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Match Preview: Red Stars Head to Houston in Search of Second Straight Win

The two sides met in the 2021 Challenge Cup, playing to a scoreless draw.


The Chicago Red Stars will be looking for a second straight win in the young NWSL season as they head south to take on the Houston Dash.

The two sides met a couple of months ago as they opened up the NWSL season in the first Challenge Cup game. The game was a relatively drab affair with both sides looking like it was their first match of the season.

The game did not go without controversy, however, as Sarah Gorden accused a Dash security officer of racially profiling her and her boyfriend for breaking Covid-19 rules. The league has since closed its investigation of the incident without any repercussions.

The Red Stars have moved forward, though, as they put together their most complete performance of 2021, a 2-0 win over Kansas City on Wednesday night. Kealia Watt and Makenzy Doniak got the two goals for the Red Stars who put together an excellent performance that deserved all three points.

As Chicago aims to get their second win of the season, the Second City Soccer crew takes you through everything you need to know for the upcoming match.


Chicago Red Stars: 1-1-1 (4pts.); -3 GD; 4th in NWSL

  • Form: L-D-W

Houston Dash: 0-1-2 (1 pt.); -2 GD; 10th in NWSL

  • Form: L-D-L

Fixture History:

  • Last match (April 9, 2021): Houston Dash 0-0 Chicago Red Stars
  • Overall Head-to-Head:
    • Houston: 3 wins
    • Chicago: 7 wins
    • 6 draws

Red Star to Watch: Vanessa DiBernardo

DiBernarndo was the WOTM on Wednesday night, leading the transition from the defensive half of the field and creating chances for others and herself.

The dynamic attacking midfielder has been instrumental this season and Wednesday night was no exception. DiBernardo attempted four shots, three of them on target. She also had a 77% passing accuracy and was pivotal in the Red Stars’ plan to press Kansas City high up the pitch and retain possession (Red Stars had 56% possession).

Photo: Kansas City Star

I love soccer. Write about Fire, Red Stars, U.S. National Teams, Chicago House, and more. Occasional writer for Bulls and Cubs. Follow me on Twitter (@just_wasik).

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