Sam Kerr Returns to Chicago

 Photo credit: Chicago Red Stars

Photo credit: Chicago Red Stars

After nearly a month absence, the 2017 NWSL MVP and 2018 Young Australian of the Year, Sam Kerr, has returned to Chicago and will immediately be placed back on the roster for the Red Stars.
 
Throughout April, Kerr competed with the Australian National Team in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. During the group stage, Kerr tallied three goals, helping propel Australia to top Group B, ultimately qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
 
During the Semifinals, Australia and Thailand were forced to a penalty kick shutout, where Kerr scored the game-winning penalty to send the Aussies to the Final.
 
Recently, Kerr has been a crucial part in leading Australia to a sixth-place FIFA Ranking, topping the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) above international women’s powerhouses in Japan and Korea DPR.

Not shy in the NWSL, Kerr experienced her best year yet during the 2017 season with Sky Blue FC. The star forward reached feats no other player has reached since the inception of the league, scoring the most goals in a single season (17) and the most goals in a single game (4). She currently holds the record for most goals in the NWSL with 43, surpassing soccer greats like Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair.
 
With Kerr’s return, Erin Yenney comes off the roster as a National Team Replacement for the Red Stars. The former University of Louisville midfielder earned 23 minutes of play, including time during the season opener in Houston, and struck a shot on frame that hit the crossbar.
 
After a road trip to Washington, Kerr and the Red Stars will return to Toyota Park for their second midweek game on Wednesday, May 2, to take on the Orlando Pride for the first time this season. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on NWSL app and go90 app.

Chicago Draws Sky Blue FC 1-1 at Home

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The Red Stars came away with a 1-1 draw against Sky Blue FC at Toyota Park, stretching a three-game undefeated streak. Sofia Huerta has scored in back-to-back games for her second goal of the season.
 
Chicago started things off right by notching their second quickest goal in club history. A Huerta cross found its way into the back of the net 44 seconds into the match.
 
Halfway through the first half, the Red Stars nearly widened the lead as a lob into the box was met by Yuki Nagasato. With a head flip backward, the ball bounced off the crossbar, falling into the goalkeeper’s hands.
 
Late in the first half, Michelle Vasconcelos almost found her first goal of her career after finding herself all alone in the box with Sky Blue keeper Kailen Sheridan. Taking a touch, Vasconcelos tried to chip the ball over Sheridan, but it wasn’t enough out of reach, being caught from close range.
 
With second half pressure, Vasconcelos received a lobbed ball over the backline. With a touch, the ball was deflected, but she regained possession and crossed it to wide-open Nagasato at the top of the box. Nagasato ran up on the ball, but the shot was just wide of the net.
 
New Jersey nearly found the equalizer, but Alyssa Naeher was called upon after Carli Lloyd created space in the box. Feet away from the goal, Naeher stepped off her line to meet the shot and deflected the ball out of danger, keeping the one goal lead for Chicago.
 
But Sky Blue came back and equalized in the 78th minute with their first goal of the season. Rookie Savannah McCaskill turned at the top of the box and struck it toward the net. Taking a slight deflection off a Chicago defender, the ball bounced out of reach of Naeher, finishing in the back of the net.
 
Chicago will be back on the road on Saturday, April 28, when the Red Stars head to Washington to take on the Spirit in their first contest of the season. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on the NWSL app and the go90 app.

- CHICAGO RED STARS MATCH REPORT -

 
MATCH: Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC
DATE: April 21, 2018
VENUE: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
KICKOFF: 7:00 p.m. CT
ATTENDANCE: 2,413
WEATHER: 41 degrees, cloudy
 
Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
CHI                               1          0          1
SBFC                            0          1          1
 
CHI - Sofia Huerta                                                       1’
SBFC - Savannah McCaskill (Katie Johnson)              78’
 
Chicago Red Stars Lineup: 1-Alyssa Naeher (capt.); 14-Sarah Gorden, 7-Taylor Comeau, 5-Katie Naughton, 3-Arin Gilliland; 24-Danielle Colaprico (13-Lauren Kaskie, 90), 2-Nikki Stanton, 11-Sofia Huerta; 4-Alyssa Mautz, 15-Michele Vasconcelos (19-Summer Green, 82) 12-Yuki Nagasato
Substitutes: 21-Emily Boyd, 25-Erin Yenney
Head Coach: Rory Dames
 
