Alyssa Mautz took the pitch with the Chicago Crimson Stars on Saturday for the final time, saying her retirement previous to kick off.
The midfielder first debuted for Sky Blue FC within the Ladies’s Skilled Soccer league in 2010, earlier than becoming a member of the Crimson Stars in 2012, the place she would spend the vast majority of her profession. She’s develop into a staple for the crew, managing 16 objectives and eight assists in 142 regular-season appearances.
“I simply need to thank the Chicago Crimson Stars for permitting me to pursue my dream of taking part in skilled soccer for the previous 10 years. This membership and group has felt like my second household/dwelling,” mentioned Mautz.
“Thanks to my teammates which have made this the very best crew to play for and struggle for on the sector. Thanks to my coaches that believed in me to play at this stage. Thanks Arnim and the possession for believing on this league to make it potential for girls to play skilled soccer.”
Mautz fashioned a part of the Crimson Stars since its inaugural NWSL season in 2013, standing as one in all solely six gamers to be rostered with the identical membership for all ten league seasons.
“Mautz is the definition of Chicago Crimson Stars soccer. The tradition and mindset she helped create at this membership is likely one of the causes for its continued success. There aren’t sufficient phrases to explain what she means to this membership and to me personally,” mentioned Michelle Lomnicki, Chicago Crimson Stars Affiliate Normal Supervisor and former teammate of Mautz.
“I’m grateful for the 5 years spent taking part in alongside her as she’s all the time been an extremely caring teammate, with an infectious persona that lights up the locker room. I’m excited for the following steps in her profession.”
She departs because the crew sits in third place of the NWSL desk, serving to the crew attain 20 factors in 13 video games and a file of 5W-3L-5D.