The Chicago Red Stars travel on after a tough loss against league leaders North Carolina Courage. This weekend the Red Stars play their third game in 7 days as they visit New Jersey and face Sky Blue FC.
Armed with only short rest, and hopefully short memories after a 4-1 loss in North Carolina, Chicago will try and make the most of this grueling schedule by playing a team sitting currently in last place on the league table. With only three points earned on the season, Sky Blue FC earned one of them in a draw against Chicago back in April.
Where We Last Saw Them
The Red Stars last played Sky Blue FC on April 21, in Toyota Park. Sofia Huerta opened the scoring a goal in the first minute. Chicago would have the 1-0 lead for 78 minutes, until Sky Blue FC rookie Savannah McCaskill got the equalizer as her shot was deflected in the box. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Starting Lineup We’d Like To See
It’s been quite the week, and while Wednesday’s lineup had flashes of promise, this weekend will likely see some different players get the start. Barring any setbacks, here’s who we’d like to see lineup against Sky Blue FC.
Keys To The Match
Boss the Mid: New Jersey has had trouble building up play through their mid this season despite having Carli Lloyd anchoring things. Red Stars will want to establish possession early and often.
Run the Flank: The backline for Sky Blue FC has conceded 23 goals on the season. With Casey Short working back into games, and the addition of Brooke Elby, Chicago will want to test the backline and get service into the box.
Players To Watch
Sky Blue FC: Carli Lloyd and Savannah McCaskell. Both players lead the team with 3 goals a piece, but look for Carli Lloyd to try and take advantage of a team on short rest.
Chicago Red Stars: Former Sky Blue FC jersey girls Nikki Stanton and Sam Kerr. Along with literal Jersey girl Danielle Colaprico.
How To Watch
Kickoff: Saturday, July 7 at 6pm CT at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Stream: go90, NWSLsoccer.com, NWSL app (For international users)
Will Chicago end their road trip with a win? Can the Red Stars begin to separate themselves from other competition? Who do you want to see start? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!