The Chicago Red Stars (2-4-1) pulled off what could easily be the upset of the season after defeating FC Gold Pride (5-2-0) 1-0 in front of 3,845 fans at Toyota Park.
After going through a tough week (head coach Emma Hayes was fired and General Manager Marcia McDermott took over for now), and running on a losing record, the Red Stars were able to end FC Gold Pride's five-game winning streak with a good fight.
The Pride currently sit atop the standings with 15 points, and are a favorite to win it all the year, but the Red Stars showed up to give their loyal fans their first home win this season.
After many unfinished chances or weak attacks fro both team Kosovare Asllani finally scored the lone goal, and first of her WPS career, for the Red Stars in the 52nd minute. Marian Dalmy kicked a low cross into the box, which Asllani was able to deflect towards the goal.
After a few more opportunities from both teams, time finally ran out and the Stars were able to celebrate their first home win with their fans.
"We will just need keep on working and improving as a team," said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya after Saturday's match. "We have to continue playing with what got us into first place. We'll just regroup and get back to the way we know how to play."
Two of the world's best currently active strikers in Christine Sinclair and Abby Wambach, who have scored 208 international goals between them, will go head to head next week as the Pride hosts the Washington Freedom on June 5 at 7pm PT.
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