Posted on 14 July 2010 by mwkajdas
Two months ago, the Chicago Red Stars fired Emma Hayes, their coach of one and a quarter seasons and replaced her with their current coach, Omid Namazi. Despite building a team that, for the most part, dominated play against its opponents, especially in the second halves of games, the complaint against Hayes was that her team was not only not winning enough games but it was not scoring very many goals either. So has the Red Stars new coach solved the two problems that plagued the tenure of Emma Hayes? Read on at ASN's WPS page
Posted on 31 May 2010 by mwkajdas
In what could be considered the biggest upset win of this WPS season to date, the Chicago Red Stars, at the end of a tumultuous week of changing coaches, defeated league-leading FC Gold Pride and ended their five-game winning streak with an early second-half goal from Kosovare Asllani. Michael Kajdas reports from Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., on that match.
The Boston Breakers came to Yurcak Field in New Jersey on Saturday night looking to stop two streaks, an all time winless record against defending WPS Champions Sky Blue FC and the five game winless streak they’ve carried since the second week of the season. After 90 minutes, the Breakers would leave with both still intact, playing to a 0-0 draw with Sky Blue in a game that saw Heather O’Reilly start at forward rather than her usual spot in midfield. The switch agreed with the U.S. international. “I have a lot of fun playing striker,” she said after the match. Lauren Barker reports from Piscataway, N.J.
Posted on 25 May 2010 by mwkajdas
Life if often unfair. And nowhere is this more evident than in the world of sports where coaches often lose their jobs when players fail to do theirs. On Monday, the Chicago Red Stars announced that Emma Hayes was “relieved of her duties” as head coach following the team’s dismal start to the season that saw them lose four of their first six games, all of them by shutouts. Read on at our WPS page
Posted on 16 May 2010 by mwkajdas
Like an ever-recurring nightmare, the Chicago Red Stars gave up an early goal for the third time in six games and spent the remainder of play Saturday evening against the Philadelphia Independence trying to find the equalizer that just wouldn’t come. Despite Coach Emma Hayes’ previous admonitions to her players about defending the first and last five minutes of each game, the Red Stars failed to clear the ball from in front of their net during Philadelphia’s opening assault. In reply, Amy Rodriguez found Joanna Lohman standing unguarded on the left side of the penalty area and, in the 6th minute of play, Lohman curled the ball around an unsuspecting Jillian Loyden to give Philadelphia all the scoring they would need for the night. Read the story on our WPS page
Posted on 09 May 2010 by asu
Pride keeper Nicole Barnhart
held the back line and FC Gold Pride added a fourth game to their winning streak by defeating the Chicago Red Stars 2-0. What a difference a year makes! The Pride was at the bottom of the standing around this time last year. Now they are sitting on top for the second week in a row. Photo credit: ©2010 Patricia Giobetti. Read the story at our WPS page
Posted on 26 April 2010 by mwkajdas
The Chicago Red Stars, who have yet to score against Sky Blue FC, found the back of the net twice Saturday, only to have both goals negated by offside calls. Meanwhile the visitors, who showed little offense throughout the match, once again took advantage of a broken play to score the single goal through Natasha Kai to decide the game in their favor.ASN's Michael Kajdas reports from Toyota Park
Posted on 12 April 2010 by lbarker
Heather O'Reilly and Natasha Kai
combined for an early goal that would be all defending WPS champions Sky Blue FC needed Sunday night in their home opener. The visiting Chicago Red Stars came close but were unable to break through against their hosts, eventually coming up on the wrong end of a 1-0 result. Chicago has never won in five games against Sky Blue. ASN's Lauren Barker reports from Yurcak Field.
Posted on 07 April 2010 by mwkajdas
The Chicago Red Stars, 2009 vintage (pictured). Fans who have not been following off-season developments may not recognize their team when they see them this year. Of the 18 players who made up the 2009 roster, only eight remain. But the Red Stars will still be playoff contenders, while providing entertainment aplenty in a league that is absolutely steeped in talent.ASN's Michael Kajdas reports from the Windy City
Posted on 30 January 2010 by mwkajdas
Two weeks ago last Thursday, on the eve of the Women's Professional Soccer draft, Chicago Red Stars’ front office staff were running around like their hair was on fire in a desperate attempt to acquire a replacement for starting goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson. The resulting trade of team captain Lindsay Tarpley to St. Louis Athletica in exchange for their backup goalkeeper, Jillian Loyden, stunned the WPS world and left Red Stars fans aged eight to 80 crying into their pillows that evening. In keeping with the WPS’ Corleone rules for dealing with the press (“Never let anyone outside the family know what you’re thinking!”), the Red Stars remained tight-lipped about the trade at the time.
Further details have been shed on the situation, however. Read on here
Posted on 19 January 2010 by ASN Staff
Friday night in Philadelphia, PUMA and Women’s Professional Soccer unveiled the new 2010 WPS Home and Away Uniforms, including the official kit debut of the newest franchises, the Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence. The launch event, which took place hours after the 2010 WPS Draft, highlighted veteran players from the league’s nine teams as well as newly drafted professional players who proudly wore their team colors for the first time. Click here to go directly to the photo gallery
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