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Sam Kerr helps Chicago Red Stars earn 1-1 draw with North Carolina Courage

Sam Kerr’s second-half goal helped the Chicago Red Stars earn a 1-1 draw with the North Carolina Courage Friday night in front of an announced crowd of 3,567 in Bridgeview, Ill.

The Red Stars (7-4-8, 29 points) are now in fifth place in the NWSL table. Chicago is tied with Portland (8-6-5, 29 points) in points, but the Red Stars sit one win behind the Thorns.

The Courage (15-1-5, 50 points) already clinched the NWSL Shield and the only regular-season milestone left for North Carolina to chase is the best record in league history. The Courage need five more points to break the NWSL record for most points earned during a regular season, a mark set by the Seattle Reign in 2014 (54 points).

North Carolina opened the scoring early Friday, with Crystal Dunn weaving through pressure and delivering the ball to Jessica McDonald on the right flank. McDonald fired a cross that Debinha, who charged into the air and headed it past Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

Chicago got the equalizer in the second half.

In the 64th minute, Vanessa DiBernardo took a corner and Kerr headed it home past Courage goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland.

Both teams had chances to put away the game winner, but neither could finish. North Carolina ultimately took 18 shots, while Chicago fired 10. Naeher finished with three saves, while Rowland was not credited with any during the match.

The Courage will return home to host the Orlando Pride on Aug. 18, while the Red Stars will face the Seattle Reign on Aug. 15.

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