Seventh Season set for Red Stars


Red Stars lineup for a match against Houston (Picture by Jose Castellanos).

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have released their full fixture list for their seventh season as well as who will be the Game of the Week on Lifetime. Red Stars fans will get no fewer than eight chances to see their team on Lifetime this season.

First for the Red Stars, it was announced that they would start at Houston and against former Red Stars Christen Press on Sunday, March 25th, at 4pm at BBVA Compass Stadium. Their home opener is six days later against the Portland Thorns after the Fire take on the Portland Timbers in a doubleheader at Toyota Park.

April 14th marks the Red Stars’ first visit to Utah to take on the Royals at Rio Tinto Stadium. It is also the first of eight matches for the Red Stars that will be on Lifetime with pre-game starting at 2:30pm and kickoff at 2:50pm.

Vanessa DiBernardo of the Chicago Red Stars (Picture by Don MacGregor).

With the addition of the Utah Royals and the demise of both FC Kansas City and the Boston Breakers, it is a 24-game fixture list with each team playing the others three times. In the case of the Red Stars, they will host Portland, Houston, Sky Blue FC, and Orlando twice while they will visit Washington, Utah, Seattle, and North Carolina twice.

March 25th is the earliest that the Red Stars have begun a season. They will have eight Saturday home games, two on Wednesday, and one each on Friday and Sunday. The distribution is similar on the road with the exception of there being two Sunday road games and none on Friday.

Once again, the Red Stars will end the regular season on multiple road matches. Last year, there were three road matches to end the season (four if you count the semifinal against North Carolina). This season, the Red Stars will conclude the regular season with four away matches. Below is the full-fixture list for the Red Stars in 2018 with matches on Lifetime marked with an asterisk (*):

Date                            Time (CT)       Opponent
Mar 25, 2018            4:00 PM         @ Houston Dash

Mar 31, 2018            7:15 PM                 Portland Thorns FC

Apr 14, 2018            2:30 PM         @ Utah Royals*

Apr 18, 2018            6:30 PM         Houston Dash

Apr 21, 2018            7:00 PM         Sky Blue FC

Apr 28, 2018            6:00 PM         @ Washington Spirit

May 2, 2018             6:30 PM         Orlando Pride

May 6, 2018             2:00 PM         @ North Carolina Courage

May 12, 2018            7:00 PM         Houston Dash

May 19, 2018            9:00 PM         @ Seattle Reign

May 26, 2018            2:30 PM         Orlando Pride*

Jun 2, 2018             2:30 PM         @ Washington Spirit*

Jun 16, 2018            2:30 PM         Portland Thorns FC*

Jun 23, 2018            7:00 PM         Utah Royals

Jul 1, 2018             5:00 PM         Washington Spirit

Jul 4, 2018             7:00 PM         @ North Carolina Courage

Jul 7, 2018             2:30 PM         @ Sky Blue FC*

Jul 14, 2018            7:00 PM         Seattle Reign

Jul 28, 2018            7:00 PM         Sky Blue FC

Aug 10, 2018            7:00 PM         North Carolina Courage

Aug 15, 2018            9:30 PM         @ Seattle Reign

Aug 18, 2018            2:30 PM         @ Portland Thorns FC*

Aug 25, 2018            2:30 PM         @ Orlando Pride*

Sep 8, 2018             2:30 PM         @ Utah Royals*


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