I guess it's almost time for another NWSL season and if anyone has wondered, I haven't gone anywhere. Renewed my tickets for the 15th season with the Red Stars. I am one of the few originals left I think. However with all the changes that have happened with the Red Stars in the last couple years and still going on, I have no idea how they will be. The midfield that has been around for years and was the staple carry over year after year is gone. New players have to fill the rolls of Colaprico, Dibernardo, and Gautrat, Red Stars do in my opinion, have the best forward in NWSL in Mallory Swanson (will have to get some used to saying that), who seems may be staying in Chicago for a while as her husband plays shortstop for the Cubs now. A solid defense, if they can stay healthy. They were solid last season until one by one got hurt for the remainder of the season. I believe everyone including Casey Short and Tierna are back fully healed. I am excited to see some of the "new kids" that the CRS have drafted especially Sophie Jones out of Duke. I saw her play a couple of times this past college season and was very impressed. Could take over from Colaprico in midfield. Hocking and Schlegel, the forward duo from Penn State seem to be Red Stars type of players. My question is Goalkeeping. Not Alyssa Naeher, but her second string when she is off on NT duties. I hate to say it, but Emily Boyd hasn't exactly IMO, played stellar when Naeher was absent. If we remember in 2021 Cassie Miller beat her out for that second spot, I wish Miller had stayed in Chicago. It would have been better for her and the Red Stars. Mackenzie Wood is a solid GK. I have seen her play for Northwestern and then Notre Dame. I believe she also played for the Red Stars reserves a few years ago. Curious to see how Brazilian Julia Bianchi will do in the defensive mid roll. CRS acquired former Notre Dame standout and NWSL veteran Cari Roccaro and of course Yuki is still there. So there is still talent left on this team but a lot of needs have to be filled and new chemistry has to be made. And with that a new Captain has to be appointed as Dibernardo decided to leave her home town for KC. Chris Petrucelli and Rade are back with the addition of Red Stars original Ella Masar on the Coaching staff. Hopefully a good and fun season, but after 15 years of Season Ticket loyalty, I'm ready for a trophy.