Tonight, the Washington Spirit (6-2-2, 20 points) face the Chicago Red Stars (5-3-3, 18 points) in a potentially decisive game that could reshuffle the NWSL standings. Chicago is currently in fourth place and with a win, the Red Stars could be tied for second place (with the tiebreakers in Western New York's favor) if the Western New York Flash lose their game tonight. For the Spirit, a win guarantees second place unless the Flash beat the Seattle Reign, who are rapidly improving.
Lately, Chicago has been struggling and the team has lost its past two games after being undefeated in its eight games prior. The Red Stars are 1-2-1 against current playoff teams whereas the Spirit are 1-1-0. The Spirit are 5-2-1 against Chicago in NWSL history.
Two players to watch for the Chicago Red Stars are Danielle Colaprico and Arin Gilliland. Colaprico is a versatile midfielder and was named Rookie of the Year last season. She's a box-to-box midfielder who can provide great service to her teammates. Both Colaprico and Gilliland are listed as probable for tonight's match with a left knee inflammation and a right ankle sprain, respectively. Gilliland is a second-year left back who can be potent up front as well, and her overlapping runs are a big part of how the Red Stars attack.
Location: Maryland Soccerplex (Boyds, MD)
Kick-off time: 7:00pm Eastern
Available TV: None
Available streaming: NWSL Soccer, free and non geo-blocked
Treat this as the gamethread for tonight's match