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Sports

Red Stars welcome U.S. star Wambach on Fourth of July

All-time women's leading scorer Abby Wambach, WNY Flash come to Lisle for 1 p.m. game

Lori Chalupny and the Red Stars return for a home game Thursday for the first time since June 19. Photo provided by Chicago Red Stars
Lori Chalupny and the Red Stars return for a home game Thursday for the first time since June 19. Photo provided by Chicago Red Stars

LISLE – The Chicago Red Stars will return home for the first time since June 19 when they host the Western New York Flash for a Fourth of July afternoon matinee.

Thursday’s game provides an opportunity to see U.S. Women’s National Team star Abby Wambach play in person. Wambach, who has scored a national team-record 152 goals in her international career, is a forward for the Flash.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

The Fourth of July game also will give Red Stars fans their first look at forward Adriana Leon, who was traded for defender Carmelina Moscato in a transaction with the Boston Breakers.

The Red Stars had three wins and a tie in their previous five games entering play Saturday, but they couldn’t find the winning touch against host Seattle Reign FC. The Red Stars fell, 3-1, in the National Women’s Soccer League game.

After a scoreless first half, the Reign took a 2-0 lead early in the second half. Michelle Wenino scored in the 87th minute to halve the deficit for Chicago (3-3-6), but Seattle (2-2-9) added an insurance goal moments later to seal the outcome.

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