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Chicago Red Stars
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Full nameChicago Red Stars
Nickname(s)Red Stars
Founded2006;13 years ago (2006)
Stadium SeatGeek Stadium
Bridgeview, Illinois
Capacity20,000
President and ownerArnim Whisler
Head coach Rory Dames
League National Women's Soccer League
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

The Chicago Red Stars is an American professional soccer club based in Chicago, competing in the National Women's Soccer League, who play their home games in SeatGeek Stadium. The team was a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer, and played in the league in 2009 and 2010. After leaving the WPS in December 2010, due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. [1] In 2012, the team competed in Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, the single year this league existed. Since 2013, the team has been competing in National Women's Soccer League.

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History

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS)

Establishment (2006–2009)

In 2006, it was announced that Chicago would have a team in a new league being developed for women's professional soccer. It would eventually join six other teams, Washington Freedom, Boston Breakers, Los Angeles Sol, FC Gold Pride, Sky Blue FC, and Saint Louis Athletica in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for the league's inaugural season in 2009. [2] [3]

Washington Freedom

The Washington Freedom was an American professional soccer club based in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Germantown, Maryland, that participated in Women's Professional Soccer. The Freedom was founded in 2001 as a member of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association. Beginning in 2004, the Freedom played its home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex. In 2011, the team relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, and became magicJack.

Boston Breakers soccer club and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Boston Breakers were an American professional soccer club based in the Boston neighborhood of Allston. The team competed in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). They replaced the original Breakers, who competed in the defunct Women's United Soccer Association, as the Boston area's professional women's soccer team.

Los Angeles Sol womens soccer team in Carson, California, United States

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Marcia McDermott, a former head coach of the Northwestern University women's soccer team and WUSA team Carolina Courage, was named as the Red Stars' general manager. [4]

Marcia McDermott association football player

Marcia McDermott is a U.S.-based Women's Soccer Coach most recently working at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. McDermott left the team in 2017 after five seasons.

Northwestern University Private research university in Illinois, United States

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On June 3, 2008, the "Red Stars" name was announced in a ceremony at Toyota Park. The name refers to the four six-pointed red stars on the municipal flag of Chicago. Each star represents a landmark event in Chicago history: Fort Dearborn, the Great Chicago Fire, the 1893 World's Fair, and the 1933 World's Fair. Other names considered were Progress, Towers, Union, Blues, 1871 and Wind. [5] "Red Stars" was chosen by popular vote in a two-month fan ballot. [6]

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2009 inaugural season

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The Red Stars line up for the national anthem

The Chicago Red Stars won their first game of the season, 1–0, at Saint Louis Athletica, and followed with two ties (1–1 at Washington Freedom and 0–0 hosting Sky Blue FC) and a 4–0 thrashing of Boston Breakers at Toyota Park. This gave the team the best starting record of any team in the league besides eventual season champions Los Angeles Sol, seeming to live up to preseason expectations based on the strong core of USWNT and international players on the Red Stars roster.

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Despite their strong start, the Red Stars then went winless for their next nine games, only getting three away draws in that streak, which included a 451-minute-long scoring drought. Their opponents, the Washington Freedom scored first in the next game and it appeared the streak would continue. However, the Red Stars made WPS history by becoming the first team to successfully come from behind, to win 2–1. They also beat cellar-dwellers FC Gold Pride in their next game 3–1, but then lost four of their last five games, eliminating them from the playoffs as they ended the season in sixth place.

FC Gold Pride association football club

FC Gold Pride was an American professional soccer club based in Santa Clara, California which participated in Women's Professional Soccer. The club replaced the San Jose CyberRays of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association as the top-level women's soccer team in the San Francisco Bay Area. FC Gold Pride moved to its final home of Pioneer Stadium on the campus of CSU East Bay in June 2010 after opening their 2010 home schedule at the Castro Valley High School Athletic Stadium. The club ceased operations in November 2010 after struggling financially and being unable to find new investors.

