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Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC | Live, ESPNews
Fifth-place Chicago Red Stars take on fourth-place Portland Thorns in the second meeting of the season between the teams
Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr (left) and Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)
Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr (left) and Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)
Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC

When: Saturday, June 16, at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPNews (U.S.) | NWSLsoccer.com, NWSL app (international) | Ways to Watch

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Where: Toyota Park | Bridgeview, Illinois

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The Game
  • The Chicago Red Stars will host the Portland Thorns this weekend after both teams were off last weekend due to the international break. The last time the teams were in action, in Week 10, the Chicago Red Stars beat the Washington Spirit 2-0 after a lengthy weather delay. The Thorns fell to the unbeaten league leaders, the North Carolina Courage, in a 4-1 midweek defeat at home. The teams will enter this game separated by just one place in the standings and tied on points (15).
  • Chicago’s win last game snapped a seven match winless streak. Portland’s loss snapped a two-game winning streak.
  • Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair currently leads the league in scoring, with six goals on the season, and is tied in the lead in assists with three. During last week’s international break, Sinclair scored her 173rd international goal for Canada, just 11 behind Abby Wambach’s all-time record of 184.
  • On the Chicago Red Stars front line, Sam Kerr and Sofia Huerta are tied for the team lead in shots (22). Kerr has scored five goals this season, and continues to run up her tally of NWSL career goals, now at the all-time high of 48. Huerta has scored three times this season and recorded two assists.
  • Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan leads the league in duels won (146). She is fifth in the league in shots (25), second in the league in successful passes (461) and touches (908), and has recorded four goals and an assist this season. Because Horan currently sits on four yellow cards, she will be suspended for one game the next time she is issued a caution.
  • Danielle Colaprico is second in the league for crosses/corners (68) and tied for second in the league in chances created this season (27). Colaprico leads the Red Stars in passes into the final third of the field (89) and is tied for first on the Red Stars in assists (2), tackles won (21), and interceptions (24).
  • Chicago currently leads the league in passing, having tallied 5,204 passes this season. Leading passing powerhouses for the Red Stars include defenders Katie Naughton (405) and Samantha Johnson (385), who are first and second for Chicago in successful passes this season, respectively. Naughton also leads the Red Stars in clearances (43) and Johnson is second (40), and the pair is tied in first for the Red Stars lead in blocks (6).
  • Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath is fourth in the league in crosses/corners (54), and teammate Meghan Klingenberg is fifth in the league in the same statistic (52). Over the international break, Heath scored the game winner for the U.S. women’s national team over China PR to secure a 2-1 victory.
  • Defender Arin Gilliland currently leads the Chicago Red Stars in duels won (63), interceptions (24), and touches on the ball (715). Gilliland has started 11 games for Chicago thus far this season and recorded one assist.
  • The Portland Thorns are tied for second with the Seattle Reign for the most shots on goal this season. Linsdey Horan (14), Christine Sinclair (12), Tobin Heath (9), and Ana-Maria Crnogorčević (8) are the leading contributors to the Thorns’ 59 shots on frame.


By the Numbers Chicago Red Stars

3-3-6, 15 points, 5th place (Home: 1-3-2, Away: 2-0-4)

16 goals for, 16 goals against

Samantha Kerr: 5 goals

Alyssa Mautz: 3 goals, 2 assists

Sofia Huerta: 3 goals, 2 assists

Alyssa Naeher: 32 saves, 16 goals against, 3 clean sheets

Emily Boyd: 4 saves, 1 clean sheet

 

Portland Thorns FC

4-4-3, 15 points, 4th place (Home: 2-3-1, Away: 2-1-2)

15 goals for, 16 goals against

Christine Sinclair: 6 goals, 3 assists

Lindsey Horan: 4 goals, 1 assist

Tobin Heath: 1 goal, 2 assists

Britt Eckerstrom: 27 saves, 12 goals conceded, 2 clean sheets

Adrianna Franch: 4 saves, 4 goals conceded


In Focus
The Last Time They Met

Chicago Red Stars 2 | Portland Thorns FC 3

March 31, 2018 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois

  • Despite a brace from Chicago Red Stars midfielder Alyssa Mautz, a goal from Lindsey Horan and a brace from Christine Sinclair carried the Portland Thorns to a narrow 3-2 victory over the Chicago Red Stars in their first meeting of the season, during Week 2.

 


Injury Report Chicago Red Stars

OUT: Stephanie McCaffrey (illness)

QUESTIONABLE: None

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

 

Portland Thorns FC

OUT: Adrianna Franch (right knee meniscus surgery), Tobin Heath (right ankle sprain), Meg Morris (left hip pain), Midge Purce (right ankle sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: Emily Sonnett (lower back pain)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

 

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