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Oakes, Klein Earn Extensions
Red Stars Exercise 2010 Options

Chicago Red Stars Press Release –

Monday, October 05, 2009

BRIDGEVIEW, ILL - The Chicago Red Stars announced recently they are picking up the 2010 contract options for nine players heading into the organization's second Women's Professional Soccer season. Among the nine, two former USL W-League Champions, Jill Oakes and Brittany Klein extended their professional careers.

The pair last competed in the 2008 W-League Championship with the Pali Blues. Oakes played the full-90 minutes in defense for the Blues in a 2-1 win over FC Indiana. Klein started the match and played 59 minutes before being substituted for Rosie Tantillo, who assisted on the game-tying goal that made it 1-1 in the 83rd minute. Defender Amy LePeilbet scored the tying goal. She is also in WPS with the Boston Breakers. The game-winner was scored by Ilaria Pasqui in the 88th minute.

This returning Red Stars group includes defender Marian Dalmy, defender Ifeoma Dieke, midfielder Chioma Igwe, goalkeeper Caroline Jonsson, midfielder Brittany Klein, forward Ella Masar, defender Jill Oakes, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Natalie Spilger. Per team policy, terms of their contracts are not released.

Midfielder Karen Carney, defender Kate Markgraf and midfielder Lindsay Tarpley also are under contract with the Red Stars for the 2010 season.

Chicago returns more than half of last season's squad, including Klein and Rapinoe who were voted to the first-ever WPS All-Star Game and Jonsson who established WPS records with the most saves in a game (13) and a season (89). The Chicago Red Stars completed their inaugural Women's Professional Soccer season earlier this year.

For more information, log on to or call 866-WPS-2009.

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