Alyssa Mautz will take the pitch for a final time in a Chicago Red Stars kit on Saturday.
The long-time Red Stars midfielder announced her plans to retire following the club’s match at Soldier Field.
For defining what it means to be a Red Star, for being an incomparable teammate and overall person, thank you Alyssa from the entire #MKOT community. https://t.co/QuQOu7J44J pic.twitter.com/cZ69yW3w3I— Chicago Red Stars (@chicagoredstars) July 29, 2022
For defining what it means to be a Red Star, for being an incomparable teammate and overall person, thank you Alyssa from the entire #MKOT community. https://t.co/QuQOu7J44J pic.twitter.com/cZ69yW3w3I
“I just want to thank the Chicago Red Stars for allowing me to pursue my dream of playing professional soccer for the past 10 years. This club and community has felt like my second family/home,” said Mautz. “Thank you to my teammates that have made this the best team to play for and fight for on the field. Thank you to my coaches that believed in me to play at this level. Thank you Arnim and the ownership for believing in this league to make it possible for women to play professional soccer.”
Mautz has been a reliable presence on the Red Stars’ roster since the NWSL’s inaugural season in 2013. The 33-year-old has logged 142 regular-season appearances with Chicago, tallying 16 goals and eight assists in her ten years with the club.
“Mautz is the definition of Chicago Red Stars soccer. The culture and mindset she helped create at this club is one of the reasons for its continued success. There are not enough words to describe what she means to this club and to me personally,” said Michelle Lomnicki, Chicago Red Stars Associate General Manager and former teammate of Mautz. “I’m grateful for the five years spent playing alongside her as she’s always been an incredibly caring teammate, with an infectious personality that lights up the locker room. I’m excited for the next steps in her career.”
Mautz will end her career as one of only six players to be rostered with the same NWSL club for all ten seasons.