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Laura Del Rio
« on: October 13, 2008, 10:00:23 PM »
Red Stars Acquire Rights to Spain's Laura Del Rio
October 03, 2008
by Jim Houghton, Chicago Red Stars

BRIDGEVIEW, IL (October 3, 2008) –  The Chicago Red Stars have acquired the WPS playing rights to Spanish international Laura Del Rio, General Manager Marcia McDermott announced today.

Del Rio, whose 13 goals and 11 assists helped F.C. Indiana to reach the 2008 W-League Championship game, led the W-League in assists and was second in total points last year.

“Laura is an exciting, pacy, and versatile forward with fantastic 1 v 1 ability,” said Head Coach Emma Hayes.  “She is a talent that will thrive at the next level.”

The Red Stars selected Laura Del Rio with their second international discovery pick.  Last week, the club exercised their first pick by identifying England’s Alex Scott.  The other international players whose WPS playing rights were secured by Chicago include Brazilian forward Cristiane, Australian midfielder Heather Garriock, English forward Karen Carney, and Swedish goalkeeper Caroline Jonsson.

"The selection of Laura Del Rio is only the first step in the process,” explained General Manager Marcia McDermott.  “Emma has had a chance to watch her play on a regular basis with FC Indiana, our affiliate and one of the finest W League teams playing. Her selection reflects Emma's emphasis on building a balanced, creative and attacking team."

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Re: Laura Del Rio
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2009, 12:21:25 AM »
Laura had renewed her contract with the Lionesses prior to Chicago's new WPS franchise, the Red Stars, acquiring that league's negotiating rights to sign her for the League's debut season.

From this side of the Atlantic it's difficult to know exactly what transpired after that but, by December, the Red Stars abandoned attempts to sign her and looked elsewhere.

Laura has had a fine start to the new W-League season and was the League's Player of the Week last weekend with a fine hat trick against Chicago Red Eleven - interestingly the Red Stars' W-League associate team - in a decisive 4-0 victory.
 
Even more notable was her performance against the Red Stars in a pre-season game at the beginning of May when she scored a brace of goals as the Lionesses downed the new WPS team 3-2.