Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit split points in 1-1 draw


The Red Stars and the Spirit traded late-game goals in a 1-1 draw Saturday night.

The first half of the match was relatively uneventful, with both sides battling for control over the midfield. The Spirit had a pair of chances on goal in the opening 45 minutes but were unable to capitalize on those opportunities, keeping the game scoreless at the break.

Things started to heat up in the second half, but the game wouldn’t truly open up until the final 15 minutes.

The first goal of the game came in the 85th minute off a well-timed run by Trinity Rodman. Rodman, beating the Spirit’s back line, got on the end a lofted ball from Andi Sullivan to split the center backs and nutmeg goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. The goal was Rodman’s first of the regular season.

The Red Stars responded only minutes later after Spirit defender Sam Staab was called for a handball inside the box. Morgan Gautrat converted from the line to put the game at 1-1 with only minutes left to play.

The tie puts Chicago at fourth in the NWSL standings and keeps Washington in third. The Red Stars will now head on the road to face OL Reign on Tuesday. The Spirit will travel to Kansas City for their matchup on June 26.