Children’s Mercy Park | Kansas City, Kansas – Saturday, October 7 at 8:00 PM ET
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With the opening goal against Washington on Saturday, Kansas City midfielder Debinha is tied for third for the most goals in Current history with 11 in all competitions despite playing in just 20 games and 1613 minutes. Her 0.61 goals per 90 minutes are the most in club history, and her eight goals this year (two penalties) lead the way for her side. The only other players have to have scored three or more goals on the year are forwards Cece Kizer (5) and Michelle Cooper (3).
Chicago midfielder Bianca St-Georges scored the only goal of the game against Louisville, her third goal this season. Entering this year, the 2019 draft pick had scored two career goals in the NWSL regular season but has flourished playing in an advanced role out wide. The Red Stars are led in scoring by forward Ella Stevenswith four goals (one penalty) and St-Georges is one of four players to have scored three goals on the year to share the load.
Match facts: An incredibly entertaining NWSL season enters its penultimate weekend of action with the Kansas City Current facing the Chicago Red Stars as both sides aim to finish the season on a positive note. Kansas City is in last place with 22 points from 20 games played and are eliminated from playoff contention, while Chicago are in 11th place with 24 points from 20 games played.
The Current have gone 15 straight games at home without a draw (W8 L7) going back to mid-September of last season. That’s the longest streak of home games without a draw in team history in all competitions, and one game behind the NWSL record set by the Courage and Boston Breakers (16) in all competitions.
Meanwhile, the Red Stars extended a season-long unbeaten streak to four games with a win over Louisville on Saturday (W2 D2). The only season where Chicago did not reach at least a five-game unbeaten streak in league play in team history was their first season in NWSL in 2013.
Despite failing to score over the past two Challenge Cup games against the Current – the first clean sheets held by Kansas City in the fixture – Chicago has five wins to Kansas City’s three in all competitions (D3). However, in league play, the Red Stars have never lost to the Current (W5 D1).