Chicago Red Stars vs. Utah Royals FC
When: Saturday, June 23, at 8 p.m. ET
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Where: Toyota Park | Bridgeview, Illinois
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- Utah Royals FC will visit the Chicago Red Stars this weekend coming off of their 1-0 victory over the previously-unbeaten North Carolina Courage last Saturday in Week 12, courtesy of Brittany Ratcliffe‘s 94th minute stunner. The Red Stars played to a 1-1 draw with the Portland Thorns last weekend.
- Sixth-place Chicago and fourth-place Utah are currently separated by only one point in the table. Utah has recorded three wins in their last four games, and has only been defeated once in their last eight. Chicago has only won one game in their last nine.
- In a major three-team trade announced on Monday, the Chicago Red Stars acquired defender Brooke Elby from Utah Royals FC. Elby joins the Red Stars ahead of their Saturday match up with her former team, having led Utah in interceptions this season (29) and played in seven games this season. The Red Stars also acquired two 2019 NWSL College Draft picks and three conditional picks in the trade.
- Utah Royals FC acquired the rights to forward Christen Press, and defender Samantha Johnson from Chicago. Johnson has played in ten games this season, recording 40 clearances and completing 385 passes in that time. Press returns to the NWSL after playing at Göteborg FC in Sweden. KSL.com’s Sean Walker reporters that neither Johnson nor Press will play versus their former team this weekend.
- Midfielders Sofia Huerta and Taylor Comeau have left the Chicago Red Stars and joined the Houston Dash. Huerta and Comeau both played in 11 games for the Red Stars this season. In that time, Comeau scored one goal, and Huerta recorded three goals and two assists.
- Morgan Brian has signed a contract with the Red Stars, the team announced on Tuesday. Brian returns to NWSL action after spending the first part of the year at Olympique Lyonnais in France.
- Utah defender Rachel Corsie is the league leader in successful passes (530). Corsie has also recorded the highest number of touches (776) and passes into the final third (74) for Utah, and is second on her team in clearances (42).
- Chicago midfielder Danielle Colaprico is second in the league in successful crosses/corners and third in the league in chances created (27). Colaprico also leads the Red Stars in tackles won (23).
- Utah Royals FC is currently the best possession team in the NWSL, having maintained more overall possession this season than any other team in the league (53.47%).
- Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr has netted five goals this season for Chicago, tying her for second place in the league for scoring this season. Kerr is also tied in fourth in the league for shots on target (15), and leads the Red Stars in total shots (29) and aerials won (24).
- In the Utah attack, Amy Rodriguez and Katrina Gorry are tied for the Utah lead in shots on target this season, with six each. Gorry also leads Utah Royals FC in successful crosses/corners (6), and Rodriguez has the Utah lead in total shots (9).
- The Chicago Red Stars have recorded more passes than any other team in the league this season (5,522).
- In the midfield for Utah, Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir is fifth in the league in duels won (91) and holds the Utah Royals FC season lead in chances created (12), headed shots (6), assists (2), and aerials won (36). Teammate Desiree Scott currently leads Utah in interceptions (29), tackles won (24), and dribbles completed (15). Both players have played every minute of Utah’s season thus far (990 minutes).
- Chicago forward Yuki Nagasato has scored twice and recorded two assists in Chicago’s last three games. Nagasato leads the team in headed shots (6).
- Utah Royals FC center back Becky Sauerbrunn leads her team in clearances (48) and blocks (8) this season.
- On the Red Stars’ backline, Arin Gilliland holds the Chicago lead for dribbles completed (16), touches (784), duels won (69), and has played more minutes than any other Chicago player (1,096 minutes). Katie Naughton leads the team in successful passes (418), blocks (7), and clearances.
By the Numbers
Chicago Red Stars
3-3-7, 16 points, 6th place (Home: 1-3-3, Away: 2-0-4)
17 goals for, 17 goals against
Sam Kerr: 5 goals
Alyssa Mautz: 3 goals, 2 assists
Yuki Nagasato: 2 goals, 2 assists
Alyssa Naeher: 35 saves, 17 goals against, 3 shutouts
Emily Boyd: 4 saves, 0 goals against, 1 shutout
Utah Royals FC
4-2-5, 17 points, 4th place (Home: 2-1-2, Away: 2-1-3)
10 goals for, 8 goals against
Diana Matheson: 2 goals, 1 assist
Brittany Ratcliffe: 2 goals
Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir: 1 goal, 2 assists
Abby Smith: 17 saves, 7 goals against, 5 shutouts
Nicole Barnhart: 2 saves, 1 goals against
- Morgan Brian signs contract with Red Stars
- Trade alert: Press, Johnson to Utah; Huerta, Comeau to Houston; Elby to Chicago
- Week 11/12 Power Rankings: Utah Royals FC move to No. 2 after ending the Courage’s unbeaten streak
- NWSL players participate in Playing for Pride
The Last Time They Met
April 14, 2018 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
- A first half goal from Danielle Colaprico secured a 1-0 road victory for the Red Stars over Utah Royals FC in Week 3.
What They’re Saying
Chicago Red Stars midfielder Morgan Brian
— Chicago Red Stars (@chiredstarsPR) June 19, 2018
Utah Royals FC forward Brittany Ratcliffe
Brit reacts to URFC's win in NC pic.twitter.com/5yTaltUCV0
— Utah Royals FC (@UtahRoyalsFC) June 17, 2018
Chicago Red Stars
OUT: Stephanie McCaffrey (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: Rosie White (right hamstring strain)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None
Utah Royals FC
OUT: Alex Arlitt (left knee strain – SEI), Mandy Laddish (right hip contusion – SEI), Kelley O’Hara (right hamstring strain)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None