Monday, June 30, 2008

Notes of Note

Here are a few notes of interest as the month of June comes to a close:

* FC Indiana and the United States women's soccer teams are both Number 3 in the world. According to, only Frankfurt and the Washington Freedom are better women's soccer teams than the Chicago Red Stars' W-League affiliate and only Germany and Brazil are better than the USWNT.

* Cubs dejected** and Lou gets ejected on the way to a White Sox weekend sweep over the crosstown rivals!

* Dan and Brandon honored.

* Looking over that impressive list of contacts the Red Stars have already met with in our first month again reminded me that we still have a long way to go both in reaching the depth of the local soccer community and the breadth of potential audiences. We have yet to have many meaningful discussions with representatives of Chicago's many ethnic soccer organizations, corporate or LBGT communities. These are all important non-traditional women's soccer audiences that we plan on including in our efforts to create a diverse fan base.

* Former Fire Assistant GM Steve Pastorino has been named General Manager of the United States Team Handball Federation. Click the link next to Steve's name on this page to hear an interview with Steve regarding his great new challenge.

** Oops, he did it again!


Flynn said...

Peter I have nothing witty to say. I just enjoy reading your blog.

Also, I would like to add that Pitch Invasion editor T. Dunmore and I want to lay claim to being among the first Red Stars ultras.

At tonight's US Open Cup game (Fire v. Cleveland), with a clear 4-1 lead, we did our best to urge the crowd into a cheer of "Chi-ca-go Red Stars!" *clap clap, clap-clap-clap*

Suffice to say, the R.S. ultras have an uphill battle to gain popularity.

peter said...

In the words of the founder of Taoism Lao-tzu, the longest journey begins with a single step. Thank you Flynn and Tom for taking that step.