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During the offseason, the Red Stars signed four formally USWNT allocated players to multi year contracts. The players are Alyssa Naeher, Mallory Pugh, Kasey Kreuger, and Tierna Davidson. Both Naeher and Pugh have been instrumental in the Red Stars success this campaign, however neither Davidson nor Krueger have appeared this season.

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The Red Stars are coming off a 0-0 draw against the Washington Spirit. Chicago was outshot 13 to eight and out possessed in the match by the Spirit who held 53% of the possession. They had multiple chances in the first half but were unable to find the back of the net. Chicago currently sits third in the NWSL regular season standings with 12 points after being unbeaten in their last five games.

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Mallory Pugh currently sits tied for second in goals scored in NWSL, along with four other players, having scored four goals in five matches played this campaign. Pugh had a highlight reel goal in the Red Stars win over OL Reign on June 4, cutting the ball on her left foot, past the defender and striking it into the upper corner of the net. In the last meeting against the Pride, Pugh scored two second half goals, including one from the penalty spot.

Head-to-Head

In the last match between these two teams, Chicago came away with a 4-2 victory. The Pride attempted a late rally on the night but were unable to overcome the three-goal deficit in the last 10 minutes of the game. In the 2021 regular season, Orlando and Chicago met up three times, with the Red Stars coming away with victories in two out of three matches.

Rasmussen University Fun Fact

If Erin McLeod records a shutout in this match it will be the 10th of her NWSL career. McLeod spent the 2013 season with Chicago, appearing in 16 games for the Red Stars.