Chicago Red Stars (5-6-3, 18 pts.) v FC Kansas City (7-4-4, 25 pts.)
Sunday, 4:00 p.m. ET
Benedictine Univ. Sports Complex/ Lisle, Ill.
Chicago Red Stars – OUT: Shannon Boxx (right knee surgery), Zakiya Bywaters (left knee MCL sprain)
FC Kansas City – PROBABLE: Becky Sauerbrunn (right knee strain)
If the Chicago Red Stars were waiting for their perfect opportunity to climb out of the bottom of NWSL standing and make themselves viable playoff contenders, they will have no better chance then Sunday afternoon when they welcome FC Kansas City to Benedictine Sports Complex.
These teams met twice in week 10, first in Chicago and then three days later in Kansas City. Both times the road team pulled off the victory by a two-goal margin leaving the series tied for this third meeting.
What to Expect: Look for midfield battles in different areas of the pitch. Watch for Kristie Mewis or Leigh Ann Robinson attempting to contain Adriana Leon down the flank. Leon recorded a goal and an assist in the Red Stars 2-0 victory against the Washington Spirit last week.
Chicago’s flank midfielders will have to keep their eyes on Courtney Jones who has managed six shots in her two games against the Red Stars, as well as a goal in their first meeting.
The real linchpin for this game will come from the two players in the center of the pitch, sporting captain’s armbands. A battle between two of the leagues most productive and valuable center midfielders: Lori Chalpuny and Lauren Holiday.
This will be the first game back for June’s NWSL Player of the Month, Lauren Cheney Holiday as she missed two previous matches for her wedding. The Blues missed their leading scorer, only managing one goal in the last two games, draws against the Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash.
Chalpuny continues to make her presence felt on both sides of the ball. She leads her team in scoring with 4 goals and also sits on top of the NWSL table in fouls committed and suffered.
Score prediction: 2-1 Kansas City with goals by Lauren Holiday and Erika Tymrak for the Blues and a goal for Adriana Leon of Chicago.