Former Chicago Red Stars players are speaking up about the recent accusations made against former coach Rory Dames. After resigning from his position late Sunday, Dames was at the center of a report detailing allegations of emotional and verbal abuse.
Melissa Tancredi, a member of the Red Stars from 2014-15, wrote “FINALLY” on Twitter in response to the Washington Post report.
FINALLY. So proud of everyone who spoke out, not only in 2014 but even today. There’s still more to be done within that organization that’s for sure. https://t.co/S2Dv5iE5eG— Melissa Tancredi (@MelTancredi14) November 22, 2021
FINALLY. So proud of everyone who spoke out, not only in 2014 but even today. There’s still more to be done within that organization that’s for sure. https://t.co/S2Dv5iE5eG
“So proud of everyone who spoke out, not only in 2014 but even today,” Tancredi wrote. “There’s still more to be done within that organization that’s for sure.”
Abby Erceg, Tancredi’s former teammate with the Red Stars and now the captain of the North Carolina Courage, backed Tancredi up on Twitter. The defender wrote, “Ditto…Was wondering when it was his turn.”
Ditto…Was wondering when it was his turn. https://t.co/F0Joz6vxIQ— Abby Erceg (@abbyerceg) November 23, 2021
Ditto…Was wondering when it was his turn. https://t.co/F0Joz6vxIQ
Seven players spoke to the Washington Post about Dames, including Christen Press, who tried to take action seven years ago. The Angel City FC and U.S. women’s national team star first reported Dames’ behavior to U.S. Soccer in 2014 and filed a formal complaint with the federation in 2018.
The report comes on the heels of a tumultuous season for the NWSL off the field. Five of the league’s 10 coaches left their clubs while facing accusations of abuse, including Richie Burke of the Washington Spirit and Paul Riley of the North Carolina Courage.
As a result, the league has undergone major changes, including the resignation of league commissioner Lisa Baird.
The most recent allegations point to U.S. Soccer’s involvement in the NWSL’s culture of silence. The federation has played an integral role in the NWSL since its founding in 2013, operating as acting manager of the league up until this year. In the wake of the Riley scandal, it launched an independent investigation spearheaded by former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates.