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CL native LePeilbet returning to roots

Published: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 9:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 12:14 a.m. CDT
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The United States' Amy LePeilbet (left), a Crystal Lake native, fights for the ball against Canada's Melissa Tancredi during their semifinal match Aug. 6 at the 2012 London Summer Olympics in Manchester, England. LePeilbet will play for the Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women’s Soccer League. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Amy LePeilbet’s whirlwind soccer career finally has led to a familiar place.


“I’m coming home Chicago!” LePeilbet wrote on her Twitter page Friday evening. “I’m excited to be part of the [Chicago Red Stars]. Be sure to follow us on this new journey in the NWSL.”

LePeilbet, who grew up in Crystal Lake and graduated from Prairie Ridge in 2000, was one of seven national team players worldwide who were allocated to the Red Stars’ roster in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is an eight-team league that is scheduled to begin play this spring.

Although the league is new, LePeilbet is well known to those who have followed her success on the local, national and international stage. She won a gold medal as a key member of the U.S. women’s soccer team in the 2012 Olympics in London, and she won a silver medal with the U.S. team in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

LePeilbet, 30, could not be reached for comment Friday.

For information about the team, visit www.chicagoredstars.net.

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