Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
July 28, 2018
8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: go90 or NWSLsoccer.com
Sky Blue FC (0-13-3, 3 points) will return to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action on Saturday night when the club hits the road to take on the Chicago Red Stars (7-4-7, 28 points) for the final time this regular season at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET and fans can watch on go90 or NWSLsoccer.com.
“Our goal is to build off the match against Portland last weekend,” said Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy. “In that game, we were able to put forth one of our most complete performances of the season on both sides of the ball. We now look to continue that momentum on Saturday, and we feel confident in our ability to get a result in Chicago.”
Saturday evening will mark the third and final match-up of the season between Sky Blue FC and the Red Stars. The two clubs first met in April at Toyota Park and battled to 1-1 draw. In that contest, Chicago got on the board in the 1st minute of play off a Sofia Huerta shot. However, Sky Blue FC eventually converted an equalizer in the 78th minute when Katie Johnson connected with Savannah McCaskill, and the rookie scored her first goal of her professional career.
The two teams played again on July 7th at Yurcak Field, with the Red Stars claiming a 3-1 result behind a Sam Kerr hat trick. Imani Dorsey scored the lone tally for Sky Blue FC in the 73rd minute when she finished a McCaskill feed for her first professional goal.
Sky Blue FC comes into Saturday’s contest in search of its first win of the season. The New Jersey side is coming off a 2-1 loss at home to Portland Thorns FC last weekend. Sky Blue FC held an 18-8 edge in shots and saw two potential equalizers hit the frame in the second half. Scoring the lone goal for Sky Blue FC was Dorsey in the 27th minute, who put away a McCaskill assist.
Chicago will strive to keep its win streak alive on Saturday, claiming six points in the last two games. Most recently, the Red Stars edged Seattle Reign FC 1-0 at home on July 14th. Chicago had a bye last week and will be well-rested for the Saturday showdown.
Both teams will be missing some key players on international duty this weekend. Sky Blue FC will be without the services of Carli Lloyd (USA) and Katie Johnson (MEX), and Chicago will be missing Morgan Brian (USA), Julie Ertz (USA), Sam Kerr (AUS), Alyssa Naeher (USA) and Casey Short (USA) while they are competing in the 2018 Tournament of Nations.
Chicago Red Stars
OUT: Stephanie McCaffrey (illness)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Morgan Brian (USA), Julie Ertz (USA), Sam Kerr (AUS), Alyssa Naeher (USA), Casey Short (USA)
Sky Blue FC
QUESTIONABLE: Imani Dorsey (lower left leg contusion), Jen Hoy (right knee sprain)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Katie Johnson (MEX), Carli Lloyd (USA)