Match: Chicago Red Stars Reserves v. Chicago City SC; WPSL
Record: Chicago Red Stars Reserves (1-0-0, 3 pts, +4 GD) v. Chicago City (First match of season)
Kickoff Time & Location: DePaul College Prep Field, 8p, 6/2/21
After a two-year absence, the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is back in action. Chicago City will join the party and kick off their own WPSL campaign this week against the Red Star Reserves.
The expectations are high for 2019 WPSL Lake Michigan Conference Coach of the Year Nick Mulvaney, who will be towering the touchline for this Chicago City side once again.
“We are feeling very confident in our preparation and how the girls have gelled together so quickly,” Mulvaney said of his squad, “which is very important to us having a good season. We finished second in 2019 so we will be pushing for one better this year.”
City will have their hands full as they face the Red Stars reserve team on Wednesday night, who won their first match of the season against the Chicago Dutch Lions 4-0. While the coaching staff knows it will be a tough test, Mulvaney is, once again, just worried about his own side.
“We watched [Red Star Reserves] this past weekend and there is nothing too different from each season we’ve played them.” Mulvaney continued, “We know what to expect and it will be key for us to stick to our game plan and have our players execute their roles.”
One of those key players for Chicago City will be captain Gabby Whittinghill. She, like the rest of the club, is simply excited to just be out playing WPSL soccer again.
“I am beyond excited to kick off the 2021 season,” Whittinghill said, “I feel like it’s been forever since we’ve had a WPSL game. It’s been about two years since we’ve been playing at this level of competition so to say I’m excited for the season is an understatement!”
While Whittinghill & co. are just glad to be playing WPSL soccer, the attitude amongst the entire squad is to win the Lake Michigan Conference. “As far as expectations for the team, they’re pretty high,” Whittinghill continued saying, “Last season, we finished second in our conference, so the goal is to continue to improve and get better.”
The saying goes that every journey begins with a single step. Well, that first step towards a conference title will hopefully be taken tomorrow night.