It’s here! The 2020 NWSL schedule just dropped. If the Red Stars are finally going to get over the hump and win the title, here’s how they’ll get there:
April 18 @ North Carolina Courage - If you want to eventually knock off the defending champions, there’s no better place to start than on the road in the place you lost the 2019 final.
April 25 vs. Portland Thorns - The home opener. If you want to do a Fire-Red Stars doubleheader, this might be your best bet. The Fire play LAFC at 2:30 at Soldier Field, and the Red Stars/Thorns game is at 6 p.m. at SeatGeek.
May 3 @ Reign FC - Hopefully Megan Rapinoe gets zero chances to do the arms-out goal celebration.
May 9 vs. Utah Royals - Craig Harrington vs. Rory Dames. Can the student beat the teacher? Probably not, but it helps when the student has Christen Press on his side.
May 13 @ Washington Spirit - The first midweek game of the season.
May 17 vs. Orlando Pride - Pride Night! Kind of fitting, since Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are in town. And, it’s against, you know, the Pride. Plus, it’s Rachel Hill’s first chance to play her old club.
May 30 @ Utah Royals - Mountains and soccer. Might make for a fun weekend trip to start summer.
June 13 @ Sky Blue FC - The Red Stars get to visit Red Bull Arena. If you haven’t been, it’s a fantastic stadium.
June 21 vs. Houston Dash - Bark in the Park! Soccer is better with dogs. But, most things are better with dogs. Hopefully JJ Watt brings his pups to cheer on Kealia.
June 27 vs. North Carolina Courage - This is very likely the first match where the USWNT players will be at Olympic training camp, so that could have a big impact on both teams. For Chicago, Julie Ertz and Alyssa Naeher will almost surely be gone. Will Tierna Davidson, Casey Short or Morgan Brian join them?
July 10 @ Houston Dash - It’s a Friday night in July. In Texas. Should be nice and comfortable.
July 18 vs. Orlando Pride - The Olympics are less than a week away at this point, so lots of players likely missing here.
August 2 @ Reign FC - The only NWSL Olympic break is the weekend right before this one.
August 9 @ Portland Thorns - Match two of a nice little Cascadia road trip.
August 15 vs. Washington Spirit - The Olympics end August 9, so the USWNT players might be back at this point, but if they make the final, it’s unlikely.
August 23 vs Sky Blue - The Olympic players will definitely be back by this match. Hopefully the USWNT wins it, and we can have 17,000+ in Bridgeview again for the post-Gold Medal bounce.
August 29 @ North Carolina Courage - Yeah, right in the middle of a super busy stretch, a road game against the Courage. No big deal.
September 2 vs. Portland Thorns - A lovely Wednesday night in Bridgeview! The first and only midweek home match.
September 6 vs Reign FC - After a really busy month, the team finally gets a break after this one.
September 25 @ Orlando Pride - Five matches to go. We should have a pretty clear idea of the playoff picture at this point.
September 30 @ Utah Royals - From Orlando to Utah in five days. That’s... a lot of travel.
October 4 vs. Houston Dash - Kealia Ohai’s third crack at her old club this season.
October 10 @ Washington Spirit - Final road match of the regular season.
October 17 vs. Sky Blue FC - The Red Stars close the regular season at home.