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 the Challenge Cup game on Saturday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. CT against Racing Louisville FC.

where to watch

Flow: Paramount+, Twitch (international)

Previous result

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

READ: Racing Louisville secured its first Challenge Cup win with a 3-0 win over Kansas City Current.

Scenarios

Pushing for the Playoffs: The Red Stars will play their final two Challenge Cup games on the road, starting with Saturday’s match at Louisville. After a firm three games, Chicago’s record is 1-1-1 at SeatGeek. With just 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.

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

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

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