True to his agreement to see the Red Stars organization through its first season, Peter Wilt chose to step down as team CEO at the end of 2009, moving on to become general manager of the Milwaukee Wave, the NISL team in his hometown. General Manager, Marcia McDermott, took on many of his responsibilities at the Red Stars, although he continued to support the team as one of its representatives on the Women's Professional Soccer Board of Governors and as President of the Chicago Red Stars Charitable Foundation. [7]

2010 season

The Red Stars opened up their second season with high hopes and many new faces. [8] In their first game, the Red Stars lost 1–0 at Sky Blue FC despite dominating much of the game. A 1–1 home tie in their second game earned the Stars their first point of the 2010 season.

After a successful 2010, the team left WPS on December 13; unable to meet the league's funding requirements for the 2011 season. [9] [10]

Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL)

2011 season

Red Stars joined the Women's Premier Soccer League for 2011. [11] [12] They played their home games at Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex [13] in west suburban Chicago.

The new roster consisted of players from the WNT U-20 and U-23 pools, as well as collegiate stars. The first players announced included three players with WPS experience, including two from the Red Stars' 2010 squad. [14] It was coached by Rory Dames, a Chicago native. Red Stars also continued their activity in the Chicago soccer community through their soccer camp programs. [15]

Red Stars finished the regular season with a 10–1 record, and hosted the playoff semifinals and championship matches. [16] While they beat Tampa Bay Hellenic 2–1 in their semifinal, they lost by the same score in the final to the Orange County Waves, another WPSL team that has past WPS connections.

Women's Premier Soccer League Elite (WPSLE)

2012 season

In 2012, Red Stars joined two other former WPS clubs, Boston Breakers and Western New York Flash, in the new WPSL Elite League. Five other former WPSL teams joined the league, including ASA Chesapeake Charge, FC Indiana, New England Mutiny, New York Fury, and Philadelphia Fever. [17]

Red Stars finished fourth in the league, making the playoffs and advanced to the final, where they lost to Flash in a 2–4 penalty shootout, after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time. Impressively, the Red Stars also won the 2012 National Women's Cup with just half the roster, as the Cup final occurred at the same time as their final WPSL Elite regular season match against eventual third-placed New York Fury.

National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)

In November 2012, it was announced that the Red Stars would be one of eight teams in a new women's professional soccer league, then yet to be named, which would be subsidized by the United States Soccer Federation, the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. [18] [19] The league started competition in Spring of 2013.

2013 season

In the inaugural season of NWSL, Red Stars started with 2 draws and 4 losses. The mid-season arrival of 2 Germans, Sonja Fuss and Inka Grings, from Europe revived the team somewhat, but not enough to qualify for the post-season playoffs. Red Stars played 22 matches with 8 wins, 6 ties and 8 losses to finish the season at sixth place in an eight team league.

2014 season

In 2014, Red Stars finished one place better than previous season, in fifth place in regular season. This season, the club was waiting for United States international Christen Press to join after completing her commitment to a European club, and the Canadian international Melissa Tancredi to gain full fitness after her education. In addition, the team signed 2 other internationals, Abby Erceg and Emily van Egmond in May. Despite the late arrival of international stars, at the end of May the team had 6 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses; a competitive team performance enabled by rookies Julie Johnston, Vanessa DiBernardo, Hayley Brock, young players Jen Hoy, Rachel Quon, and veteran stalwarts Lori Chalupny, Michelle Wenino, and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. With a mid-season slump of 1 win in 11 matches during June and July, the team eventually did not qualify for post-season playoffs; edged out by head to head results with Washington Spirit.

2015 season

The Red Stars started the 2015 season with home games, a 3–2 win over previous season's Supporting Shield winner Seattle Reign FC, followed by a 2–2 draw with Portland Thorns FC, and a 1–0 win over Sky Blue FC. With Christen Press scoring 4 of the first 5 goals for Red Stars, Press was named the Player of the Month of April. With the national teams members out training for 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, rookie Sofia Huerta scored multiple goals in 2 matches and was named NWSL Player of the Week for week 5, as well as week 6; and was also named NWSL Player of the Month of June. The team held first place during regular season from week 4 to week 13 and finished second. However, in the playoff the team lost in the semi-final to FC Kansas City.

