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Chicago Red Stars vs Seattle Reign FC Match Preview

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Chicago Red Stars (0-0-0) v. Seattle Reign FC (0-0-0)
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 4:00 CDT/2:00 PDT
Benedictine University Sports Complex Stadium, Lisle, IL
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Both the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC are heading into their inaugural NWSL game Sunday evening with rosters that are looking different than what fans might have been expecting. The two teams suffered losses throughout the preseason, seeing big names from early allocation rosters disappear.

The Chicago Red Stars learned late January that they would be losing National Team defender Amy LePeilbet to an ACL tear, expecting the outside back to be out for 6-8 months.

In the first ever NWSL trade, Chicago lost midfielder and 2011 WPS Rookie of the Year, Keelin Winters in exchange for Seattle’s 2014 first round college draft pick.

The trade occurred after the Reign lost all three of its allocated United States Women’s National Team players. The Reign knew they would be without midfielder Megan Rapinoe for part of the season, due to commitments in France, but was not expecting forward Amy Rodriquez to announce her pregnancy late February causing her to miss the inaugural season.

Seattle’s biggest hit came early March when goalkeeper, Hope Solo, announced she would be undergoing wrist surgery, fortunately Solo could recover within a few weeks of the season starting.

Despite early roster losses, both teams fared well in the preseason action. Reign traveled to Japan in early March to play a three game series against Japanese club teams. The team went 2-1-0 with 7 different players managing to land on the scoresheet.

Chicago has quietly been building over the course of five preseason games, securing wins in all five. The Red Stars found the back of the net 21 times while only conceding two goals in the five game span. Forward Jessica McDonald was responsible for five of those goals, while Lori Chalupny tallied four. Chicago’s keepers also posted three shutout games.

These two teams will face off four times during the regular season, but this first meeting is critical. Both teams will be looking to capture three points and start their season right with a win.

The game could feature a good battle between an experienced back line for Seattle, which features players with professional and international experience in Lauren Barnes, Kiersten Dallstream and Kate Deines and Chicago’s dynamic attack in Kakiya Bywaters, Leslie Osborne, Ella Maser and Chalupny.

These teams won’t be looking at their roster losses but hope to build upon preseason success when the whistle blows for kickoff at Red Stars home: Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex.

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. (local time) and can be watched via live stream online. The Chicago Red Stars are also providing coverage on the go by downloading the official Red Stars app for your iPhone or iPad device.


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