Chicago Red Stars Draw Players From The Local Tryouts
Posted by iamhannah on February 19, 2009
Four Players with Local Ties Earn Invitations to Red Stars Preseason Camp
Bridgeview, IL (February 19, 2009) The Chicago Red Stars have extended invitations to seven players to attend the team’s preseason camp, following two days of open local tryouts. Of the players invited to camp to compete for a roster spot, four have connections to the Chicagoland area.
Molly Uyenishi, Tina Estrada, Erin Walter, and Shannon Schneeman were chosen from a pool of approximately 70 players who showcased their soccer abilities for the Red Stars coaching staff on Thursday and Friday of last week in the hope of realizing their dreams to play professional soccer.
A local product, Molly Uyenishi grew up in Hawthorn Woods and helped her Eclipse Select club team win the 2005 National Championship. She had a stellar career at Colorado College, where she was voted team MVP in 2007.
“Molly impressed us,” said Assistant Coach Denise Reddy. “She is a solid distributor of the ball who looks to use her technical abilities to play-make for the team.”
Uyenishi was a fan of the WUSA, the professional league that preceded Women’s Professional Soccer, and was thrilled to learn that Chicago was getting a team.
“Growing up, I watched the WUSA, and I always hoped there would be a team in Chicago,” explained Uyenishi. “I am so excited by this opportunity. It’s really cool that the league is back, and that it is so close to home.”
Estrada, an assistant women’s soccer coach for the DePaul Blue Demons, was a three-time All West Coast Conference honoree at Santa Clara University.
“Tina is an energetic forward that uses her experience and technical abilities to get behind defenders,” praised Reddy.
Estrada is not the only player with a connection to DePaul to receive an invitation from the Red Stars. Former Blue Demon standout Erin Walter was also asked to join the 28 players vying for 22 spots with the pro team.
An All Conference USA selection while at DePaul, Walter served as the captain of the Blue Demons twice and set the team’s single season assist record in 2004.
“She’s a versatile player,” said Reddy. “She uses her speed and explosiveness to be a threat going forward and in the back.”
Shannon Schneeman captained the Northwestern women’s soccer team in 2007. A two-time All Big 10 honoree, Schneeman led the Wildcats in game-winning goals in her senior season.
Reddy was impressed with Schneeman’s work on both sides of the ball.
“Shannon’s a consistent midfielder that contributes to both the attack and is a very good ball winner on defense”
The other players who earned invitations to the Red Stars preseason camp are Bonnie Young, Michelle Wenino, and Sarah Wagenfuhr.
Young is a veteran of the WUSA, having played for the New York Power in 2002. She also played for the New Jersey Wildcats and Jersey Sky Blue of the W-League. While with the Wildcats, Young played for and alongside Red Stars assistant coach Denise Reddy.
Michelle Wenino just completed her senior year at the University of Colorado, where she was named the 2008 Big 12 Defender of the Year. She was twice named to All Big 12 first team.
Sarah Wagenfuhr, who earned a first team All-ACC selection as captain of the Florida State Seminoles this season, was a member of the US U-20 World Cup team in 2006.
All the Red Stars hopefuls, as well as many of the drafted and contracted players, will convene on March 1st. The team will train indoors for about ten days, before heading to Florida for warmer training conditions. Each WPS team is allowed to enter the preseason with 28 players. Rosters must be trimmed to 18 players, plus four developmental players by March 24th.