Chicago Red Star’s Katie Johnson On NWSL Challenge Cup

The Chicago Red Stars are just one of the last groups staying in the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup as well as forward Katie Johnson is excited about the team’s possibility to win a champion in 2020.

The Red Stars shed in the title match in 2015 against North Carolina and they have an opportunity to return to the last game once again. They’ll have to go via Sky Blue FC in Wednesday evening’s semifinal at 10 p.m. EST/PST on CBS All Access. Johnson was when a participant of the New Jersey football group, so this is mosting likely to indicate a little bit more for her.

” I believe it’s in the back of your head a bit,” said Johnson in a meeting with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “I believe the team has actually also altered a whole lot because I’ve been there. It’s absolutely a different team and also club. I’m thrilled to play them, yet I’m not also in my head about it. It’s just one more video game to win. Hopefully we can pull through. It’s wonderful to see pals as well as acquainted faces, however at the end of the day you are contending versus them.”

The Red Stars really did not play Sky Blue FC during the knockout phase and also each group has two goals in five video games. Among the huge advantages for Chicago is the existence of U.S. Women’s National group celebrity Julie Ertz. While Johnson has played with a ton of skilled players, no person contrasts to Ertz.

” I assume it’s her focus to information,” stated Johnson. “She wants to do added and also urges all of us to do it. Also the other day we were seeing additional movie as well as she started that. It’s simply an extra intend to improve and likewise simply make the whole team better. She’s constantly bringing a passion and communicating to the game, which differs any individual else as well as she does it all the time.”

 pic-60154-text-HERRIMAN, UT– JULY 01: Katie Johnson # 33 of Chicago Red Stars at work during a video game against the Portland Thorns FC.

The champion of the Chicago/Sky Blue competition will certainly move onto the champion match on Saturday. While the NWSL Challenge Cup quarterfinals just included one objective total in 4 video games, Johnson states it will not take much for Chicago to progress if they obtain a little offending aid on Wednesday evening.

” When the season is cut a little much shorter you have a little bit even more danger for injury, which we’ve seen throughout this competition,” stated Johnson. “There’s exchange for each and every. I’m pleased that we’ve made it this much and that we’re able to complete as well as play. It’s a respectable situation. Throughout the competition, a great deal of teams have actually struggled to rack up as well as demonstrates how wonderful the defense on every team is. Ideally, we can obtain some goals in the next video games and also I don’t assume anybody is mosting likely to score versus us.”

Watch the NWSL Challenge Cup on CBS All Access.

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