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Don’t Stop Me Now: Orlando Pride vs Chicago Red Stars, NWSL Week 22 Preview

Chicago hit the road for two games this week starting with Orlando

Shaina Benhiyoun Photography

The Chicago Red Stars gear up for a midweek match today as they face Orlando Pride.

The Red Stars enter this matchday after getting a win over Houston Dash on Sunday. Chicago won, 3-0 thanks to goals from Sam Kerr and Savannah McCaskill. Their most recent win breaks their previous three-game losing streak, and are currently in playoff position in third place on the league table.

Orlando Pride have been eliminated from playoff contention and are currently in last place on the league table. However, in their previous meeting, the Red Stars dropped big points against them just a few weeks ago.

Where We Last Saw Them

Chicago and Orlando last played each other back on August 21st. Orlando’s Brazilian star Marta was out on red card suspension and Alex Morgan subbed out early after a collision in the 13th minute as a precaution. Despite the lopsided odds, Chicago would play an awkward game after going down a goal in the 33rd minute. After a formation change at halftime, Chicago would concede a second goal in the 61st minute and Orlando would go on to win the game 2-1 with a consolation goal from Tierna Davidson.

Starting Lineup We’d Like To See

Lots of games on short rest so a bit of player rotation would be ideal. Chicago recently beefed up their central defense pushing Julie Ertz and Tierna Davidson at center back while Morgan Brian and Danielle Colaprico handled the midfield. We could see something similar with changes at halftime should the game be in the Red Stars favor.

Keys To The Match

Gas up Kerr: Sam Kerr has scored various times against Orlando as a Red Star and with multi-goal games over the last two seasons. Getting her opportunities this match is a must.

Stretch the line and run the mid: Pressing early will give Chicago an opportunity to dictate the tone of the match on the road. Movement off the ball and possession in the midfield should help in stretching the back line for Kerr and co.

Don’t freak TF out: In their last match up, Chicago failed to score and set the tempo. Being forced to chase the game, putting them out of rhythm, and change their formation - in which they played fine - but still couldn’t link up on their play after their momentum was disrupted. Play the game in front of you.

Players To Watch

Chicago Red Stars: Casey Short, she’s been unreal this year. Morgan Brian for more assists please.

Orlando Pride: Marisa Viggiano. Go Wildcats.

Wild Prediction

Tierna Davidson scores another goal against Orlando.

How To Watch

Kickoff: Wednesday September 11, at 6:00 p.m. CT at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL

TV: ESPNews or ESPN 3

Stream: Yahoo Sports and ESPN Sports App

Final Thoughts

Do you think the Red Stars will start a new win streak? Who do you want to see start on short rest? Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below!