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Unlikely or fittingly Chicago? Bianca St. Georges leaves her mark on NWSL Challenge Cup

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It’s fair to say that when the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup kicked off in June, most fans had never heard of Bianca St. Georges. On Wednesday night, she helped propel the Chicago Red Stars into the tournament final.

A 2019 draft pick, St. Georges never took the field last season due to a series of knee surgeries and nagging injuries. But this year she got fit, impressed in the preseason, and finally got her chance — and it paid off in a big way.

Chicago has relied heavily on St. Georges during the Challenge Cup, especially as United States international Tierna Davidson’s injury has forced Sarah Gorden into the center of the defense for most of the tournament. And in Wednesday’s 3-2 Challenge Cup semifinal victory over Sky Blue, St. Georges proved herself invaluable — playing a role in all three Red Stars’ goals.

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