2016 season

After a banner 2015 season, the team expected to do well again. The club ended the regular season at third place, and played the play-off semi-final at Boyds, Maryland against Washington Spirit on September 30, falling 2–1 and did not reach the championship match. This season the Red Stars returned to Toyota Park for its home games, where it last played on a regular basis during its 2010 season in Women's Professional Soccer league.

2017 season

In 2017, for the third consecutive season, the Red Stars made it to the post-season playoffs and was eliminated in the semi-final; falling 1–0 to North Carolina Courage at Cary, North Carolina on an 89-minute goal.

Crest and colors

Chicago Fire mascot Sparky at a Red Stars game, alongside Supernova the Red Stars mascot Chicago, Fire and Red Stars mascots, Sparky and Supernova.JPG
Chicago Fire mascot Sparky at a Red Stars game, alongside Supernova the Red Stars mascot

The primary logo combines two heraldic Chicago images: the shape of the shield is taken from it equivalent inside the city of Chicago's official seal. The colors, stripes, and stars in the logo are all inspired by the symbolism of Chicago's municipal flag, with the blue stripes representing the two branches of the Chicago River. The six points on the large red star in the center of the Chicago Red Stars logo also have their own meaning to the team:

Adrenalin, Inc., and jlmvisual partnered to jointly develop the Red Stars identity. [20]

Stadiums

During the team's membership in Women's Professional Soccer, Chicago Red Stars played at SeatGeek Stadium, a world-class soccer-specific stadium, with 20,000 dedicated seats for soccer. It is best known as the home of Chicago Fire Soccer Club. [21]

From 2011 to 2015, in Women's Premier Soccer League, Women's Premier Soccer League Elite league and National Women's Soccer League, Red Stars played their matches at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The university stadium seats 3,000. [22] [23] [24] In 2012 season, in the WPSL-Elite league, some matches were played at Concordia University Chicago Athletic Complex in River Forest, Illinois [25] as well as the Lakeside Athletic Field at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois due to renovation construction at Benectine University. [26] [27]

In December 2015, Chicago Red Stars announced the return to Toyota Park for their home games for 2016 NWSL season. [28]

Owners

WPS (2009–2010)

The Chicago Professional Women's Soccer, LLC investor and partner group was the owner of the Chicago Red Stars from 2009–2010 during the team's membership in Women's Professional Soccer. In April 2010, the team's management group consisted of Gary Weaver, Jim Willett, and Arnim Whisler. The Illinois Women's Soccer League (IWSL) also signed on as a partner. In addition to the IWSL, the team's leadership included shareholders John (Jack) Cummins, Robert and Susan Morrison, Jim and Kathi Willett, Dale Weaver, Gary Weaver, Pin Ni, Dong Li, Arnim Whisler, Dean Egerter, Stephen Ritchie and Peter Wilt. [29]

WPSL (2011), WPSL E (2012) and NWSL (2013–present)

Arnim Whisler was the only investor left after the 2010 season, he decided to keep the team going for the 2011 season in the WPSL while working to help reorganize a professional women's soccer league. WPS. [30]

He remains the owner of the Chicago Red Stars during the inaugural season of the NWSL [31]

Broadcasting

As of 2017, Red Stars games are streamed exclusively by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers. [32] As part of a three-year agreement with A&E Networks, Lifetime broadcasts one NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons. [33] [34] The Red Stars will be featured in the nationally televised Game of the Week on May 6, June 17, July 22, September 23 and 30, 2017. [35]

Team standing and statistics

Key

ChampionsRunners-up

Seasons

Results of league and cup competitions by season
SeasonDivisionPWDLFAPtsPosLeague
Playoffs
Open
Cup
League
2009 WPS 2055101825206thDNQDNE
2010 WPS 2476112127276th [lower-alpha 1] DNQDNE
2011 WPSL 10811387251st [lower-alpha 2] [36] Runners-Up [37] [38] DNE
2012 WPSL E 149142611284th Runners-Up [39] Winners
2013 NWSL 228683236306thDNQDNE
2014 NWSL 249873226355thDNQDNE
2015 NWSL 208933122332ndSemi-FinalsDNE
2016 NWSL 209652420333rdSemi-FinalsDNE
2017 NWSL 2411673330394thSemi-FinalsDNE
2018 NWSL 2491053828374thSemi-FinalsDNE

