The Chicago Red Stars kicked off their 2020 preseason today with a bunch of familiar faces, and some new ones.
Four of the players are still with the USWNT for the SheBelieves Cup—Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short, Tierna Davidson, and Julie Ertz—who bagged last night’s late-match game winner against Spain. They’ll all report to camp after Wednesday’s USWNT match against Japan.
Five new draft picks are joining the team for preseason—defenders Julia Bingham (University of Southern California), Camryn Biegalski (University of Wisconsin) and Aerial Chavarin (Yale University), and midfielders Zoe Morse (University of Virginia) and Ella Stevens (Duke University).
Three more were called in from February’s tryouts—midfielder Jaci Jones, midfielder Arianna Veland, and forward Brenna Lovera.
Head Coach Rory Dames also invited several non-roster players, including goalkeeper Ella Dederick, defenders Julie Lester, Mary Meehan, and Lauren Sajewich, midfielder Cassie Rohan, and forwards Maddie Pokorny, Zoe Redei and Taylor Timko.
It appears the team’s new forward Kealia Ohai is now going by Kealia Watt, after her recent marriage to NFL star JJ Watt.
The Red Stars take on DePaul University this weekend in a closed scrimmage. They’ll travel to Madison, Wis. for a match against the University of Wisconsin on March 25. That one is at Breese Stevens Field, home of USL League One men’s side Forward Madison FC, and will be open to the public.
The regular season kicks off April 18 on the road against North Carolina Courage
2020 Red Stars Preseason Roster By Position
Goalkeepers: Emily Boyd, Ella Dederick (NRI), Cassie Miller (NYR), Alyssa Naeher (NYR, FED-USA)
Defenders: Camryn Biegalksi (CDP), Julia Bingham (CDP), Aerial Chavarin (CDP), Hannah Davison, Tierna Davidson (NYR, FED-USA), Sarah Gorden, Julia Lester (NRI), Mary Meehan (NRI), Lauren Sajewich (NRI), Kayla Sharples, Casey Short (NYR, FED-USA), Bianca St.Georges, Arin Wright
Midfielders: Morgan Brian (FED-USA), Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Julie Ertz (NYR, FED-USA), Zoey Goralski, Jaci Jones (NRI), Zoe Morse (CDP), Cassie Rohan (NRI), Ella Stevens (CDP), Arianna Veland (NRI)
Forwards: Chandra Davidson (NRI), Makenzy Doniak, Rachel Hill, Katie Johnson, Brenna Lovera (NRI), Alyssa Mautz, Savannah McCaskill, Yuki Nagasato, Maddie Pokorny (NRI), Zoe Redei (NRI), Taylor Timko (NRI), Michele Vasconcelos, Kealia Watt
CDP– 2020 NWSL College Draft Pick
NRI– Non-Roster Invitee
NYR– Not Yet Reported to Camp