San Diego Wave FC (6-5-2, 20 points) is back on the road for regular season play as they travel to take on the Chicago Red Stars (3-9-1, 10 points) this Saturday, July 1, at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill.. The match will air on Paramount+ with kickoff slated for 5:00 p.m. PT.
The all-time series currently sits at 3-0-0 (W-L-D) with the Wave coming out victorious in all regular season meetings. Last season, San Diego and Chicago met for the first time at Torero Stadium, where the Wave earned all three points in a 2-1 win. Forward Alex Morgan converted a penalty kick, while defender Kaleigh Riehl secured the win with a goal in the 89th minute. In the second match-up, the Wave shut out the Red Stars 1-0 at Soldier Field as then 17-year-old Jaedyn Shaw made her first professional appearance. Shaw not only became the second youngest player to appear in the NWSL at the time, but she scored the game-winning goal for San Diego, making her the youngest player to score in an NWSL debut.
The two teams met most recently for a high-scoring match at San Diego’s 2023 home opener on March 25 in front of 30,000+ fans. Chicago’s Yuki Ogimi Nagasato opened the scoring in the 18th minute, but forward Amirah Ali tied the game just four minutes later. The score was 2-2 by halftime and stayed even until the 89th minute when San Diego was awarded a penalty kick, resulting in a game-winning goal by Alex Morgan to secure the 3-2 win.
The Red Stars are coming off a 2-1 loss to NJ/NY Gotham FC on Sunday, marking their third straight loss while they currently sit in last place in the NWSL standings.
San Diego is coming off their second straight loss as they faced OL Reign on Saturday at Snapdragon Stadium. Forward Jaedyn Shaw put the Wave on the board two minutes after halftime in the 47th minute to score her fourth goal of the season, but ultimately, San Diego fell 1-2.
Saturday’s match against the Chicago Red Stars will be the first road match for the Wave since June 9. The Wave are unbeaten in their last four road matches in league play (W3 D1), delivering clean sheets in each match. San Diego is the third team in NWSL history to allow zero goals over four straight regular-season matches with no team having done so in five straight.