Erica Skroski and her Sky Blue FC will try for their first win for the 17th time this season. (Jeff Auger Photo)
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sky Blue FC again will try to win its first game of the season when it visits the Chicago Red Stars in the lone National Women’s Soccer League match of the weekend.
Sky Blue Blue (0-13-3, 3 points), which will try to snap a four-game losing streak, will play the Red Stars (7-4-7, 28) at Toyota Park at 8 p.m. ET (NWSLsoccer.com).
“Our goal is to build off the match against Portland last weekend,” Sky Blue FC Denise Reddy said. “In that game, we were able to put forth one of our most complete performances of the season on both sides of the ball. We now look to continue that momentum on Saturday, and we feel confident in our ability to get a result in Chicago.”
The game will mark the third and final pairing of the season between the teams. The two clubs met in April at Toyota Park, playing to 1-1 draw. Chicago struck in the first minute via an Alyssa Mautz to Sofia Huerta connection. Sky Blue FC kept the scoresheet clean the rest of way, responding with an equalizer in the 78th minute when Katie Johnson feed Savannah McCaskill.
The two teams played earlier this month at Yurcak Field, with the Red Stars claiming a 3-1 result behind a Sam Kerr hat-trick. After falling behind 3-0, Imani Dorsey pulled one back for Sky Blue FC in the 73rd minute when she finished a McCaskill feed for her first professional goal.
Sky Blue FC fell to Portland Thorns FC last weekend at home, 2-1. The New Jersey side held an 18-8 shot advantage and saw two potential equalizers hit the woodwork in the second half. Dorsey scored the lone goal in the 27th minute, who put away a McCaskill assist.
The Red Stars enter the match on a two-game winning streak after edging Seattle Reign FC two weeks ago at Toyota Park, 1-0.
Both teams will miss key players on international duty this weekend. Sky Blue FC will be without the services of Carli Lloyd (U.S.) and Katie Johnson (Mexico), and Chicago will miss Morgan Brian (U.S.), Julie Ertz (U.S.), Kerr (Australia), Alyssa Naeher (U.S.) and Casey Short (U.S.) while compete in the 2018 Tournament of Nations.
Sky Blue FC will return home to Yurcak Field Saturday, Aug. 11, hosting the Houston Dash for a 7 p.m. kickoff at its Champion! Women Night.