Match Preview: Louisville vs Chicago



2022 NWSL Challenge Cup, Match 5

Chicago Red Stars vs Racing Louisville FC

Lynn Family Stadium, Louisville, Ky.

April 16, at 6:30 P.M. CT

 

The Chicago Red Stars continue Challenge Cup play Saturday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. CT against Racing Louisville FC.

Where to Watch

Stream: Paramount+, Twitch (international)

Previous Result

CHI: The Red Stars swept the Challenge Cup series against Houston with a 2-0 win against the Dash.

LOU: Racing Louisville got their first win of the Challenge Cup with a 3-0 win against the Kansas City Current.

Storylines

Pushing for Playoffs: The Red Stars will play their final two matches of the Challenge Cup on the road, starting with Saturday’s game in Louisville. After a three-game homestead, Chicago’s record is 1-1-1 at SeatGeek. With only one away game so far in the Challenge Cup, the Red Stars are 1-0-0 on the road. If Chicago can stay atop the central division, the Red Stars will play in the Challenge Cup semifinals.

One Goal: The last matchup between Chicago and Louisville ended in a 0-0 draw. Both the Red Stars and Racing Louisville have each scored six goals so far in the Challenge Cup. In the game on March 30, there were 13 shots for the Red Stars and 10 for Racing Louisville. With both teams looking to make it into the next round, fans can expect more urgency from both sides.

Magnificent Mal: Mallory Pugh has 4 goals in the Challenge Cup this year for the Red Stars, and currently leads the league in goals. She also has scored 4 goals and tallied 3 assists for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) since January. In the last USWNT match against Uzbekistan, Pugh played all 90 minutes, earned 3 assists and scored 1 goal.