsoccer.com

Final Thoughts

Will Chicago continue their undefeated streak against the league leaders? Will you be watching soccer or fireworks? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!