Sky Blue FC Lineup: 1-Kailen Sheridan; 8-Erica Skroski, 13-Rebekah Stott, 22-Mandy Freeman (14-Katyn Johnson, 66), 31-Christina Gibbons; 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 11-Raquel Rodriguez (2-McKenzie Meehan, 82), 16-Sarah Killion; 6-Shea Groom, 12-Janine Beckie, 21-Savannah McCaskill (73-Madison Tiernan, 86)
Substitutes: 7-Jen Hoy, 19-Adriana Leon, 24-Michaela Abam, 27-Caroline Casey
Head Coach: Denise Reddy
 
Stats Summary: CHI / SBFC
Shots: 20/11
Shots on Goal: 6/4
Saves: 3/5
Corner Kicks: 4/4
Fouls: 9/3
Offside: 4/4
 
Misconduct Summary:
none
 
Officials:
Referee: Reyna Fonseca
Asst. Referee: Adrienne McDonald, Gjovalin Bori
4th Official: Kyle Hannon

Chicago Defeats Utah 1-0 in First 2018 Victory

 Photo Credit: Chicago Red Stars

Photo Credit: Chicago Red Stars

The Red Stars earned their first victory of the new NWSL season after a 1-0 win against newcomers Utah Royals FC in front of 19,203 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium. Danielle Colaprico scored the game-winning goal in the 27th minute.
 
Trading possession back and forth, the Red Stars found their first bit of action in the first 10 minutes as this year’s leading goal scorer Alyssa Mautz struck a ball toward goal, narrowly sailing it over the crossbar. Nearly 10 minutes later, off a free kick from Danielle Colaprico, Katie Naughton rose above the rest and headed the ball, sending it just left of the far post.
 
Chicago just about got on the board halfway through the first half. In her first match this season, Yuki Nagasato received a through ball at the top of the box and struck it past Utah goalkeeper Abby Smith. Unfortunately, the ball bounced off the far goal post and was cleared.
 
Off the counter, Utah charged down the field as Gunnhilder Jonsdottir controlled the ball, making her way into the box. Chicago defender Sam Johnson was able to zero in on her, dispossessing with a sliding save.
 
But the Red Stars took the lead in the 27th minute as Colaprico’s volley made the first-half difference.
 
Just minutes into the second 90 minutes, Chicago nearly earned another goal off a Colaprico corner kick. Headed on by Huerta, Nagasato attempted to redirect the ball toward the net but was eventually saved on the goal line.
 
Later in the match, Alyssa Naeher was called upon as Jonsdottir found her way into the box, and during a one-on-one situation, Naeher came off her lines for the save.
 
The Red Stars turn right around and host a mid-week match on Wednesday, April 18, against Houston Dash. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on the NWSL app and go90 app.

- CHICAGO RED STARS MATCH REPORT -

 
MATCH: Chicago Red Stars vs. Utah Royals FC
DATE: April 14, 2018
VENUE: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
KICKOFF: 2:30 p.m. CT
ATTENDANCE: 19,203
WEATHER: 49 degrees, cloudy
 
Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
CHI                                1          0          1         
UTA                               0          0          0         
 
CHI - Danielle Colaprico                                  27’
 
Chicago Red Stars Lineup: 1-Alyssa Naeher (capt.); 16-Samantha Johnson, 5-Katie Naughton, 3-Arin Gilliland, 7-Taylor Comeau; 11-Sofia Huerta, 2-Nikki Stanton, 24-Danielle Colaprico; 15-Michele Vasconcelos, 12-Yuki Nagasato (9-Stephanie McCaffrey, 90+1), 4-Alyssa Mautz (19-Summer Green, 80)
Substitutes: 13-Lauren Kaskie, 14-Sarah Gorden, 21-Emily Boyd, 25-Erin Yenney
Head Coach: Rory Dames
 
