CHICAGO (May 22nd, 2021) - The Chicago Red Stars, debuting the new Momentum Jersey, consistently pressured the NJ/NY Gotham FC backline with 13 total shots in their first regular season game at home to earn a hard fought point in a scoreless draw.
KEY MOMENTS 25’ - Casey Short’s shot inside of the box gets blocked by the Gotham defense
27’ - Kealia Watt’s shot from outside of the box gets saved by Gotham’s Kailen Sheridan
32’ - Mallory Pugh’s shot just misses the top corner of the net
57’ - Rachel Hill cuts inside but narrowly misses the bottom corner of the net
79’ - Watt takes another shot from inside the box, but Sheridan just gets in front of the ball
88’ - Katie Johnson’s shot attempt from a Pugh cross rolls just past the far right post
Mallory Pugh consistently ran at the NJ/NY Gotham FC defense and gave the Red Stars multiple chances in the attacking third. Pugh would finish with 47 touches, three shots, three recorded key passes, 20 passes and four crosses with a total passing accuracy of 65%.
Kealia Watt proved to be another consistent threat for the Red Stars offensively, partnering with Pugh and Rachel Hill throughout the game to put pressure on Gotham’s defense. Watt led the team with five shots and finished with 19 passes for an accuracy percentage of 69.2% in the opposing half, 41 touches, and two interceptions and a clearances defensively.
Sarah Gorden and the Red Stars defensive line held Gotham’s offense to just seven shots total throughout the game while also aiding the attack. Gorden finished the game with two interceptions and a clearance defensively, 52 touches, a successful duel percentage of 75%, 28 passes, two crosses and a pass percentage in the opposing half of 66.7%.
Saturday night saw the completion of a Red Stars trilogy. What started with the Elevated Kit in 2019 and then the unveiling of last year’s Neighborhood Kit, Chicago officially debuted the new Momentum Kit in front of their home crowd. To purchase your own Momentum Jersey, visit shopredstars.com.
The Red Stars travel to Kansas City to take on Kansas City NWSL on Wednesday, May 26th at 7 PM CT.
Chicago Red Stars vs Gotham FC May 22, 2021 SeatGeek Stadium (Bridgeview, IL)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Chicago Red Stars 0 0 0
NJ/NY Gotham 0 0 0
Discipline Report NJNY: Viens 42’ (yellow), Purce 73’ (yellow) CHI: Sharples 69’ (yellow), Colaprico 85’ (yellow)
NJ/NY: GK Sheridan, D Dydasco (Flores 76’), D Freeman, D Johnson, D Skroski (Lee 60’), M Long, M Lloyd, Cudjoe, F Monaghan (Kawasumi 76’), F Viens (Onumonu 59’), F Purce
CHI: GK Naeher, D Krueger, D Sharples, D Davidson, D Gorden, M DiBernardo, M Gautrat, M Colaprico, F Hill (Johnson 81’), F Watt, F Pugh