Match Preview: Sky Blue FC vs Chicago Red Stars at Yurcak Field
Howell, NJ - Sky Blue FC (4-12-4, 16 points) face the Chicago Red Stars (11-8-2, 35 points) at Yurcak Field on September 15th at 5:00 p.m. ET for the club's Petpalooza Night. This is the third and final meeting of the season between the two teams.
The match will be streamed live on Yahoo Sports and in the NWSL app. International fans can find the links to watch the match on NWSLsoccer.com.
Sky Blue FC is eighth place with a record of 4-12-4 and 16 points, nine points behind 7th place Washington Spirit. The Red Stars sit in third place with a record of 11-8-2 and 35 points and are in a tight race for a playoff spot. Sky Blue has won both matches this season against the Red Stars by a 2-1 scoreline.
Leading the attack for Sky Blue is Carli Lloyd with five goals and one assist followed by Raquel Rodriguez with three goals and two assists. In previous matchups against the Red Stars, Paige Monaghan, Jen Hoy, and Kailen Sheridan helped lead the team to victory. Monaghan scored her first career goal and brace against the Red Stars on August 14th to earn Sky Blue the stoppage time win. Hoy sealed the win for Sky Blue back on July 7th after netting the winning goal in the 81st minute. Sheridan has earned 12 saves between the two games against Chicago, stopping Sam Kerr multiple times on the attack. Sheridan currently leads the NWSL in saves with a total of 70.
The Red Stars are coming off a 1-0 win in stoppage time against the Orlando Pride thanks to a cross sent in by Kerr that found the head of Casey Short. Chicago dropped three straight games from August 14th to August 25th, conceding seven goals, but recently have found their form again after winning back to back games against Houston and Orlando.
Sam Kerr is looking to beat the NWSL single-season scoring record (17 goals) that she set back in 2017 playing for Sky Blue. Kerr currently leads the league with 15 goals and three assists. Another key player to watch is Yuki Nagasato who leads the NWSL in assists with six. The most dangerous combination on the field is the international connection between Kerr and Nagasato. Five of Nagasato's assists this season have led to Kerr finding the back of the net.
Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars Rewind
The two teams last played each other at Yurcak Field on August 14th in a 2-1 win. Paige Monaghan scored in the 71st minute, to put sky blue up 1-0. The Red Stars tied up the game in the 91st minute from the feet of Kerr. In the 93rd minute, Monaghan sent the game-winning goal to the back of the next.
Sky Blue head west on Saturday, September 21st to face Reign FC at Cheney at 10 p.m ET. The two teams last played each other at Red Bull Arena on August 18th in a 1-1 draw in front of 9,415 fans. Sky Blue FC's final home game of the season will be on Sunday, September 29th against Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris, and the Orlando Pride.
Tickets to all Sky Blue FC home games are available now by calling 888-SBFC-TIX or by visiting skybluefc.com. All fans at the game will receive a Sky Blue FC game day poster.
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