The Chicago Red Stars will face off against Kansas City in the third match of the NWSL regular season tonight on the road at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The match will kickoff at 7:00 PM CT.
This match will be the second time the Red Stars have faced Kansas City in the last few weeks; the prior occasion was a frustrating 1-1 draw a month ago at SeatGeek Stadium, in which Katie Johnson scored the hosts’ lone goal. Since then, Chicago has had a slow start to the regular season; a crushing 5-0 defeat in Portland was followed by yet another frustrating 0-0 draw, this time in the home opener against Gotham FC.
Kansas City drew both of their prior regular season matches, 0-0 in Louisville and 2-2 in Houston. Kansas City is the only other NWSL team, along with Chicago, to have not yet won a game in 2021 between the Challenge Cup and the Regular Season. Former USWNT striker Amy Rodriguez is their top goalscorer with three goals in 2021.
The Red Stars will only be without Julie Ertz for this matchup, who suffered an MCL tear in the match against Portland on opening day; she may not return until after the Olympics. That being said, with the quick turnaround from the game at the weekend, we should expect to see some rotation in the squad.
“There will certainly need to be rotation between Wednesday and Saturday,” says Red Stars head coach Rory Dames. “We’re not going to put anybody at risk in the third game of the season.”
It is likely that there will be changes to the front three which failed to find the net this weekend, though there will likely not be too many changes, since the coach emphasized finding a balance between rotation and building momentum.
There will be limited spectator attendance at Children’s Mercy Park, and the match will be aired on Paramount+.
Chicago Red Stars vs. Kansas City NWSL
NWSL Matchday 3 | Wednesday, May 26 | Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CT
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Next up for the Red Stars
Saturday, May 29 at Houston Dash, BBVA Compass Stadium (6:30 p.m. CT, Paramount+)
Saturday, June 5 vs North Carolina Courage, SeatGeek Stadium (1 p.m. CT, Paramount+)
Saturday, June 19 vs Washington Spirit, SeatGeek Stadium (7 p.m. CT, Paramount+)