Seemed like the theme for the Chicago Red Stars during the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft was “bringing the team back together” as all five of their picks were former Red Stars. Chicago passed on their final selection of the draft and this was probably due to the fact they were able to sign five free agents prior to the draft.
Lindsay Tarpley – Forward/Midfielder
After suffering an ACL injury prior to the 2011 Women’s World Cup, Tarpley has returned to playing soccer. She will once again play in Chicago after playing with them in the inaugural season of the WPS. Tarpley has previously played with the New Jersey Wildcats, for the W-league and has also played with Saint Louis Athletica and the Boston Breakers.
During her high school soccer career she helped her high school team win a state championship. Her impressive high school soccer career earned her many accolades including: Being named a two-time Parade All- American, Michigan’s Miss Soccer, and Michigan’s Gatorade Player of the Year. Tarpley holds her high school’s record for goals in a season with 50 goals for the 1999 soccer season. Tarpley ended her high school career with a total of 147 career goals. Her success in soccer continued in college. Trapley attended the University of North Carolina, during her time there she helped the Tar Heels earn a national championship. From an early age Tarpley participated with the national team. Tarpley was a member of the U-16 national team and was captain of the U-19 world cup winning national team. Her success with the youth national teams translated well with the senior national team. Trapley was a part of the bronze winning United States National Team in the 2007 Women’s World Cup. Tarpley was also a part of the 2004 and 2008 gold medal team.
Lauren Fowlkes – Defender/Midfielder
A 2008 U20 Women’s World Cup gold medalist, Lauren Fowlkes rejoins the Chicago Red Stars as a talented and versatile soccer player. Fowlkes has a strong reputation within the Red Stars as she has had numerous defining moments. One such moment occurred in the 9th game of the 2012 WPSL Elite season against the Philly Fever, when Fowlkes scored the game-winning goal.
As co-captain of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish she led her team to win the 2010 NCAA College Cup. This comes as no surprise, as she was also the Big East Co-Offensive Player of the Year, earned a place on the All-Big East First Team, and was named the Big East Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Lauren has assembled a dignified resume with 70 appearances, 17 goals, and 10 assists. Fowlkes’ previous professional team experiences consists of the W-League Pali Blues and the WPS Philadelphia Independence.
Michelle Wenino – Defender
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Wenino was drafted by the Red Stars during the 2010 WPS Draft. Considered to be one of the University of Colorado’s best players for the 2007 season, she completed over 7,000 minutes and started in 81 games for the Buffaloes. She was named to the 2007 All-Big 12 First Team and the NSCAA All-Central Region Second Team. She continued to succeed during her junior season, demonstrating her defensive skills as she assisted in the Buffs’ 10 shutouts that year. She contributed to the Buffs progressing to the third round of the NCAA tournament for three successive seasons. Wenino’s previous soccer club experience includes stints at Pali Blues, Sky Blue FC, and SC Freiburg in Germany.
Jackie Santacaterina – Midfielder
Named to the All-Big Ten second team in 2007, Santacaterina collected a few accolades in her college career at the University of Illinois. She was named to the second team for the Soccer Buzz All Great Lakes Region in her sophomore and junior seasons,.starting 23 as a junior. She concluded her college career with 84 appearances, 4 goals, and 8 assists. This career move by Jackie marks her return to the Chicago Red Stars as she previously played for them in the 2012 WPSL Elite. She was also a member of the 2011 Red Stars roster.
Alyssa Mautz – Forward
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Accumulating player-of-the-week awards from NSCAA and the Big 12 while at Texas A & M, Mautz was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and the Big 12 All-Tournament Team, topping the leader board with 12 goals and 5 assists as a senior. She was regularly a team leader in shots on target as a junior and senior. She has experience playing on an international level, as she has been in the player pool for the U20 and U23 U.S. Women’s National Teams.
This video should be strong evidence to demonstrate just how strong a player Mautz is, as she runs on a 19 mph treadmill with lightning-fast legs.