(July 3, 2014) - With one game on the schedule for the Fourth of July, here are the latest injury updates from both NWSL clubs in action.
Chicago Red Stars
OUT: Hayley Brock (tmj surgery), Samantha Johnson (facial lacerations and deviated septum)
Portland Thorns FC
DOUBTFUL: Katarina Tarr (left lateral meniscus surgery)
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(July 3, 2014) – Portland Thorns FC and the Chicago Red Stars square off on the Fourth of July as both teams look to position themselves for the playoff push.
The defending champion Thorns come into the contest on the heels of a 1-0 road loss to FC Kansas City in Week 12 – Portland’s fifth loss in the last seven games.
The slide has seen the Thorns fall to sixth in the standings, but Portland enters the match tied with the Red Stars and the Western New York Flash with 20 points this season.
The shutout loss was the fourth time this season the Thorns have been held off the score sheet, although Portland was shutout six times during the 2013 season that also saw them claim the inaugural NWSL Championship.
Goalkeeper and Germany international Nadine Angerer made four saves in the loss to FCKC.
Coach Paul Riley will be looking for another strong effort from Angerer and her backline, led by Rachel Van Hollebeke.
The U.S. international, who has made just two starts so far this season since recovering from a left ankle sprain, was instrumental in leading the Thorns to the second-best defense in the NWLS last season and Riley will be hoping she can produce a similar result this time around.
The match Friday marks the second straight season in which the Red Stars have played on the Fourth of July. Chicago won the holiday match last season with a 1-0 victory at home of the Western New York Flash.
The Red Stars come into Friday’s game having also been shutout by FC Kansas City in their last match.
The loss to FCKC was the second consecutive game Chicago was held without a goal. The Red Stars have gone 239 minutes since midfield Zakiya Bywaters scored the team’s last goal in a 2-2 draw against Sky Blue FC in a match that saw Chicago squander a two-goal lead.
The match Friday is the third straight away from home for the Red Stars, who return to Benedictine University Stadium for their next three games – which will see them take on the Thorns twice sandwiched around a matchup with league-leading Seattle Reign FC.
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