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Be Unbothered: Chicago Red Stars vs Utah Royals, NWSL Week 16 Preview

Chicago Red Stars take on Utah Royals FC this Saturday

Shaina Benhiyoun Photography

The Chicago Red Stars return home to Seat Geek Stadium this weekend where they will host Utah Royals FC.

The Red Stars are currently on a winning streak having won their last three matches. Their most recent win was a four goal shutout against Reign FC last weekend in a sell out for Cheney Stadium.

Both Chicago and Utah will be missing players this game due to the U.S. Victory Tour kicking off, so both teams will have to make adjustments in this weeks’ match.

Where We Last Saw Them

Chicago and Utah last played each other back on May 3rd. It was the first match between the two teams this season and the first match both teams played without their U.S. national team players who left for international duty.

The Red Stars would go down a player as Katie Johnson was issued a red card on a challenge on Vero Boquete. Chicago would play well throughout the match despite the disadvantage, but ultimately fell on a late game goal by Amy Rodriguez.

Starting Lineup We’d Like To See

Chicago will have to rely on their depth this match. Sam Kerr as your top striker helps, and for this match we’d like to see Katie Johnson get the start with her, and Yuki Nagasato, as they’ve linked up for a couple goals now. Midfield is the big question this match with both Julie Ertz and Morgan Brian out, along with the question of Danielle Colaprico’s status with her left knee injury. Look for a big game from Nikki Stanton.

Keys To The Match

Beat The Traffic: Prior to the return of Ertz and Brian, the Red Stars’ midfield struggled to find results despite having experienced personnel piece together adequate moments of play during the teams’ World Cup stretch. This match will dictated in the mid as Utah boasts players like Desiree Scott and Boquete.

Give It A Whippin’: Chicago has put up 6 goals over their last 2 matches. Strong possession from their midfielders has paved the way through memorable goals from DiBernardo, Kerr, and Nagasato. The Red Stars will have to have their finishing boots on as Utah’s defense doesn’t concede multiple goals a game combined with six shutouts.

Players To Watch

Utah Royals FC: Desiree Scott, Vero Boquete. They will look to disrupt and create for Amy Rodriguez, while Nicole Barnhart will look to frustrate Sam Kerr again.

Chicago Red Stars: Katie Johnson, we hope she’ll get to show us what she was going to do against Utah before getting a Red Card back in May.

Wild Prediction

A Red Stars defender will score!

How To Watch

Kickoff: Saturday, August 3 at 7 p.m. CT at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Stream: Yahoo Sports or NBC Sports App

Final Thoughts

Do you think the Red Stars will continue their winning streak? Who do you want to see score a goal in this game? Make sure you leave your thoughts in the comments below!