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Chicago Red Stars defender Julie Ertz opts out of NWSL Fall Series

Also: Vasconcelos traded to Utah Royals FC

Soccer: NWSL Challenge Cup-Chicago Red Stars vs Washington Spirit
Julie Ertz battles for the ball during the NWSL Challenge Cup
Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

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