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.
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
FED (Federation Player)
DD (Dispersal Draft)
INT (International Roster Spot)
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
CDP: 2018 NWSL College Draft Pick
NRI: Non-Roster Invitee
NYR: Not Yet Reported to Camp