CHICAGO – The Chicago Red Stars officially kick off the 2017 season with the first preseason training today, Monday, March 13. Over the course of the coming weeks, Head Coach Rory Dames and his staff will evaluate the roster and ultimately narrow it down to a group of 20 talented players.
The current roster has plenty of familiar faces that will be returning to Chicago, including U.S. Women’s National Team members Alyssa Naeher, Julie Johnston, Christen Press and Casey Short, along with 2016 Best XI defender Arin Gilliland.
Chicago will take part in five preseason matches before the regular season begins, including traveling to Portland for the Thorns Invitational. The complete preseason schedule can be found here.
Preseason Roster Breakdown:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Michele Dalton, Alyssa Naeher
DEFENDERS (7): Arin Gilliland, Sarah Gorden, Samantha Johnson, Julie Johnston, Katie Naughton, Emily Richardson, Casey Short
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jackie Altschuld, Danielle Colaprico, Taylor Comeau, Vanessa DiBernardo, Ashley Gogolin, Lauren Kaskie, Kourtney Kutscher, Morgan Proffitt, Courtney Raetzman, Sofia Huerta, Alyssa Mautz, Mary Luba, Brittany Ratcliffe
FORWARDS (8): Ashleigh Ellenwood, Janelle Flaws, Summer Green, Jennifer Hoy, Simone Kolander, Stephanie McCaffrey, Christen Press, Cara Walls