NWSL playoffs: Chicago Red Stars eliminate NJ/NY Gotham FC as Carli Lloyd's career comes to a close

Bridgeview, Illinois — The Chicago Red Stars beat NJ/NY Gotham FC, 1-0, in the quarterfinal of the NWSL playoffs on Sunday in front of 7,000 fans at SeatGeek Stadium. Red Stars forward Mallory Pugh, who made her very first profession playoff look, scored the only objective in the video game, which showed to be enough for Chicago as it advances to the semifinal next week versus the Portland Thorns. 

Gotham FC will head house removed from the postseason, which effetely closed the last chapter on Carli Lloyd’s storied profession. The 39-year-old Lloyd, who has actually won practically whatever on the field (2 World Cups, 2 Olympic golds), was accepted by gamers from both groups at the end of the match in what was the minute of the day.

The 2 sides played out another close, securely objected to match, with neither side totally taking control in the early parts for the very first half. Some disjointed play and a physical half added to some restricted search objective throughout the very first half. 

Second-half shift

Early warns were provided throughout the 2nd half as both groups made efforts to play themselves into the video game. After getting a yellow in the 51st minute, Red Stars midfielder Sarah Woldmoe pushed Gotham’s backline and served a help to Pugh who scored her very first NWSL playoff objective.

Chicago’s current kind heading into the playoffs has actually been a mix of protecting narrow leads, and the rest of the 2nd half was a comparable situation. As both clubs made more replacements in the 2nd half in an effort to made video game changes, the Red Stars had the ability to stay orderly defensively, while still promoting set pieces, and goalkeeper Cassie Miller protected a tidy sheet. 

“I thought she did such a phenomenal job today of coming off her line and getting the ball and she’s grown,” stated Red Stars center back Sarah Gorden of Miller’s play. 

“I feel so comfortable. Like I know where she’s gonna be now … that kind of relationship takes time and now it’s all about finding how we can best support each other.”  

Miller needed to enter the beginning goalkeeper function for Chicago over the summer season when U.S. nationwide group keeper Alyssa Naeher went out with an injury sustained in the Olympics. She showed up huge with her efficiency on Sunday. 


The narrow scoreline sufficed for the Red Stars, who will now head to Portland, Oregon, to deal with the Thorns in the semifinal on Nov. 7 on CBS Sports Network. The winner will reserve a ticket to the NWSL Championship in Louisville on Nov. 20.

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