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Only Way To Survive Is To Go Crazy: Sky Blue FC vs Chicago Red Stars, NWSL Week 22 Preview

Still on the road, Chicago set to play their third match in eight days

Shaina Benhiyoun Photography

The Chicago Red Stars find themselves on the end of an 8 day 3 match week this Sunday as they head to New Jersey and face off against Sky Blue FC.

The Red Stars have got themselves on a new streak, as they’ve won their last two matches against Houston and Orlando. Their most recent victory came just last Wednesday in Orlando against the Pride as Casey Short scored the game winner in stoppage time helping Chicago secure a clutch three points.

Chicago find themselves in third place on the league table with 3 games remaining on their schedule, and they be might battling both time and fatigue in this match.

Where We Last Saw Them

Sky Blue FC and the Red Stars last faced each other back on August 14, as Chicago faced New Jersey on short rest. The Red Stars played a sharp game early in the match, but failed to score before halftime. As the second half wore on, Sky Blue would go up a goal by Paige Monaghan. Sam Kerr would equalize in stoppage time for Chicago, but an addition goal from Monaghan shortly after would give Sky Blue the win, 2-1.

Starting Lineup We’d Like To See

Chicago Red Stars are dealing with short rest and a short roster this week. Arin Wright and Vanessa DiBernardo were out due to illness earlier this week, and Katie Johnson will be unavailable this match due to a red card suspension. Player rotation isn’t a luxury for Chicago this weekend so we can possibly see a lineup similar to the match against Orlando.

Keys To The Match

Points Would Be Nice: Chicago has yet to earn any points against Sky Blue FC this season dropping two games prior to them on late game goals. However it won’t be an easy task as Sky Blue is playing some of their most competitive soccer late in their season and will likely be fueled by playing a top tier team.

Chaos in the box: Isolating Kerr and springing her into the box to go 1 v 1 with goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan in the last two meetings against Sky Blue and it likely won’t work again this time around. Stretch the line, crowd the box, and let loose.

Players To Watch

Chicago Red Stars: Last match it was Casey Short. This week it’s Casey Short. But can’t forget Chicago’s own Jersey girl, Danielle Colaprico.

Sky Blue FC: Sure, Paige Monaghan. But Carli Lloyd played a big role in both those goals last match too. Can’t forget Rocky Rodriguez, who has had top performances against Chicago this year.

Wild Predictions

Chicago score a goal on a set piece.

How To Watch

Kickoff: Sunday, September 15, at 4 p.m. CT in Yurcak Field

TV: NBC Sports Chicago

Stream: Yahoo Sports or NBC Sports App

Final Thoughts

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