From break to busy, Red Stars to play three games in eight days
By Jeff Vorva
After two weeks away from competition, the Chicago Red Stars begin a three-game-in-eight-days stretch this weekend.
The NWSL took time off because many of their players were with their respective Olympic teams. That list includes Red Stars goalie Alyssa Naeher and defender Tierna Davidson representing the United States, and Bianca St. Georges representing Canada.
The Red Stars (2-2-1, sixth place) will get back to the pitch hosting Washington (2-1-2, third place) at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.
They will follow that with a visit to Seattle to face OL Reign (1-2-1, eighth place) on Tuesday, June 22, then it’s back home for a battle with Racing Louisville FC (1-2-1, ninth place) on Saturday, June 26.
The depth of the team will have to come through in these matches and the national/international players may not play or play sparingly.
The United States beat Portugal, 1-0, on June 10 and Jamaica, 4-0, on June 13 in a pair of friendlies to warm up for the Olympics.
Naeher recorded the shutout in the first game and Davidson subbed in at the 79-minute mark. Naeher sat the second game and Davidson played the full game.
Carli Lloyd, who played at SeatGeek Stadium for Gotham against the Red Stars on May 22, scored the first goal of the Jamaica game in the first minute, and in doing so became the oldest U.S. Women’s National Team player to score, at 38 years and 332 days.