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RED STARS’ MASAR OUT 4-6 WEEKS

Posted by iamhannah on June 10, 2009

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Chicago Red Stars forward Ella Masar will miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a hip injury that resulted in four torn muscles during Sunday’s 1-1 tie at FC Gold Pride.

Masar was injured in the 72nd minute of Sunday’s match when she collided with FC Gold Pride goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart while chasing down a ball inside the 18-yard box.  An MRI Tuesday revealed the damage.

The former University of Illinois standout has appeared in all nine games for the Red Stars this season, including three starts.  She recorded the first point of her WPS career at Los Angeles June 3rd on an assist to Cristiane.

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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Chicago Red Stars sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game during 7th Inning Stretch!

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

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Four Chicago Red Stars Called Up for U.S. National Team Duty

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

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FOUR CHICAGO RED STARS CALLED UP FOR U.S. NATIONAL TEAM DUTY

Bridgeview, Ill. (May 6, 2009) –  Four members of the Chicago Red Stars have been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for a pair of games against Japan in May.  The U.S. roster, announced today, includes Red Stars midfielders Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Lindsay Tarpley as well as defender Marian Dalmy.

Chicago’s four call-ups ties Boston for the most from any Women’s Professional Soccer team roster.  The U.S. women will face Japan May 20th in Frisco, Texas, and again May 23rd in Sandy, Utah.  The players will miss the Red Stars’ May 23rd game against Saint Louis.

The most-capped member of the Red Stars, Tarpley will look to build on her 117 international appearances during the matches.  Tarpley, Lloyd and Rapinoe – the U.S. team’s leading scorer in 2009 – appeared in each of the Americans’ four games at the 2009 Algarve Cup.

Dalmy is among a handful of younger players that U.S. Head Coach Pia Sundhage said earned a call-up through outstanding play early in the WPS season.  The 24 year-old defender is tied for the Red Stars team lead with a pair of assists.  Dalmy missed most of the 2008 international season with a knee injury but does have 10 career caps, including a start in the third-place match at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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FC Indiana beats Chicago 3-2

Posted by iamhannah on May 3, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 3, 2009 —  FC Indiana managed to do what no other team has; beat Chicago Red Stars and score three goals in the process. Still, head coach Shek Borkowski was critical of his midfield play after his side’s 3-2 win in Indianapolis on Saturday night.
“The result is important but the performance was not good enough,” said Borkowski. “Our midfield performance over 90 minutes must improve, we were too careless in possession, defended too deep in the last 15 minutes and our fitness still isn’t where it should be.”
While Borkowski’s “never good enough” attitude may have merit, debutant forward Lisa-Marie Woods was impressive and winger Laura Del Rio looked a constant threat going forward, while Mizuho Sakaguchi and Fatima Leyva bossed the midfield.
Spanish wonder striker Laura Del Rio was ruthless yet mesmerizing in the way she finished with a clinical 40th minute first goal,  and propelled FC Indiana into fifth gear, which the Lionesses maintained throughout the night, battering their WPS opponents for two more goals in the last 45. First was a composed finish by Woods after she dispossessed Dieke in the 55 minute and another Del Rio goal in the 70 to win the game.

FC INDIANA: Lynn, Nonen, Gayle, Moore, Sakaguchi (Andrews 52), Leyva, Moscato, Woods, Luik, Lyons (Wilson 60), Del Rio.
Goals: Del Rio 40, 70, Woods 55

CHICAGO RED STARS: Williams, Dieke, Spilger (Young 60), Wenino (Ostberg 46), Igwe, Lloyd, Carney, Oaks, Cristiane, Rapinoe, Masar
Goals: Lloyd 22, Spilger 34

SHOTS: FCI 12, CRS 7
SOG: FCI 8, CRS 4
Saves: FCI 1, CRS 1
Corners: FCI 8, CRS 5

Courtesy of: FC Indiana

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FC Indiana v Chicago Red Stars

Posted by iamhannah on April 26, 2009

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, April 26, 2009 —  FC Indiana are hoping to pull off the shock of the season when they host Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) powerhouse Chicago Red Stars at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis this Saturday (kick-off 7pm).

FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski and his squad relish the tag of underdogs as they head into Saturday night’s clash. Borkowski said: “It will be a really good game, they are the best team in WPS right now. But the pressure is on them. They’re the WPS team, and they’re expected to win.”

Chicago will arrive in Indianapolis sitting second in WPS standings, 2 points behind leaders Los Angeles, having demolished Tony DiCicco’s Boston team 4-0 over the weekend. Offensively the Red Stars are led by Lindsey Tarpley (2 g), Karen Carney (1g), Megan Rapinoe (1g), Carli Lloyd (1g) and Brittany Klein (1g). “We demonstrated why we are one of the best attacking teams in the league,” said Red Stars coach Emma Hayes after the win.
In goal Swedish goalkeeper Carolina Jonsson, protected by back four of Marian Dalmy (USA), Ifeoma Dieke (Scotland), Nicky Krzysik (USA) and Frida Ostberg (Sweden), has 3 clean sheets.

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CARNEY, KLEIN SHINE AS RED STARS DOWN BOSTON, 4-0

Posted by iamhannah on April 25, 2009

Bridgeview, Ill. (April 25, 2009) – A downpour just before halftime accented a flood of goals on the field as the Chicago Red Stars beat Boston, 4-0, Saturday night before 4,118 at TOYOTA PARK.  Karen Carney and Brittany Klein each scored a goal and logged a pair of assists in the win.

The Red Stars attacked early and often in the match, even playing without Brazilian striker Cristiane who is serving international duty.  Chicago outshot Boston 20-8 – including a 10-3 margin in shots on goal.

A Boston handball in the 21st minute set up Chicago’s first goal.  On a free kick, Carney found Carli Lloyd at the top of the box, and the Red Stars forward buried her shot for her first points of the season.

The Red Stars added two more goals before the half on similar shots by Megan Rapinoe and Carney.  In the 39th minute, Rapinoe fired a bullet from the right side of the box that breezed past Breakers goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill.  Three minutes later, Carney angled a shot from nearly the same spot on the pitch.  The England native put a perfect spin on the ball to hit the bottom of the crossbar and find the back of the net.  Klein assisted on both goals.

Chicago added a fourth goal after intermission.  Playing into the right side of the box, Carney crossed to Lindsay Tarpley who played the ball to the top of the box and a waiting Klein.  After being robbed of a goal on a deflection in the first half, Klein buried her second opportunity for her first score of the season.

Red Stars keeper Caroline Jönsson posted her third clean sheet of the season by stopping all three shots on goal she faced in the match.

Four goals sets a Women’s Professional Soccer team scoring record, breaking the mark of three Boston posted in its previous match.  The win moves Chicago into second place in the WPS standings with eight points, two behind leader Los Angeles.

The Red Stars return to action on Sunday, May 10th at TOYOTA PARK for a rematch with Natasha Kai and Sky Blue FC.  In recognition of Mother’s Day the Chicago Red Stars, in partnership with the Mexican Board of Tourism, are providing free admission to all mothers.   Tickets are available by calling (866) WPS-2009 or logging on to www.chicagoredstars.com.

Boston Breakers (2-2-0) vs. Chicago Red Stars (2-0-2)
April 25, 2009 – TOYOTA PARK

SCORING SUMMARY:
1. CHI – Carli Lloyd, 1 (Karen Carney, 1) 21
2. CHI – Megan Rapinoe, 1 (Brittany Klein, 1) 39
3. CHI – Karen Carney, 1 (Klein, 2) 42
4. CHI – Brittany Klein, 1 (Carney, 2; Lindsay Tarpley, 1) 52

Boston Breakers – Luckenbill (Lipsher, 62); Mitts, LePeilbet, Weber, Scott; Bishop, Lilly, Hucles, Moore (Chapman, 63); Schmedes, Rodriguez (Latham, 45).

Chicago Red Stars – Jönsson; Dalmy, Dieke, Igwe (Spilger, 75), Krzysik; Klein, Rapinoe, Carney (Garriock, 61; Masar, 70), Östberg; Tarpley, Lloyd.

