Chicago Red Stars Round-Up: World Cup shakes up the roster ahead of Courage rematch

Chicago Red Stars face a rematch against North Carolina Courage with several key players missing. (Chicago Red Stars)

A long week of events for Chicago Red Stars as they are back in Bridgeview this weekend for a match against North Carolina Courage.

Roster News

The U.S. Women’s National Team announced their World Cup roster last week and it features several Chicago Red Stars players. Alyssa Naeher, Julie Ertz, Tierna Davidson, and Morgan Brian are all off on national team in roster camps for a string of farewell matches before the World Cup.

With the announcement of their departures, the Red Stars signed several players to supplemental contracts and as national team replacement player contracts before their match against Utah Royals last Friday.

Hannah Davison, Alison “AJ” Jahansouz and Kayla Sharples were all offered supplemental player contract for the Red Stars. Jenna Szczesny is on a National Team replacement player contract in light of the recent departures of U.S. Women’s National Team players. Davison, Sharples, and Szczesny are all part of the Red Stars 2019 draft class, along with Tierna Davidson and Maria Sanchez – who earned contracts at the start of the season. Jahansouz was a camp invitee during preseason.

While the new signees didn’t see time in the loss to Utah Royals FC, the match result impacted more than table points for Chicago. During the game, forward Katie Johnson was issued a red card and, per NWSL rules, will be suspended for the match.

As the team heads into this weekend a bit short staffed, they also announced that longtime player Alyssa Mautz would be out indefinitely this season after suffering a tear to the ACL in her right knee during a training session on Tuesday.

Mautz is a celebrated veteran of the team having been with the squad since their WPSL Elite days back in 2012. The longtime midfielder has been a staple on the team, going from reliable depth player to starter. She has been often praised by teammates and the coaching staff for her work rate on and off the pitch and was likely going to be an anchor for the squad during this current stretch of games in a season impacted by a World Cup.

Looking Ahead

The Red Stars host the Courage for a Mother’s Day matchup and both teams head into Sunday missing personnel.

North Carolina are without U.S. National Team players Jessica McDonald, Crystal Dunn, Samantha Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper, and Canadian Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé.

Both teams faced off back in April during week 1 as the 2019 season kicked off. Chicago played North Carolina to a 1-1 draw, earning a point to start the season. The Red Stars ended their April with two draws and one win, with Sam Kerr, Yuki Nagasato and Casey Short earning NWSL Team of the Month honors.

Red Stars will likely look to Kerr as they push for a result to get them back on track after opening the month of May with a loss against Utah Royals. The Australian international has scored in three of her previous five matches against North Carolina as Red Star and will likely need to connect with Nagasato in a combined offensive effort.

The match is scheduled for 5 pm CT at Seat Geek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill.


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