The Red Stars’ last standBy mwkajdas • Jul 21st, 2009 • Category: Also Noted
On Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Red Stars and Washington Freedom will be engaged in a battle to the death to save their playoff lives. For their part, the Red Stars will only be fighting to prevent mathematical elimination from post-season play. Realistically, their playoff chances evaporated over the past week when they lost back-to-back games against the Boston Breakers and FC Sky Blue, two teams they still had a chance to overtake in the WPS standings. They currently lurk in sixth place needing to make up five points and a differential of six goals in the three games they have remaining on their schedule. Good luck with that.
Things are not quite as bleak for the Washington Freedom. While lagging two points and a differential of three goals from playoff contention, they still have four games to play—two of those against teams they can catch in the playoff race. They also hold the advantage on the Red Stars this season, having defeated them twice while losing only one game. However, it should be noted that both Freedom victories were on their home pitch with the Red Stars playing short-handed due to red card violations. In their last encounter at Toyota Park just three weeks ago, the Red Stars, playing a full contingent for the whole ninety minutes, stunned the Freedom with a come-from-behind victory. The one ace-in-the-hole that could decide this game for the Freedom may be Abby Wambach, who should still be soaring after scoring her 100th career goal for the USWNT in a friendly match against Canada last Sunday. Let’s get ready to rumble!
If the drama of a death match is still not enough to put your butt in a seat at Toyota Park this Sunday, then consider that this will also be a “Green Game” for the Red Stars. For one magical afternoon, your Chicago Red Stars will be bedecked in verdant green jerseys that you can take home with you—if you are one of the winners of the silent auction being held to benefit the Chicago Red Stars Charitable Foundation. Can you really afford to miss this one-time opportunity to win a unique jersey that is sure to become an instant collector’s item? No, I didn’t think so.
If that’s still not enough incentive, the Red Stars are offering a $10 ticket for this game to the first 2500 fans who join their Facebook page. For complete details, go to http://www.facebook.com/chicagoredstars.