Here’s what’s coming up in the world of Chicago Local 134:
1. Membership renewal: If you’d like to renew your commitment to supporting the Red Stars with Local 134, the cost is still $20. Your donation will go toward:
- Buying an official 134 tailgate grill
- Food and supplies for tailgates
- Supplies for making signs and banners
- Drum maintenance
- New friends for Tiny Christen?
- Megaphone batteries (essential)
Membership will include a pair of Local 134 sunglasses.
2. Shirts: We’re a little behind the curve on getting shirts ready, but if anyone knows of a local place that’ll do 50 shirts at a reasonable price per unit, let me know! We’re also taking designs for the following concept:
- Red shirt, white design (or really, any combination, just avoiding black or gray shirts, because we’ve already had those)
- Text: “My Kind of Team”
A t-shirt will not be included in membership this year, but members will be able to buy their shirts at a discount.
3. Pre-season watch parties: Keep an eye on Facebook/Twitter for more info
4. First away game: CRS @ Houston, April 15, AJ Hudson’s (3801 N Ashland Ave) — back room, 1:00pm
5. First home game: CRS vs. FCKC, April 22, Toyota Park (more details to follow)
6. Tailgate volunteers needed: I’m hoping to be more on top of our tailgate game this year. In order to do that, I’ve created a sign-up list for people who are interested in taking responsibility for a tailgate for individual home games. Volunteers will be responsible for all the necessary arrangements for tailgate food (not for drinks!). This is not a financial commitment– just a commitment of time!
If you have friends who are interested in joining Local 134 please send this to them and feel free to direct them to me with any questions.
I hope to see you all soon!
The Red Stars’ owner, Arnim Whisler, has filled out a bracket and you can challenge him to win not just bragging rights, but also a Red Stars Prize Pack.
In a nice touch, this is a women’s tournament bracket, so you still have another day to make your picks before the first game tips off on Friday.
Join Arnim’s group here!
The Pace Toyota Park Express will be running from the Midway CTA Orange Line Station directly to Toyota Park for six Red Stars home matches this year!
The buses start 2 hours before kickoff and run every 20 minutes.Return service to the Midway CTA Orange Line Station departs Toyota Park 30 minutes after the match concludes. Fare is $1.75.
The six Red Stars matches are:
- Saturday, 5/6 vs. Houston
- Sunday, 6/4 vs. Seattle
- Saturday, 6/17 vs. Washington
- Saturday, 7/22 vs. Orlando
- Wednesday, 8/16 vs. Seattle
- Sunday 8/20 vs. KC
4pm in the back room at A.J. Hudson’s! Cheer on the USWNT and our Red Stars players against England.
Check out chicagoredstars.com/schedule for the exact times.
Join us at A.J. Hudson’s in Chicago on Saturday, March 4th @ 4:00pm to kick off the 2017 CRS season and cheer on the USWNT against England. Bring ideas for the new season!
Never been to a watch party before? Not an *official* Local 134 member? No problem! Head to the back room at A.J.’s and say hi. We can’t wait to meet you. #MKOT
The Red Stars open the season just like last year, taking on the Houston Dash at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, April 15th.
The team’s home opener at Toyota Park will be Saturday, April 22nd versus rival FCKC. Join us for the game as we prove the Red Stars are BEST IN THE MIDWEST!
Make sure you’re following @chicagoredstars on Instagram today!
Christen Press and Casey Short helped to unveil the new 2017 U.S. National Team kit on Instagram this week. The new kids feature a bold red color palette. The USWNT will introduce the kit at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup taking place from March 1-7.
For CRS fans, it’s especially nice to see Short in on the reveal, as she is still a relatively new call-up to the national team. Look for info soon about Local 134 watch parties for SheBelieves Cup games next month.
More jersey info, according to U.S. Soccer:
With the pervasive red aesthetic, the U.S. National Teams will feature in a core color of the United States flag as they embark on an exciting and important year of competitive international competitions.
Similar to the current home jersey, the red jersey is adorned with several patriotic flares throughout the material, including “1 Nation” and “1 Team” on the inside cuffs of the sleeve, in addition to “USA” displayed on the neckline. The slim cut provides a distraction-free fit while preserving range of motion. The USA crest and the Swoosh logo are heat transferred for a flexible, breathable finish that does not interfere with athlete performance. The U.S. red jerseys are available for sale now on ussoccerstore.com.
Simple and iconic, the new shorts are red with black elastic side tape and the socks are red with a touch of orange on the calf. The shorts are slim and tailored to the body, with a cut specifically designed to aid movement and comfort.
The socks feature NikeGRIP technology paired with sleeves that further protect ankles and other high-risk areas on the lower leg.
Nike leverages sustainable innovation for its soccer kits through the use of recycled polyester, delivering unrivaled performance and lower environmental impact. The kit’s shirt and shorts are constructed with recycled polyester fabric, which is made from recycled plastic bottles melted down to produce a fine yarn. Each kit is made using approximately 16 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than three billion plastic bottles from landfills into recycled polyester, enough to cover about 5,200 soccer fields.