Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 NWSL: Chicago Red Stars Preview, Depth Chart & Key Players

2013: 8-6-8 (6th Place)

Head Coach: Rory Dames

Key Returners: Lori Chalupny M (18gp 5g 4a), Jackie Sanacaterina D (18gp 3g 1a), Rachel Quon D (19gp 1a), Adriana Leon F (16gp 2g 1a)
Key Newcomers: Karina LeBlanc G (21gp - Portland), Christen Press F (USWNT), Melissa Tancredi F (CanWNT)
Analysis: This offseason, the Red Stars took advantage of one of the option the NWSL has, being a huge player pool to choose from as they brought three experienced national team players who were not playing in the NWSL last season. Christen Press has scored 11 goals with the US National Team and will be joined by two Canadians in attack with new signing Melissa Tancredi and Adriana Leon who scored 2 goals last season.

Meanwhile new signing and Canadian National Team keeper Karina LeBlanc to improve a defense that already includes Rachel Quon. With Lesilie Osburne, Lori Chalupny and potentially Shannon Box spearheading the midfield, Chicago should improve as long as new signings are able to play together as a team.

2014 Prediction: 6th Place

Key Players

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