Utah Royals FC Lineup: 1-Abby Smith; 5-Kelley O’Hara (17-Sydney Miramontez, 46), 2-Rachel Corsie, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 13-Brooke Elby; 11-Desiree Scott, 23-Gunnhildur Jonsdottir, 6-Katie Bowen; 10-Diana Matheson (8-Amy Rodriguez, 77), 20-Elise Thorsnes, 9-Lo’eau Labonta (15-Erika Tymrak, 62)
Substitutes: 12-Taylor Lytle, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 24-Katie Stengel, 25-Brittany Ratcliffe
Head Coach: Laura Harvey
 
Stats Summary: CHI / UTA
Shots: 10/13
Shots on Goal: 2/1
Saves: 1/1
Corner Kicks: 4/3
Fouls: 10/7
Offside: 1/6
 
Misconduct Summary:
none
 
Officials:
Referee: Karen Abt
Asst. Referee: Deleana Quan, John Krill
4th Official: Kali Smith

Chicago Plays NWSL Newcomer Utah Royals FC

 Photo Credit: NWSL

Photo Credit: NWSL

For the first time in 2018, the Red Stars will travel to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on the newest addition to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), Utah Royals FC on Saturday, April 14. The match will be broadcast live as Lifetime’s Game of the Week at 2:30 p.m. CT.
 
In the first two weeks of play, Utah has yet to produce their first victory as the newcomer to the league, drawing against Orlando (1-1) and Houston (0-0).
 
In the season opener against Orlando, Utah Royals FC scored the earliest goal of the season so far, as Gunnhildur Yrsa Jonsdottir tallied in the third minute of play. Despite Utah’s strong, early performance, Orlando equalized nearly 20 minutes later with a penalty kick from Marta. Those first-half goals would be the only two tallies of the match.
 
The next week, Utah ended a scoreless match against Houston. Despite Utah Royals’ six shots on goal to the Dash’s zero and over 65% possession, no one was able to beat the keeper to notch the victory.
 
Previously located in Kansas City, Utah Royals FC is led by two-time NWSL Coach of the Year and former Seattle Reign FC coach, Laura Harvey. Under new management, the roster had undergone multiple changes.

Adding depth in the backline, Utah traded for U.S. Women’s National Team defender Kelley O’Hara, joining three-time NWSL Defender of the Year and WNT captain, Becky Sauerbrunn. The team also gained goalkeeper Abby Smith during the Dispersal Draft, who has played in the net during both matches this season. Without the striking force of Sydney Leroux (trade: Orlando) up front, Utah added Icelandic midfielder Jonsdottir and Boston forward Katie Stengel.
 
Last season when playing as FC Kansas City, Chicago finished with a 1-1-1 record. During the first match, Julie Ertz tallied the only goal of the match in the Red Stars home opener. Later in the season, FCKC turned the tables and notched a 3-1 victory as Leroux, Katie Bowen and Maegan Kelly scored, while Ertz became the lone scorer for Chicago. The final match of the season ended in a scoreless draw, eliminating FCKC from the 2017 NWSL Playoffs.
 
After a trip to Utah, the Red Stars will turn right around and host a mid-week match on Wednesday, April 18, against Houston Dash. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on the NWSL app and go90 app.

Chicago Falls 3-2 to Portland in 2018 Home Opener

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The Chicago Red Stars fell to Portland Thorns FC 3-2 in the 2018 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) home opener at Toyota Park. Midfielder Alyssa Mautz earned the two Chicago goals, while Sofia Huerta assisted each.
 
Portland found the first goal in the ninth minute of the match. Off a corner kick from Meghan Klingenberg, midfielder Lindsey Horan controlled the ball and struck it past a diving Alyssa Naeher.
 
With Portland’s high pressure, the Red Stars were forced to play much of the first half out of the backline.
 
The Red Stars adjusted and were able to attack up the field. It paid off in the 31st minute with Summer Green producing skilled moves to get inside the box. Green was able to toe-poke the ball out to Huerta, who further moved the ball out to Mautz in the side of the 18-yard box. Mautz took a touch and shot, which was deflected over Adrianna Franch for the equalizer.
 
