After cruising to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Spirit last week, the Western New York Flash is now headed for another road game—this time against the Chicago Red Stars.
This match will be the first of the 2014 NWSL season for the Red Stars, who had a bye last week.
After last season’s sixth place finish, the Red Stars brought in new talent. Santa Clara’s Julie Johnston, last season’s starting goalkeeper for the championship-winning Portland Thorns, Karina LeBlanc and University of Illinois star Vanessa DiBernardo were all added to the team during the off-season.
Chicago midfielder Lori Chalupny, who finished last season with five goals and four assists (earning first team honors on the 2013 NWSL Best XI) will be needed to command the game’s tempo for the home side.
The Flash’s Abby Wambach, who missed last week’s match due to a left orbital fracture, is doubtful for the clash against the Red Stars. In missing Wambach last week, Western New York newcomer and Spanish international Vicky Losada stepped up for the Flash, scoring two goals and adding an assist in the win over the Washington Spirit.
The Red Stars and the Flash each earned one win and one draw when facing off last season and both teams will be looking to break the deadlock in the first match up this season.
Western New York goalkeeper Adrianna Franch is out for the season with a right ACL injury and Abby Wambach is doubtful for this match with a left orbital fracture.
Chicago Red Stars’ Taryn Hemmings is out for the match due to left knee ACL reconstruction and Jackie Santacaterina is probable for the match due to right hip arthroscopy.