The Chicago Red Stars are back at SeatGeek Stadium this week where they will play host to a midweek match against the Orlando Pride.
The Red Stars will try and get back to their winning ways after losing to Sky Blue FC last week. Entering New Jersey on short rest, Chicago lost the match, 2-1. The loss marked the end of a five game winning streak for the Red Stars.
As Chicago faces off against Orlando, it will be on the cusp of another short week as they have the Portland Thorns waiting for them on Sunday.
Where We Last Saw Them
Chicago last played Orlando back on June 30. The match marked the return of Sam Kerr from the World Cup as she scored a hat-trick against the Pride. Orlando would make things interesting down the stretch pulling within one goal on a penalty kick, but match would end, 3-2, in favor of Chicago.
Starting Lineup We’d Like To See
The Red Stars enter this match relatively healthy this week. Despite a couple rough challenges on Julie Ertz and Kerr on this last road trip, the only player listed on the injury report as questionable is Arin Wright. We’d like to see the Red Stars leave her on the top line with Katie Johnson as an option off the bench.
Keys To The Match
Run The Mid: Orlando will be without Marta in this match as she was issued a disciplinary suspension on top of a red card suspension. Her ability on the ball typically brings opportunity for Orlando, but with her missing this match, Chicago’s midfield will want to dictate flow and tempo early in this match.
Who you are vs Who are you trying to be: The Red Stars haven’t made room this season for much error. Picking up wins against playoff caliber teams while dropping points against bottom half teams. With 7 games remaining this season, the table is uncomfortably close. Since the first two weeks of the season, they have either won or lost games, with draws uncharacteristic of this years’ squad vs teams prior. Having experienced the top of the table in a fleeting moment, so much has been said about a teams’ playoff position coming down to the final 8 games of the season, and the Red Stars have started their final stretch with a loss against a bottom half team. Time to get back on track this week against a last place Orlando.
Players To Watch
Orlando Pride: Alex Morgan is off the injury report but hasn’t played 90 minutes since the early stages of the World Cup, so naturally, we’re looking at Joanna Boyles to be the star for Orlando.
Chicago Red Stars: Casey Short has put together an impressive season to date, and we’re looking for her to show why she’s the best outside back in the league in this match.
Alyssa Naeher gets an assist.
How To Watch
Kickoff: Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m. CT at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Stream: Yahoo Sports or NBC Sports App
Do you think the Red Stars get back to winning in this match? Who do you want to see start? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!