Seattle Reign FC vs. Chicago Red Stars
Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET | Memorial Stadium | Seattle
It appeared the Red Stars’ streak was about to come to an end in Week 10 before second-half goals from Huerta and Vanessa DiBernardo sent Chicago onto a 2-1 home victory over Sky Blue FC. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made three saves after she conceded an early goal to keep her team in the game and facilitate the comeback.
The win was the first for the Red Stars after trailing in a match this year. Head coach Rory Dames and his players have now earned five points from losing positions in 2017 – all of which have come at home, with four of the five points picked up in the last two games.
The victory wrapped up a 3-0-1 homestand at Toyota Park. Now Chicago will look to take the show on the road as they take aim at their second straight month without a loss.
Huerta has quietly been one of the most dependable offensive presences in the league – posting six goals and three assists in 2015 during her rookie season before following that up with seven goals and two assists in 2016. She’s in the middle of a solid campaign with two goals and three assists this season – and has picked up her production in recent weeks with a goal or assist in four of the last six games.
DiBernardo has also shown signs of heating up with three goals and an assist in the last five matches as the Red Stars have done everything they can to stay within striking distance of the North Carolina Courage. Chicago enters Week 11 trailing the league leaders by four points, but have a game in hand on North Carolina.
The Reign enter the midweek match hoping for their first win in four matches. The 1-1 home draw against FC Kansas City saw Seattle extend their winless run to three games.
Despite not getting a victory, head coach Laura Harvey was certainly pleased with the point against the Blues after her squad was forced to play the final 86 minutes of the match with just 10 players. Defender Lauren Barnes was dismissed for a challenge on Shea Groom in the 4th minute.
The red card means that Barnes – the reigning NWSL Defender of the Year – is suspended for the game against Seattle and will miss only the second match of her NWSL career. It will be the first time since 2014 that she will not suit up for a game.
Kawasumi scored the lone goal of the match for the Reign that enabled her team to earn a share of the points. Seattle lead the league with five draws this season – four of which have seen them surrender the game-tying goal in the second half.
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