A crowd of over 2000 descended on St Louis Soccer Park Saturday night to celebrate the women’s professional game and in particular the trio of St Louis natives who were part of the event. For Becky Sauerbrunn of FC Kansas City (pictured above) and Alyssa Mautz of the Chicago Red Stars, it was their first opportunity to perform in front of friends and family. Lori Chalupny, the on-field leader of the Chicago Red Stars, a return to the St Louis Athletica days in 2010. The result of the exhibition match was 1-1, as the teams played their first game against NWSL competition. Alyssa Mautz scored in the 51st for Chicago on a wonderful play that had me thinking the blonde 100 meters away from me making the sweet play was Chalupny, given the quality. Kansas City came back late to tie the match with a beauty from just beyond the six yard box. I’ve linked to the stories by the two teams below for more details.
The slideshow below of the game is by Danny Reise. Click on any photo to be taken to his portfolio site where you can also find photos of the international games played in St Louis in 2013. And be certain to visit Dave Lange’s site to check out his interview with Mautz
Alyssa Mautz played like she felt right at home.
In her first time back at her old home field, the midfielder from Fort Zumwalt West High School in O’Fallon scored early in the second half as her Chicago Red Stars played FC Kansas City to a 1-1 draw in a National Women’s Soccer League exhibition match at the St. Louis Soccer Park Saturday night.
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Chicago Red Stars Open Preseason with 1-1 Draw against FC Kansas City
The Red Stars kicked off the first half with key players from last year’s squad starting, including St. Louis hometown favorite and team captain Lori Chalupny. All three of the team’s 2014 NWSL College Draft picks started including midfielder Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois) and forward Hayley Brock (Maryland).
FC Kansas City Earns A Draw
FC Kansas City returned three U.S. Women’s National Team players to the lineup tonight, as Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez each earned a start. Teaming up with 2013 Rookie of the Year, Erika Tymrak, Holiday was able to control most of the midfield play. Early on, though, it did not translate into many scoring opportunities.