But just before halftime, Portland was able to regain their lead. Captain Christine Sinclair found room up the field. In a 1v1 situation, Naeher came off her line to meet Sinclair near the edge of the box. But unable to deflect the ball, Sinclair calmly slid it into an open net, taking a 2-1 lead into the second half.
 
Minutes into the second 90, Chicago were quick to threaten. After a Portland corner kick, Chicago quickly countered as Green crossed the ball wide to Gilliland streaking up the sideline. Gilliland sent the ball across the box to the far post, where Franch was able to tip it out for a Red Stars corner.
 
Portland upped their lead in the 65th minute after Danielle Colaprico was charged with a hand ball inside the box. Sinclair stepped up for the kick and slotted it past Naeher to make a 3-1 scoreline.
 
But just minutes later, Red Stars brought the Portland lead to one with another Huerta-Mautz combination. Huerta brought the ball to the end line, cutting it back up to the six-yard box into open space. Mautz met the ball with one touch to send it past Franch.
 
Chicago narrowly equalized twice in the second-half stoppage time with a shot off the crossbar by Huerta and a soaring shot by Yenney. But neither were enough to draw, leaving Chicago with the 3-2 defeat.
 
After the international FIFA break, the Red Stars will pick the season back up on Saturday, April 14, in Rio Tinto Stadium when they visit the newest club to the league, Utah Royals FC, for the Lifetime Game of the Week. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT, and will be broadcast live on Lifetime, the NWSL app and the go90 app.

- CHICAGO RED STARS MATCH REPORT -

 
MATCH: Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns FC
DATE: March 31, 2018
VENUE: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
KICKOFF: 7:15 p.m. CT
ATTENDANCE: 13,678
WEATHER: 44 degrees, cloudy
 
Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
CHI                               1          1          2
POR                             2          1          3
 
POR - Lindsey Horan (Meghan Klingenberg)              9’
CHI - Alyssa Mautz (Sofia Huerta)                              31’
POR - Christine Sinclair                                              40’
POR - Christine Sinclair (penalty kick)                                    65’
CHI - Alyssa Mautz (Sofia Huerta)                              67’
 
Chicago Red Stars Lineup: 1-Alyssa Naeher (capt.); 7-Taylor Comeau, 5-Katie Naughton, 16-Samantha Johnson, 14-Sarah Gorden; 2-Nikki Stanton (25-Erin Yenney, 85), 24-Danielle Colaprico, 11-Sofia Huerta; 19-Summer Green (15-Michele Vasconcelos, 80), 4-Alyssa Mautz, 3-Arin Gilliland
Substitutes: 13-Lauren Kaskie, 21-Emily Boyd
Head Coach: Rory Dames
 
Portland Thorns FC Lineup: 24-Adrianna Franch; 2-Katherine Reynolds, 16-Emily Sonnett, 20-Kelly Hubly; 23-Margaret Purce, 30-Celeste Boureille, 10-Lindsey Horan, 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Christine Sinclair (capt.), 34-Tyler Lussi (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 46), 26-Mallory Weber (27-Elizabeth Ball, 72)
Substitutes: 33-Britt Eckerstrom, 36-Angela Salem, 39-Sandra Yu
Assistant Coach: Rich Gunney
 
Stats Summary: CHI / POR
Shots: 12/14
Shots on Goal: 3/5
Saves: 2/1
Corner Kicks: 3/3
Fouls: 9/12
Offside: 0/5
 
Misconduct Summary:
POR - Celeste Boureille (caution)                              58’
CHI - Danielle Colaprico (caution)                              64’
 
Officials:
Referee: Greg Dopka
Asst. Referee: Gjovalin Bori, Jeffrey Swartzel
4th Official: Ethan Buege
 

Chicago Hosts Portland in Season Home Opener

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The Red Stars will host Portland Thorns FC in Chicago’s 2018 home opener this Saturday, March 31, following the MLS-side Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers match at Toyota Park. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on the NWSL app and go90 app.
 