STATISTICS
SHOTS: BOSTON – 8 CHICAGO – 20
SHOTS ON GOAL: BOSTON – 3 CHICAGO – 10
SAVES: BOSTON – 6  CHICAGO – 3
FOULS: BOSTON – 6 CHICAGO – 16
CORNER KICKS: BOSTON – 3  CHICAGO – 3
OFFSIDES:  BOSTON – 9 CHICAGO –1

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY:
BOSTON – Anglea Hucles (caution; Reckless Tackle) 30
CHICAGO – Marian Dalmy (caution; Reckless Tackle) 73
CHICAGO – Nikki Krzysik (caution; Reckless Tackle) 82

Referee: Veronica Brito
Referee’s Assistants: Veronica Perez, Miguel Panduro, Jr.
4th Official: Stephanie Toth
Time of Game: 1:52
Attendance: 4,118
Weather: 45 degrees with intermittent rain

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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CHICAGO RED STARS TO BROADCAST TWO GAMES REGIONALLY, TWO ON WEB

Posted by iamhannah on April 24, 2009

DEAN LINKE AND DANIELLE SLATON NAMED AS BROADCAST TEAM

Bridgeview, Ill. (April 23, 2009) – The Chicago Red Stars announce the addition of four games to the team’s 2009 broadcasting schedule.  Two Red Stars games will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet and two will be webcasted through the team’s website, www.chicagoredstars.com.

The broadcast schedule kicks off this Saturday as Chicago hosts the Boston Breakers for a 7:30 match at TOYOTA PARK.  The game will be available via webcast in the United States.  Comcast SportsNet will televise two of the Red Stars’ meetings with FC Gold Pride this season, Sunday, June 7th at Santa Clara, Calif., and Sunday, July 12th in Bridgeview.  A second webcast will be available for Chicago’s home game against the Washington Freedom July 26th.

Dean Linke, former play-by-play voice of the WUSA’s Carolina Courage, will serve as lead broadcaster for the Red Stars this season.  A graduate of Ohio University, Linke served as a press officer for the U.S. Women’s National Team in the early 1990’s and is a regular in the broadcast booth, calling play-by-play for the NSCAA Men’s and Women’s College Game of the Week on Fox Soccer Channel as well as soccer for the Big Ten Network.

“I’m thrilled to be able to get back into women’s professional soccer,” said Linke.  “I always felt that the WUSA was an amazing product, featuring the highest level of women’s soccer on the planet, and I have no doubt that this new league and the Red Stars will display the same excitement.  I can’t wait to get started.”

Joining Linke in the booth as an analyst is former U.S. Women’s National Team member Danielle Slaton.  Currently an assistant women’s soccer coach at Northwestern University, Slaton is a five-year veteran of the national team including a member of the 2000 Olympics and 2003 World Cup teams.  A number one overall draft pick in the 2002 WUSA draft, Slaton led the Carolina Courage to a championship and was named the league’s defender of the year.

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Sky Blue FC Withstands Red Stars, Weather to Earn Draw on the Road

Posted by iamhannah on April 20, 2009

Bridgeview, Ill. (April 19, 2009) – On a harsh, rainy day, Sky Blue FC withstood a first-half barrage from the Chicago Red Stars to claim a point on the road with a 0-0 tie in Women’s Professional Soccer action. The game was the home opener for the Red Stars at Toyota Park with 5,824 fans braving the conditions.

Despite a strong showing after halftime, Sky Blue FC couldn’t find the back of the net. Fortunately for the visitors, their defense was good enough to hold the Red Stars. Sky Blue FC goalkeepers Karen Bardsley and Jenni Branam split the shutout – Sky Blue FC’s first of the season – with Bardsley recording four saves before leaving the game at halftime with back spasms. Branam posted two saves in the second half.

For the game, Chicago held a 19-8 advantage in shots with most of those coming in the first half, but Sky Blue FC had the more dangerous chances in the game.

“It was great to be a part of history here in Chicago – it was a good crowd and the fans in Chicago are hardcore just like the fans in New Jersey,” said Sky Blue FC Head Coach and General Manager Ian Sawyers. “Coming away with the point on the road is not the perfect outcome. We played much better in the second half and created more chances.”

With the tie, Sky Blue FC stands at 0-1-2 for two points and fifth place in WPS. Chicago now stands at 1-0-2 for five points and third place.

In the opening half, the Red Stars had the better of the play holding a 13-3 advantage in shots while earning 10 corner kicks but the home side couldn’t find the back of the net.

