WPSL Elite League was founded this season in a gap left by Women’s Professional Soccer, which chose to forgo a 2012 season and subsequently ‘permanently suspended’ operations. The Red Stars are joined in the WPSL Elite League by two other former WPS teams, Boston Breakers and Western New York Flash. Other teams in the league include former WPSL teams ASA Chesapeake Charge, FC Indiana, New England Mutiny and New York Fury that made the jump upward into the Elite League, as well as Philadelphia Fever.
While many WPS players elected to seek opportunities playing overseas, others chose to remain closer to home including former U.S. Women’s National Team captain and gold-medalist Lori Chalupny, a St. Louis native.
“It is a great opportunity to improve as a player and continue to grow women’s soccer in the United States,” Chalupny remarked.
The Red Stars added several other WPS veterans including Chicagoland natives Jen Buczkowski and Julianne Sitch, who will look to feature prominently in the Red Stars opening day roster. Another fan favorite who was recently announced, Ella Masar, is still under contract with French side Paris Saint-Germain and will not be available for the FC Indiana series.
The Red Stars two opening contests are against one of the more interesting teams in the league. FC Indiana’s Head Coach, Shek Borkowski, recently became Women’s Technical Director of the Haitian Women’s National Team and their roster heavily features players from that delegation.
FC Indiana opened their season against a strong WNY Flash side last week, falling 4-1. They then lost 4-1 to Boston Breakers Friday night in front of a packed Boston home crowd. FC Indiana will finish their road opening series at Chicago on Sunday. With FC Indiana having two games under their belt by Sunday’s opener, the Red Stars side will rely heavily on their veteran players to be ready for a strong start.
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About the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL):
The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is the largest national Women’s Soccer League in the world. With more than 70-plus women’s soccer teams, the WPSL is the leading amateur soccer league in America. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The WPSL's mission is to provide opportunities to further the women’s soccer game for the aspiring professional, international-
About the WPSL Elite League:
With the addition of three former Women's Professional Soccer teams, the WPSL Elite League is now the highest level women's soccer league in America. The leage features eight teams: Former WPS franchises Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, and 2011 WPS Champion Western New York Flash; WPSL teams ASA Chesapeake Charge, FC Indiana, New England Mutiny and New York Fury; and the independant Philadelphia Fever
About the Chicago Red Stars:
The Chicago Red Stars have joined the new WPSL Elite League for the 2012 season. Join the team’s mailing list at www.chicagoredstars.com for details and follow the team on Twitter @chicagoredstars and at facebook.com/
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