Portland, the 2017 NWSL Champions, were defeated last week as North Carolina Courage found a second-half goal to claim the win. North Carolina’s Debinha tallied the only goal of the match in the 70thminute.
 
Portland will look a bit different this season, as the roster lost some familiar names and gained fresh faces.
 
The Thorns will have a veteran backline in front of 2017 Goalkeeper of the Year Adrianna Franch as Emily Sonnett, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Menges and Katherine Reynold return. The midfield will be led by U.S. Women’s National Team member Lindsey Horan, while Canadian Christine Sinclair, who netted eight goals in 2017, leads the attack.
 
From last season, the Thorns will be without Allie Long after a trade to Seattle and Nadia Nadim (6 goals) after signing with Manchester City in England. For the start of the season, Portland will also be missing U.S. WNT midfielder Tobin Heath due to injury recovery, while Hayler Raso (6 goals) and newcomers Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter will be away with the Australian National Team for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying until mid-April.
 
Chicago has lost the last three matches against Portland with a 7-3 score deficit. Despite the score, of Portland’s seven goals, five were scored by players either no longer on the team or on international duty this week (Nadim, Raso, Sykes).
 
During the offseason, Chicago defeated Portland 1-0 during the Thorns Spring Invitational. Red Stars defender Arin Gilliland scored the lone goal in the 62nd minute of the match.
 
After the international FIFA break, the Red Stars will pick the season back up on Saturday, April 14, in Rio Tinto Stadium when they visit the newest club to the league, Utah Royals FC, for the Lifetime Game of the Week. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT, and will be broadcast live on Lifetime, the NWSL app and the go90 app.

2017 Series History:
April 29 - Loss @ Portland; 1-0 (Nadim 27’)
August 12 - Loss @ Home; 2-3 (Raso 3’/Sinclair 9’/Press 16’/Huerta 38’/Sonnett 55’)
September 3 - Loss @ Portland; 3-1 (Raso 2’/Sykes 13’/Huerta 71’/Nadim 83’)
 
International Call-ups:
United States
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and defender Sofia Huerta were called up to the U.S. WNT for the upcoming friendly against Mexico on April 5 (7 p.m ET.; Jacksonville, Florida) and April 8 (12:30 p.m. CT; Houston, Texas). Both Julie Ertz and Casey Short were left off the roster due to injuries.
 
Australia
Forward Sam Kerr was called up to the Australian National Team ahead of a friendly against Thailand on March 26, and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
 
National Team Player Replacement
Due to Kerr being called into Australia National Team duty, former University of Louisville midfielder Erin Yenney has been given a National Team Player Replacement contract for the upcoming game in Houston. Yenney earned her first appearance in the season opener when she entered the game with 16 minutes remaining and helped secure a point on the road.

 

Chicago Draws Houston 1-1 in Season Opener

 Photo: Chicago Red Stars

Photo: Chicago Red Stars

The Red Stars earned a point in the NWSL season opener, drawing Houston 1-1 in the final seconds of the match. Taylor Comeau earned the equalizing goal in 91st minute of play.
 
Pressuring high, the Red Stars were able to control most of the possession at the start, testing the Houston backline. But just as quickly, the Dash turned the tables.
 
Halfway through the first half, Houston found its way into the 18-yard box, creating chaos for the Red Stars. Defender Taylor Comeau made two big plays in the box  that kept the game scoreless.
 
In the 38th minute, Houston would take the lead. Forward Savannah Jordan dribbled into the box, sending the ball skidding across. Sliding to the far post, rookie Kimberly Keever slotted the ball just past Naeher for the 1-0 lead.
 
Houston led the first half with seven shots to Chicago’s one, while Chicago kept the majority of the possession.
 
Minutes in to the second half, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was called upon, making a massive save off a one-on-one situation with Veronica Latsko.
 
The Red Stars narrowly found a goal as National Team Replacement Erin Yenney made a mark on the game in the final minutes, striking a ball off the crossbar, only to bounce off and be cleared. The ball fell to Danielle Colaprico’s feet and from 20-yards out she struck the ball first time that required a save from Jane Campbell.
 
