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5 numbers to know ahead of kickoff

Thorns Match Preview - CRS - 5-26-23
The stats to know as the Thorns host the Chicago Red Stars

As the NWSL season continues, the Portland Thorns prepare to host the struggling Chicago Red Stars at Providence Park this Sunday. With the Thorns currently sitting in fourth place after a recent defeat, and the Red Stars in 12th following a winless streak, this match could be crucial for both teams' momentum.

Here are five stats to know ahead of this intriguing encounter:


Portland Thorns have an impressive 11-game regular season home unbeaten streak against Chicago Red Stars (W8 D3). The only longer regular season home unbeaten streak by one team against another is Portland's 12-game run against Washington.


Christine Sinclair has netted 16 goals against the Red Stars, the most by any player against a single opponent in NWSL history. However, she failed to score against Chicago in both meetings last year.


Chicago Red Stars have lost a club-record six consecutive road matches in all NWSL competitions, conceding multiple goals in each defeat. Their only win in the last 11 away games came against Racing Louisville in August 2022.


The Thorns' recent loss to Houston Dash marked the end of their 57-game unbeaten streak when leading at halftime in all competitions. Portland will be keen to bounce back and begin a new run of dominance.


Penelope Hocking, one of Chicago Red Stars' leading scorers, attempted eight of the team's 12 shots in their defeat against Louisville. This is the second-highest number of shots in one of a player's first 10 career NWSL games, behind only Megan Rapinoe's nine attempts in June 2013.