The Chicago Red Stars bring the league’s last remaining unbeaten record to Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday evening and look to head into the two week World Cup break with a lofty honor.
Despite having yet to defeat Western New York in Rochester, a result against the bottom-of-the-table Flash will push Chicago into sole possession of the NWSL’s longest unbeaten streak. Entering today’s match, the visitors have gotten points in 10-straight matches. While an 11th result will give them second place, they are far behind the league’s record that Seattle established last year (16).
Led by two-time NWSL Player of the Month Sofia Huerta, Chicago has found the back of the net at least twice in all but two matches and are coming off a scoreless draw against the Reign. While the Red Stars have been quite offensive with 13 goals in their first seven matches, goalkeeper Michele Dalton has come up strong making 22 saves while allowing just three goals in four starts.
Chicago has allowed only seven goals thus far into the season which is also the same number of goals the Flash have scored. Rookie midfielder Samantha Mewis leads the goalscoring department with two goals while five others have found the back of the net. The Flash enter fresh off a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Washington Spirit where Jasmyne Spencer slotted home the winning goal in the 57th minute.
The match will also see the return of goalkeeper Chantel Jones, who was suspended last match by the NWSL’s Disciplinary committee after reviewing her yellow card against Kansas City.
CHI: Zakiya Bywaters (Out), Jen Hoy (Probable), Alyssa Mautz (Probable)
WNY: India Trotter (Out), Jordan Angeli (Out), Sabrina D’Angelo (Doubtful)