Former head coach Rory Dames resigned from the position in November amidst allegations of abuse. Red Stars Chief Business Officer Vicky Lynch commented on the team potentially trending in a negative direction after the departure, reassuring the room (or zoom) that the club’s future was a bright one.
“I am more than confident that nobody should doubt this club,” said Lynch.
She added that the coaching search involved a thorough decision-making process, but it was a consensus decision that Petrucelli was the perfect fit for the role.
The former SMU coach brings an abundance of soccer knowledge and experience to Chicago. Additionally, Petrucelli brings a lot of good character, which was a key trait the team was looking for during the hiring process.
The new coach had high praise for his new team, stating they’re a great club with a championship-caliber roster. “Any coach would want to work with them,” said Petrucelli.
“We are looking towards trying to win a championship and to get over the hump,” he added regarding the vision for the Chicago Red Stars.
Petrucelli is well aware of the situation he has been hired into, saying this wasn’t something he had to do but something he wanted to do. He’s surely serious about the role and plans to build a new culture around the Red Stars, making sure he meets with all of his players, and most importantly, having deeper conversations. In turn, players should feel comfortable coming to work every day.
As Chris Petrucelli settles into his new role, the Red Stars will continue to train for the NWSL Challenge Cup. Chicago will face off against the Houston Dash on March 20.
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