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Chicago Red Stars Suspending Operations

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Red Stars announce today that the team is planning to suspend operations and does not have the necessary capital to commit to playing for the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer season.

It is disappointing to see the Chicago Red Stars suspend operations for the 2011 season.  As you probably know if you have read a couple of posts here, I like Chicago to be a leader in everything.  That may be out of the question for Women's Professional Soccer for now but I did enjoy this part of the press release:

Though the team would not compete in WPS league play for 2011, the Red Stars organization is committed to maintaining a viable role in the Chicagoland area. The upcoming Holiday Drop 'N' Shop soccer clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, at Schaumburg Sports Center will go on as planned. And the team intends to pursue other soccer-related activities in 2011.

I promise to follow up with the Red Stars in an effort to promote these events as they take place.  This blog started back in August and it continues to find its mission as 'a Chicago Fire centric blog about Chicago soccer' but it needs multiple voices for that to truly happen.  If women's soccer is your voice, we would love to have you come on board.  This is a site driven by soccer fans for soccer fans.  I'm sorry we haven't covered any women's soccer yet but the IHSA Girls Soccer season is just around the corner.  If you are interested in writing updates on that or any other soccer we are missing, drop us a line at  We always welcome your general thoughts as well.  In closing I will say that the Red Stars jerseys are brilliantly designed and their team name is top notch.  If there is one United States soccer team that might have one upped the Fire, it is the Red Stars.  There's no surprise both teams are from Chicago.  Good luck to the Red Stars organization.  We wish you well.