Chalupny will retire after 2015 national team tour

Lori Chalupny will become the third member of the U.S. Women's World Cup championship team to retire after the 10-game national team tour. Chalupny, who came back from concussion issues to make the World Cup team, will play out the season with the NWSL Chicago Red Stars and then make a decision in regard to her professional club future.

Chalupny, 31, debuted in March 2001 at the age of 17 against Italy in a match prior to the Algarve Cup. She currently has 103 caps and 10 goals.

"It's been an amazing year," said Chalupny. "Winning a World Cup is any soccer player's biggest dream and I feel very fortunate to have had these experiences. That said, there is no better way to go out than as a world champion and this just seemed like the right time to put a cap on my international career. It's been an emotional journey back to the National Team, and I'm really thankful to U.S. Soccer, to Jill, to the staff and to my teammates for making this year such a memorable one."

As a midfielder, she started at the 2007 Women's World Cup, scoring against Nigeria in group play and against Norway in the third-place match. As a defender, she helped the USA win the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, scoring in the 4-2 win against Japan in the semifinals.

In 2009, her international career was put on hold due to concussion issues but returned to the national team five years later. Chalupny played in one match off the bench at the Women's World Cup, coming on for the final 10 minutes against Colombia in the round of 16.

Chalupny, who grew up in St. Louis, helped the USA win the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Cup in 2002 alongside Heather O'Reilly and Ashlyn Harris, teammates at the University of North Carolina and with the USA at the 2015 Women's World Cup.

"I have so many great memories from my career and all the teams I've played with and the teammates I've been fortunate enough to play alongside," added Chalupny. "Now, I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I know I will still be heavily involved in the game and look forward to sharing my passion with young players in whatever environment I find myself in."

Lauren Holiday and Shannon Boxx previously announced plans to retire.
1 comment about "Chalupny will retire after 2015 national team tour".
  1. Raymond Weigand, August 18, 2015 at 11:57 a.m.

    Thank you. 15 years at the top ... time to give the next generation their start. Best wishes on your next set of goals.

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