Preview: Red Stars vs. Reign FC
(July 11, 2014) – Emily Van Egmond and the Chicago Red Stars look to become the first this season to beat Seattle Reign FC when they host the league leaders Saturday night.
Van Egmond scored the lone goal for the Red Stars in the previous meeting between the two sides – a 3-1 Seattle victory in which the Reign broke the NWSL record for consecutive game unbeaten with their 11th straight game without a loss.
Seattle’s streak now stands at 16 games entering the match Saturday – the first of two games between the Reign and Chicago over the next nine days.
The goal against the Reign was the first of the season for Van Egmond, who joined the Red Stars after competing with the Australia Women’s National Team at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
The forward notched her second goal in six games for her new club when she stepped up to slot home an 86th-minute penalty as Chicago salvaged a 1-1 draw with Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday.
Midfielder and U.S. international Shannon Boxx made her debut this season in the game for the Red Stars following the birth of her daughter. She played 41 minutes before being substituted.
The Reign come into the game Saturday on the heels of their second consecutive victory – a 3-2 comeback win at home over the Boston Breakers in Week 13.
Seattle allowed the first goal for the seventh time in the last nine games, but rallied behind two goals from forward Naho Kawasumi and one by midfielder Kim Little.
The two-goal performance earned the Japan international NWSL Player of the Week honors, while Little’s goal was her league-leading 11th of the season.
The Scotland international is now just one goal shy of the single-season record set last year by FC Kansas City midfielder Lauren Holiday.
The game Saturday is the first for Seattle of two consecutive games against the Red Stars, while Chicago will face the Thorns in between the two matches.
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Photo courtesy of Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC