The Chicago Red Stars set to open the NWSL Fall Series tomorrow against the Washington Spirit in Virginia (11 a.m. CT, streamed on Twitch), and we finally know who will—and won’t—be on the team.
Most notably: Captain Julie Ertz has opted out of the Fall Series. However, the roster does include fellow USWNT stars Tierna Davidson, Casey Short, Alyssa Naeher and Morgan Gautrat.
With several players on loan around the world at the moment, like Yuki Nagasato (Hayabusa Eleven men’s side), Emily Boyd and Makenzy Doniak (HB Koge, Denmark), Kayla Sharples (Kuopion Palloseura, Finland), Rachel Hill (Linköpings FC, Sweden), and Cassie Miller (Apollon Ladies FC in Cyprus), the Red Stars had to sign some new faces to fill out the team. Goalkeeper Kelsey Daugherty, defender Camryn Biegalski, midfielder Aerial Chavarin, and forward Dani Rhodes were signed to short-term contracts.
Also notable: After missing the NWSL Challenge Cup following the birth of her child, defender Arin Wright is back with Chicago for the Fall Series matches.
Michele Vasconcelos won’t be there. She was traded this week to the Utah Royals for $55,000 in allocation money. It’s a move that will allow Vasconcelos to live near her family in the Salt Lake City area.
CHICAGO RED STARS 2020 NWSL FALL SERIES ROSTER
Goalkeepers: Kelsey Daugherty, Alyssa Naeher
Defenders: Camryn Biegalski, Tierna Davidson, Hannah Davison, Sarah Gorden, Zoey Goralski, Zoe Morse, Casey Short, Bianca St. Georges, Arin Wright
Midfielders: Aerial Chavarin, Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Morgan Gautrat
Forwards: Katie Johnson, Sarah Luebbert, Savannah McCaskill, Dani Rhodes, Kealia Watt