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« on: April 27, 2009, 01:21:47 PM »
Red Stars Open Home with Goalless Draw
Windy City Soccer
Soccer News.  Chicago Style.
Chicago Red Stars 0-0 Sky Blue FC
by John Schulz and Dan Gaichas

BRIDGEVIEW, IL--The Red Stars (1-0-2) made their home debut at a rainy Toyota Park with a 0-0 draw with Sky Blue FC (0-1-2) before a crowd of 5,824.

The Red Stars picked up their offensive game and had more ball possession than they did in the two previous games.  The Stars outshot Sky Blue FC 12-3 and had a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks in the first half.

The Stars defense kept Sky Blue FC in check for the half. Defender Chioma Igwe had several tackles and clearances to keep the score even.

The most dramatic chance came near the end of the first half when Megan Rapinoe bicycle kick had to be punched over the cross bar by Sky Blue FC keeper Karen Bardsley.

“(The bicycle kick) was a little far-fetched, but there wasn’t much else I could do with it,” said Rapinoe.  “I didn’t connect with it that well, but I made a chance and got a corner kick out of it.”

Bardsley was subbed by back up goalkeeper Jenni Branam at halftime because of back spasms she was experiencing.

Chicago slowed a little in the second half but still controlled most of the play. The best chance came in the middle of the half. Rapinoe shot from outside the box was deflected for a corner kick. The ensuing kick was headed wide by Lindsay Tarpley.

Sky Blue FC did have a chance to win the game when Collette McCallum found herself all alone in the Star’s penalty area late in the game. Her shot was high over the crossbar.

“Our game plan was to use as much width as we can,” said Red Stars head coach Emma Hayes.  “We’ve been struggling of late to create opportunities out wide.  I thought we did a great job of that.  The girls executed the game plan and the performance was considerably better than the last two games.”

The weather may have played a little havoc with the play. The steady rain caused the field to be slick. Several balls skidded across the wet surface and far out of reach of players from both teams.

But the weather didn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm for the very first Women’s Professional Soccer game in the Chicago area. The crowd cheered the team with every good play they made. The also supported local players from both sides. There was a loud cheer for Urbana’s Ella Masar when she came in for Brazilian Cristiane in the 63rd minute.

Cristiane left right after the match was finished for a game with the Brazilian National Team. When asked about the Brazilian's early departure Red Stars coach Emma Hayes told the media she is still trying to get match fit.

“This was the first time she had started,” said Hayes.  “She’s only been with us a few weeks and was injured up until 10 days ago.  She’s still building her fitness.  At sixty minutes we didn’t want to push it, and she was tired to.  It was a good sixty minutes to get under her belt.”

The Red Stars play the second of five consecutive home games this coming Saturday when they take on the Boston Breakers.  Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

SB-Julianne Sitch (caution, tactical foul) 26
SB-Megan Schunr (caution, tactical foul) 59
CHI-Ella Masar (caution, reckless foul) 78

CHICAGO RED STARS (4-4-2):  #1-Caroline Jönsson, #2-Marian Dalmy, #4-Ifeoma Dieke, #12-Chioma Igwe, #23-Nikki Krzysik, #6-Brittany Klein (#24-Jill Oakes 77), #8-Megan Rapinoe, #10-Carli Lloyd, #14-Karen Carney, #11-Cristiane (#3-Ella Masar 63), #5-Lindsay Tarpley (C)

Subs not used:  #25-Lydia Williams, #13-Natalie Spilger, #15-Bonnie Young, #19-Mary Therese McDonnell

SKY BLUE FC (4-4-2):  #1-Karen Bardsley (#23-Jenni Branam 46), #5-Anita Asante, #12-Megan Schnur, #17-Keeley Dowling, #38-Julianne Sitch, #4-Jen Buczkowski, #7-Kelly Parker (#6-Natasha Kai 62), #14-Collette McCallum (#10-Yael Averbuch 84), #20-Kaley White, #8-Sarah Walsh, #9-Heather O’Reilly (C)

Subs not used:  #2-Jenny Hammond, #18-Christie Shaner

A:  5,824

Woman of the Match:  Megan Rapinoe (CHI) seemed to be everywhere on the field.
Second Star:  Lindsay Tarpley (CHI) for creating several chances.
Third Star:  Karen Bardsley (SB) who made four saves in the first half before leaving the game with back spasms.
Alltid. Uansett.