Mallory Swanson entered her offseason with one year left on her NWSL contract with the Chicago Red Stars contract. But her new husband, MLB player Dansby Swanson, entered his offseason as a free agent.
As the Swansons looked to determine their home base, Red Stars leadership worked with their star forward to find the best result for both sides.
“This is technically her last season in Chicago, but they pretty much made a promise that they would do right by her,” Dansby Swanson told USA Today.
In a stroke of good fortune for the Red Stars, the baseball Swanson signed a seven-year, $177 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, which gives the soccer Swanson to stay put heading into her own contract year.
Still, if Dansby Swanson had signed with another team and Mallory Swanson had asked for a trade to be closer to him, the Red Stars would have done their best to accommodate the request, Dansby Swanson said.
“Say I had signed with the Dodgers, they would have traded her to a team that’s in Los Angeles. They were very open to that,” he said. “And since I’m in Chicago now, I think they’re going to be OK keeping her around.’’
Red Stars general manager Michelle Lomnicki seemed to confirm as much in a Twitter post in response to the USA Today report.
“We want to support our players, whether Chicago is their home or somewhere else,” she wrote on Twitter. “We value family in every facet of life. The person behind the player matters.”
We want to support our players, whether Chicago is their home or somewhere else. We value family in every facet of life. The person behind the player matters. https://t.co/xo4p2YAmO2— Michelle Lomnicki (@Michelle_Wenino) March 1, 2023
We want to support our players, whether Chicago is their home or somewhere else. We value family in every facet of life. The person behind the player matters. https://t.co/xo4p2YAmO2
While the Swansons’ offseasons have included the whirlwind of their wedding on Dec. 10 followed by Dansby’s new contract with the Cubs just 11 days later, they are happy to be settled in Chicago for the foreseeable future.
“We just felt like this is where our home for the next seven years is supposed to be,” Dansby Swanson said.
Mallory Swanson is in the midst of preparing not just for the next Red Stars season, which starts on March 25, but also for the World Cup this summer in Australia and New Zealand.
The 24-year-old has played for the U.S. women’s national team since 2016 and was a member of the 2019 World Cup-winning squad. So far this year, she has scored seven goals in five games for the USWNT.
“It’s been so fun to watch, being able to love and support her through her journey,’’ Dansby Swanson said. “It’s pretty freakin’ cool. It’s so cool to see her transformation because she’s come a long ways.”