Tonight the ladies go on the road to Chicago for the third match of the season. Both clubs come into the match with a 1 - 1 - 0 record on three points for the season. The Pride sit just above the Red Stars in the table on goal differential (Pride are +1, Red Stars are -1).
Players to Watch
For the Pride, the answer that one is easy: all of them! On a more serious note, we have three players tied for scoring leaders on the season. Steph Catley, Alex Morgan, and Lianne Sanderson all have one goal to their credit, while Ashlyn Harris is coming off her NWSL "Save of the Week" performance in the home opener against Houston. And in the first two matches, forward Jasmyn Spencer has proven to be a tenacious and energetic spark plug for the team, frustrating opposing players and thrilling Pride supporters with her exciting brand of play.
Last week we detailed the National team players for Orlando Pride. This week we take a look at the Red Stars.
- Amanda Da Costa is a Portuguese-American player who plays on the Portuguese National Team and has appeared in Euro 2017 qualifiers.
- Julie Johnston plays with US National Team and appeared in the 2015 World Cup.
- Alyssa Naeher was on the roster for the US National Team for 2015 World Cup as a backup for Hope Solo, but she did not play.
- Christen Press also plays on the US National Team and scored in the 61st minute of the match against Australia.
The scoring leaders for the Red Stars are Christen Press and Casey Short, who each have one goal on the season. On the National Team level, Press finished with 10 goals in 2015, putting her only second behind Carli Lloyd for all National Team appearances in the year.
Today is supposed to be wet and chilly in the Windy City, with a high temperature of 52 degrees (that's Fahrenheit for you crazy non-Americans and your weirdo temperature scales). The MLS team have struggled in cooler temperatures so far this season, but it's unclear if this trend will be something that impacts the women's team as well. On paper both teams come in with equal records, but Orlando holds the edge in goal differential. Since I have little to go on other than hometown team enthusiasm and a two-match sample for both teams, I'm going to predict a win for our ladies. I say Orlando will win the match 2 - 1.
Yesterday I accurately predicted both the draw and the final score for the New England vs. Orlando City match, so maybe I'll prove equally prescient on this game. A win would vault us up the league table to second or third, depending on the outcome of the Portland vs. Boston match (hint--today we all want to be Boston fans).
What about you? What do you foresee for today's match? Are you planning to attend one of the watch parties in town or will you take the match in at home? Let me know in the comments below!