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Natalie Spilger out for the count? Hardly!

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Natalie Spilger before the Red Stars' game against the Atlanta Beat with new head coach, Omid Namazi.

I missed the first few minutes of the Red Stars vs Atlanta Beat game yesterday because I was playing in my own game that didn't end until 4:30.  By the time I got into Toyota Park both teams had already made substitutions, and I didn't even realize it until I saw this photo on the WPS site today.

Spilger and Mami Yamaguchi knocked heads while fearlessly colliding in the air causing both teams to make early subs, as mentioned earlier. Spilger talks about the bloody head injury at her personal blog, which can be read here: Red Stars, Red Wounds, as well as her thoughts on the recent turn of events the Red Stars have had to face recently...

  • New Coach - Omid Namazi
  • Loss of players - Effie Dieke, Brittany Klein, Michelle Weissenhofer
  • Additions to their roster - Nikki Washington, Elise Webber, and Anita Asanti

The Red Stars tied the Beat with a score of 0-0.  They managed to lock down the Beat's offensive play, but were unsuccessful in finding the back of the net. (I hope it's not this won't continue to be the same ole story for the Stars.)

"I think every game we give our all and we put on a good performance. I think we're lacking the final third and scoring goals and that's obviously a big thing in football. We need to produce those chances and to finish them." -Katie Chapman

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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Casey "Noogie" Nogueira showing off ALL her moves

On Thursday, February 4th the Red Stars drafted Casey Nogueira in the LA Sol - Dispersal Draft.  She will add even more depth to the Stars already talented offensive line. 

Check out this video as she battles Tobin Heath (first overall 2010 WPS draft pick for the Atlanta Beat) while showing off some of their very impressive juggling skills here. And if that footwork wasn't enough to get you excited about this new addition to the Red Stars' roster, take a look at Nogueira's supreme dance moves below with former UNC teammate, Nikki Washington.

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International Draft picks being made by Philadelphia and Atlanta today

If you haven't already heard the news, the Chicago Red Stars lost both, Danesha Adams and Nikki Krzysik to the Philadelphia Independence in the Expansion Draft last week. Both ladies will be missed, and we wish them all the best in their soccer playing careers.

In further WPS draft news the WPS International Draft is taking place today for both the Philadelphia Independence and the Atlanta Beat. Both teams will pick up to five international players apiece so that their 2010 rosters will be comparable to the seven WPS teams already in existence. 

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