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Estefanía Banini interview: Washington’s ‘fantasista’ dancing under a Spirit sky

Photo: Tony Quinn/Washington Spirit

Photo: Tony Quinn/Washington Spirit


It was faith in a gut feeling that helped bring Estefanía Banini to America last year to realise her professional soccer ambition with the Washington Spirit, and so with the Argentinian’s form continuing to shimmer lately, it seems only right that her compelling on-field style is true to that same notion of letting instinct guide the way. Read more →

Danielle Colaprico interview: Number 24 to the floor – Chicago midfielder playing to a purer pattern


The 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Rookie of the Year, Danielle Colaprico’s blend of attractive play, simplicity and a willingness to scrap ensured she stamped her mark as a first-year pro among the league’s best, and although she may not be the first you’ll find stepping up with the dance moves, the Chicago Red Stars midfielder is continuing to find her rhythm impressively in year two. Read more →

Michelle Lomnicki interview (Part Two): One sun sets for the Red Star that’ll never burn out

Chicago Red Stars favourite Michelle Wenino changing her jersey name to Lomnicki after her marriage to husband Wes (pictured).

Chicago Red Stars’ Michelle Wenino changing her jersey name to Lomnicki after her marriage to her husband, Wes (pictured).


In the second half of this feature, recently-retired Chicago Red Stars defender and fan favourite Michelle Lomnicki joins the dots of her journey as she goes back behind the scenes of music, life and love in Colorado, as well as college, coaches, and living in the promised land of the pros. Read more →

Michelle Lomnicki interview (Part One): ‘We were us’ – Ex-Chicago defender and the bonds that built a home

Photo: Christy Mehaffie

Photo: Christy Mehaffie


On the surface, a piece of Chicago Red Stars heritage was relinquished with the retirement of long-serving defender Michelle Lomnicki (née Wenino) this March, but to think that would mean underestimating an unconditional bond, born from a life’s love, driven on through devotion, and illuminated all the while by those around her. Read more →

Denise O’Sullivan interview: Dash is the word – Houston midfielder dreaming with Irish eyes wide open

Photo: Keeper Notes

Photo: Keeper Notes


Over half of 2016 is still to be crafted, but Ireland midfielder Denise O’Sullivan has scarcely had chance to draw breath during a year which has dealt both personal pain and incredible enchantment. The 22-year-old is living out a long-held ambition of playing professionally in the U.S. as she represents the Houston Dash, and the sights and sounds so far have been every bit as evocative as she could have wished. Read more →