The Chicago Red Stars defeated the Washington Spirit 2-0 Sunday to extend the team’s point streak to four games and putting them in 4th place in the NWSL.
Defender Brooke Elby made her Red Stars debut against the Spirit this Sunday after being traded by the Utah Royals and is bringing all she can to the table for this team’s playoff push.
“I think I can provide legs and I can be used wherever needed. I’m pretty versatile so I can come in wherever Rory [Dames] sees fit,” Elby said.
The team has been getting players back. Casey Short was put into the starting lineup yet again this Sunday after returning from injury and saw 60 minutes and scored a goal and Vanessa Dibernardo came in as a sub in the 2nd half for the third time since returning from injury and midfielder Morgan Brian, who has struggled with injuries for the past two years returned to the lineup as well.
“It has been a rough two years but I’m sticking with it. I’m not going to give up and it’s something we love to do and play soccer so I’m glad I could get on the field,” Brian said of her setbacks.
The Red Stars have nine games remaining this season and are stuck in the middle of a tight race for playoff contention and need all the points they can get at this point in the year.
“I think once you start to go down the stretch, every win is a big win,” head coach Rory Dames said.
As the Red Stars continue their playoff push, they will play two more games in the next seven days one of them being against the best team in the league, the North Carolina Courage but they aren’t holding onto the match this Sunday and are already looking forward.
“This match is over, Wednesday’s the focus now,” Red Stars forward Sam Kerr said.