Chicago returned well over half of its roster from a year ago, including 13 players who have spent their entire careers in the Windy City, as well as all 12 goal-scorers from the 2019 season. New additions to the roster include 2019 FIFA World Cup Champion Mallory Pugh, along with midfielders Sarah Woldmoe and returning Red Star, Nikki Stanton. Stanton played with Chicago during the 2019 season before a short stint with Norwegian club Klepp IL.
Chicago’s last match resulted in a 3-1 victory over the Washington Spirit at SeatGeek Stadium, marking the side’s sixth win of the season. Mallory Pugh, Morgan Gautrat and former Orlando Pride forward Rachel Hill all scored in the affair. Chicago has only been able to win back-to-back games twice this season, when the team had a stretch of three victories in a row at the start of July.
Mal Pugh currently leads the Red Stars with three goals on the season, as well as two assists. Chicago’s Kealia Watt is the only other Red Star to have both a goal and assist on the season, at one in each category. First-year Red Star goalkeeper Cassie Miller has recorded twelve saves and one clean sheet in the last five matches.
The Pride have not matched up against Chicago since August 11, 2019, marking 697 days since the last meeting. That match ended 1-0 in favor of the Red Stars at Exploria Stadium after a goal in stoppage time by Casey Krueger secured the victory.
Rasmussen Fun Fact
The Red Stars have profited off of five own goals over the span of three matches this season, meaning that own goals account for about one third of Chicago goals this season. The Pride have only recorded three own goals for the Club in their entire history, in a span of over five seasons.