The Chicago Red Stars will travel to Kansas City, Kansas for the sixth and final game of the NWSL Challenge Cup group stage. The Red Stars are 2-1-2 through the first five matches and sit on 8 points. Last week’s 1-1 draw in Louisville left Chicago in a position to advance with a win. Anything less will see the Red Stars eliminated. The match will kick off at 4:00 PM Central Time at Children’s Mercy Park.
The Chicago Red Stars will be missing a huge number of players for this game, making the task of defeating the first-placed Current all the more difficult. Tierna Davidson is out for the season, Kealia Watt had a knee injury, Casey Krueger and Sarah Woldmoe are on maternity leave, Rachel Hill has a hip injury, Morgan Gautrat has a calf injury, Mallory Pugh has a concussion, and Ava Cook is suspended. The team’s depth will once again be tested.
The Kansas City Current have been good in the new year, going 3-1-1 thus far. The only blip on KC’s Challenge Cup is a 3-0 loss to Racing Louisville at the beginning of April; they go into the game riding the coattails of a 2-1 win over Houston, which such Victoria Pickett score the winning goal in the last 10 minutes of the game. Unlike the Red Stars who need a win, the Current only need a point to secure a place in the semifinals.
The match will be aired on Paramount+.
Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash
NWSL Challenge Cup Matchday 6 | Sunday, April 24 | Children’s Mercy Park
Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. CT
Streaming: Paramount+, Twitch (international)