In the 21st minute, Sky Blue FC nearly opened the scoring. Sarah Walsh carried forward before placing a perfectly-weighted splitting ball into the box. Fellow Australian Collette McCallum flew in on the left and beat Red Stars keeper Caroline Jonsson to the ball but her soft chip skimmed off the top of the bar and over.

For the rest of the first half, Sky Blue FC did well to avoid giving up a goal as Chicago pressed. In the 35th minute, Sky Blue FC keeper Karen Bardsley came well off her line to challenge Megan Rapinoe, who controlled the ball along the endline before firing over the goal from an angle. Seconds later, Carli Lloyd went right at Bardsley from distance.

In the 39th minute, the Red Stars came close off a crazy sequence. Karen Carney served a ball in from the right that was flicked on goal by Christiane but Sky Blue FC defender Keeley Dowling was there to clear the ball off the line. On the ensuing play, Rapinoe attempted a bicycle kick from just inside the box that was tipped over the bar by Bardsley.

Right before the halftime whistle, Carney blasted a free kick that was punched over by Bardsley, who took no chances in the wet conditions.

Sky Blue FC came out strong after the break and created the best chances in the second half. The visitors almost made a statement early when Kacey White served in a nice ball in the 48th minute but Julianne Sitch couldn’t turn her header on goal.

In the 61st minute, Sky Blue FC responded with a great counter attack started by Heather O’Reilly, who carried forward before finding Walsh on the right. Her cross went all the way through the box before finding White on the other side of the box. White cut the ball for McCallum but her first-time shot went over the goal from eight yards out.

After McCallum missed the far post from an angle off a nice feed from O’Reilly in the 73rd minute, Sky Blue FC came up with a pretty buildup eight minutes later orchestrated by White in the center of the park. At the end of the possession, White found second-half substitute Natasha Kai and she evaded a defender at the top of the box before blasting a shot that was stopped by Jonsson.

The Red Stars gave their fans a glimmer of hope and Sky Blue FC a big scare in the closing seconds of stoppage time. The ball fell right to the foot of Lindsey Tarpley at the top of the box, but her hard shot was right at Branam, who held on to save the tie for Sky Blue FC.

April 19, 2009 – Toyota Park    1    2    –    F
Sky Blue FC (0-1-2)    0    0    –    0
Chicago Red Stars (1-0-2)    0    0    –    0

Lineups:
Sky Blue FC – 1-Karen Bardsley (GK) (23-Jenni Branam 45′), 38-Julianne Sitch (D), 17-Keeley Dowling (D), 5-Anita Asante (D), 12-Meghan Schnur (D), 20-Kacey White (M), 4-Jen Buczkowski (M), 7-Kelly Parker (M) (6-Natasha Kai 62′), 14-Collette McCallum (F) (10-Yael Averbuch 85′), 9-Heather O’Reilly-Capt. (F), 8-Sarah Walsh (F)

Chicago Red Stars – 1-Caroline Jonsson (GK), 2-Marian Dalmy (D), 4-Ifeoma Dieke (D), 23-Nikki Krzysik (D), 6-Brittany Klein (D) (24-Jill Oakes 76′), 10-Carli Lloyd (M), 12-Chioma Igwe (M), 8-Megan Rapinoe (M), 5-Lindsay Tarpley-Capt. (M), 11-Cristiane (F) (3-Ella Masar 63′), 14-Karen Carney (F)

Referee: Jennifer Bennett
Referee’s Assistants: Donald Dellavia; Kristine West
4th official: Stephanie Toth
Attendance: 5,824
Weather: Rainy & 49 degrees

Cautions:
Sky Blue FC – Julianne Sitch 26′, Meghan Schnur 60′
Chicago Red Stars – Ella Masar 78′

Ejections:
None

Courtesy of: Sky Blue FC

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Highlights from the Freedom and Red Stars’ 1-1 tie

Posted by iamhannah on April 13, 2009

Highlights from the Washington Freedom and Chicago Red Stars’ 1-1 tie on April 11, 2009 including Lindsay Tarpley’s second goal in as many games and the Freedom’s first WPS goal, tallied by Becky Sauerbrunn.

