Lori Chalupny

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Lori Chalupny
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Personal information
Full name Lori Christine Chalupny
Date of birth (1984-01-29) 29 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Chicago Red Stars
Number 17
Youth career
J.B. Marine S.C.
2002–2005 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 River Cities Futbol Club 0 (0)
2009–2010 Saint Louis Athletica 24 (3)
2010–2011 Atlanta Beat 32 (4)
2012 Chicago Red Stars (WPSL-E) 13 (5)
2012 AIK Fotboll Dam
2013- Chicago Red Stars (NWSL) 18 (5)
National team
United States U-16
United States U-19 21
United States U-21 14
2001–2009 United States 92 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 August 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:25, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Lori Christine Chalupny (born January 29, 1984) is an American soccer midfielder currently playing for Chicago Red Stars in National Women's Soccer League and was a member of the United States women's national soccer team. She is a gold medalist from 2008 Beijing Olympics, and a bronze medalist in 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted by China.

Early life[edit]

Chalupny was born and grew up in St. Louis Missouri. She played soccer at Nerinx Hall High School where she was also on the Honor Roll her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She also played for club soccer team, J.B. Marine S.C..[1] She was named NSCAA and Parade All-American as a junior and senior.[2]

University of North Carolina[edit]

Chalupny played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, winning an NCAA title with them in 2003.[3] Lori finished her college career with 30 goals and 32 assists from the midfield. She was a team captain her junior and senior season.[4]

Playing career[edit]


In April 2006, Chalupny joined River Cities Futbol Club of the Women's Premier Soccer League.

Coin toss against Kristine Lilly.
Team captain.
Lori playing against Sky Blue FC.

On September 16, 2008, she was one of the three players drafted for Saint Louis Athletica in the WPS allocation of national team members, with the new league starting play in April 2009. Chalupny scored the first home goal of Athletica's season off of a corner kick in a 1-0 win against FC Gold Pride. She was team captain, made the All-Star team, and was nominated for WPS's Player of the Year award the same year.

During the 2010 and 2011 seasons, she played for the Atlanta Beat in the WPS and respectively appeared in 15 and 17 games and scored 2 goals in each season.[5]

After the folding of the WPS in early 2012, she played for the Chicago Red Stars in Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, appearing in ten games and scoring five goals.[6]

On August 8, 2012, she joined AIK Fotboll Dam in the Swedish Damallsvenskan.[7]

On February 5, 2013, she rejoined the Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women's Soccer League.[8] Chalupny captained the Red Stars in 2013 season, played 18 matches and scored 5 goals, the highest scored by a member of the team; and was named to NWSL 2013 best eleven.[9]


A member of the U.S. national U-16, U-19, and U-21 teams, Chalupny earned her first cap for the senior team on March 7, 2001 against Italy. She scored her first national-team goal on May 9, 2004 against Mexico. Although she played left back at the 2005 Algarve Cup, she has more recently been used as an outside midfielder.[10]

In January 2006, Chalupny suffered a concussion after two blows to the head in a game against France. She was ordered by her doctors to take several months off, and did not return to national team play until July 2006.[11]

She started at midfield in all six U.S. games at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, and scored two goals, one of which was the only goal of the game in the U.S. 1-0 win over Nigeria on September 18, 2007. The goal, coming just 57 seconds into the game, was the second-fastest in Women's World Cup history.[12]

Chalupny played in four games for the U.S. at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the first game, she unfortunately received a punch intended for the ball from the keeper and had to go off soon afterwards. She scored one goal against Japan in the semifinal. The U.S. team won the tournament and took the Olympic gold medal.

For the 2009 Algarve Cup, Chalupny was named co-captain of the national team. She played every minute of five matches in 2009, captaining the U.S. team in a 1-0 win against Germany after co-captain Christie Rampone became pregnant.

Since 2009, Chalupny has not been called to play for the United States women's national soccer team due to a history of concussions.[13]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
May 9, 2004[m 1] Albuquerque Mexico 21.

on 70' (off Lilly)

19 Lindsay Tarpley

5350.03005 3–0

5350.03005 3–0

Jun 26, 2005[m 2] Virginia Beach Canada Start 12 unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Jan 30, 2007[m 3] Guangzhou China PR Start 46+ unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Four Nations Tournament
May 12, 2007[m 4] Frisco Canada 72.

off 72' (on Wagner)

28 Lindsay Tarpley

5250.03005 3–1

5450.06005 6–2

Sep 18, 2007[m 5] Shanghai Nigeria Start 1 Abby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

World Cup: Group B
Sep 30, 2007[m 6] Shanghai Norway Start 58 unassisted

5350.03005 3–0

5350.04005 4–1

World Cup: third place match
Aug 18, 2008[m 7] Beijing Japan Start 44 Amy Rodriguez

5150.02005 2–1

5250.04005 4–2

Olympics: semifinal
Sep 20, 2008[m 8] Bridgeview Ireland Start 19 Lindsay Tarpley

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0


Coaching career[edit]

In 2011, Chalupny became an assistant coach for the Washington University women's soccer team.[14]

Honors and awards[edit]

Chalupny is a two-time winner of the women's Keough Award for outstanding soccer player from the St. Louis area, and won US Soccer's Youth Player of the Year Award in 2005.


  1. ^ "Lori Chalupny player profile". US Soccer. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lori Chalupny bio". Lori Chalupny. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lori Chalupny player profile". US Soccer. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lori Chalupny bio". Lori Chalupny. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Atlanta Beat Midfielder Lori Chalupny Discusses Leadership in Tips from the Pros". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Red Stars Sign Lori Chalupny for 2012 Season". Chicago Red Stars. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chalupny has different view of Olympics this year". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  8. ^ http://chicagoredstars.net/2013/02/05/red-stars-add-chalupny-hemmings-masar-for-2013/
  9. ^ "NWSL BEST XI". NWSL. 
  10. ^ "Lori Chalupny player profile". US Soccer. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "For soccer star Lori Chalupny, concussions have created confusion about her health". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  12. ^ FIFA.com - Quick-fire US finish on top
  13. ^ "For soccer star Lori Chalupny, concussions have created confusion about her health". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Lori Chalupny Joins Women's Soccer Staff". Washington University. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
Match reports

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Christie Rampone
WNT captain
Succeeded by
Shannon Boxx