Chicago area soccer fans will be able to watch more than one local team from the comfort of their homes this year, as the National Women’s Soccer League announced Wednesday that all of the 2014 season will be broadcast on YouTube. YouTube broadcasts have been a growing trend among sports leagues, including the National Lacrosse League and the NBA D-League.
The league expanded to nine teams for the 2014 season, adding the Houston Dash. The new team is owned by the Houston Dynamo and will play at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Red Stars begin their season on Saturday, April 19 at Toyota Park, hosting the Western New York Flash. The match will be a double-header with the Fire game against the New England Revolution, and those who purchase tickets to the MLS game will be allowed to attend the NWSL game for free.
The club also announced its roster Monday:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Karina LeBlanc* (Portland Thorns FC), Taylor Vancil (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (6): Taryn Hemmings (Chicago Red Stars), Samantha Johnson (USC), Kecia Morway (Colorado College), Rachel Quon* (Chicago Red Stars), Jackie Santacaterina (Chicago Red Stars), Michelle Wenino (Chicago Red Stars)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx* (Chicago Red Stars), Zakiya Bywaters (Chicago Red Stars), Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Vanessa DiBernardo (Univ. of Illinois), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars), Julianne Sitch (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Hayley Brock (Univ. of Maryland), Jen Hoy (Chicago Red Stars), Adriana Leon* (Chicago Red Stars), Christen Press* (Tyresö FF), Melissa Tancredi* (Dolsjofors GolF)