• Connor Moore

Matchday Preview: Red Stars at Pride



2021 NWSL Regular Season, Match 24

Chicago Red Stars vs Orlando Pride

Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL October 29, at 6:00 P.M. CT

CHICAGO - The Chicago Red Stars wrap up the 2021 regular season in Florida as the team takes on the Orlando Pride Friday, October 29, at 6:00 p.m. CT.

Where to Watch

Stream: Twitch (global)

Previous Result CHI: Tierna Davidson forced a Kansas City own goal in the first half and Makenzy Doniak scored the eventual game-winner in the second as Chicago secured another three points Saturday, October 16.

ORL: Jodie Taylor was the lone Orlando goal scorer, finding the back of the net in the third minute as the Pride fell to Racing Louisville 3-1 Saturday, October 16.

Storylines

2021 Finale: The Chicago Red Stars and the Orlando Pride face off on Friday evening for the third time this season and the second time in as many weeks. It will be the first time the Red Stars travel to Orlando, with the previous two matches played at SeatGeek Stadium. Chicago won their October 13 match against the Pride by a score of 1-0.

Push to the Playoffs: Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Red Stars are right in the thick of the playoff push. After securing a total of six points out of a possible nine during the week of October 10, Chicago is now in full control of their playoff destiny as they take on an Orlando team who is mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. Pending the result Friday night, the Red Stars are also in contention to potentially host a quarterfinal round game Sunday, November 7.

League Leaders: The Red Stars, both as a team and with individual players, enter the final four days of the regular season among the league leaders in numerous categories. Mal Pugh and Kealia Watt are both among the league leaders in shots (both tied in fourth with 49), Watt is second in the league with shots on goal (29) and the entire team rounds out the top five in team shots on goal (108). Sarah Gorden is tied for most minutes played this season, joining Houston’s Katie Naughton as the only two players in the NWSL who have played every minute so far.