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Midseason Melt: Houston Dash vs Chicago Red Stars, NWSL Week 13 Preview

Chicago Red Stars try to get back to winning against Houston Dash

Photo provided by Chicago Red Stars

The Chicago Red Stars are on the road this weekend as they take on the Houston Dash this Saturday.

The Red Stars are looking to bounce back after a loss against Sky Blue FC. A late game goal from Danielle Colaprico made it 1-2, for the Red Stars before they ran out of time after and got their fourth loss over the last five weeks. With the team having lost four of their last five games, they’re looking to get a win against Houston before their World Cup players return back to the team.

Where We Last Saw Them

Chicago and Houston last played each other back on May 19th. The Red Stars got their first road win this season against the Dash, as they won, 1-2. Sam Kerr was the lone goal scorer with two goals, and it was the second match for the Red Stars without their U.S. National Team players.

Starting Lineup We’d Like To See

Last week Michele Vasconcelos subbed out of the match with what we now know to be a ruptured ACL. Maria Sanchez is out on international duty, and the U.S. international players aren’t back from their World Cup post-victory events. It’s a big task, but the Red Stars have might have enough in their roster to pull together a win over Houston. Recent injury report has Wright listed as questionable with a head injury, and with Tierna Davidson still out, we could see Brooke Elby at outside back - or is this the game the Red Stars finally start a rookie and put Kayla Sharples in?

Keys To The Match

Regulate the midfield: Hard to believe that the struggle for this team over the last few weeks has been this area of the pitch, but it has been. Last match between these two teams had the midfield assisting and facilitating on two early goals and knocking for more, they’ll need a similar performance to get the win this week.

Second Half Best Half: This match marks the second half of the season for the Red Stars. With their U.S. national team players returning, helpful to nab a win for chemistry moving forward into the season as the Red Stars U.S. national team players make their return.

Players To Watch

Chicago Red Stars: Whether they are starting or coming off the bench, Katie Johnson and Savannah McCaskil should have some moments to shine here.

Houston Dash: Kristie Mewis has quietly been putting together a solid comeback season for Houston Dash, she’ll likely play a role in pestering Chicago’s midfield this match.

Wild Prediction

No weather delays. Looks like tropical storms are in play for the forecast, let’s hope for minimal rain, we don’t know enough about BBVA compass stadium and their drainage system.

How To Watch

Kickoff: Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m CT at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston Texas

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Stream: Yahoo Sports or NBC Sports App

Final Thoughts

Do you think the Red Stars will get a win in Houston? Who do you want to see start the match? Make sure you leave your thoughts in the comments below!