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Chicago Red Stars Travel To Boston, Face Breakers On Saturday

April 30, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Chicago Red Stars News Release

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer head out on the road for their next two matches, starting with a 5 p.m. CT tilt Saturday against the Boston Breakers.

This is the first match between the two squads this season, and Boston holds the all-time series lead with a 2-1-0 record against Chicago.

The Red Stars are coming off a 1-0 loss Sunday against the defending Sky Blue FC at Toyota Park. Chicago (0-2-1) has had a difficult stretch to start the 2010 season, with two matches against Sky Blue (both 1-0 losses) and a 1-1 home draw against Saint Louis Athletica.

The Breakers (1-0-2) started the 2010 season with a 2-1 win over the Washington Freedom and have posted 1-1 draws against the Philadelphia Independence and Athletica.

NEEDING AN OFFENSIVE SPARK

The Red Stars have only scored one goal through three matches, the lone tally being Casey Nogueira's game-tying strike against Saint Louis Athletica during Chicago's 1-1 draw on April 17. But Chicago is facing the squad in which the Red Stars posted their best offensive performance in team history. During the inaugural WPS season, the Red Stars defeated the Breakers, 4-0, on April 25, 2009, at Toyota Park. Three of this year's Red Stars scored a goal - Megan Rapinoe, Karen Carney and Brittany Klein. Chicago also out-shot Boston, 20-8 (10-3 shots on goal advantage). The Red Stars did all of this without Brazilian forward Cristiane, who was away on international duty.

RAPINOE BACK, BUT ASLLANI OUT

On Wednesday, the Red Stars announced that midfielder Megan Rapinoe was cleared to play following her recovery from mononucleosis. Rapinoe traveled with the team for the Boston matchup and is available to participate in the match. The Red Stars were dealt a blow, however, when they learned that midfielder/forward Kosovare Asllani fractured a rib during Sunday's match against Sky Blue. Medical staff said that Asllani would be out 3-4 weeks from Sunday's occurrence.

FAMILIAR FOES

Breakers midfielder Chioma Igwe started in 11 of 15 games for the Red Stars during the 2009 season. Igwe has been a regular fixture in the early going for Boston this season, starting in all three matches and logging 244 minutes. ... Boston defender Amy LePeilbet is a familiar figure in the Chicagoland area. The Crystal Lake, Ill., native was named the 2009 MedImmune Defender of the Year and started for the WPS All-Stars in their 4-2 win over Sweden's Umea IK last year.

LAST WEEK'S RECAP

On two occasions the Red Stars were whistled offside on two premium scoring opportunities, but Sky Blue FC cashed in with the lone goal en route to a 1-0 win Sunday at Toyota Park. Tasha Kai once again delivered with Sky Blue's lone goal. She also had the only tally during both teams' season opener, which was a 1-0 victory over Chicago on April 11. This past weekend, the Red Stars once again held the shots advantage (17-8) over their opponent.

JAM-PACKED SATURDAY

For the first time in WPS history, four games will be played simultaneously this Saturday on the east coast. Aside from the Red Stars-Breakers match, the top two teams in WPS in Sky Blue and FC Gold Pride square off, the expansion Philadelphia Independence and Atlanta Beat meet once again, and the Washington Freedom and Saint Louis battle as part of a WPS-Major League Soccer doubleheader at RFK Stadium, opening prior to the D.C. United-New York Red Bulls match.

WHO'S NEXT

Following the Boston match, the Red Stars travel to the other coast when they battle the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 8. The Red Stars' all-time series against FC Gold Pride is even at 1-1-1. The Gold Pride have been busy in the offseason, most notably acquiring Brazilian striker and four-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Marta in the 2010 WPS Dispersal Draft.

TUNE IN ONLINE

Red Stars home matches are broadcast in both English and Spanish on www.ChicagoRedStars.com. The team's next home match is at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 15, against the expansion Philadelphia Independence. Rob Coons will have the English play-by-play, and Jorge Trujillo and Enrique "Tico" Fernandez will provide the Spanish webcast.

QUOTABLE

"I think it hurts them to lose that because they've got great character and great spirit. And as I've learned with all the teams I've been around, it is going to be their character and spirit that's going to determine do they have the fight to crawl through games and grab the wins when they're there, or not. I'm sure those guys will tell you, if this loss affects them massively, then we'll use it to our advantage going into our game next week."

-- Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes

following the team's 1-0 loss to Sky Blue on Sunday

The Chicago Red Stars are members of Women's Professional Soccer and play their home games at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill. The Red Stars are playing in their second season in the eight-team WPS. Red Stars home games for the 2010 WPS season are available through a webcast at www.ChicagoRedStars.com. Their next home match is at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 15, against the expansion Philadelphia Independence. For more information about the Red Stars, log on to www.ChicagoRedStars.com or call 866-WPS-2009.

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