Where to Watch the Womens World Cup

Where to Watch the Womens World Cup
Chicago Red Stars captain Lori Chalupny (left) and Julie Johnston help the US Women capture the World Cup over the summer

The Chicago Red Stars are going all out for soccer's biggest stage, as the Womens World Cup  gets underway Friday night. The Red Stars, who currently own the best record in the NWSL at 4-0-3, are hosting watch parties throughout the Chicago area during the tournament..

All the better to watch the Red Stars' talent compete at the sport's highest level, including defender Julie Johnston, defender-midfielder Lori Chalupny, midfielder Shannon Boxx and forward Christen Press, who are all part of the American roster. Goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc and strikers Melissa Tancredi and Adriana Leon will be doing battle for host country Canada, and defender Abby Erceg is set to captain the national side of New Zealand.

Chicago Red Star Christen Press will represent the US Women's National Soccer Team at the Women's World Cup

Chicago Red Star Christen Press will represent the US Women's National Soccer Team at the Women's World Cup

According to a press release issued by the team, all watch parties for U.S. Women’s National Team games will include Red Stars player appearances and exciting giveaways and contest prizes, such as tickets, merchandise, and items signed by World Cup players.

The first Womens World Cup watch party will be held at AJ Hudson’s Public House in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood for the June 6 tournament opener between Canada and China as well as the Red Stars’ away meeting with Western New York Flash. The event will be co-hosted by the club’s supporters group Chicago Local 134.

Next, the Red Stars and CJ Wilson Mazda join forces on June 8 to host a watch party at the automobile dealership’s Countryside location for the U.S. Women’s first group match against Australia, with a separate event to be held at Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downers Grove. All World Cup watch parties at Ballydoyle will be co-hosted by Red Stars partner Soccer 2000.

The meeting between Chicago’s Canadian trio and Abby Erceg’s New Zealand on June 11 will be shown at AJ Hudson’s in Lakeview.

Watch parties for both the Americans’ June 12 clash with Sweden and the final group match against Nigeria on June 16, events being hosted at Ballydoyle in Downers Grove and at Timmy O’Toole’s Pub in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. The watch parties at Timothy O’Toole’s are co-hosted by U.S. National Team supporters group American Outlaws.

The Red Stars will be using, and encourage fans to use, the Twitter hashtag #CRSWWC for tweets relating to any of their players competing in the World Cup. Several members of supporters group Chicago Local 134 will be traveling to Canada and will be joined on their trip by Lil Chups, a miniature-sized doll version of Red Stars captain Lori Chalupny. Photos and accounts of the adventures of #LilChups will be shared on the team’s social media accounts.

All Chicago fans planning to be in Canada during the World Cup are encouraged to take pictures of themselves in their Red Stars gear and tag @chicagoredstars, using the hashtag #CRSWWC when sharing on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for a chance to win "awesome prizes" throughout the tournament.

The Red Stars play one NWSL home game during the World Cup, a June 20 blockbuster clash with visiting second-place outfit Washington Spirit. The July 18 meeting with visiting Western New York Flash is both the club’s Pride Night event and the Welcome Back match for the international players. Single-game and season tickets for the 2015 campaign may be purchased by calling 773-698-6001 or by visiting www.chicagoredstars.com.

 

Could a 'Brandi Chastain' moment like this happen among the current USWNT stars? Wait and see....

Could a 'Brandi Chastain' moment like this happen among the current USWNT stars? Wait and see....

Chicago Red Stars 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup Watch Parties – Complete Schedule 

Saturday, June 6

Canada vs. China 5 p.m. CT

Chicago Red Stars vs. Western New York Flash 6 p.m. CT

AJ Hudson’s Public House, 3801 N Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60613 (co-hosted by Chicago Local 134)

Event starts: 4:30 p.m. CT

 

Monday, June 8

USA vs. Australia 6:30 p.m. CT

CJ Wilson Mazda, 6060 S La Grange Rd, Countryside, IL 60525 (co-hosted by CJ Wilson Mazda)

Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (co-hosted by Soccer 2000)

Events start: 6 p.m. CT

 

Thursday, June 11

Canada vs. New Zealand 8 p.m. CT

AJ Hudson’s Public House, 3801 N Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60613

Event starts 7:30 p.m. CT

 

Friday, June 12

USA vs. Sweden 7 p.m. CT

Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (co-hosted by Soccer 2000)

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N Fairbanks Ct, Chicago, IL 60611 (co-hosted by American Outlaws)

Events start: 6:30 p.m. CT

 

Tuesday, June 16

USA vs. Nigeria 7 p.m. CT

Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (co-hosted by Soccer 2000)

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N Fairbanks Ct, Chicago, IL 60611 (co-hosted by American Outlaws)

Events start: 6:30 p.m. CT

 

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