USWNT World Cup: Rapinoe’s Aussie Brace Sets the US World Cup Pace

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Megan Rapinoe enraptures with a Game 1 Brace. (via New York Times)

Correspondent Alex Unzueta recaps the U.S. Women’s National Team’s uninspired, but effective win over the The Matildas from Down Unda.

The U.S. Women’s National Team opened up their World Cup play with a win against Australia on Monday evening. After a shaky start, the U.S. dialed in with some help from Megan Rapinoe, who scored twice and Chicago Red Star’s striker, Christen Press who added a goal as well. With a surprisingly tough 3-1 win, the U.S. sits first in their group.

The United States is a favorite to win the tournament. After falling short in a penalty shootout to Japan back in 2011, the only expectation this year is lifting the cup on July 5th…

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Dispatch: Chicago Red Stars (3) vs. Seattle Reign FC (2)

The Breakdown

It was a chilly night that just kept getting colder as the sun set in Lisle Saturday night. The Red Stars were set to welcome Megan Rapinoe and Seattle Reign FC for the first match in Chicago’s 2015 campaign. It felt like a quiet night at the start, but as soon as the cobwebs fell off, it quickly turned into a shootout.

Red Stars Home Opener

Red Stars Home Opener (Courtesy of Joy Hammer)

The first 30 minutes were mostly in the midfield with no real chances at either end, but shortly after, the game opened up in a big way. Seattle hit the scoreboard  in the 31st minute first with Rapinoe sending in a corner that Chicago keeper Karina LeBlanc would see sail past her fingers (unfortunately a theme on the night) and would then be directed in by Beverly Yanez. The Red Stars answered almost instantly when Christen Press was fed after a strong run and the shot was slotted coolly past Hope Solo in the Seattle box for the equalizer.

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The First Fan: Reflections on 10 Years Without Peter Wilt

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Ten years ago last week, news broke that the first President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire was leaving the club. Despite Peter Wilt’s departure from Major League Soccer, his influence in the North American game remains.  

In an age of “Circle the Wagon” franchise mentality, Wilt is a champion of fan culture, corporate accessibility, and organizational transparency.  Among other accomplishments, Wilt has plied his trade as CEO of the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars, established the Milwaukee Wave soccer club, and is currently President of NASL’s Indy Eleven.

Some of OTF’s favorite soccer personalities were kind enough to answer the prompt:

“What are your reflections on Peter Wilt ten years after he left the MLS?”

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#cf97withdrawls: Red Stars Home Opener Edition

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UPDATE: According to this tweet from Chicago Local 134, there will be pizza and beer at the tailgate with a suggested donation of $5.

Well, the Fire just started getting it together, and suddenly we have a have a couple of bye weeks. No need to fret though, because the Chicago Red Stars will be opening their campaign this weekend and we have the answers to your questions in order to make your first trip just as enjoyable as visiting beautiful Bridgeview (if not more). Continue reading