CHICAGO—Chicago soccer teams were named this week by ESPN’s SportsCenter.
The Chicago Stars are the first of the four-team Chicago Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) teams to be named this year, joining the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Union, and New York City FC.
The Dallas Stars are coached by former U.S. women’s national team coach Jill Ellis, who was fired by the team in October.
Ellis was fired following the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but she returned to coaching for the 2018 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The WPSL, which started in 2017 and is currently in its sixth season, has won two titles and one runner-up trophy, including a title in 2019.
The league also won the 2017 Women’s SuperDraft, which rewarded the top two teams in each division and a berth into the WPSW.
The league has won the top-tier Lamar Hunt U.N. Women’s Cup three times, and it also is one of the few women’s soccer leagues to have multiple teams competing for a championship.
The team name reflects the league’s emphasis on girls soccer.
Chicago’s Stars were the first team to be officially named the league girls’ club.
Chicago Stars’ new name will be unveiled on Oct. 23 in Chicago.
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