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Emma Hayes released from coaching duties; Red Stars defeat FC Gold Pride 1-0

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mma Hayes hangs out with the British ladies of the Red Stars - Karen Carney & Katie Chapman

As most of you have already probably heard, Emma Hayes was fired from the head coaching position with the Chicago Red Stars on Monday, May 24th.  What people may not know is that what GM, Marcia McDermott said about Hayes is 100% accurate -

"I want to thank Emma for her hard work and assistance with the launch of the Red Stars franchise," Red Stars General Manager Marcia McDermott said. "This was a difficult decision to make because she poured her heart into the organization. We felt it was time for a change as we move forward and look to put together a successful run this season."

I first met Hayes about a year and a half ago when I accompanied her and Peter Wilt to an FC Indiana vs Red Eleven match in Indianapolis.  Hayes exuded with positive soccer energy the entire car ride. Other than Wilt, I have never met someone so genuinely excited about a soccer endeavor that lay at their fingertips, which I Imagine  is one of the reasons why he thought Hayes would be a great fit for the Red Stars organization.  Personally, I can wholeheartedly say that Hayes' passion for the Red Stars shined through in any interaction I had with her.

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Kate Markgraf battles it out with Christine Sinclair

Unfortunately, the Red Stars record did not match Hayes' enthusiasm for the team during her reign in Chicago. The Red Stars were just 6-14-6 when Hayes was released from her responsibilities with the team. The record was clearly not matching the talent the squad possessed.  While I have ultimate respect for Hayes passion for the game and the Chicago Red Stars, the Stars' lack of victories and goal scoring was often difficult to overlook.
I've heard from various sources that the overall mood with the team since the release of Hayes  has generally been a positive one and that Hayes may have been more of a friend figure to the team than a strict superior figure that they needed.  It can be noted from her Twitter account that Hayes was disappointed to be leaving her team behind, "Down but never out.... I miss my team and I wish them well and though the goals never flowed, I have no shame. I will be back..." (@emmahayes1)

The change in team demeanor became clear in their game against FC Gold Pride on Saturday, which the Red Stars won 1-0 with a 2nd half goal from Kosovare Asllani.  The team played as a cohesive unit- shutting down Marta, Christine Sinclair, and Tiffeny Milbrett in the attack for Gold Pride. Still, Hayes chimed in with support to her former team via Twitter, "I always knew the goals would come it was just a matter of time." As well as, "Well done Red Stars fully deserved." (@emmahayes1)

Goal scoring Asllani seems pleased with the team's result as well, "I think everybody started to think that we really need to work with each other because we have, in my opinion, the greatest team in the league and I feel like we are supposed to be on top and we started tonight. "

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The Chicago Red Stars celebrate Kosovare Asllani's 55th minute goal assisted by Marian Dalmy against FC Gold Pride. 

I'm excited to see whether or not a winning streak will continue throughout the upcoming weeks. The Red Stars will come head to head with the Atlanta Beat on Sunday, June 6th - at Toyota Park! 

Who was your Lady of the Match against FC Gold Pride? Stay tuned to find out who the Red Stars Confidential bloggers choose. 

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