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NWSL club to take on UW-Madison Friday

CHICAGO, Ill. – After defeating hosts Marquette University 3-0 on Monday evening in their first match of 2015, the Chicago Red Stars enter this week’s training sessions with the same group of players who were on the initial preseason roster on March 9. With many of the contracted players in camp, ten open tryouts invitees and five recent college draft picks continue to battle for the remaining spots on what will be a final 20-player roster for the upcoming NWSL regular season.

While U.S. international Lori Chalupny has joined up with the squad, starting and scoring in Monday’s win at Marquette, seven other Red Stars involved in their respective countries’ FIFA Women’s World Cup preparations will arrive closer to the April 18 home opener against Seattle Reign FC. In addition to Americans Christen Press, Julie Johnston and Shannon Boxx, that group includes Canadians Karina LeBlanc, Melissa Tancredi and Adriana Leon as well as New Zealand captain Abby Erceg.

With the first preseason win in the bag, Heach Coach Rory Dames’ side takes on University of Wisconsin Madison this coming Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m. CT, University of Missouri and Iowa State University (45 minutes each) on April 4 at 11 a.m. CT and University of Notre Dame on April 8 at 6 p.m. CT. On March 29, the Red Stars will hold an intra-squad exhibition, which will feature the brand-new second and third kits for 2015 as well as a catered postgame meet-and-greet with the team.

Tickets to all of the March 29 events may be purchased by calling 773-698-6001 or by clicking here.

Most training sessions will continue to be held Monday-Friday mornings (times vary) on the Oak Brook Park District outdoor turf at 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Media interested in attending and/or conducting interviews must contact Director of Communications Gunnar Berndt at 301-702-1075 or gberndt@chicagoredstars.com.

The 2015 Red Stars season kicks off on April 18 with the team’s big home opener against Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and current Shield holders Seattle Reign FC. Single-game and season tickets ($145) may be purchased by calling 773-698-6001 or by clicking here.

Complete 2015 Chicago Red Stars Preseason Schedule and Results

Date Home Away Venue Time/Score
March 16 Marquette University Chicago Red Stars Valley Fields

0-3

March 20 University of Wisconsin Madison Chicago Red Stars McClimon Track/Soccer Complex 7 p.m. CT
March 29 Chicago Red Stars Chicago Red Stars Benedictine University Sports Complex (Lisle) 10 a.m. CT
April 4 University of Missouri Chicago Red Stars Don Dallas Soccer Field 11 a.m. CT
April 8 University of Notre Dame Chicago Red Stars Alumni Stadium 6 p.m. CT

Complete 2015 Chicago Red Stars Preseason Roster

Name Position Date of birth Nationality Hometown
Michele Dalton *** Goalkeeper November 5, 1988 USA Mount Prospect, IL
Monica Gonyo *** Goalkeeper October 9, 1992 USA New Berlin, WI
Karina LeBlanc * Goalkeeper March 30, 1980 Canada Maple Ridge, BC
Abby Erceg * Defender November 20, 1989 New Zealand Whangarei, New Zealand
Jackie Esterkamp *** Defender April 7, 1991 USA Cincinnati, OH
Arin Gilliland ** Defender December 25, 1992 USA Wilmore, KY
Valerie Gonyo *** Defender October 9, 1992 USA New Berlin, WI
Taryn Hemmings Defender April 25, 1986 USA Greeley, CO
Natalie Horner *** Defender January 2, 1990 USA Columbus, OH
Leigh Jakes *** Defender March 24, 1988 USA McDonough, GA
Samantha Johnson Defender June 10, 1991 USA Palmdale, CA
Julie Johnston * Defender April 6, 1992 USA Mesa, AZ
Michelle Lomnicki Defender May 3, 1987 USA Aurora, CO
Rachel Quon * Defender May 21, 1991 Canada Lake Forest, IL
Shannon Boxx * Midfielder June 29, 1977 USA Torrance, CA
Zakiya Bywaters Midfielder July 24, 1991 USA Las Vegas, NV
Lori Chalupny * Midfielder January 29, 1984 USA St. Louis, MO
Vanessa DiBernardo Midfielder May 15, 1992 USA Naperville, IL
Kelley McCloskey *** Midfielder April 1, 1991 USA San Marino, CA
Danielle Colaprico ** Midfielder-Forward May 6, 1993 USA Freemont, NJ
Giuleana Lopez *** Midfielder-Forward July 7, 1987 USA Waukegan, IL
Alyssa Mautz Midfielder-Forward July 29, 1989 USA St. Louis, MO
Lillie Toaspern *** Midfielder-Forward August 20, 1993 USA Denver, CO
Jayden Barrett *** Forward March 15, 1991 USA Corona, CA
Hayley Brock Forward August 3, 1992 USA Acton, MA
Jen Hoy Forward January 18, 1991 USA Sellersville, PA
Sofia Huerta ** Forward December 14, 1992 USA Boise, ID
Adriana Leon * Forward October 2, 1992 Canada King City, ON
Christen Press * Forward December 29, 1988 USA Palos Verdes, CA
Melissa Tancredi * Forward December 27, 1981 Canada Hamilton, ON
Rachel Tejada ** Forward July 8, 1993 USA Troy, IL
Cara Walls ** Forward June 16, 1993 USA Wauwatosa, WI

* Player potentially involved in national team’s World Cup preparations    ** Unsigned college draftee   *** Unsigned invitee

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