With Chicago moving to a 3-4-3 formation to attack, the Red Stars were able to push up the field and take control in the 75th minute. However, it would be in stoppage time that Chicago robbed Houston of their first victory of the season.
 
With seconds remaining, Danielle Colaprico took a corner kick, where Comeau was met with the ball and headed it past the goalkeeper for the equalizer, finishing the match in a 1-1 draw.
 
The Red Stars will return to Toyota Park on Saturday, March 31, against the Portland Thorns. The match will take place following the MLS-side Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers game, as part of a doubleheader event at Toyota Park. Tickets are available here.
 

- CHICAGO RED STARS MATCH REPORT -

 
MATCH: Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash
DATE: March 25, 2018
VENUE: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
KICKOFF: 4:00 p.m. CT
ATTENDANCE: n/a
WEATHER: 80 degrees, cloudy
 
Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
CHI                               0          1          1
HOU                            1          0          1
 
HOU - Kimberly Keever (Savannah Jordan)                38’
CHI - Taylor Comeau (Danielle Colaprico)                  90+2’
 
Chicago Red Stars Lineup: 1-Alyssa Naeher (capt.); 3-Arin Gilliland, 5-Katie Naughton, 16-Samantha Johnson, 7-Taylor Comeau; 24-Danielle Colaprico, 13-Lauren Kaskie (2-Nikki Stanton, 64), 11-Sofia Huerta; 19-Summer Green (14-Sarah Gorden, 59), 4-Alyssa Mautz, 15-Michele Vasconcelos (25-Erin Yenney, 74)
Substitutes: 9-Stephanie McCaffrey, 21-Emily Boyd
Head Coach: Rory Dames
 
Houston Dash Lineup: 1-Jane Campbell; 19-Kristie Mewis, 12-Amber Brooks (capt.), 5-Janine Van Wyk, 3-Rachel Daly; 6-Meleana Shim, 9-Haley Hanson; 18-Kimberly Keever (14-Nichelle Prince, 46), 10-Linda Motlhalo (8-Claire Falknor, 77), 13-Savannah Jordan; 12-Veronica Latsko
Substitutes: 30-Bianca Henninger, Lindsey Agnew, 2-Michaela Hahn, Allie Murphy
Head Coach: Vera Pauw
 
Stats Summary: CHI / HOU
Shots: 5/12
Shots on Goal: 2/4
Saves:
Corner Kicks: 3/4
Fouls: 14/13
Offside: 1/2
 
Misconduct Summary:
CHI - Katie Naughton (caution)                      69’
HOU - Amber Brooks (caution)                      81’
 
Officials:
Referee: Jasmine Peralta
Asst. Referee: Brooke Mayo, Adrienne McDonald
4th Official: Jesus Moya

A Decade in Chicago

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This Chicago Red Stars season marks a milestone in women’s professional soccer history as the oldest running team from the United States sets forth in its 10th anniversary season. We take a look back on the monumental time starting from the beginning.

On June 3, 2008, Chicago gained yet again another great sports team when the naming of the Chicago Red Stars was announced. The name pays tribute to the iconic emblems on the city’s flag, representing a landmark event in Chicago history: Fort Dearborn, the Great Chicago Fire, the 1893 World’s Fair and the 1933 World’s Fair.

The next year, the Red Stars began its inaugural season in the seven-team Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. Chicago joined a league with the Boston Breakers, FC Gold Pride, Los Angeles Sol, Saint Louis Athletica, Sky Blue FC and the Washington Freedom.

The Red Stars fielded some of the greatest women’s soccer players in the world that year, jump-starting some of their world-class career, including Brazilian Cristiane, England’s Karen Carney, and U.S. Women’s National Team members Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Lindsay Tarpley.

The first ever match was played on April 4 against the Athletica, where Chicago came out with their first win after captain Tarpley scored the lone goal of the game.

To honor the tenth season, the Red Stars will show off a new identity throughout the season: a simple “X”; the roman numeral for ten. You can see this symbol on posters, social media posts and specialty merchandise during the season.

