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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.

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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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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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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CHICAGO RED STARS AND THE GLOBE PUB ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Posted by iamhannah on March 26, 2009

Bridgeview, IL (March 26, 2009) – The Chicago Red Stars and The Globe Pub have formed a partnership, uniting Chicago’s newest professional sports franchise and the best soccer bar in the United States, as named by USSoccer.com in 2007 and 2008.  The partnership will provide soccer fans in the Windy City a way to interact with Red Stars players and transportation options to matches at TOYOTA PARK.

“The Red Stars are excited to partner with a pub known worldwide for catering to soccer fans,” said Red Stars General Manager Marcia McDermott.  “There’s no better place in Chicago to watch the inaugural WPS match than at The Globe.”

The Red Stars will kick off the inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer at The Globe on Sunday, March 29th with a viewing party for the first WPS match.  Fans of all ages can sit alongside the Red Stars players to watch the WPS season get underway as the Washington Freedom and Los Angeles Sol meet on the pitch at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.  The match begins at 5:00 pm, but the festivities will commence at 4:00 pm.  Chicago Soccer will join in the party with a t-shirt giveaway before and during the match, and Red Stars prizes will be raffled off throughout.

“The team is very excited about the start of WPS,” said Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes. “We hope our fans will come and join us in what is a historic occasion at our home pub, the Globe.”

In addition, Chicago Red Stars season ticket holders will be able to pick up their season ticket packages at the viewing party.

The Globe will also host a viewing party every Sunday night of the regular season for WPS Sunday on FOX Soccer Channel (FSC).  Five of the nationally televised contests will feature Chicago, and Red Stars players will be at The Globe for eight additional parties when the team isn’t also in action.

“We at The Globe are delighted to partner with the Chicago Red Stars,” said Globe Owner Jamie Hale.  “The Globe has always been the destination point for serious soccer fans, and this partnership with the Red Stars will give our patrons a great opportunity to interact with team players and a fun and convenient transportation option to get to Red Stars games.”

In addition, The Globe will sponsor a fan coach for the Red Stars’ first match, Saturday, April 4th at St. Louis Athletica.  The bus will depart The Globe (1934 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago) at noon and return following the Red Stars’ match.  The $50 package includes a game ticket, transportation and refreshments.  Reservations on the fan coach can be made by contacting The Globe at (773) 871-3757.

When the Red Stars are home, The Globe will also provide transportation to TOYOTA PARK.  A $15 charge covers round-trip transportation and refreshments on the bus, but not the game ticket.

Courtesy of: Chicago Red Stars

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CHICAGO RED STARS PARTNER WITH MEXICO TO FIND SOCCER MOM OF THE YEAR

Posted by iamhannah on March 24, 2009

Bridgeview, IL (March 23, 2009) – The Chicago Red Stars are teaming up with the Mexico Tourism Board to recognize the Soccer Mom of the Year in a new contest launched on www.chicagoredstars.com.

Mexico and the Red Stars know that soccer moms work tirelessly to create harmony in the family and they always find new ways to show how much they care.  The Chicago Red Stars’ Soccer Mom of the Year presented by Mexico contest will allow families to show their appreciation by nominating their mom to be pampered with a trip to Mexico!

“The Mexico Tourism Board is excited to be a part of the Chicago Red Stars Soccer Mom of the Year presented by Mexico contest because it embraces and highlights family values by encouraging girls to express why they think their moms deserve to be the winner of this award,” said Rodrigo Esponda, Director of the Mexico Tourism Board for the Midwest.  “Mexicans share many traditions that bring families and friends together, but soccer awakens a passion in Mexicans that unites the whole nation.”

“The Chicago Red Stars are thrilled to partner with the Mexico Tourism Board in this initiative to recognize soccer moms,” said Red Stars General Manager Marcia McDermott.  “We share the belief that moms are the MVPs of soccer families and deserve their day in the sun.”

Players, families and friends can log on to the Red Stars’ website (http://www.chicagoredstars.com) to nominate their mother for the Chicago Red Stars Soccer Mom of the Year presented by Mexico award.  The winning mom will be honored at halftime of the May 16th Red Stars game against FC Gold Pride at Toyota Park and receive an all-inclusive five night stay at the Grand Xcaret Occidental Resorts in Riviera Maya for two courtesy of Mexico and Apple Vacations.  Entries for the contest must be received by May 8th.

