The Portland Thorns (1-0-0) head to Chicago to face the Red Stars (0-0-1) for a huge early season match between two perpetual playoff teams. Both teams spent much of last season integrating new players and have a period of consistency to look forward to this season (not counting the World Cup of course). Chicago have a whopping six players listed as questionable for this game, including Morgan Brian, who has struggled with injury off and on ever since being one of the most important players for the USWNT at the 2015 World Cup.
Chicago head coach Rory Dames (he of the hoodie collection) celebrates his ninth year coaching the Red Stars this year, and it could be his most talented squad ever.
How to Watch
How to watch: Yahoo Sports, NWSLSoccer.com for international viewers
Where: SeatGeek Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
When: Saturday, April 20, 12:30pm PT
Portland Thorns: 1-0-0, 2nd place in the NWSL, won 2-0 at Orlando Pride
Chicago Red Stars: 0-0-1, 6th place in the NWSL, drew 1-1 at North Carolina Courage