Players and coaches

Current squad

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of March 12, 2019. [40] [41]

No.PositionPlayer Nation
1 Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2 Midfielder Nikki Stanton Flag of the United States.svg  United States
3 Defender Arin Wright Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4 Midfielder Alyssa Mautz Flag of the United States.svg  United States
5 Defender Katie Naughton Flag of the United States.svg  United States
6 Defender Casey Short Flag of the United States.svg  United States
8 Midfielder Julie Ertz Flag of the United States.svg  United States
10 Midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo Flag of the United States.svg  United States
12 Forward Yūki Nagasato Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
13 Midfielder Morgan Brian Flag of the United States.svg  United States
14 Defender Sarah Gorden Flag of the United States.svg  United States
15 Midfielder Michele Vasconcelos Flag of the United States.svg  United States
19 Forward Summer Green Flag of the United States.svg  United States
20 Forward Sam Kerr Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
21 Goalkeeper Emily Boyd Flag of the United States.svg  United States
23 Defender Brooke Elby Flag of the United States.svg  United States
24 Midfielder Danielle Colaprico Flag of the United States.svg  United States
25 Midfielder Erin Yenney Flag of the United States.svg  United States
27 Defender Christina Murillo Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
33 Forward Katie Johnson Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Defender Tierna Davidson Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Coaching staff

Rory Dames has been the head coach of Red Stars since 2011, coaching the team since its days in WPSL and WPSL Elite.

Coaching staff
Head coach Flag of the United States.svg Rory Dames
Assistant coach Flag of England.svg Craig Harrington
Assistant coach Flag of the United States.svg Gary Curneen
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of the United States.svg Jordi King
Strength & Conditioning Coach Flag of the United States.svg Evan Johnson

Head coaches

Top All Time Scorers (NWSL)

RankPlayerGoals
1 Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press 35
2 Flag of the United States.svg Sofia Huerta 22
3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Samantha Kerr 16
4 Flag of the United States.svg Jen Hoy 12
5 Flag of the United States.svg Alyssa Mautz 10

Bold denotes player is active on Chicago Red Stars roster.

Former notable players

See also All-time Chicago Red Stars roster

Former members of the team who have represented a senior national team are:

Honors

2012 Open Cup Champions

Team awards

YearLeagueTeam MVPGolden Boot! [lower-alpha 3] Defender of the YearReference
WinnerGoals
2009 WPS Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane Flag of Brazil.svg Cristiane 7Flag placeholder.svg
2010 WPSFlag placeholder.svg Flag of the United States.svg Ella Masar 8Flag placeholder.svg
2011 WPSL Flag placeholder.svg Flag of the United States.svg Amanda Cinalli 10Flag placeholder.svg
2012 WPSLE Flag placeholder.svg Flag of the United States.svg Lauren Fowlkes 7Flag placeholder.svg
2013 NWSL Flag of the United States.svg Lori Chalupny Flag of the United States.svg Lori Chalupny 5 Flag of Germany.svg Sonja Fuss [43]
2014 NWSL Flag of the United States.svg Lori Chalupny Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press 6 Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston [44]
2015 NWSL Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press 10 Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston [45]
2016 NWSL Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press 8 Flag of the United States.svg Julie Johnston [46]
2017 NWSL Flag of the United States.svg Julie Ertz Flag of the United States.svg Christen Press 11 Flag of the United States.svg Casey Short

WPS individual awards

See also

Footnotes

  1. In 2010, only 7 teams finished the season.
  2. The Chicago Red Stars competed in the North Division of the Midwest Conference in the WPSL. Six teams were in this division for the 2011 season.
  3. Golden Boot is the team leader in goals (regular season games only).

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