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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.

Next Game

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

Scoring Summary

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