Lori Chalupny

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Lori Chalupny
Lori Chalupny in starting lineup of Chicago Red Stars
on May 2, 2015
Personal information
Full nameLori Christine Chalupny
Date of birth (1984-01-29) January 29, 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
J.B. Marine S.C.
College career
2002–2005 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
2006–2007 River Cities Futbol Club 0 (0)
2009–2010 Saint Louis Athletica 24 (3)
2010–2011 Atlanta Beat 32 (4)
2012 Chicago Red Stars (WPSL-E) 13 (5)
2012 AIK Fotboll Dam
2013–2015 Chicago Red Stars (NWSL) 45 (11)
National team
United States U-16
United States U-19 21
United States U-21 14
2001–2015 United States 106 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of July 18, 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 25, 2015 (UTC)

Lori Christine Chalupny (born January 29, 1984) is a former American soccer defender who last played for the Chicago Red Stars and the United States women's national soccer team. She is a gold medalist from 2008 Beijing Olympics, and a bronze medalist in 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted by China. She was also on the roster of the United States national soccer team for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. She is the current head woman's soccer coach of Maryville University in St. Louis.


Early life

Chalupny was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of five, Lori spent time at an after-school program playing soccer with other boys in the program. Chalupny recalls:

"I'd literally turn black from the asphalt." [1]

She then went on to play soccer at Nerinx Hall High School where she was also on the Honor Roll her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She also played for club soccer team, J.B. Marine S.C.. [2] She was named NSCAA and Parade All-American as a junior and senior. [3]

University of North Carolina

Chalupny played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2002 to 2005 and won an NCAA championship title with the Tar Heels as a sophomore in 2003. [2] [4] After missing much of her freshman season due to injury, she played in 16 games, scored three goals and served seven assists. She was subsequently named to the All-ACC First Team, the NSCAA Second-Team All-American, and the ACC All-Freshman Team. [2] During her second year with the team, she helped the team go undefeated with a 27–0–0 record and win the NCAA championship starting 26 of 27 games, scoring 11 goals and serving 12 assists. [2] She was named First-Team All-ACC and NSCAA All-American the same year. [2] In 2004, she scored six goals and served five assists in the 23 games in which she played. In addition to being named Most Valuable Player by Soccer America, she was named First-Team NSCAA All-American for the second consecutive year and First-Team All-ACC for the third. [2] During her final year with the Tar Heels, she scored ten goals and served eight assists playing as a midfielder. The Tar Heels finished the season with a 23–1–1 record under her leadership as captain for the second consecutive year. She finished her college career with 30 goals and 32 assists from the midfield. [3]

Playing career


In April 2006, Chalupny joined River Cities Futbol Club of the Women's Premier Soccer League.

WPS, 2009–2011

On September 16, 2008, Chalupny was one of the three players drafted for Saint Louis Athletica in the 2008 WPS Player Allocation of national team members, with the new league starting play in April 2009. She scored the first home goal of the season off of a corner kick in a 1–0 win against FC Gold Pride. She was team captain, made the All-Star team, and was nominated for WPS's Player of the Year award the same year. During the 2010 and 2011 seasons, she played for the Atlanta Beat and appeared in 15 and 17 games respectively and scored 2 goals in each season. [5]

Chicago Red Stars (WPSL-Elite) and AIK Fotboll, 2012

After the folding of the WPS in early 2012, she played for the Chicago Red Stars in Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, appearing in ten games and scoring five goals. [6] On August 8, 2012, she joined AIK Fotboll Dam in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. [7]

Chicago Red Stars (NWSL), 2013–2015

On February 5, 2013, she rejoined the Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women's Soccer League. [8] Chalupny captained the Red Stars during the inaugural season, played 18 matches and scored 5 goals, the highest scored by a member of the team; and was named to NWSL 2013 best eleven. [9]

In 2014 National Women's Soccer League season, Chalupny captained Chicago Red Stars to fifth place, played in a team high of 23 matches and 2003 minutes, and scored five goals.

At the end of the 2015 National Women's Soccer League season she retired from professional soccer. [10]


A member of the U.S. national under-16, 19 and 21 teams, Chalupny earned her first cap for the senior team on March 7, 2001 against Italy. She scored her first goal for the U.S. senior team on May 9, 2004 against Mexico. Although she predominantly played left back at the 2005 Algarve Cup, she also played as an outside midfielder. [2]

In January 2006, Chalupny suffered a concussion after two blows to the head in a game against France. She was ordered by her doctors to take several months off, and did not return to national team play until July 2006. [11] She started at midfield in all six of the United States' games at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, and scored two goals, one of which was the game-winning goal in the U.S. 1–0 win over Nigeria on September 18, 2007. The goal, coming just 57 seconds into the game, was the second-fastest in Women's World Cup history. [12]

Chalupny played in four games for the U.S. at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the first game, she received a punch intended for the ball from the keeper and left the field. She scored one goal against Japan in the semi-final. The U.S. team won the tournament and took the Olympic gold medal. During the 2009 Algarve Cup, Chalupny was named co-captain of the team. She played every minute of five matches in 2009, captaining the U.S. team in a 1–0 win against Germany after co-captain Christie Rampone became pregnant.

