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Challenge Cup Match Preview: RGN v. CHI

2021 NWSL Challenge Cup, presented by Secret Deodorant - Match 4

OL Reign vs Chicago Red Stars

Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, WA

April 27th at 9:00 PM CT

CHICAGO - The Chicago Red Stars conclude their 2021 Challenge Cup schedule on the road as they take on OL Reign on Tuesday, April 27th at 9:00 p.m. CT.

Where to Watch

Paramount+, Twitch (International)

Previous Matchups

CHI: The Red Stars fought back from being down to Kansas City late in the match, getting themselves on the board thanks to a Katie Johnson goal in the 82nd minute to bring the game level for a 1-1 finish at home on Wednesday, April 21st.

RGN: OL Reign traveled to Providence Park on Wednesday, April 21st to take on the Portland Thorns. They were held scoreless and fell to the Challenge Cup Final-bound Thorns, 2-0.

Storylines

Hello Again: The upcoming matchup with OL Reign will be the first time these two teams have shared the field since last year’s quarterfinal round of the 2020 Challenge Cup. After finishing regulation and extra time scoreless, the game would go to a penalty shootout. Goals from Julie Ertz, Vanessa DiBernardo, Kealia Watt, and Rachel Hill and a clutch save from Alyssa Naeher would see Chicago into the semifinal round by winning the shootout, 4-3.

Rising Rookie: In a year already full of firsts for Illinois-native Tatumn Milazzo, sponsorship opportunities can now be added to the list thanks to a new league initiative. Milazzo is one of 11 first-year NWSL players who are a part of the Secret Deodorant's 2021 NWSL Rookie Class Program, which seeks to align sponsorship opportunities to those selected who are participating in this year’s Challenge Cup. To learn more, click here.

Challenge Cup Finale: Tuesday night’s game will be the Red Stars’ final matchup in the 2021 Challenge Cup as they look to turn their attention towards the imminent regular season schedule. Coming into their tournament finale the Red Stars have dropped one game while holding two opponents to draws, most notably holding the defending Challenge Cup champions Houston Dash to a scoreless draw on the tournament’s opening night.


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