Milazzo makes regular-season debut, Red Stars fall 5-0 to Portland
CHICAGO (May 16th, 2021) - Tatumn Milazzo entered the game at halftime to make her first NWSL regular-season appearance as the Chicago Red Stars drop their season opener to the Portland Thorns 5-0.
KEY MOMENTS 4’ - Portland scores off an own goal from Tierna Davidson
13’ - Christine Sinclair scores a penalty to give Portland their second
16’ - Sophia Smith scores to put Portland up by three
30’ - Smith scores her second for Portland’s fourth
45’ - Tatumn Milazzo subs into the game to start the second half, making her first career regular-season appearance
72’ - Tyler Lussi scores to give Portland their fifth goal
Tatumn Milazzo’s year of firsts continued in the season opener, subbing in at the half and making her first career regular-season appearance. Milazzo totaled 31 touches, eight duels, three tackles, and two clearances in the second half of Sunday night’s contest.
Casey Krueger played a full 90 minutes Sunday night, battling through an injury knock late in the game. Krueger led the team in touches with 67 and had an 80% success rate in duels, adding to her 36 passes (one off the team high), three clearances, and two interceptions on the defensive side of the field.
The Red Stars make their long-anticipated return in front of their fans this Saturday, May 22nd against NJ/NY Gotham. It will mark the first time Chicago will have fans in attendance since the 2019 NWSL semi-final and features a kit unveiling that fans won’t want to miss. For more information about tickets, click here.
The Chicago Red Stars return home and play their first regular-season game at SeatGeek Stadium as they take on Gotham FC on Saturday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Portland Thorns vs Chicago Red Stars
May 16, 2021
Providence Park (Portland, OR)
Goals by Half 1 2 F
Portland Thorns 4 1 5
Chicago Red Stars 0 0 0
POR: Davidson (4’, own goal), Sinclair (13’), Smith (16’, 30’), Lussi (72’)
POR: GK Franch, D Westphal, D Sauerbrunn, D Hubly, D Klingenberg (Pogarch 82’), M Horan (Boureille 83’), M Sinclair, M Rodriguez (Salem 62’), F Weaver (Lussi 62’), F Dunn, F Smith (Charley 62’)
CHI: GK Naeher, D Wright (Milazzo 45’), D Gorden, D Davidson, D Krueger, M Ertz (Hill 29’), M Colaprico (Stanton 82’), M DiBernardo, F Pugh, M Johnson (Woldmoe 45’), F Watt