I’m excited & proud to say that I helped coordinate this bus trip. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to unite soccer in Chicago - Kick It Social (my part-time employer) and Chicago Red Stars are co-sponsoring the bus, while Section 8 Chicago has helped with promotion and ticket sales.
Some cities are fortunate enough to have their men’s and women’s clubs working together, promoting one another, or at the very least have a friendly relationship with each other. Those cities, clubs, teams are fortunate - not every city has the same unity between soccer teams & organizations. If it can’t be done on the club level though, let us, the supporters, at least try to connect everyone, every team together
I attended the Chicago Red Stars inaugural NWSL match this past Sunday at Benedictine University vs Seattle Reign FC, which ended in a 1-1 draw with goals from Christine Nairn (10’ - SRFC) and Lori Chalupny (19’ CRS).
I cannot wait to see more of this team (CRS), especially when their German internationals are here to play.
In August I met up with some fine gents of Section 8 Chicago’s Hot Mess CF97podcast along with special guest Peter Wilt (former CEO of the Chicago Red Stars and first President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire). Peter and I were asked to be guest speakers on this paticular episode to discuss this summer’s Women’s World Cup as well as the Chicago Red Stars. Needless to say, I was flattered they asked me to join them. Peter has been an incredible inspiration and a wealth of knowledge to me over the years. I was excited, yet nervous (obvs!) to share the mic with him. In the end, everything turned out to be more fun than I could have imagined (or maybe it was the whiskey).
This particular episode of the podcast is appx 2 hours long, but if you have 30 minutes on your hands while you’re surfing the net, on your commute to work, or need to kill time while you’re on the john then you should listen to the 30+ minutes when Peter and I discuss (and possibly share a little gossip) the WWC and the Chicago Red Stars:HOT MESS EPISODE 5: THE WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH EPISODE. Women’s soccer chat chimes in at appx the one hour mark, and if you’re up for listening to more Chicago Fire and US Soccer related fun then don’t hesitate to listen to the rest of the podcast.The men of Hot Mess CF97 wouldn’t disappoint you - would they?