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Chicago Red Stars To Play Notre Dame, Illinois in Preseason

Posted by iamhannah on March 19, 2009

BRIDGEVIEW, IL (March 18, 2009) – The Chicago Red Stars announced the details of two exhibition games against the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois March 28th and March 31st, respectively.  These scrimmages, designed as final tune-ups prior to start of the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season, will provide the Red Stars a valuable opportunity to assess their readiness and gain cohesion against high quality opponents in advance of their season opener April 4th in Edwardsville, IL against Saint Louis Athletica.

On Saturday, March 28th, the Red Stars will face perennial NCAA power the University of Notre Dame.  The match will be played at Wedgbury Stadium at Sportscore Two, located at 8800 E. Riverside Blvd in Loves Park, IL, just outside of Rockford, IL.  Kickoff for the game will be 7 p.m.

Three days later, on Tuesday, March 31st, Chicago’s WPS side heads downstate to take on the University of Illinois in Champaign.  The 6 p.m. match at Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium will serve as a homecoming for Red Stars forward Ella Masar.  The Urbana native starred for the Fighting Illini before joining the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team and becoming a second round draft pick in the 2009 WPS Draft.

“We are excited to have these valuable opportunities to prepare for the season against a pair of outstanding opponents,” Red Stars Coach Emma Hayes said.  “The fact that we can take our team on the road and show fans around the state of Illinois what Red Stars soccer is all about makes the opportunity even better.”

As with the Red Stars’ previous local exhibition, in lieu of an admission fee, there is a suggested donation of $5.   All proceeds from the matches benefit the Chicago Red Stars Charitable Foundation, which works to provide opportunities that will benefit girls and women, provides grants to organizations who work with underprivileged youth and works to improve the health and education of girls and women in the Chicagoland area.

“The Chicago Red Stars are committed to giving back to the community,” said Executive Director of the Chicago Red Stars Charitable Foundation Amber Simons.  “We are very fortunate to be the recipient of the community’s support and we feel very privileged to be in a position to effect positive change in the lives of girls and women in the area.  We are looking forward to two exciting days of soccer.”

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Breakers, Red Stars Battle to 1-1 Draw in Florida Scrimmage

Posted by iamhannah on March 19, 2009

Lauderhill, Fla. (March 18, 2009) – Boston midfielder Kristine Lilly cancelled out a Karen Carney opener for Chicago as the Breakers and Red Stars drew, 1-1, Wednesday afternoon in a rain-filled WPS scrimmage at the Lauderhill Sports Complex in Lauderhill, Fla.
Carney, a forward with the English National Team, opened the scoring in the 17th minute from a crossing position on the right side just beyond the penalty area. Instead of crossing, Carney’s shot was chipped just beyond the reach of Boston goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill and into the top left corner of the goal.
The Breakers soon began to pressure the Red Star goal and were rewarded in the 36th minute as Lilly found the back of the net after sliding onto a loose ball in the box about six yards in front of goal. Abby Crumpton had just had her shot beat Chicago goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson, only to see it cleared off the line by a Chicago defender – creating the loose ball which Lilly pounced on.
It was the second shot in a matter of minutes in which a Red Stars defender was forced to make a saving block.  Amy Rodriguez split the defense with a through ball onto the path of Lilly, who then ran into the box and beat Jönsson, but her shot heading to the lower far corner was blocked by Chicago defender Heather Garriock.
Each team had a handful of chances the rest of the way as the teams played three 45-minute halves. The majority of the starters played at least 60 minutes before being subbed.
Lilly nearly had a second when her 64th-minute effort from a ball left off by Christine Latham in front of the penalty area ended up hitting the lower right post.  Two minutes later, Chicago midfielder Megan Rapinoe just missed to the far right post for the Red Stars.
During the third 45-minute period, Boston’s best chance came in the form of a free kick from Brittany Cooper from thirty yards out that forced a diving save from Chicago’s Lydia Williams in the 103rd minute. The Red Stars came close on a free kick from the right side of the penalty area in the 110th minute in which Michelle Wenino’s header missed wide of the far right post.
The Breakers will have one more scrimmage while in Florida on Saturday against the University of Florida.

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