Chicago, Ill. – The Chicago Red Stars officially opened its 2016 preseason training today, Monday, March 14 in preparation of the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. Over the course of the coming weeks, Head Coach Rory Dames and his staff will look to narrow down the group of talented players to a 20-player roster.

Plenty of familiar faces will be returning to the Red Stars, including U.S. Women’s National Team players Julie Johnston and Christen Press, along with 2015 NWSL Rookie of the Year Danielle Colaprico. Fellow U.S. National Team member Alyssa Naeher joins the Red Stars after being acquired via trade during the off-season. 

Chicago will have three preseason matches before NWSL season begins. The complete 2016 Red Stars schedule can be found here.

Preseason Roster:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Michele Dalton, Alyssa Naeher, Jennifer Pelley, Brianna Smallidge

DEFENDERS (11): Kassidy Brown, Arin Gilliland, Sarah Gorden, Samantha Johnson, Julie Johnston, Adrienne Jordan, Madison Krauser, Alyssa Mautz, Katie Naughton, Casey Short, Cara Walls

MIDFIELDERS (8): Danielle Colaprico, Taylor Comeau, Amanda Da Costa, Vanessa DiBernardo, Rosie Malone-Povolny, Olivia Pappalardo, Courtney Raetzman, Rebekah Roller

FORWARDS (8): Zakiya Bywaters, Janelle Flaws, Jennifer Hoy, Sofia Huerta, Giuleana Lopez, Mary Luba, Sieja Joanie, Christen Press



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