The 10th anniversary season starts on the road in Houston on March 25. The Red Stars will kick off their home campaign on Saturday, March 31, against the Portland Thorns. The match will take place following the MLS-side Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers game, as part of a doubleheader event at Toyota Park.

Tickets for all 2018 Chicago Red Stars home games are available here.

Chicago Announces 2018 Roster Ahead of Season Opener

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The Red Stars announced today the roster ahead of this weekend’s opening match of the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. The team will kick off the sixth NWSL season on Sunday, March 25, at 4 p.m. CT on the road in Houston for the third-consecutive year.
 
After the third-consecutive playoff run in 2017, the Red Stars return 16 players from last year’s roster, including four U.S. Women’s National Team players - Julie Ertz, Sofia Huerta, Alyssa Naeher and Casey Short.
 
Following another strong preseason, Chicago has signed two new players to contracts ahead of the new season - 2018 NWSL College Draft pick Emily Boyd and 2017 NWSL College Draft pick Michele Vasconcelos.
 
Chicago will be showcasing some new faces, including 2017 NWSL Golden Boot and MVP winner Sam Kerr, former Sky Blue FC midfielder Nikki Stanton and former Boston Breaker and New Zealand international Rosie White.
 
The Red Stars will return to Toyota Park on Saturday, March 31, against the Portland Thorns. The match will take place following the MLS-side Chicago Fire and Portland Timbers game, as part of a doubleheader event at Toyota Park. Tickets are available here.
 

Chicago Red Stars Roster:
Rostered Players (21 of 20 spots filled)
Goalkeepers (2): Emily Boyd, Alyssa Naeher (FED-USA)
Defenders (6): Taylor Comeau, Arin Gilliland, Sarah Gorden, Samantha Johnson, Katie Naughton, Casey Short (FED-USA)
Midfielders (8): Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Julie Ertz (FED-USA), Lauren Kaskie, Alyssa Mautz, Nikki Stanton, Michele Vasconcelos, Rosie White (INT-NZL/PEN/DD)
Forwards (5): Summer Green, Sofia Huerta, Sam Kerr (INT-AUS), Stephanie McCaffrey, Yuki Nagasato (INT-JPN)
 
Federation Players (FED): 3
International Roster Spots Filled (INTL): 3
 
KEY:
FED (Federation Player)
DD (Dispersal Draft)
INT (International Roster Spot)
PEN (Pending)

Chicago Updates Preseason Roster

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After two preseason matches against Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin, Chicago Red Stars head coach Rory Dames has whittled down his roster ahead of the Thorns Spring Invitational preseason tournament, waiving University of Michigan alum Corinne Harris.
 
The roster will see some fresh faces next week as Julie Ertz, Sofia Huerta, Alyssa Naeher and Casey Short return from U.S. national team duty at the SheBelieves Cup, while Sam Kerr will join the team after competing with Australia in the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
 
The remaining players will look to compete for their final roster spot during their first major tournament of the year, playing NWSL teams Portland Thorns (March 11), Houston Dash (March 14) and the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team (March 17).

2018 Red Stars Preseason Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Emily Boyd (CDP), Michele Dalton, Alyssa Naeher (NYR), Ryann Torerro (NRI)
DEFENDERS (8): Taylor Comeau, Chandra Eigenberger (NRI), Indigo Gibson (CDP/NYR), Arin Gilliland, Zoey Goralski (CDP), Sarah Gorden, Sam Johnson, Katie Naughton, Casey Short (NYR)
MIDFIELDERS (14): Alexa Ben (CDP), Joanna Boyles (CDP), Megan Buckingham (CDP), Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernrado, Julie Ertz (NYR), Lauren Kaskie, Alyssa Mautz, Ashton Miller (CDP/NYR), Christina Murillo (NRI), Nikki Stanton, Michele Vasconcelos, Bri Visalli (CDP), Rosie White (NYR), Erin Yenney (NRI)
FORWARDS (5): Summer Green, Sofia Huerta (NYR), Sam Kerr (NYR), Stephanie McCaffrey, Yuki Nagasato
 
Key:
CDP: 2018 NWSL College Draft Pick
NRI: Non-Roster Invitee
NYR: Not Yet Reported to Camp