Sunday, 6 p.m. ET | Toyota Park | Bridgeview, Ill.
Averbuch and Sydney Leroux both scored to rally the Blues for a 2-1 home victory over the Portland Thorns on Wednesday. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart made three saves – all in the first half – to help get the result as she made her 43rd consecutive start in net.
Kansas City have now won back-to-back games after going winless in nine straight matches. The Blues will now attempt to win three consecutive games for the first time since August 2015.
Averbuch tied the game up in the 65th minute with her first goal of the season as she whipped in a right-footed free kick from just outside the penalty area. She has now scored six times for FC Kansas City during her NWSL career – with each of the last three coming direct from free kicks.
Leroux scored in the 69th minute to notch her fourth goal of the 2017 campaign. It was her second game-winning goal this year and the league-leading fifth headed goal for FC Kansas City as a team.
The win was the second comeback victory this season for KC, who lead the league with nine points recovered from losing positions.
The win against Portland was also the first this year for the Blues against a team currently in the top four in the standings. Coach Vlatko Andonovski and his players will go for their second against the Red Stars – who they lost to in their only previous meeting this season as Julie Ertz scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory for Chicago back on April 22.
The Red Stars will take the field Sunday night hoping to regain their footing after suffering a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat against the Seattle Reign. Chicago became just the second team in league history to lose a match they led at the 85-minute mark.
The setback comes on the heels of a 3-2 loss against the Portland Thorns in front of their fans last Saturday as the Red Stars lost back-to-back home games for only the second time in their history and the first time since May 2013.
The Toyota Park crew got in front against the Reign as Jen Hoy headed home a ball from Taylor Comeau in the 23rd minute. The Red Stars appeared ready to solidify that advantage into three points before Seattle struck for goals in the 90th and 92nd minutes to turn the game around.
Chicago boasts the No. 3-ranked defense in the league – having conceded just 20 times in 18 matches for a 1.11 goals against average. However, seven of those goals have come in the last 15 minutes of matches this season – tied with FC Kansas City for the most in the league.
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