CHICAGO (Feb. 5, 2013) – The Chicago Red Stars have added three more free agents to their list of five for the upcoming NWSL season, including Lori Chalupny, Taryn Hemmings, and Ella Masar. This follows Friday’s announcement of midfielder Leslie Osborne. Per league and team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The Red Stars will be announcing their 5th free agent in the near future.
Chalupny, a 29-year-old versatile midfielder from St. Louis and also captain of the 2008 gold-medal Olympic USWNT with 92 caps, returns to Chicago for her second season. She was an integral part of the 2012 Red Stars team that contended in the WPSL Elite final. In between seasons she spent time in Sweden with team AIK.
Another member of that team 2012 Chicago team, and long-time Red Star, forward Ella Masar, will also remain in the Windy City this season. The Illinois-native was the Red Stars leading scorer on their 2010 WPS team and later went on to play a season with French side Paris Saint-Germain. Like Chalupny, the opportunity to play close to home played a role in her decision to remain with Chicago.
“Getting to play at home makes this crazy whirlwind of the last couple years come into perspective,” said the 26-year-old Masar. “I have had some amazing experiences throughout my years of being a pro player, but nothing has ever been quite like home!”
“To have an organization, staff, and coach that believes in me is something I never take for granted in playing with the Red Stars.”
To add to the above-mentioned attacking players, defender Taryn Hemmings has been brought in to bolster an already strong Red Stars backline that features Canadians Erin McLeod and Carmelina Moscato. The 26-year-old Colorado-native most recently competed with the Boston Breakers in WPS and WPSL Elite. She also spent time with Australian side Canberra.
The Red Stars will continue to fill out their roster by announcing a fifth free agent in the near future, as well as taking part in a supplemental draft on February 7, in which they have the #4 pick in each round.
The Chicago Red Stars were selected as one of 8 teams to compete in the new NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) that was formed and organized by the U.S. Soccer Federation, beginning play in April 2013. The other teams include Boston Breakers, Washington Spirit (DC), FC Kansas City, Sky Blue FC (NJ), Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, and Western NY Flash. The Red Stars were league finalists in WPSL in 2011 and in WPSL Elite in 2012, and National Cup Champions in 2012.
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