Category: USWNT

IS CONTROVERSY OVER POSING NUDE A THING OF THE PAST?

In another era, the very thought of athletes posing nude, no matter how artfully, would have led to a revolt by parents, the town council and the church. Morals clauses would have been put into effect, and the person posing would have been shunned by ‘decent’ townsfolk.  Today, it seems that a very different era... Read more »

Chicago Red Stars: Strong Core and Young Talent Makes for Promising Season

Chicago Red Stars: Strong Core and Young Talent Makes for Promising Season
As the Chicago Red Stars  (0-1) take on FC Kansas City (1-0)  at home on Saturday, April 22, it’ll mark their 10th consecutive season as a professional women’s soccer team. Established in 2007 by former Chicago Fire executive Peter Wilt, the team began play at Toyota Park in 2009, and remained a fixture at the... Read more »

Happy Equal Pay Day?

Happy Equal Pay Day?
Equal Pay Day? I really can’t celebrate it. Like Disability Awareness Day, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and every other month, Equal Pay Day is meant to bring awareness to an issue that gets little press and consequently, far less attention. According to the most recent statistics, I earn 79% of what a man would earn... Read more »
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Eight Questions with...Chicago Red Stars GM Alyse LaHue

Eight Questions with...Chicago Red Stars GM Alyse LaHue
Alyse Lahue, the General Manager of the Chicago Red Stars, has been with the women’s professional soccer league since its inception in 2007. Studying under former Chicago Fire Executive Peter Wilt, LaHue learned the secrets of building a successful franchise. Last year, the Red Stars earned their first berth in the National Women’s Soccer League... Read more »

Chicago Red Stars Return to Toyota Park in 2016

Chicago Red Stars Return to Toyota Park in 2016
Last season, the Chicago Red Stars earned their first playoff berth in the NWSL, on the strength of Women’s World Cup gold medalists Christen Press, Lori Chalupny, and Julie Johnston, playing to sellout crowds at Benedictine University/Village of Lisle Sports Complex, their home since 2011. On December 11, General Manager Alyse LaHue announced the Red... Read more »

Shannon Boxx ends a storied 16-year soccer career 'for family'

Shannon Boxx ends a storied 16-year soccer career 'for family'
Two weeks ago, the Chicago Red Stars’ Shannon Boxx, fresh off a Women’s World Cup victory, startled a media gathering with the announcement that she would retire. At the time, it sounded as if she’d finish the NWSL season, hopefully helping the Chicago Red Stars make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.... Read more »
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What did I tell The Oregonian about the Women's World Cup kits?

What did I tell The Oregonian about the Women's World Cup kits?
In honor of Throwback Thursday, I’d like to leave a word of wisdom at your doorstep: Kids, never shut a friend out of your life. Take it from  the Token Female, who’s been blessed to keep contact, via Facebook, with almost everyone who’s meant something to her throughout her life. As well as becoming friends/following... Read more »

US Soccer plays catch-up, Hope Solo suspended 30 days, Women's World Cup...?

US Soccer plays catch-up, Hope Solo suspended 30 days, Women's World Cup...?
 “Thirty days seemed to be the appropriate suspension under our rules, given the circumstances,” he said. “There are a number of things that Hope (Solo) is being asked to do in that 30 days. We’re not going to get into the specifics of that. We’ll evaluate where things stand at the end of that period... Read more »

UPDATE: Chicago Red Stars women's soccer on five-game winning streak, ESPN broadcasts

UPDATE: Chicago Red Stars women's soccer on five-game winning streak, ESPN broadcasts
They’ve been on the road for four weeks. But it’s been the luckiest month in the seven-year history of the Chicago Red Stars.  On Wednesday, in Piscataway, New Jersey, against the likes of the USWNT’s Christie Rampone, the Chicago Red Stars were able to take control towards the second part of the first half.  They... Read more »
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Toyota Park a Lucky Place for Chicago Red Stars

Toyota Park a Lucky Place for Chicago Red Stars
From 2009-2010, the Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer team called Toyota Park home.  In 2012, they returned to the Bridgeview, Illinois facility to win the National Women’s Cup Final. Five seasons after they first stepped into Toyota Park, the Red Stars returned home in a special anniversary celebration, a first-ever doubleheader match with the... Read more »