Matchday Preview: Red Stars vs Thorns



2021 NWSL Regular Season, Match 20

Chicago Red Stars vs Portland Thorns FC

SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, IL

September 25, at 7:00 P.M. CT

CHICAGO - The Chicago Red Stars come back home to take on Portland Thorns FC Saturday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Where to Watch

Stream: Paramount+, Twitch (international)

Broadcast: UniMás TV, TUDN and Univision Sports Radio WRTO 1200 AM

Previous Result CHI: Casey Krueger scored her first goal this season as the Red Stars tied Houston on the road 1-1 September 10. PDX: Portland won 1-0 on the road against the North Carolina Courage September 12.

Storylines

Back-line Finds The Back of The Net: Last game, defender Casey Krueger earned her first goal of the season by heading the ball past Houston’s Jane Campbell. In her fourth game back from the Olympics, Krueger has shown that she is a key member of the team on both sides of the pitch. While showing her strength on the attacking half, Krueger has been a rock on the back-line with two blocks, 10 interceptions and 22 clearances.

A Tale of Four Goalies: This match will feature different goalies for both teams since the inaugural match of the NWSL’s 2021 Regular Season. In the previous matchup between the Red Stars and the Thorns, the starting goalies were Alyssa Naher and Adrianna Franch. With Naher sustaining an injury at the Olympics and Franch traded mid-season to Kansas City, Cassie Miller or Emily Boyd will face off against Bella Bixby for the first time this season. In terms of statistics, Miller and Bixby are closely matched with each playing in 10 games this season with Miller having 21 saves and 25 saves for Bixby.

Las Estrellas Rojas: In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month the Chicago Red Stars match will be broadcasted for the first time on Univision channels. The Red Stars’ first Spanish-language coverage match will be broadcasted on UniMás TV and TUDN, or available to listen on Univision Sports Radio WRTO 1200 AM. There will also be activities for the fans at SeatGeek Stadium to learn more about Hispanic heritage.