• Justin Wasik

Chicago City v. Chicago Dutch Lions: Match Preview

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

Record: Chicago City (1-0-1, 3 pts., -4 GD) v. Chicago Dutch Lions (1-1-1, 4 pts., -2 GD)

Kickoff Time & Location: June 12 @ 7p, Benedictine University

Chicago City is set to face their third opponent of the WPSL season as they will make the trek to Naperville to face Chicago Dutch Lions.

City’s last match ended in victory, a 2-1 win over Milwaukee Torrent on the South Side of Chicago last weekend. It was a great come-from-behind victory as City gave up the first goal early on. However, Mia Hollingsworth equalized just a handful of minutes later, with the winning goal coming in the second half to give City their first victory of the season.

“It was a big win against a team we always have tight games with,” City Head Coach Nick Mulvaney said. “It was not the prettiest of performances but when you win those games, it gives you more confidence that we can use to get over the line in other ways, which is good.”

City will certainly be confident after collecting their first three points of the season, especially after a tough loss to Red Stars Reserves in the first game of the season.

Now, City will focus its attention on Chicago Dutch Lions, a team that should provide another tough test. Dutch Lions will be at a slight disadvantage given they played more recently than City. However, their match on Wednesday night ended in a 3-1 victory over Green Bay Glory.

“They have come off a big win this week versus Green Bay and so it just shows the division is always hard to predict,” Mulvaney said. “But we will go into this game expecting another tough challenge and hope to come out on top.”

The Dutch Lions began their season in similar fashion to Chicago City, losing by four goals in their opening match to Red Stars Reserves. However, an excellent draw against Bavarians and the win against Green Bay has seen the Dutch Lions take four points into their upcoming match in Naperville.

When asked what his side could improve upon from their victory over the Torrent, Mulvaney stressed finishing the plethora of chances they have created. “We created a lot of good opportunities that we usually would take so this week has had an extra focus on [finishing].”

Those chances will certainly need to be capitalized on when facing a tough opponent and City will be hoping to do so and start a winning streak.

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