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Lori Chalupny      

Defender on the 2015 U.S. Women's National Soccer Team

Lori Chalupny is an American soccer midfielder. She currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars in the 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 from the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Chalupny was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She played soccer at Nerinx Hall High School as well as for club soccer team, J.B. Marine S.C. She was named NSCAA and Parade All-American as a junior and senior.

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. After missing much of her freshman season due to an 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. 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. She was named First-Team All-ACC and NSCAA All-American the same year. 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. 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.

In 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 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.

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. In 2012, she joined AIK Fotboll Dam in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. In 2013, she rejoined the Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women's Soccer League.

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. However, after approaching the U.S. Soccer Federation in 2014 and passing numerous tests, she was called up by the team in December 2014.


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