The Red Stars look set to improve on their third place finish of last year and determined to improve on their semi final heart ache. This is a team collectively strong across the whole park with no clear weak areas. If they continue with the form of last season there is no reason they can’t better their third place finish.
Also important to note is the abundance of Red Star players to have played in our local W-League. The list for the most recent season includes Katie Naughton, Danielle Colaprico and Sofia Huerta at Adelaide United, Arin Gilliland and Jen Hoy playing with Newcastle Jets and Vanessa DiBernardo representing Perth Glory.
Similar to the person at the finish line gloating about winning but forgetting to actually cross over the line until a competitor does so first, the Red Stars don’t know how to kill off a game. They can have complete control of a game but forget to be ahead by more than one goal, which can suck if those 90th minute goals occur against them.
Many teams are pushing for that third and forth place. Perhaps blinded by my bias, I don’t see CRS breaking into the top two places; those are spots solely reserved for NC Courage and Thorns. The expectations surrounding the Red Stars is high, with many expecting them to do well and a spot for the finals.
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