Chicago Red Stars Announce 25-Player Preseason Roster

CHICAGO  – The Chicago Red Stars today announced their 25-player National Women’s Soccer League preseason roster. As per league rules, the team was required to pare down its roster to just 25 spots.

Three of the team’s Canadian internationals, Karina LeBlanc, Adriana Leon, and Rachel Quon, arrived to Chicago last night, with Julie Johnston, the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft due in to town today.

Entering their second week of training camp, the team kicked off this week with a 10am CT lifting session in Oak Brook, Ill, followed by a 2pm CT training session at the Red Stars official indoor training facility partner, the Darien SportsPlex in Darien, Ill.

Today, the team trains from 9am CT – 11am CT at Darien SportsPlex before a team yoga session at Yoga By Degrees.

The Chicago Red Stars will travel to Fenton, Missouri on Saturday to open their preseason schedule against NWSL Midwest rival FC Kansas City. Kickoff begins at 7pm CT.

The Red Stars open NWSL regular season play on April 19 against Abby Wambach and Western New York Flash in a Toyota Park doubleheader with the Chicago Fire at 5pm CT. For tickets, please visit or call 773.697.8699.

Training Camp Notes:


Forwards: Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars), Hayley Brock (University of Maryland), Micaela Castain (Washington State), Annie Worden (Fordham University)

Midfielders: Zakiya Bywaters (Chicago Red Stars), Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Adriana Leon (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars), Julianne Sitch (Chicago Red Stars), Vanessa DiBernardo (University of Illinois), Kelly McCloskey (University of San Diego), Niki Read (University of Illinois)

Defenders: Taryn Hemmings (Chicago Red Stars), Amy LePeilbet (Chicago Red Stars), Jackie Santacaterina (Chicago Red Stars), Michelle Wenino (Chicago Red Stars), Rachel Quon (Chicago Red Stars), Torri Allen (Univ. of Georgia),  Jessy Battelli (University of Denver), Heather Cooke (Loyola University – MD), Samantha Johnson (University of Southern California), Kecia Morway (Colorado College)

Goalkeepers: Karina LeBlanc (Chicago Red Stars) Taylor Vancil (Chicago Red Stars), Clara Kridler (Purdue University)

Head Coach: Rory Dames
First Assistant Coach: Trae Manny
Second Assistant Coach: Christian Lavers
Head Athletic Trainer: Cherlyne Carlos, ATC, NASM-PES
Physical Therapist: Bria Wanzung, PT/ATC
Team Doctors: Pietro Tonino, MD and Haemi Choi, MD
Team Chiropractor: Dr. Robert Smith
General Manager: Alyse LaHue

* U.S. Women’s National team forward Christen Press will join the team in June after finishing her Swedish league season with Tyreso, while Canadian international Melissa Tancredi will join the Red Stars in June after completing chiropractic school.

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