The Chicago Red Stars are off the Pacific Northwest for a series of Cascadian matches, starting this Wednesday when they will face Seattle Reign.
The Reign are currently in second place on the NWSL table and while the Red Stars are in fifth place vying for playoff positioning, they head into Seattle with a draw and a win against the Reign in their two previous matches this season.
The Red Stars will have a quick turn around and head to Portland for a match on Saturday against the Thorns, but first, Chicago must focus is on a short handed Seattle Reign at Memorial Stadium.
Where We Last Saw Them
Chicago and Seattle faced off on July 14th where the Red Stars played host to the Reign at Toyota Park. A physical and sometimes tense match came to screeching halt as Red Stars defender Arin Gilliland was carted off the pitch for medical evaluation after a collision with Steph Cately. Gilliland has since recovered. The emotional match ended with a goal by Sam Kerr in the 87th minute, and a big three points for the Red Stars.
Startling Lineup We’d Like To See
As the schedule winds down and the calendar of competitive teams remains strong, we’d like to see the usual suspects continue to build off of their draw last week against league leaders North Carolina Courage. Stanton, Vasconelos, and Gorden as potential second half subs.
Keys To The Match
Own the Flanks: With Casey Short missing most of the season, and Arin Gilliland being utilized in different areas this season, we’re looking at this match for Chicago’s outside backs to both help shut down Megan Rapinoe and help create an offensive attack.
Players To Watch
Chicago Red Stars: Morgan Brian has quietly been putting together strong games for the Red Stars and we’re looking for another one from the Red Stars midfielder.
Seattle Reign FC: Megan Rapinoe is having another MVP caliber season for Seattle Reign. While most will be paying attention to her game, Jess Fishlock and Jodie Taylor will be the supporting cast carrying this match.
How To Watch
Kickoff: Wednesday, August 15 at 9:30 pm CT at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington.
Stream: NWSLsoccer.com or NWSL App
Will the Red Stars walk away with three points against Seattle? Who do you think will score? Will you stay up late to watch the midweek match? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!