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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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Lady of the Match: Your guess is as good as mine

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It's only a matter of time before this frown turns upside down. Red Stars battle the Independence this Saturday at Toyota Park, 6PM - don't miss the action! 

Saturday, May 8th vs FC Gold Pride in Hayward, CA
Final: Red Stars 0 - 2 FC Gold Pride
Highlights: Video Highlights - Red Stars vs FC Gold Pride

It's unfortunate more WPS games aren't televised or shown on the web, it makes it difficult to report back on games, give input on players, or pick a player of the game - that on top of the fact that the Red Stars lost 2-0 is why we've decided not to nominate someone for Lady of the Match this week. 

I would like to add that it sounds like Jill Loyden had another fantastic game, so she is our honorary Lady of the Match Runner Up. "Jillian had a fantastic game," Hayes said of the Chicago goalkeeper. "She was our player of the match. She had a great game and kept us in it."

The Red Stars next game is this Saturday at Toyota Park against the Philadelphia Independence at 6PM.  This is the first time the Stars and Independence will face off - don't miss this game, call 1-866-WPS-2009 for ticket information!

Video Highlights: Red Stars vs FC Gold Pride

  • The Red Stars lost to FC Gold Pride 2-0 on Saturday
  • Ifeoma Dieke was red carded in the 25th minute
  • Because of the red card, Emma Hayes had to make an early defensive substitution, which allowed Natalie Spilger to see the field for the first time this season
  • Jill Loyden saved her first PK of the year - 7 saves total in the match
  • Tiffeny Milbrett (FCGP) scored just before the half in the 45th minute of the game
  • Kelley O'Hara (FCGP) scored in the 78th minute and was assisted by Kimberly Yorkers
  • The Red Stars are now 1-3-1 and FC Gold Pride is 4-1-0

Cristiane is RED HOT!

Cristiane's history making hat-trick on Sunday made her a perfect candidate for WPS player of the week. This is the second consecutive week that a Red Stars player has won this honor.

Here's a look at Cristiane's goals through photos:

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Cristiane scores her first goal of the match against FC Gold Pride with a penalty kick. This was the first goal via a penalty kick in Red stars history.

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Cristiane receives an amazing ball from Rapinoe, beats the keeper, and the ball makes it's way through FC Gold Pride defenders

More photos...

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Red Stars make WPS history again

5,127 fans came out to celebrate history at Toyota Park last night by remembering the USWNT 1999 World Cup Championship. But what they didn't realize was that they'd also witness WPS and RS history that evening.   

Red Stars forward, Cristiane, scored the first ever hat-trick in the WPS, this included the first goal scored off of a penalty kick (31st minute) in Red Stars history.  

The Red Stars upset FC Gold Pride with a score of 3-1 and have moved into the 5th spot of the WPS standings.  The CRS now face a two game road trip as they travel to the east coast to play the Boston Breakers this Wednesday and FC Sky Blue on Sunday.  

Red Stars strive for 3 points against FC Gold Pride on Sunday

We're not frowning anymore!

After Chicago defeated Washington last week the Red Stars are hopeful that they'll make a run for a spot in the playoffs late in the season.

The Chicago Red Stars take on FC Gold Pride this Sunday at Toyota Park at 7PM.  Come cheer them on, as they fight for a win that could push them closer to playoff contention. (Red Stars Look to Continue Playoff Push vs. FC Gold Pride Sunday)

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[Image Courtesy of Pott Rodriguez]

Red Stars celebrate the 1999 World Cup


Chicago Red Stars celebrate 1999 this Sunday

The Chicago Red Stars are celebrating then ten year anniversary of the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup Championship this Sunday when the Red Stars take on FC Gold Pride- 7PM at Toyota Park.

World Cup heroes Brandi Chastain, Tiffeny Milbrett, Briana Scurry, and Kate Markgraf will be on hand to celebrate the anniversary and interact with Red Stars fans throughout the July 12 game against FC Gold Pride. To commemorate this historic anniversary, the Red Stars are offering a special 99 cent ticket offer for Sunday's game. Purchase your first ticket for only 99 cents and all accompanying tickets will be discounted at the group rate. The first 100 fans who take advantage of this offer with tickets in the midfield section will be able to have their photos taken with Brandi Chastain, Briana Scurry and the 1999 FIFA World Cup trophy.

Additionally, prior to the game all fans will have the opportunity to meet U.S. '99 goalkeeper Briana Scurry and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive PUMA Cheer Stix and make sure you visit the PUMA lounge in the pre-game fun zone.

Tickets are on sale now through the Red Stars office at 1-866-WPS-2009 or by logging on to

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Red Stars at FC Gold Pride Highlights

If you weren't able to catch the Red Stars game against FC Gold Pride this Sunday then you can find highlights to the game here.

Lindsay Tarpley and Cristiane are now tied as leading goal scorers for the Red Stars nine games into their season.



Another Tie on the Road for the Red Stars

The Red Stars faced FC Gold Pride on Sunday, June 7th in Santa Clara, CA and hoped for a victory that would push them to the second spot of the league standings tied with the Washington Freedom at 12 points apiece.

FC Gold Pride netted a goal in the 14th minute of play when Eriko Arakawa slipped the ball across the box to Christine Sinclair of FC Gold Pride beating both Marian Dalmy and Caroline Jonsson, while finding the back of the net.  This early goal would surely test the Red Stars character.  Would their heads fall? 

The Stars tenacity prevailed and early in the second half Chioma Igwe knocked the ball wide to winger, Megan Rapinoe, who found the head of Cristiane near the six yard line.  Cristiane headed the ball down towards the far post making its way past an FC Gold's defense and into the goal.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw, as neither team was able to rally for another goal for the win.

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Photo Courtsey of Rose Torre

The Chicago Red Stars show their appreciation to their west coast supporters.

This Saturday, June 13th, the Chciago Red Stars will make history when they join the Chicago Fire in the first ever WPS/MLS double-header against the Washington Freedom and DC United.  Who will Obama be supporting? Decisions, decisions...  I have a feeling both Chciago teams are thinking, "pick me!"

This Weekend in Soccer...

  • The Red Stars (2-3-3-) play against FC Gold Pride (3-5-1) today at 7 PM central on Comcast SportsNet. Currently FC Gold Pride are just one point above the Red Stars in the WPS standings. Find more news on the game at the Chicago Red Stars site.


  • Friday night the Chicago Fire lost to the Houston Dynamo 1-0 with a goal in the fourth minute of play. Even with the loss, they remain in first place in the Eastern Conference standings with 21 points.  Although the Fire didn't come out of the match with 3 pts, Section 8 Chicago should be applauded for their efforts: Friday Night Lights.  


  • The US defeated Hondoras 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Soldier Field with goals from Landon Donavon and Carlos Bocanegra.   With this win the US still occupy their second place spot in their World Cup qualifying group. The top three teams within the group automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the fourth place team will need to qualify by beating the fifth place team from South America in a playoff series.



  • FC Indiana, another powerhouse of the W-League, destroyed Kalamazoo 4-0.  Rumor has it that Kalamazoo is a much improved team over last year's squad- a promising sign for the future of the WPS. 

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