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NWSL Sunday: Red Stars put on a show in 3-0 victory over Houston

Sam Kerr
Photo copyright by Daniela Porcelli.

Chicago Red Stars 3, Houston Dash 0

The Chicago Red Stars have been on an unusual streak. Instead of compiling wins, the Red Stars have been scratching their heads and dropped their last three matches. In the middle of a tight race for the NWSL playoffs, the Red Stars hosted the Houston Dash on Sunday afternoon, desperately looking for a victory. They got their wish, as Sam Kerr and Savannah McCaskill found the back of the net to give the Red Stars a 3-0 victory.

It didn’t take long for Chicago to score. After a goal for Vanessa DiBernardo was disallowed in the 3rd minute, Kerr found the back of Jane Campbell’s net in the 7th minute. Her goal was assisted by Morgan Brian, who recently returned from national team action with the United States.

Kerr found the back of the net again, right before the halftime whistle blew. This time assisted by Yuki Nagasato, Kerr dribbled the ball into the box and blasted it past Campbell. In the second half, Savannah McCaskill found herself in a one-on-one situation with defender Amber Brooks and slot her shot past Campbell.

With the gap long for the Dash to come back, they did have a chance to pull one back CeCe Kizer had the best chance for the Dash late in the match, but saw her shot smack off the crossbar. Before Kizer’s play, the Red Stars had a chance for a fourth goal, but Yuki Nagasato saw her penalty saved by Campbell.

With the victory, Chicago now sits in third place, hopping over the Utah Royals FC. The Royals picked up a win over Portland on Friday, but Chicago’s three points gives them 32 points in the standings.

Chicago will take on the Orlando Pride, who fell to Reign FC in a late match on Saturday, on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Dash will look to rebound against the Royals on Friday night at 8:30 p.m.

Goal Summary

  • Chicago Red Stars (Sam Kerr, 7′)
  • Chicago Red Stars (Sam Kerr, 44′)
  • Chicago Red Stars (Savannah McCaskill, 65′)

Caution Summary

  • Houston Dash (Lindsey Agnew, 40′)
  • Chicago Red Stars (Yuki Nagasato, 90′)

— Rachael McKriger

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