As reported on March 26, the Chicago Red Stars will play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League in 2011. The Red Stars are on hiatus from Women’s Professional Soccer as they try to sort out their investor group to make a comeback for the 2012 season.
The team was able to work through legal issues of the use of the Red Stars name and will continue to keep the club alive under that name. Chicago will play at Benedictine University in the Village of Lisle.
“We will have familiar Red Stars players and other WPS players from last season to field the best women’s soccer team between the coasts,” Red Stars co-owner Arnim Whisler said.
Included in that roster will be forward Amanda Cinalli, who previously played for the Atlanta Beat and Saint Louis Athletica and Jackie Santacaterina, Elise Weber and Michele Weissenhofer, all of whom played for Chicago in 2010. Bri Rodriguez, Kara Kabellis and Julie Ewing will also play for the Red Stars in 2011.
Leading the team will be Head Coach Rory Dames, who serves as director of coaching and player development for Eclipse Select Soccer Club.
Playing in the WPSL in 2011 allows the Red Stars to keep their name active in the community while sorting out its ownership group for a potential move back to WPS in 2012. Playing at Benedictine University will be a major help to the viability of the team, which won’t have to deal with astronomical rent prices at Toyota Park.