Chicago Red Stars Set Roster Ahead of 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft and NWSL Draft
CHICAGO, IL. (December 8, 2021) – The Chicago Red Stars today announced their current team roster ahead of the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Expansion Draft and the 2022 NWSL Draft. All players, with the exception of Zoey Goralski, are contracted by the club for next season.
The roster features familiar faces, including four United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) players, who were all signed to multi-year contracts last week. Tierna Davidson, Casey Krueger, Alyssa Naeher and Mallory Pugh will rejoin long-time, fan-favorites Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Morgan Gautrat, Kealia Watt, Arin Wright and other key players with the goal of replicating the success the team has seen over the past several years.
“Entering this offseason, it was a priority for the club to retain as much of the core roster as possible. This incredible roster has led the team to three championship games in as many years and we hope to build off that success next year,” said the Chicago Red Stars.
Defender Zoey Goralski opted to retire and will not return to the club next season. The Naperville native was drafted by the Red Stars in 2018 from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her time with the club, Goralski was part of the Red Stars’ three championship runs, played with the United States under-20 and under-23 teams and in college played in 88 of 90 games during her four years at UCLA. In 2017 she was named to the 2017 College Cup All-Tournament Team.
“Thank you to the Chicago Red Stars organization for giving me the opportunity to live my dream of representing my hometown club. The city of Chicago means so much to me, and being able to play soccer surrounded by such amazing fans was an honor,” said Goralski. “Most importantly, thank you to my teammates for the endless support. I will be taking the kindness, love, and resilience you all exemplified into my new journey in life.”
The Red Stars thank Zoey for her contributions to the club and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Chicago Red Stars current roster:
Rachel Hill (under contract for 2022)
Sarah Luebbert (on loan) (Exercised option for 2022)
Alyssa Mautz (under contract for 2022)
Mallory Pugh (under contract for 2022)
Kealia Watt (Exercised option for 2022)
Danielle Colaprico (under contract for 2022)
Vanessa DiBernardo (under contract for 2022)
Morgan Gautrat (under contract for 2022)
Ella Stevens (under contract for 2022)
Sarah Woldmoe (under contract for 2022)
Tierna Davidson (under contract for 2022)
Casey Krueger (under contract for 2022)
Tatumn Milazzo (under contract for 2022)
Zoe Morse (Exercised option for 2022)
Kayla Sharples (on loan) (under contract for 2022)
Bianca St. Georges (under contract for 2022)
Arin Wright (under contract for 2022)
Alyssa Naeher (under contract for 2022)
Cassie Miller (Extended contract offer)
Emily Boyd (Under contract for 2022)
The club expects Sarah Luebbert and Kayla Sharples to rejoin the club once they have completed their time on loan with Club America and Adelaide United, respectively. Additionally, the Red Stars will be joined in the preseason by players selected in the 2021 NWSL Draft, players selected in the 2022 NWSL Draft and players on the club’s discovery list.