Christie Pearce is expected to start for Sky Blue FC, which will try to end a 10-game winless streak at Chicago. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
CHICAGO – Incredible as it might seem, Sky Blue FC has never beaten the Chicago Red Stars since the National Women’s Soccer League began play in 2013.
The New Jersey side will have an opportunity to remedy that situation Sunday, when the two teams meet at Toyota Park at 6 p.m.
Sky Blue (5-4-1, 16 points) is 0-4-6 against its Windy City rivals, including a 0-1-4 mark here.
The Red Stars enter the game with a 5-2-2 mark and 17 points and a six-game unbeaten streak. Fans can catch the action live on NWSLsoccer.com or Go90.
“We are excited to get on the field in Chicago as we look to build upon last week’s performance,” Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly said. “We know there are many aspects of the game where we can improve. Preparation this week has gone very well, and we feel that we will get a positive outcome if we play to our true potential.”
Sky Blue FC enters the game on the heels of an impressive performance in Portland last Saturday. It raced out to a 1-0 lead 24 seconds after the opening whistle as Raquel Rodriguez finished a Sam Kerr feed for the fastest goal in league history. Kerr also put away two fine goals in the second half to lead Sky Blue FC to a 3-1 win, snapping the hosts’ eight-match home unbeaten streak.
Kerr earned NWSL player of the week honors as she brought her Sky Blue FC goal total to a team-record 15. She has 30 goals for her NWSL career, which is second-most among active players and third on the all-time league list.
Chicago enters the weekend on a six-game unbeaten streak, drawing with the Washington Spirit last Saturday at home, 1-1.
Sky Blue FC will return home to Yurcak Field to host the Orlando Pride for a 7 p.m. Wednesday kickoff.