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Red Stars equalize late to draw Reign 2-2

On Sunday evening, the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC drew 2-2 in front of 3,355 fans at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL.

Seattle opened the scoring in the 5th minute. Beverley Yanez sent a perfect pass through a number of Chicago defenders to Manon Melis, who calmly finished first time into the back of the net.

The Reign added to their lead through Lauren Barnes just minutes later. Seattle were awarded a free kick close to Chicago’s penalty area, and Barnes was able to curl the kick past keeper Alyssa Naeher.

Chicago pulled one back in the 27th minute when Sofia Huerta got on the end of a Vanessa DiBernardo corner kick at the back post. Huerta’s header beat Reign keeper Haley Kopmeyer.

The Red Stars equalized in the 79th minute, when Christen Press scored a penalty kick that was awarded to Chicago after Casey Short was clipped in the penalty area.

Both teams pushed for a goal in the closing minutes of the match, but neither could find a winner, and this one ended 2-2.

Throughout the match, Red Stars keeper Alyssa Naeher made several outstanding saves, her best just before half-time when she made a double save off on Yanez. Reign keeper Hayley Kopmeyer made a number of great saves herself.

Next up for the Red Stars is a match at home against FC Kansas City, while the Reign will travel to Washington to play the Spirit, both on Wednesday, September 7.


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