Mallory Pugh is third in the NWSL in goals with six in seven games. The Red Stars host NWSL leader San Diego at Soldier Field on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva
Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars’ Pugh, Waves’ Morgan headline battle at Soldier Field
By Jeff Vorva
Two of the three best goal-scorers in the NWSL were teammates for most of July as members of the United States Women’s National Team.
Now they are back in the league after leading their country to a Summer Olympics bid, and will face each other right off the bat in a battle that has the potential to change things at the top of the standings.
Alex Morgan of the league-best San Diego wave leads the NWSL with 11 goals, while Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Pugh is third with six, despite both players missing a handful of league games while playing for the red, white and blue.
San Diego visits the Red Stars at 7 p.m. Saturday at Soldier Field in the Stars’ only home game away from SeatGeek Stadium this season. It’s a part of a pro-soccer doubleheader, with the MLS’s Chicago Fire opening the action against Atlanta United at 4 p.m.
The Wave is an expansion team that has done just about everything right this year, racking up a 6-3-4 mark and 22 points, good for first place. The Red Stars are not far behind in third at 5-2-5 and 20 points.
Morgan is a world-class player, to be sure, but never has had a season like this. Her 11 goals in 10 games is off the charts. Even in college, she didn’t have numbers like that, as she scored 45 goals in 67 appearances for Cal.
Pugh has six goals in seven games after coming into the season with 10 career goals in 40 appearances in NWSL play. She hasn’t been this red-hot since scoring 15 goals in 12 games for the United States U17 team in 2013-2014.
The U.S. won an Olympic bid for the 2024 Games in Paris after winning the CONCACAF W championship with a 1-0 victory over Canada on July 18, with Morgan scoring the lone goal. In the final round, the U.S. went 5-0 with five shutouts, with Red Stars goalie Alyssa Naeher notching two of them, including the victory over Canada.
San Diego is one of just two teams to beat the Red Stars this season, winning 2-1 in California on May 15. Morgan scored in that game, and Red Stars rookie Ava Cook scored her first NWSL goal.
Fire returns to the Geek
The Chicago Fire return to SeatGeek Stadium for two MLS games this season when Soldier Field will be unavailable because of Bears games.
The Fire play Inter Miami CF at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and the New England Revolution at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Bridgeview.
Per the lease agreement with Soldier Field, the Fire can not play games at the venue within five days of a Bears home game. The Bears are scheduled to play regular season games at Soldier Field on Sunday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 13.
For the change-of-venue matches, season ticket holders will receive vouchers on their Chicago Fire FC accounts. These can be applied toward the matches at SeatGeek Stadium or another match at Soldier Field for the 2022 season only.
Tickets were scheduled to go on sale to the general public on Wednesday through Ticketmaster. Single-game customers who previously purchased tickets through Ticketmaster will receive a refund and can purchase new tickets for the rescheduled matches. All other customers should contact their point of purchase for information regarding their tickets.
The Fire played in Bridgeview from 2006-2019 and owned a 101-54-74 home record in that span. Since the Fire left town, they returned to Bridgeview once, on Sept. 29, 2021, because of a Bears conflict. In that match they knocked off New York City FC 2-0 and despite the triumph, the team fired coach Raphael Wicky hours after that contest.
Fire II back to work
After a week off, the MLS NEXT Pro league’s Fire II visit Rochester at 6 p.m. Saturday. The team will spend some time on the road before returning to Bridgeview on Aug. 20 against New York City.
