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 31)
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
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) 41 (10)
National team
United States U-16
United States U-19 21
United States U-21 14
2001– United States 99 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 30, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 4, 2015 (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 is 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 raised 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 from 2002 to 2005 and won an NCAA championship title with the Tar Heels as a sophomore in 2003.[1][3] After missing much of her freshman season due to injury, she played in 16 games, scored three goals and served seven assists. She was subsequently named to the All-ACC First Team, the NSCAA Second-Team All-American, and the ACC All-Freshman Team.[1] During her second year with the team, she helped the team go undefeated with a 27-0-0 record and win the NCAA championship starting 26 of 27 games, scoring 11 goals and serving 12 assists.[1] She was named First-Team All-ACC and NSCAA All-American the same year.[1] In 2004, she scored six goals and served five assists in the 23 games in which she played. In addition to being named Most Valuable Player by Soccer America, she was named First-Team NSCAA All-American for the second consecutive year and First-Team All-ACC for the third.[1] During her final year with the Tar Heels, she scored ten goals and served eight assists playing as a midfielder. The Tar Heels finished the season with a 23-1-1 record under her leadership as captain for the second consecutive year. She finished her college career with 30 goals and 32 assists from the midfield.[2]

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.
At Seattle Reign FC, June 7 2014

WPS, 2009-2011[edit]

On September 16, 2008, Chalupny was one of the three players drafted for Saint Louis Athletica in the 2008 WPS Player Allocation of national team members, with the new league starting play in April 2009. She scored the first home goal of the 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 and appeared in 15 and 17 games respectively and scored 2 goals in each season.[4]

Chicago Red Stars (WPSL-Elite) and AIK Fotboll, 2012[edit]

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.[5] On August 8, 2012, she joined AIK Fotboll Dam in the Swedish Damallsvenskan.[6]

Chicago Red Stars (NWSL), 2013–present[edit]

On February 5, 2013, she rejoined the Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women's Soccer League.[7] Chalupny captained the Red Stars during the inaugural 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.[8]

In 2014 National Women's Soccer League season, Chalupny captained Chicago Red Stars to fifth place, played in a team high of 23 matches and 2003 minutes, and scored five goals.


A member of the U.S. national under-16, 19 and 21 teams, Chalupny earned her first cap for the senior team on March 7, 2001 against Italy. She scored her first goal for the U.S. senior team on May 9, 2004 against Mexico. Although she predominantly played left back at the 2005 Algarve Cup, she also played as an outside midfielder.[1]

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.[9] She started at midfield in all six of the United States' games at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, and scored two goals, one of which was the game-winning goal 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.[10]

Chalupny played in four games for the U.S. at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In the first game, she received a punch intended for the ball from the keeper and left the field. She scored one goal against Japan in the semifinal. The U.S. team won the tournament and took the Olympic gold medal. During the 2009 Algarve Cup, Chalupny was named co-captain of the 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.

From 2009 to November 2014, Chalupny was not called to play for the United States women's national soccer team due to a history of concussions.[9] However, after approaching the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2014 and passing numerous tests, she was called up by the team in December 2014.[11] National team head coach Jill Ellis selected Chalupny as part of the roster for the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia.[12]

International goals[edit]

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

on 70' (off Lilly)

19 Lindsay Tarpley

5350.03005 3–0

5350.03005 3–0

Jun 26, 2005[m 2] USAVirginia Beach Canada 90.Start 12 unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Jan 30, 2007[m 3] CHNGuangzhou China PR 90.Start 46+ unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

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

off 72' (on Wagner)

28 Lindsay Tarpley

5250.03005 3–1

5450.06005 6–2

Sep 18, 2007[m 5] CHNShanghai Nigeria 90.Start 1 Abby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

World Cup: Group B
Sep 30, 2007[m 6] CHNShanghai Norway 90.Start 58 unassisted

5350.03005 3–0

5350.04005 4–1

World Cup: third place match
Aug 18, 2008[m 7] CHNBeijing Japan 90.Start 44 Amy Rodriguez

5150.02005 2–1

5250.04005 4–2

Olympics: semifinal
Sep 20, 2008[m 8] USABridgeview Ireland 90.Start 19 Lindsay Tarpley

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Apr 4, 2015[m 9] USASt. Louis New Zealand 34.

on 57' (off Klingenberg)

76 Megan Rapinoe

5250.02005 2–0

5450.04005 4–0


Coaching career[edit]

In 2011, Chalupny became an assistant coach for the Washington University women's soccer team.[13]

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. ^ a b c d e f g "Lori Chalupny player profile". US Soccer. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Lori Chalupny bio". Lori Chalupny. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Bell, Jack (December 20, 2006). "A U.S. Defender With an Attacking Spirit". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Atlanta Beat Midfielder Lori Chalupny Discusses Leadership in Tips from the Pros". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Red Stars Sign Lori Chalupny for 2012 Season". Chicago Red Stars. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Chalupny has different view of Olympics this year". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  7. ^ http://chicagoredstars.net/2013/02/05/red-stars-add-chalupny-hemmings-masar-for-2013/
  8. ^ "NWSL BEST XI". NWSL. 
  9. ^ a b Goff, Steven (21 October 2010). "For soccer star Lori Chalupny, concussions have created confusion about her health". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  10. ^ FIFA.com - Quick-fire US finish on top
  11. ^ Bird, Liviu (December 5, 2014). "Symptom-free, Lori Chalupny to rejoin USWNT after concussion battle". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Hayes, Graham (December 5, 2014). "Chalupny on WNT roster". ESPN. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Lori Chalupny Joins Women's Soccer Staff". Washington University. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 

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Preceded by
Christie Rampone
WNT captain
Succeeded by
Shannon Boxx