Courtesy of: WPS

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CHICAGO RED STARS OPEN WPS SEASON WITH 1-0 WIN OVER SAINT LOUIS

Posted by iamhannah on April 5, 2009

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. (APRIL 4, 2009) – Lindsay Tarpley’s goal in the 78th minute lifted the Chicago Red Stars to victory in the team’s inaugural game, a 1-0 win over Saint Louis Athletica Saturday night in front of 5,008 fans at Ralph Korte Stadium.

Defender Marian Dalmy picked up the assist on the game’s lone tally in a match the Red Stars played largely in their own half of the pitch.  Pushing forward along the right flank, Dalmy served a dangerous, dipping ball just over the back line to Tarpley, who ran into the box and volleyed the ball with her left foot to the far right post.  The ball sailed past outstretched Athletica keeper Hope Solo and into the net.

“It happened so fast,” Tarpley said after the match.  “Marian played a great ball into the box and I made a back post run and got through, and I was just there to finish it off.”

It was just the second shot after intermission for Chicago, which was outshot 15-7 by Athletica in the match.  Both teams managed four shots on goal, with Red Stars keeper Caroline Jönsson recording all four saves.  Athletica keeper Hope Solo stopped three shots.

Athletica had several chances to earn a draw late in the match on a series of fouls called deep in the Chicago end.  The best scoring opportunity came in the 90th minute, when Red Stars defender Nikki Krzysik was whistled for a foul on Athletica’s Lori Chalupny.  The Chicago defense blocked Daniela’s free kick, but couldn’t clear the ball out of danger.  Lisa Stoia was able to track down the loose ball and fire off a shot, which Jönsson snared.  Danger averted, the Red Stars controlled the ball for the final two minutes of extra time to earn the franchise’s first win.

“For the girls today I think there was an awful lot of emotion and anxiety coming into the game,” said Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes.  “I thought they did well.  You come away from home and defend like that; I think we deserved to nick the winner in the end.”

The Red Stars nearly got on the board in the 45th minute.  Dalmy played the ball to Carli Lloyd who fired a hard shot from the right side of the box.  Solo made the initial save but the ball popped free in the air directly at Lindsay Tarpley, who headed a sharp drive straight back at the goal.  Solo made the second save and wrapped up the ball off the second chance.

The first half was controlled by Athletica’s offense.  Saint Louis recorded eight shots to Chicago’s four in the first half, including an early chance in the eighth minute.  Lori Chalupny found Angie Woznuk free on the right side of the box, and the midfielder hammered a shot to the upper right corner that Jönsson was able to parry away.

Chicago’s first shot on goal in franchise history came in the 25th minute.  Karen Carney took a run on the right side from just past midfield all the way into the box before firing a ball that Solo briefly bobbled before corralling.

Jönsson made another strong save in the 40th minute off an Athletica corner.  Melissa Tancredi sent a header on goal off the corner kick from Kerri Hanks, but again Jönsson denied the opportunity.

The Red Stars return to action Saturday, April 11th at Washington Freedom.  The game will be played at Washington’s RFK Stadium.

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Scoring Summary
CHI – Tarpley, 1 (Dalmy, 1) 78th

GOALS                  1             2              Total
Chicago                0              1              1
Saint Louis           0              0              0

SHOTS                  1             2              Total
Chicago               4              3              7
Saint Louis           8              7              15

SOG                       1             2              Total
Chicago                                3              1              4
Saint Louis           3              1              4

SAVES                   1             2              Total
Chicago                3              1              4
Saint Louis           3              0              4

CORNERS            1             2              Total
Chicago               2              0              2
Saint Louis           3              2              5

OFFSIDES             1             2              Total
Chicago               0              0              0
Saint Louis           0              1              1

FOULS                   1             2              Total
Chicago               4              10           14
Saint Louis           4              4              8
LINEUPS:
CHI: Jonsson, Dalmy, Krzysik, Dieke, Ostberg, Klein, Lloyd, Tarpley, Carney, Rapinoe (Adams, 68th), Masar
STL : Solo, Ellertson (Gray, 65th), McNeill, Larsson, Tancredi, Woznuk, Stoia, Chalupny, Daniela, Aluko (Francielle, 84th), Hanks

ATTENDANCE:  5,008

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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