Chicago Red Stars Fix Defense First in WPS Draft

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Chicago Red Stars Fix Defense First in WPS Draft

The Chicago Red Stars began draft day by trading their second leading scorer, Lindsay Tarpley, for St. Louis Athletica's No. 2 goalkeeper, Jill Loyden.

The fact that the Red Stars, one of the WPS's least productive offensive teams in their inaugural year, were willing to give up Tarpley for a keeper indicates an admission that Chicago is not satisfied with Swedish keeper Caroline Jonsson, who came with a great resume but did not consistently play up to her reputation.

Once they had bolted the door shut on the nets, they went defensive again, using their first pick, fourth overall, for the first defender taken.

In the third round, Chicago selected another keeper, either unable to leave talent on the table, or...still feeling vulnerable at that position?

The rest of the draft had an offensive tilt, going with three forwards and a pure midfielder.

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