Wednesday, June 4, 2008

and we're off!!!!

i was right....yesterday was much better than Monday! Late morning thunderstorms challenged the logistics of our planned outdoor name and logo unveiling, but Amber Simons and Alyse LaHue led a hard working group of interns and staff to improvise in short order and turn an outdoor unveiling into a covered extravaganza with confetti cannon, Chicago flags, Chicago music and a hundred or so Red Stars supporters including Bridgeview Mayor Steven Landek, Chicago Southland Convention and Vistors Bureau President Jim Garrett, Toyota Park GM Dan Garnett, Chicago Fire's Mark Washo, Jessica Yavitz and Ron Stern, Logo co-designer JL Murtaugh, Section 8 Chicago Chairman Ben Burton, Pitch Invasion's Tom Dunmore and Whiskey Bros. 05's Frank Cardenas as well as Fire coaches Daryl Shore and Chris Armas. Also on hand were Fire original CJ Brown, IWSL's Julius Roth, Pete Glon and Charlie Dyson, Windy City Wanderers Matt Rosine and many others. Team Chicago's Jaguars girls soccer team had more than a dozen players on hand including Regan Hollingshead who also attended the Toyota Park groundbreaking at the same site almost five years ago.

After the announcement we went to the Stadium Club for the online video unveiling,a champagne toast, q&a with media representatives, lunch and the first game of Red Stars baggo!

Good media coverage from the news conference. A sampling follows:

Chicago Tribune

Daily Herald


Naperville Sun

Bay Area Sports Drive

USA Today

HOI News


Pitch Invasion


Windy City Soccer

US Soccer Players

Red Card

Soccer Science

Soccer Blogs


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