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Philadelphia Independence Signs Lori Chalupny

January 18, 2012 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Philadelphia Independence News Release


DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (January 18, 2012) - The Philadelphia Independence has signed free agent midfielder and former Atlanta Beat captain, Lori Chalupny. Chalupny started 17 games for the Beat in 2011 and led the team in goals (2) alongside Megan Lenczyk, who signed with the Independence earlier this month.

The addition of Chalupny brings depth and experience to an already talented Independence midfield.

"Lori [Chalupny] is a world class midfielder," said Independence Head Coach Paul Riley. "She has great vision, is a fantastic engine and can play both the percentage and million dollar pass. She was our number one off-season target and I have long admired her ability to take over a game. She has poise, skill and ability to be a game changer. Lori, added to our returning midfield, makes us a tough proposition in that area of the field."

"I am so excited to join the Independence," said the three-year WPS veteran, Chalupny. "I have heard such great things about this organization and I think this is a place where I can really grow as a player. I can't wait to get the 2012 season underway and I'm very proud to be a cheesesteak!"

Chalupny's WPS career began in 2009 in her hometown with the St. Louis Athletica. During her rookie season, Chalupny captained the team to a second place regular season finish and was voted onto the WPS All-Star team as a starter. She finished the 2009 season with two goals and one assist. After the Athletica folded during the 2010 season, Chalupny joined the Beat, where she started all 15 remaining games and scored two goals.

In addition to her WPS experience, Chalupny brings with her extensive international experience as well. Between 2003-2009, Chalupny gained 92 caps and was a critical member of the U.S. Women's National Team's run to gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Chalupny scored the go-ahead goal in the semi-final match against Japan that lifted the team into the finals where they would go on to defeat Brazil 1-0 to capture the gold medal.

In 2007, Chalupny played in every game for the full national team and played every minute of the team's 2007 Women's World Cup campaign.

The former standout at the University of North Carolina, Chalupny was a two-time All-American and three-time All-ACC selection. During her sophomore year, she helped the Tar Heels to their historic 27-0-0 record en route to the University's 17th national title. She ended her four year career as a Tar Heel with 30 goals and 32 assists.

NOTE: All player signings are subject to league approval before becoming official.

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