From 2009 to November 2014, Chalupny was not called to play for the United States women's national soccer team due to a history of concussions. [11] However, after approaching the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2014 and passing numerous tests, she was called up by the team in December 2014. [13] National team head coach Jill Ellis selected Chalupny as part of the roster for the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia. [14] Ellis also selected her for the national team roster for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

In August 17, 2015, Chalupny announced that she was retiring from international soccer after Celebration Tour. She said: "there is no better way to go out than as a world champion and this just seemed like the right time to put a cap on my international career" [15]

International goals

May 9, 2004 [m 1] Mexico

on 70' (off Lilly)

19 Lindsay Tarpley

5350.03005 3–0

5350.03005 3–0

Jun 26, 2005 [m 2] Canada 12unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Jan 30, 2007 [m 3] China 46+unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Four Nations Tournament
May 12, 2007 [m 4] Canada

off 72' (on Wagner)

28 Lindsay Tarpley

5250.03005 3–1

5450.06005 6–2

Sep 18, 2007 [m 5] Nigeria 1 Abby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

World Cup: Group B
Sep 30, 2007 [m 6] Norway 58unassisted

5350.03005 3–0

5350.04005 4–1

World Cup: third place match
Aug 18, 2008 [m 7] Japan 44 Amy Rodriguez

5150.02005 2–1

5250.04005 4–2

Olympics: semifinal
Sep 20, 2008 [m 8] Ireland 19 Lindsay Tarpley

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Apr 4, 2015 [m 9] New Zealand

on 57' (off Klingenberg)

76 Megan Rapinoe

5250.02005 2–0

5450.04005 4–0

May 17, 2015 [m 10] Mexico

on 45' (off Klingenberg)

46 Abby Wambach

5150.02005 2–1

5450.05005 5–1


Coaching career

In 2011, Chalupny was an assistant coach for the Washington University women's soccer team. [16] From 2013 to January 1, 2018 she was the assistant coach at Maryville University. As of January 1, 2018 she became the head coach of Maryville University.

Honors and awards

Chalupny is a two-time winner of the women's Keough Award for outstanding soccer player from the St. Louis area, and won US Soccer's Youth Player of the Year Award in 2005.

Video Games

Chalupny was featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series in FIFA 16 , the first time women players were included in the game. [17]

Ticker Tape Parade and White House Honor

Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Chalupny and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a Ticker tape parade in New York City. [18] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. [19] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. [20]


  1. "Meet the U.S. women's soccer team seeking World Cup glory". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Lori Chalupny player profile". US Soccer. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  3. 1 2 "Lori Chalupny bio". Lori Chalupny. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  4. Bell, Jack (December 20, 2006). "A U.S. Defender With an Attacking Spirit". The New York Times. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  5. "Atlanta Beat Midfielder Lori Chalupny Discusses Leadership in Tips from the Pros". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  6. "Red Stars Sign Lori Chalupny for 2012 Season". Chicago Red Stars. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  7. "Chalupny has different view of Olympics this year". The Telegraph. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  9. "NWSL BEST XI". NWSL. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013.
  10. 2014 National Women's Soccer League season
  11. 1 2 Goff, Steven (October 21, 2010). "For soccer star Lori Chalupny, concussions have created confusion about her health". Washington Post. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  12. "FIFA.com – Quick-fire US finish on top".
  13. Bird, Liviu (December 5, 2014). "Symptom-free, Lori Chalupny to rejoin USWNT after concussion battle". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  14. Hayes, Graham (December 5, 2014). "Chalupny on WNT roster". ESPN. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  15. "Lori Chalupny to Retire From International Soccer at End of 2015". www.ussoccer.com.
  16. "2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Lori Chalupny Joins Women's Soccer Staff". Washington University. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  17. Barnes, Katie (September 28, 2015). "Why 'FIFA 16' is a Landmark for Women". ESPN. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  18. "U.S. women celebrate World Cup with ticker-tape parade in New York City". USA Today. July 11, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  19. "Team USA parades NYC's "Canyon of Heroes"". CBS News. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  20. Wagner, Laura (October 27, 2015). "Obama To U.S. Women's Soccer Team: 'Playing Like A Girl Means You're A Badass'". NPR. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
Match reports
  1. "U.S. WNT Down Mexico 3–0 in Albuquerque". U.S.Soccer.
  2. "U.S. Women Defeat Canada 2–0 in Virginia Beach". U.S.Soccer.
  3. "U.S. Clinches Four Nations Title With 2–0 Win Against China". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on April 25, 2013.
  4. "U.S. Women Defeat Canada, 6–2, in Frisco, Texas, As Run to the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup Continues". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on October 13, 2013.
  5. "Chalupny Scores in First Minute at U.S. WNT Edges Nigeria 1–0 to Win Group B at 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012.
  6. "U.S. Women Defeat Norway, 4–1, to Take Third Place". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014.
  7. "U.S. Women Comeback for 4–2 Win Against Japan, Face Brazil in Gold Medal Match". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012.
  8. "U.S. Women Set Record Wins in a Calendar Year at 29 With 2–0 Victory Over Ireland at Toyota Park". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012.
  9. "WNT Cruises to 4–0 Win against New Zealand before Record-Setting Crowd in St. Louis". U.S.Soccer.
  10. "Leroux, Wambach Power USA to 5–1 Send-Off Series Victory against Mexico". U.S.Soccer.
Preceded by
Christie Rampone
WNT captain
Succeeded by
Shannon Boxx