Girls Bowling | Richards wins regional; Shepard’s Kahlen Ranson rolls to individual title
Spread the loveBy Mike Walsh Correspondent Screaming and cheering parents and friends expressing their staunch support for their bowlers. Teammates fervently hoping for an opportunity to advance to sectional competition next weekend. For good measure, not one but two gender-reveal parties getting ready to begin a few lanes away. Quite a vibrant atmosphere for a…
Cheerleading State Finals: Sandburg takes fourth behind conference rivals
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer BLOOMINGTON — Sandburg’s competitive cheerleaders finished fourth in a state finals competition that looked a lot like a SouthWest Suburban Conference meet. At least it did for the Large Team division competition, in which the top five finishers hail from the SWSC. The 2023 state finals were held…
Area Sports Roundup | Nazareth girls clinch conference crown with win over Carmel
Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Nazareth’s girls basketball team is eyeing a Class 3A state championship after finishing second to Carmel a season ago. The Roadrunners whipped the Corsairs, 48-24, Feb. 4 to win the East Suburban Catholic Conference for the second straight year. It marked coach Ed Stritzel’s 400th career victory. Nazareth…
Girls Bowling | Reavis wins second straight regional crown; Argo’s Sara Flynn take indie title
Spread the loveBy Mike Walsh Correspondent Two years, two consecutive regional championships for Reavis’ girls bowling team. The Rams made it back-to-back titles in an impressive manner, topping the 13-team field at the Reavis Regional with a pinfall total of 4847, topping second-place Argo (4684) by 163 pins at Palos Lanes in Palos Hills Reavis…
Countryside plans summer concert series, bluegrass festival
Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch It might be winter, but it’s never too soon to talk about summertime music. Such was the case Jan. 11 when the Countryside City Council’s Special Events Committee heard from promoter Katie Goggin regarding the city’s annual Summer Concert Series. The committee also heard about the second annual Bluegrass and Brews Festival…
Porfirio resigns township post to take Senate seat
Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch Mike Porfirio is now a state senator and the Township of Lyons Board of Trustees has a vacancy. Porfirio submitted his resignation as a trustee, which was accepted by the board at its Jan. 10 meeting. Porfirio was elected to the Illinois Senate in November, and was sworn in as…
Drone takes McCook crime fighting to new level
Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch The McCook Police Department has a new weapon to fight crime. A new drone equipped with an infrared camera and the ability to zoom in 200 times was at the village’s latest board meeting on Jan. 17. The village used part of a $50,000 grant from the Secretary of State’s…
Super Hero fun at Our Lady of the Snows
Spread the love Catholic Schools Week was plenty of fun this year at Our Lady of the Snows School, as students were encouraged to dress as a super hero. Parents interested in checking out the school, 4810 S. Leamington, for 2023-24 are encouraged to call (773) 735-4810. – Supplied photo
System is rigged against regular folks
Spread the love. By Ray Hanania Consumers are reeling over massive increases in Nicor Gas costs, and they can’t get answers because the system is rigged against them. Nicor Gas is owned by a massive conglomerate called Southern Gas, which has four gas subsidiaries serving 4.2 million customers. Nicor is the largest serving 2.2 million…
Tri-State lane closures start Monday as area ramps prepare to reopen
Spread the loveOvernight lane closures are scheduled next week to shift traffic on Interstate 55 and on the northbound Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294) between Willow Springs Road and Plainfield Road and reopen the ramp connecting northbound I-294 to southbound I-55 and Wolf Road. On Monday, February 6, beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing until 5…
CAPITOL RECAP: Supreme Court ruling strengthens internet privacy law
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD — People who’ve been subject to fingerprinting, face or retinal scans as either employees or customers of Illinois companies have five years to file lawsuits if they believe the business violated a stringent state privacy law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled this week. It’s the latest in a handful of…
Pritzker announces $40 million grant program to promote development-ready ‘megasites’
By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday announced the creation of a $40 million grant program to incentivize the creation of large development-ready areas known as “megasites” across the state. Megasites are large swaths of land, developed to attract businesses such as manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers.…
Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling
By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – People who’ve been subject to fingerprinting, face or retinal scans as either employees or customers of Illinois companies have five years to file lawsuits if they believe the business violated a stringent state privacy law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled this week. It’s the latest in…
Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker this week asked the College Board for more information about its reasoning for changing the final framework of a new Advanced Placement course in African American studies after it had been criticized by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Although we are pleased to…
Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages
By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois schools are still grappling with a teacher shortage that seems to only be getting worse, a recent survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools shows. This mirrors the state’s own data, which shows Illinois’ teacher shortage is at the highest level in…
Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May
By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol news Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Exactly 38 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Illinois will no longer be under a disaster proclamation as of May 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday. That’s the same day President Joe Biden will end the national public health emergency, which…
CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD — A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only to the 800…
Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only…
Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced Tuesday that Elgin-based School District U-46 Superintendent Tony Sanders will become the next state superintendent of education. Sanders, 53, will succeed Carmen Ayala, who announced in November that she would retire effective Jan. 31. ISBE said Sanders will take…
Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Sustained higher-than-predicted state tax revenues have in recent months given lawmakers a level of budgeting flexibility that is, at least in modern times, without precedent in a state with a reputation for perilous finances. For the current fiscal year and the one before it, that’s led…